Natural Gas: Storage

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

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that natural gas storage capacity is sufficient to ensure energy security in the United Kingdom.

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

Gas storage is an important aspect of our energy security, but it is only one part of the overall gas infrastructure picture. Our security lies in diversity of sources and routes and the UK has significant levels of domestic production; pipelines to Norway, the Netherlands, and Belgium; four liquefied natural gas terminals connecting us to global markets; and eight gas storage sites with two more currently under construction.

Within the context of this overall diversity of infrastructure, we consider the current levels of gas storage to be sufficient for energy security. We recognise the potential cost implications of intervention and so have a market-led approach to investment in this country and if there is need the market will respond, as it has done with new sites at both Hill Top Farm and Stublach in Cheshire.

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