The gas conflict between Russia’s Gasprom and Naftogaz in Ukraine is not yet having any consquences for Dutch consumers, news agency ANP quoted economic affairs minister Maria van der Hoeven as saying.
However, Van der Hoeven says she is extremely concerned about the escalating dispute. She has called on the Czech Republic, as current holder of the EU’s rotating presidency, to do its utmost to help find a solution.
According to Reuters, Van der Hoeven has also ruled out increasing Dutch gas production.
‘We have a cap on the Groningen field, and the cap is not for nothing, it has to do with the fact that we want to hang on to our gas reserves for longer,’ Reuters quoted the minister as saying.
The Netherlands is western Europe’s third biggest gas producer and the world’s eighth biggest exporter, Reuters said.
Russia cut gas to Ukraine itself a week ago because of a row over allegedly unpaid bills. A number of central and eastern European countries have already reported that their gas supply has been affected.
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