EDI was set up as a joint foundation between the then still unbundled N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (now split up into GasTerra B.V. and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie), OAO Gazprom and the University of Groningen. Below you will find a short description. There are brief descriptions of each of these founding partners below. In 2006 EDI was joined by Shell as a new partner.
N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie
Gasunie is a European gas infrastructure company. It provides the transport of natural gas and green gas in the Netherlands and the Northern part of Germany. All his activities are geared to facilitating the market, both the industrial and the domestic gas markets, in the Netherlands, Germany and further afield. This varies from providing gas transport to constructing new infrastructure, from participating in new projects to developing new services.
GasTerra is a wholesaler. It buys gas from domestic and foreign producers and on the open gas market. Its customer base consists of energy companies, industry and other large customers. The company also offers gas trade-related services. Because of its strong purchasing position, they are an important link in the energy supply inside the Netherlands and Western Europe.
Gazprom is the world's largest gas producing and trading organisation. Its production volumes account for over a fifth of global natural gas production. Gazprom's extensive system of pipelines transports natural gas from enormous natural gas fields in Western Siberia, to the densely populated regions of the country. The company supplies about 20% of Western Europe's gas demand and practically the whole of Eastern Europe 's. Gazprom employs around 300,000 people.
University of Groningen
The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands; founded in 1614 it is now almost four centuries old. It is part of the group of 'classical' universities, which also includes the universities of Leiden, Utrecht and Amsterdam. The University of Groningen hosts a broad range of studies, incorporating all scientific disciplines within their organisation. It adheres to an interdisciplinary (generalists) philosophy, rather than specialising in a particular discipline. From their inception, they have emphasised both fundamental research and the interaction between practice and theory.
Royal Dutch Shell was formed in 1907, although its history dates back to the early 19th century. Its strategy seeks to reinforce our position as a leader in the oil and gas industry, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. Safety and environmental and social responsibility are at the heart of its activities.