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Natural Gas: Storage

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Birt Lord Birt Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the closure of the Rough gas storage facility, how many days’ worth of natural gas can now be stored in the UK, based on the UK’s average daily consumption.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK currently has a total gas storage capacity of 2.5 billion cubic metres (bcm), in the form of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) stored at terminals (1.2bcm) and gas stored underground (1.3bcm)[1].

Based on the average daily demand (209 million cubic metres/day)1, the UK’s total gas storage capacity is equivalent to 12 days of average demand (6 days from LNG stocks, and 6 days from underground storage).

[1] Capacity and demand data sources: https://www.nationalgridgas.com/data-and-operations/transmission-operational-data

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