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By Annie Cook

The Netherlands will extract more gas from fields in the North Sea in the coming years, Energy and Climate Minister Rob Jetten said. We have already started the permitting procedure, he said.

The minister made the announcement to MPs in a debate in the lower house of parliament (Tweede kamer). During the discussion on security of energy supply, Jetten remarked that there would be a “turning point” in the Dutch energy system in the months to come.

A fortnight ago, the head of the energy and climate ministry announced that a liquefied gas terminal would be “urgently” built in Eemshaven in the north of the country.

Jetten also said that the use of coal power to a greater extent than at present cannot be ruled out.