Natural gas and oil reserves on the Dutch territory; national accounts


This table contains the physical data on natural gas and oil reserves that are derived from the annual publication Natural resources and geothermal energy in the Netherlands by TNO commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In 2018, there was a substantial downward adjustment of the gas reserves in the Groningen gas field.

The reserves consist of (socially responsible and commercially viable) extractable quantities of natural gas and oil found in the Netherlands, plus the amount pending development. The opening stock of the reserves is 1 January and the closing stock is 31 December. Definitions and data are in accordance with the Petroleum Resource Management System which has been used by TNO since 2013.
For reasons of consistency with Dutch terminology, we have opted to use reserves rather than resources as used in the TNO report.

Data available from: 1987

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table for the last year are provisional. The figures for the other years are final.

Changes as of September 12, 2019
The provisional figures for 2018 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures are published annually in the autumn.

Natural gas and oil reserves on the Dutch territory; national accounts

Periods Natural gas reservesOpening stock (bn Sm³) Natural gas reservesNew discoveries (bn Sm³) Natural gas reservesExtraction and other changes (bn Sm³) Natural gas reservesClosing stock (bn Sm³) Oil reservesOpening stock (mln Sm³) Oil reservesNew discoveries (mln Sm³) Oil reservesExtraction and other changes (mln Sm³) Oil reservesClosing stock (mln Sm³)
1990 1,865 33.0 215.0 2,113 68.0 0 -4.0 64.0
1995 1,997 15.0 -60.0 1,952 56.0 0 -6.0 50.0
2000 1,836 25.0 -84.0 1,777 32.0 0 -2.0 30.0
2005 1,572 15.0 -77.0 1,510 34.0 0 1.9 35.9
2010 1,390 5.2 -91.2 1,304 50.0 0 -4.3 45.7
2015 932 0.8 7.6 940 34.8 0 -3.3 31.5
2016 940 1.1 -59.2 882 31.5 0 -0.2 31.3
2017 882 5.2 -51.8 836 31.3 0 -2.7 28.6
2018* 836 - -538.0 298 28.6 0 0.0 28.6
Source: CBS, TNO
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