Gas Storage Bergermeer
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The Gas Storage Bergermeer consortium has developed a framework contract, the Standard Storage Services Agreement (SSSA) which will be the basis for both the long term contracts and the annual auctions. The execution version is available for download below.
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TAQA Announces Bergermeer Launch Customers
Statoil ASA (Statoil), Vattenfall Energy Trading Netherlands N.V. (Vattenfall) and a third European energy company have together secured more than 90% of the total 11 TWh (1 BCM) of annual storage capacity made available as part of the 2011 Gas Storage Bergermeer Open Season. The three launch customers secured both fixed price and indexed price long-term contracts with durations between 4 and 10 years as of April 2015. The indexed price agreements are based on a multiplier of the annual summer-winter price spread at the Dutch TTF gas trading hub.
Carl Sheldon, CEO, TAQA: "We are very pleased to welcome three of Europe's largest energy companies as launch customers for Gas Storage Bergermeer. The vast market demand for our storage capacity is proof of northwest Europe's need for the seasonal flexibility offered by this project. Bergermeer is coming to market at the right time and will be a game changer."
Jan Dirk Bokhoven, CEO, EBN: "It is our aim to make profitable use of the Dutch subsurface, also when domestic gas production declines in the future. Gas Storage Bergermeer is an excellent example of doing just that. By our participation EBN will secure optimal benefits for Dutch society."
Rune Bjørnson, Senior Vice President Natural Gas, Statoil: "Statoil is pleased to have secured a launching position in Gas Storage Bergermeer facility which will play an important role in the further development of the European gas business."
Stephen Asplin, Head of Vattenfall Energy Trading: "Gas Storage Bergermeer will provide additional tools to Vattenfall's extensive portfolio ensuring security of gas supply. Additionally it will enhance liquidity and further improve the functioning of the Dutch gas market."
Gas Storage Bergermeer is essential for the Netherlands' plan to enhance security of energy supply and become the gas hub of Northwest Europe. Gas Storage Bergermeer will have a total working volume of 46 TWh (4.1 BCM). It will be Europe's largest open access gas storage facility and double the Netherlands' total seasonal storage capacity. The total working volume of Gas Storage Bergermeer is the equivalent of the annual gas consumption of more than 2.5 million Dutch households.
The project's USD 1.1 Billion final investment decision was taken by the Gas Storage Bergermeer consortium in 2009. The 2011 Open Season was launched in May 2011 following the Dutch government's approval of the permits for constructing and operating Gas Storage Bergermeer. The Dutch Council of State is currently reviewing appeals and a verdict is expected in early 2012.
Gas Storage Bergermeer is planned to become operational in 2014, with full capacity available as of 2015. Remaining available working volume will be made available closer to the start of commercial operations.