Natural Gas: Storage

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many times the UK's strategic gas reserves have been drawn on in each year of the last 30 years; for what reason in each case; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Kidney David Kidney Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Commercial gas storage capacity currently stands at 4.3 billion cubic metres. Gas shippers, which are incentivised to balance their gas supply/demand portfolios on a daily basis, have a number of supply-side tools for achieving this balance: through indigenous supplies from the United Kingdom Continental Shelf and elsewhere, and from imports, as well as from storage. This diversity of supply helped the gas market to perform well in the cold snap earlier this month.

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