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Natural Gas: Storage

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL13575, tabled on 11 February 2019

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.

Answered on

20 February 2019

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