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Natural Gas: Safety

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many reported gas escapes there were in December (a) 2010, (b) 2009 and (c) 2008; and which (i) company and (ii) gas network was responsible in each such case.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

This is a matter for Ofgem who inform us that they do not collect this information on a monthly basis. However annual information is available for the number of public reports of gas escapes made to the four gas distribution network operators as set out in the following table.

Gas distribution network operators
National grid gas Scotia gas networks Northern gas networks Wales and West utilities Total
2007-08 602,205 335,555 148,639 112,126 1,198,525
2008-09 603,685 364,082 127,088 113,156 1,208,011
2009-10 580,371 345,624 122,957 109,446 1,158,398
Total 1,786,261 1,045,261 398,684 334,728 3,564,934

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