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Natural Gas

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average number of days of gas supply in storage in December of each year since 2005. (249094)

The amount of gas supply in storage at a given point in time cannot meaningfully be assessed in terms of days as stored gas is not used on its own to meet GB demand.

The following table summarises the average stock level of gas in GB storage sites in December of each year since 2005.

Average December stock level (Billion cubic metres)

2005

3.3

2006

3.9

2007

3.5

2008

3.5

Source:

National Grid.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many days of gas supply were added to gas stocks by gas storage projects which became operational in (a) 2008 and (b) 2007; and how many days of gas supply he expects to be added to gas stocks by gas storage projects planned for 2009. (249309)

The amount of gas supply in storage at a given point in time cannot meaningfully be assessed in terms of days as stored gas is not used on its own to meet UK demand.

13 mcm (million cubic metres) of capacity were added as part of an expansion to the Hole House Farm facility in 2007. No new storage facilities became operational in 2007 and 2008.

In 2009, the first stages of the Aldbrough facility are expected to become operational. The total new capacity at the site is expected to be 370 mcm.