After natural gas is produced, it is transported by pipeline to a processing facility where the raw gas is cleaned and impurities such as water, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide are removed. If required, the gas is then compressed to higher pressure to enable it to enter the gas grid. Natural gas that has undergone this processing is referred to as dry natural gas.
The Netherlands has an extensive natural gas transportation system. The high-pressure pipeline network is owned and operated by Gas Transportation Services B.V. (GTS), a subsidiary of N.V. Netherlands Gasunie. The GTS pipelines connect to networks in the UK, Belgium and Germany. While there are other smaller regional operators that connect into the GTS distribution system, the ownership of these regional distribution systems is retained by public bodies, as is required by law. Access to the distribution networks is regulated under the Gas Act, while transportation tariffs are regulated by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). The Gas Act of 2000 designated ACM as an independent regulatory body and created the regulations surrounding gas distribution.
The Netherlands gas distribution network is split into two separate systems. One is specified for low calorific gas, such as that produced from the Groningen field. The other is for the transportation of high calorific gas, such as that produced from fields such as Vermilion’s, LNG and foreign production.
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