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Natural Gas: Europe

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 94320, tabled on 23 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what stets he is taking to avoid UK dependence on (a) continental European and (b) Russian gas.

Answered on

1 October 2020

The UK gas market is one of the most liquid and developed markets in the world, providing security through diversity of supply. In 2018-19 most of the gas supply to the UK came from domestic production (46 per cent) and imports from Norway (31 per cent).

The UK benefits from mutual gas trade with its mainland European partners (Belgium and the Netherlands). In the 2018-19 gas year our Continental interconnectors supplied 2 per cent of the UK’s gas.

There are no gas pipelines directly linking the UK with Russia. In 2018-19, 20 per cent of UK gas supply came from the international Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market. Russian imports represented less than 4 percent of the total supply of gas to the UK and our LNG supply was sourced from 12 different countries.

The UK’s gas market remains robust and the Government will continue to test national resilience to reflect the changing nature of gas supply chains and markets.