Natural Gas: Russia

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 11th March 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency arrangements are in place to secure natural gas supplies in the event of a termination of supplies coming from Russia.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Our Stress Test that we concluded as part of an EU-wide exercise found that the UK has a robust market which is likely to cope with a range of scenarios involving disruptions to Russian gas supplies, including the very unlikely and extreme case of full Russian disruption and severe winter weather. This is thanks largely to the UK’s robust gas market, a diverse range of gas supply options and extensive gas supply infrastructure. This includes domestic production, supply pipelines from Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands, liquefied natural gas terminals which can import gas from world markets and storage facilities.

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