Natural gas

Natural gas, energy with a future
Natural gas is inexpensive, reliable and flexible. Furthermore, you do not need to provide for any storage capacity. Natural gas is also an environmentally friendly energy source whose burden on your installation is minimal: clean, easy to use and highly efficient. The applications of natural gas are as numerous as they are powerful.

How natural gas plays to your benefit...

  • As a result of its energetic efficiency, you can save on fuel costs and emissions permits.
  • Natural gas can help you to reduce your CO2 emissions.
  • The spreading of the world's gas reserves guarantees availability in the long-term.
  • The applications are numerous and varied. Natural gas can be used for the generation of electricity and other types of energy (steam).
  • You do not need to have your own storage facilities on-site.
  • Natural gas is easy to utilize in your production process and helps to improve your production quality.
  • It is a clean source of energy. This results in lower maintenance costs.


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The European natural gas market
With more than 50,000 km of pipeline, The European natural gas transport network is one of the most dense in the world. But where does this gas come from, for how long will the reserves be sufficient and what is the evolution of the consumption? Below you will find a series of frequently asked questions and links to other sources of information.

The lion's share of natural gas in the Netherlands originates from the Groningen field and the smaller natural gas fields on Dutch territory (both on land and beneath the sea floor). Apart from NAM/gasTerra, Total, Wintershall and several other companies are active on the Dutch market. The Netherlands also import natural gas from Norway and Russia and a smaller portion from Germany and Denmark. If there's room on the interconnector, gas is sometimes imported from the UK. However, due to the UK's declining production, such occasions are becoming increasingly rare

At the end of 2008, the identified world reserves of natural gas amounted to 180,000 billion cubic meters, a volume that ensures the world population a supply of natural gas (at current consumption levels) for approximately sixty years. If we add to this the supplies that currently cannot be exploited for financial or technological reasons (gas hydrates, for example), there is a reserve for approximately 170 years.

The Kyoto Protocol stipulated that the 39 industrial countries that endorsed the treaty must reduce their emission of greenhouse gasses by 5 % during the period 2008-2012 relative to the reference year 1990. Europe has translated the Kyoto Protocol into an emission permit system for a number of industrial sectors which together emit 45% of greenhouses gasses. The CO2 component of this system went into effect on 1 January 2005 and imposes the obligation on the industry to manage its energy consumption more efficiently.

The Netherlands have committed to reduce their CO2 emissions by 6 % until 2012.

By opting for natural gas your company is not only helping to achieve these environmental objectives in the long run, it is also more cost-effective than the available alternatives.

  • Significantly less CO2 is emitted when natural gas is combusted than with other fossil fuels. Compared to fuel oil, the difference is as high as 25%.
  • Natural gas enables the development of advanced applications and equipment with relatively low consumption.
  • Due to its low sulphur content, natural gas releases virtually no SO2 when combusted, which means that it does not lead to acid rain.
  • Natural gas, and low nitrogen oxide burner technology in particular, leads to lower NOx emissions.


Would you like to find out what the rational use of energy can do for your company? As a supplier of natural gas, Eni takes an active part in helping you develop customized energy-efficient solutions. Your Key Account Manager keeps a close eye on environmental legislation and will be more than happy to outline our present range of possibilities.

Last updated on 18/12/12