The rapid developments of shale gas particularly in North-America continue to stir up a lively debate about the pros and cons of shale gas worldwide, including in the Netherlands. Independent of the Dutch decision to allow for, or prohibit, exploratory drilling and/or shale gas production, international shale gas developments will continue and have their impacts on the Netherlands. In recognition of this fact, TNO has asked Trinomics to carry out additional research on the economic impacts of shale gas in the Netherlands, with or without domestic production.
In this context, this report aims to contribute to the debate about the pros and cons of shale gas by providing an independent assessment on the likely economic impacts of shale gas in the Netherlands, while also considering the European context. Four impact areas are examined in more detail:
- (I) Impact of international shale gas developments on gas supply and demand in Europe and the Netherlands;
- (II) Impact of international shale gas developments on fuel shifting in the electricity sector;
- (III) Impact of shale gas production in the Netherlands on Dutch state revenues and wider societal costs and benefits of such production;
- (IV) Impact of international shale gas developments on Dutch energy-intensive industries.
The report ends with a set of conclusions and recommendations for Dutch policy makers. To find out more, download the full report (in English) using the link below.