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A simple calculation, which divides total storage capacity by average daily UK gas consumption in 2010, yields a figure of around 16.5 days of storage gas available. However this is not a meaningful figure as:
overall deliverability constraints mean that we could not meet full daily demand from storage alone on any given day, nor would we need to as we have a diverse source of gas supplies, from indigenous production to a variety of pipeline and LNG import sources;due to their physical characteristics, some storage facilities would be emptied faster than 16.5 days whereas others could provide gas for much longer than 16.5 days; andover a typical winter some facilities would be expected to replenish ensuring a greater actual capacity available than that assumed in the calculation above. The rate at which this happens is driven by the market and is therefore not included in the calculation.