H-gas conversion ramps up to meet L-gas demand in October

The use of quality conversion capacity in the Netherlands has stepped up significantly at the start of the winter period to support low-calorific natural gas (L-gas) supply in northwest Europe and meet rising demand, data from grid operator GTS shows.

The surge in conversion has been necessary to meet rising L-gas demand in northwest Europe. According to GTS flow data, combined L-gas demand from within the Netherlands and for export to Germany and Belgium totalled 2.8bcm between 1-23 October, up from 1.7bcm in the same period of September.

Much of the northwest European gas network is designed to run on L-gas, but with production from the Netherlands’ giant Groningen field dwindling, the capacity to convert L-gas to H-gas should play an increasingly important role in the European gas supply mix in the coming years.

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