Natural gas balance sheet; supply and consumption

Table description


This table shows the supply and the consumption of natural gas as a balance sheet. The supply of natural gas is calculated as the sum of indigenous production, production from other sources, imports minus exports, minus delivery of fuels for international shipping (bunkers) plus stock changes. The supply is equal to the amount of natural gas used in the Netherlands in the same period.

This consumption is broken down by how it's delivered by the gas distribution network. This consists of a main grid and connected regional grids. Large-scale consumers, like power plants and large companies, receive the gas directly from the main distribution network. Small-scale consumers, including households, receive their natural gas through the regional grids. Then a small amount of natural gas is used in the indigenous production and transportation of natural gas. Lastly, there is flared and vented natural gas.

Data available:
From 1946 annually and from 1982 annually, quarterly and monthly.

Status of the figures:
- up to and including 2020 definite.
- 2021 are revised provisional.
- 2022 provisional.

Changes as of 17th of January 2023:
Figures of September, October and November 2022 have been actualized.
Figures for December 2020 have been added.

Changes as of December 15th 2022:
Figures from 2015 until 2020 have been revised.
The gas storage capacity was added as variable.
The figures for 2015 and 2016 were published from a new database, therefore the closing stock and storage capacity was added. Furthermore the following figures were revised and improved and consistent with the Energy balance sheet.
- Flaring
- Own usage
- Stock change
- Production from other sources
- Electricity power plants
In the new database gas consumption is only available for electricity power plants.

Changes as of September 2022:
Figures of July and August 2022 have been added.
Because of the ongoing unrest on the Dutch and European gas markets, the Statline table for natural gas was supplemented with three additional data fields to reflect the current situation. First of all, the border crossings for gaseous gas are now reported on Statline. It remains difficult to determine the origin of this however the border crossings give an indication of the flow of natural gas. Secondly the storage capacity for gaseous gas an liquid natural gas are now being reported. This capacity will give an indication regarding the fill level of the natural gas storages. At last, the closing stocks are divided in gaseous gas and liquefied natural gas stock.

When will new figures be published?
Provisional figures: half a month after the month under review.
Revised provisional figures: not later than in July of the year following the reporting year.
Definite figures: not later than December of the second following year.

Description topics

Supply of natural gas
The amount of natural gas primarily available for consumption in the Netherlands. Supply is calculated as the sum of indigenous production, production from other sources, imports minus exports and stock changes. This calculation of the supply results in the amount of natural gas consumed in the Netherlands during the period under review.
Total supply
The amount of natural gas primarily available for consumption in the Netherlands.
Indigenous production
Extraction of natural gas from nature, on-shore and off-shore in the Dutch territorial part of the North Sea.

Figures on flaring have been subtracted.
Production from other sources
Natural gas from other energy commodities transformation, e.g. natural gas production from refinery gas or natural gas production from biogas. Also known as biomethane.
Imports of gaseous natural gas
Imports of gaseous natural gas, total
Imports of gaseous natural gas through cross border pipelines.
Imports via Norway
Imports of gaseous natural gas through cross border pipelines. Norwegian gas passes Germany and passes the border by Emden
Imports via Germany
Imports of gaseous natural gas through cross border pipelines of Germany except for the cross border by Emden.
Imports via Belgium
Imports of gaseous natural gas through cross border pipelines from Belgium.
Imports via United Kingdom
Imports of gaseous natural gas through cross border pipelines from the United Kingdom.
Imports via Denmark
Imports of gaseous natural gas through cross border pipelines from Denmark.
Imports of liquefied natural gas (Lng)
Imports of liquefied natural gas (Lng).
The gas is liquefied through cooling till about minus 160 degrees Celsius. This makes transport in ships over long distances possible.