Balgzand Gas Plant
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|Balgzand Gas Plant|
GBI Den Helder
|Alternative names||Den Helder Gas Plant, NAM Gasbehandelingsinstallatie|
|Location||Anna Paulowna, Den Helder, North Holland|
|Address||Oostoeverweg 10, 1786 PT Den Helder, Noord-Holland|
The Balgzand Gas Plant is a natural gas processing plant (gasbehandelingsinstallatie) in the Netherlands.
Discovery of offshore gas near the Netherlands began in 1968 in the Rotliegend sandstone near the Broad Fourteens. A large gas field was discovered to the north in 1987, and exploration of this led to the NOGAT Pipeline System which leads to the plant.
The plant began running in 1992.
The gas is taken into the plant on three pipelines, and processed, then put into the domestic natural gas Gasunie network.
NOGAT Pipeline System
The NOGAT Pipeline System (Northern Offshore Gastransport) connects the gas plant to gas fields to the north.
Balgzand Bacton Line
The BBL Pipeline connects the gas plant to the Bacton Gas Terminal in Norfolk in the United Kingdom. A gas pipeline from here to Germany connects with the Nord Stream pipeline. It began production on 1 December 2006 and is 235 km long.
Centrica gas fields
The field was discovered in 1971. The F3-FA gas field is operated by Centrica of the UK, who have owned it since August 2009. The water depth is around 40 metres. Gas is transferred via the 23 km NOGAT pipeline.