Print Email Facebook Twitter Subsidence due to gas production in the Wadden Sea: How to ensure no harm will be done to nature Title Subsidence due to gas production in the Wadden Sea: How to ensure no harm will be done to nature Author van Thienen-Visser, K. Breunese, J.N. Muntendam-Bos, A.G. Publication year 2015 Abstract The Wadden Sea is a shallow tidal sea in the north of the Netherlands where gas production is ongoing since 1986. Due to the sensitive nature of this area, gas extraction induced subsidence must remain within the "effective subsidence capacity" for the two tidal basins (Pinkegat and Zoutkamperlaag) affected. We present a probabilistic method to monitor the "effective subsidence capacity" and ensure that subsidence is below the long term (18.6 years) volumetric rate for relative sea level rise that can be accommodated by the tidal basins without environmental harm. The role of sedimentation volume rate, relative sea level rise and subsidence volume rate due to gas depletion are taken into account including their uncertainties. The probability of exceeding the acceptable subsidence limit for the period 2012 to 2050 is 2.8% for the tidal basin called Zoutkamperlaag and 1% for the tidal basin of Pinkegat for climate scenarios that fit the current relative sea level rise observations on the Dutch coast. The values are shown to be dominated by the effect of relative sea level rise, and not due to subsidence induced by gas depletion in the Wadden Sea. To current knowledge no harm is done to nature. Copyright 2015 ARMA, American Rock Mechanics Association. Subject GeoAGEA - Advisory Group for Economic AffairsELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesGeological Survey NetherlandsGeosciences2015 EnergyGasesRock mechanicsSea levelClimate scenariosGas extractionsGas productionsNetherlandsProbabilistic methodsRelative sea level riseTidal basinVolumetric ratesSubsidence To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:3e8f15c4-95a5-4529-aa3d-810ab6d9b01a TNO identifier 535446 Publisher American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) ISBN 9781510810518 Source 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2015 Vol 2, 933-941 Document type conference paper Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.