EDI is set up as a joint foundation of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, GasTerra B.V., OAO Gazprom and the University of Groningen, joined by Shell in 2006.
In 2002 the Russian and Dutch governments discussed the foundation of a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the energy sector. N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie decided to take the lead in this initiative and approached the University of Groningen for their vast knowledge of educational programmes. Gazprom's role was defined in a memorandum of understanding, which represents Gazprom's commitment to the Energy Delta Institute initiative.
Partners involved in EDI vary from Founding partners, Associated partners, Business partners, Academic and Professional Knowledge partners, Operational partners and Fellows.