The Netherlands

Oil & Gas

Dutch government seeks ways to boost North Sea gas production

The Dutch government is looking at ways to boost its production of gas from the North Sea, including offering larger tax breaks for companies that explore or produce gas, it said on Wednesday. The government is formulating a new policy on energy after two major setbacks: Curtailing production at Europe's largest gas field Groningen due to safety concerns and a June court order to speed up emissions reductions to meet international norms. In a statement, Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said his department was "investigating, together with the companies involved...whether new measures are needed" to ensure and potentially increase North Sea production.