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Energy: Gas

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current maximum number of days of reserves of gas stored in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

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.

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