NAM drills in Wadden Sea

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6 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – Drilling for natural gas started in the Frisian town of Moddergat on Monday. The project should put thousands of cubic metres of gas from the Wadden Sea into the Dutch gas network each day.

6 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – Drilling for natural gas started in the Frisian town of Moddergat on Monday. The project should put thousands of cubic metres of gas from the Wadden Sea into the Dutch gas network each day.

The launch of the project marks the end of years of disagreement between the environmental movement, the government and the Netherlands Natural Gas Company (NAM).

A compromise was reached in 2004. The revenue from the gas will be invested in environmental projects in the Wadden region.

After three years of preparations and environmental procedures NAM was finally able to start drilling on Monday.

Moddergat is the first location for the project. Drilling installations in Vierhuizen and Lauwersoog will also start operation in the course of 2007 and 2008.

The projects should yield some 20 billion cubic metres of gas, enough to provide gas to the nation’s four large cities for ten years.

[Copyright Expatica + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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