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Earthquakes force cut in Netherlands' gas production

The Netherlands' government has imposed a sharp cut in production from the country's largest gasfield, and has set aside a fund to compensate property-owners, after an increase in earthquake activity

Groningen onshore field, which supplies 67% of the country's total gas production, will be curtailed for three years while the authorities assess the problem. Responding to complaints of damaged buildings, followed by a report in January which said there had been an increase in frequency and intensity of earthquakes in the north of the country, the economics ministry said production from the Groningen field will be cut from the 53.8 billion cubic metres (cm) of last year to 42.5bn cm in 2014 and 2015, and then to 40.0bn cm in 2016. The first small earthquake in the north of the country was noted in 1986, and to the end of last year 1,012 have been recorded. In addition to the €1.2bn ($1.6bn

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