A swathe of dramatic changes to infrastructure and supply in Europe’s key markets have put Belgium at the epicentre of shifting flow patterns in northwest Europe.
The start-up of northern France’s Dunkirk LNG terminal, declining technical capability at Britain’s Rough storage facility, lower Groningen production and increased demand for injections into the Netherlands’ Bergermeer facility have all reshaped gas flows through Belgium in the past year.
Use the interactive map below to see how Belgian imports (blue) and exports (orange) have changed in recent years. You can select the gas quality - high- or low-calorific gas - and the season for a more nuanced comparison.
• Due to an outage at Rough limiting storage withdrawals in Britain, Belgium exported a four-year high volume of gas to the island during winter 2016.
• Dutch summer H-gas exports to Belgium fell sharply in the past two years due to lower Groningen production and increased injection demand in the Netherlands following the commissioning of Bergermeer.
• Belgian H-gas exports to France dipped below 6bcm for the first time in four years in winter 2016. The start-up of the Dunkirk LNG terminal is likely to reduce French demand for Belgian gas in the near term.
Read the full article in ICIS European Gas Markets report.