PARIS, Aug 30 – PRIME. Imports of liquefied natural gas from Russia to the Netherlands increased by 35% in the first half of 2022, data from the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) showed on Tuesday.
According to the report of the bureau for the six months of 2022, the volume of imports of liquefied natural gas into the Netherlands increased by 57%.
“The bulk of LNG came from the US and Russia. The volume of imported LNG from the US and Russia doubled compared to last year: from 2.1 billion cubic meters to 4.1 billion cubic meters… In addition, 35% more Russian LNG,” the statistical office said in a statement.
It is noted that imports of American LNG to the Netherlands increased by 50%.
In total, 17.6 billion cubic meters of gas was consumed in the Netherlands in the first six months of 2022, which is 25% less than in the first half of 2021.
Earlier media reported that the Dutch city of The Hague will ask for a temporary exemption until January 1, 2023 from EU sanctions against Russia. As noted, The Hague is trying to find a replacement for the Russian gas supplier, Gazprom, but attempts in June and July to attract suppliers were unsuccessful.
As a source in the European Commission told RIA Novosti, the authorities of the Netherlands may, as an exception, temporarily allow the city administration of The Hague to purchase gas from Gazprom, which are subject to EU sanctions from October 10.