The Netherlands has confirmed plans to end gas extraction at the Groningen field in 2022 to limit seismic risks in the region. The country will produce 3.9 bcm from the field in the next gas year (October 2021-September 2022), i.e. half the production level of the current gas year. From the spring of 2022, gas will no longer be needed from the Groningen field (in a year with average weather conditions). After 2022, the field will be used as a reserve during an extremely cold situation and it should close in 2025-2026.
In October 2019, the Dutch government announced that it would not seek to offset the end of gas extraction at the Groningen field in 2022 by increasing production from the 240 small gas fields in the country. Gas production in the Netherlands dropped by more than 70%, from 87 bcm in 2013 to 24 bcm in 2020, due to the production cap imposed on the Groningen field.