Every week, NU.nl provides an overview of the most recent figures on the development of the gas price, consumption and filling of gas storage facilities in the Netherlands. These are the latest figures from the past week in three charts.
The gas storage in Alkmaar was completely filled this week. It is the first of the four gas storage facilities in our country to be completely filled, according to a update of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The three other storage locations are at least 80 percent full.
The gas reserves must be filled to avoid shortages next winter.
The goal was initially to have at least 80 percent full by November 1st. That goal has therefore been amply achieved.
On average, the four storage locations are now 87.9 percent full. In the coming period, the government wants to continue to replenish the stocks.
Uses almost a third less gas
The ministry’s figures also show that we consumed 552 gigawatt hours of gas per day last week. That is 31 percent less than consumption in the same period in previous years.
Gas consumption in the Netherlands has been considerably lower for months than in previous years. The fact that gas is now more expensive is undoubtedly a factor.
Gas price has fallen slightly
The price for 1 megawatt hour of gas is now lower than last week. Traders paid 189.78 euros on Wednesday. A week earlier, the price was still 217.88 euros. The trading price for gas has been falling for several weeks. At the end of August, the price was almost 340 euros.
This does not mean that the energy bill for households has also decreased. This very much depends on the contract you have.
Anyone who had to sign a new contract with an energy supplier in recent months probably had to swallow a substantial increase. Furthermore, various suppliers, including Essent and Vattenfall, have announced that they will significantly increase their variable rates as of 1 October.
But those who have a fixed contract with low rates that will continue for a while, will not be bothered by the high gas price yet.