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The Dutch Energy Challenge

There are a number of options available to meet the energy needs of our modern society. When assessing what the optimal energy mix is for the Netherlands, Vermilion believes that there are six main criteria that must be taken into consideration.  

Dutch Public Safety
Dutch Public Safety

We understand and accept the high expectations placed on us by our stakeholders to ensure Vermilion recognizes, considers and mitigates potential safety impacts on the residents of the communities in which we operate. Ensuring public safety has, and will continue to be, our number one priority.  This is our license to operate.  Examples of our focus on public safety include:

  • Earthquake risk assessments
  • Subsidence risk assessments
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Spatial planning assessments
  • Emergency response training

Did You Know?

  • No earthquakes have ever been caused by gas production from Vermilion’s fields - some of which have been producing for over 40 years.
  • The average total lifetime expected subsidence related to gas extraction in the active onshore fields that Vermilion currently operates is 2cm.
Global CO2 Intensity
Global CO2 Intensity

The following diagram illustrates the energy sources available to the Netherlands in increasing order of CO2 intensity1

co2 sources


Did You Know?

  • Anticipated distribution of Dutch energy mix over time:
Dutch Energy Consumption
  Dutch Renewables Natural Gas Total Fossil
2015  6%  40%  94%
2020  14%  37%  86%
2023  16%  36%  84%

Source Reference: ECN, PBL, CBS data (2014), Primary energy consumption divided by energy source

  • Coal has nearly twice the CO2 footprint of natural gas2.  Coal consumption to generate electric power was on the rise in countries such as the Netherlands but decreased in 20163

US Energy Information Administration; April 2017
CBS; April 2017

Dutch Security of Energy Supply
Dutch Security of Energy Supply

Why does Dutch security of energy supply matter?

  • Allows for a secure, reliable and cost effective supply of energy to support the general economy.
  • Allows for a country to set their own foreign policies without threat of energy supply interruptions.   
  • Allows for a country to set their own domestic policies on matters of importance. 

Did You Know?

Other than natural gas, the Netherlands does not produce enough energy resources to meet all of its energy consumption requirements. Currently the Netherlands relies on fossil fuels such as Natural Gas, Oil, and Coal for over 90% of its current energy needs1. By 2023 it is targeted that Dutch Renewables will make up at least 16% of our energy needs2.

ECN, PBL, CBS data (2014), Primary energy consumption divided by energy source; April 2017
CBS; April 2017

Dutch Job Creation
Dutch Job Creation

Exploration and production of oil and natural gas supports approximately 6,000 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs1 in the Netherlands .

Dutch Job Creation  
Ongoing staff (direct & indirect) 225
Temporary project & construction 200
Total ongoing & temporary 425
Other jobs created from our activities 1,060
Total number of jobs associated with our activities 1,485

These positions represent a broad array of well-paid technical and professional opportunities for Dutch based workers and furthers the Netherlands’ development as a knowledge based economy.

Did You Know?

According to the World Economic Forum, it is estimated that the oil and gas energy sector has a job multiplier effect of up to 32. This means that for every 1 job created in the oil and gas industry, there are up to 3 additional jobs created elsewhere in the economy.

EBN; April 2017
World Economic Forum; April 2017

Dutch Fiscal Impact
Dutch Fiscal Impact

How does the Dutch gas industry contribute to the economy?

  • The Dutch gas industry accounted for 1.6% of total government income in 2054, equal to € 2.8 billion.
  • From 1960-2016 the benefits to the Dutch state associated with natural gas production amounted to € 283.3 billion.

How do Vermilion’s activities benefit the Netherlands?

  • About 70% of the value of Dutch gas revenue is directed to the Dutch state, through EBN’s share, corporate taxes and production taxes. Dutch energy explorers and producers such as Vermilion retain the residual.
  • For the period 2004-2015, the Dutch State has collected € 610 million from Vermilion led activities in the country.
  • Since 2004, Vermilion has invested over € 520 million through its activities in the Netherlands.

Did You Know?

If Dutch Gas income were to suddenly disappear, the government would need to find a way to finance the resulting shortfall in the budget. One method would be to increase income tax, where the average annual increase in income tax would amount to €6301,2.

1 ,2CBS; April 2017

Dutch Spatial Planning
Dutch Spatial Planning

Natural gas is one of the most efficient and concentrated sources of energy available to society. In a relatively small country such as the Netherlands, with a high population density and many competing uses for space, the surface footprint of energy development options does matter.

surface footprint

Did You Know?

Wherever possible, Vermilion will reuse existing surface lease sites to minimize its surface land footprint. In the drilling programs completed in 2014 until 2016, Vermilion drilled seven of its eleven wells from existing lease sites, thereby further reducing our surface land footprint.

Derived from material presented in the book: Landschap en Energie – Ontwerpen voor transitie; Dirk Sijmons & Fred Heddes; First Edition June 2014

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Vermilion Energy Netherlands B.V.
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Phone: 0517 493 333
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