The government pointed to the measures already taken by the Netherlands to reduce the country’s reliance on Russian energy, such as organising an energy-saving campaign.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told journalists at a press conference:
- What the Netherlands would actually like to achieve is being independent of Russian gas and Russian oil before the end of the year
- We can achieve this by working hard on a mix of energy savings and sustainability, but it will also have to lead to the import of energy from other countries, including LNG
- It really is a challenge, we are very dependent on Russian gas in Europe and there are not many alternatives to LNG
To replace the 1/3 volume imported from Russia, the volume of the next 3 largest import countries (Norway, USA and Nigeria) would need to double.
Other option could be to look at importing oil from e.g. Arabian countries.
Dutch energy firm GasTerra has a contract for Russian supplies with Gazprom that expires in October.