Gas infrastructure company Gasunie officially opened its underground gas storage facility at Zuidwending near Veendam on 27 January 2011. Witnessed by roughly 300 local residents, business relations and contractors, it was Mayor Ab Meijerman from the Veendam municipality and Gasunie CEO Paul van Gelder who presided over the official opening ceremony. The Zuidwending natural gas buffer is the first gas storage facility in the Netherlands where natural gas is stored in salt layers.
With this new gas storage facility, the Netherlands has strengthened its position as "gas roundabout" for north-west Europe and customers can remain assured of a safe and constant supply of natural gas. That is important because natural gas will continue to make up an important component of the sustainable energy mix in the future.
Ab Meijerman, Mayor of Veendam, and Paul van Gelder, CEO Gasunie, presided over the official opening ceremony. Closely witnessed by Eric Dam (director Construction & Maintenance), Pieter Trienekens (director participations & developments), Erwin Mollink (project director) and three children of a school close by the facility.
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On May 20, 2014 Gasunie Zuidwending changed its company name to EnergyStock. This news item was posted by EnergyStock’s predecessor Gasunie Zuidwending before the name change.