The Netherlands became the third-largest European LNG importer last year, after France and Spain, as U.S. liquefied natural gas imports flooded Dutch LNG facilities.  

With a planned expansion for the Gate LNG import terminal to 20 billion cubic meters (Bcm) annually, the EemsEnergy Terminal in  Eemshaven’s current 8 Bcm/year capacity, and the proposed 7.2 Bcm Zeeland import project, the Netherlands could eventually hold  35.1 Bcm/year of  LNG regasification capacity. 

The planned 20 Bcm/year Gate LNG capacity expansion is already rented out under long term commercial agreements and is expected to be ready for operation by the second half of 2026, said Marie-Lou Gregoire, spokesperson for Dutch network operator Gasunie Transport Services BV.

The additional capacity will...