Dutch gas storage facility at Bergermeer 100% filled - energy ministry
Amsterdam, Nov 10 (Reuters) - The major gas storage site at Bergermeer, one of Europe's largest open commercial facilities, has been filled to 100% of capacity, the Dutch government said on Thursday.
The government has spent around 400 million euros ($399 million) to subsidize the filling of the 4.1 billion cubic metre facility since May, gradually lifting targets.
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"It's good news that the Bergermeer gas storage site, the largest open access gas storage site in Western Europe, is now full," Energy Minister Rob Jetten said in a statement.
"The high fill rate now may soon help in sufficient filling for the winter after this."
Bergermeer is operated by Abu Dhabi's TAQA and filling it required filling 40% of its capacity that Gazprom had contractual rights to use but did not.
The Netherlands has a disproportionate share of European gas storage sites as a legacy of production at the Groningen gas field. Dutch storages collectively are currently around 92% full, according to AGSI data.
(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Jan Harvey and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)