UK’s energy operator, National Grid, has recorded a sharp increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies to the country during the winter 2019/20 period, despite demand remaining flat.
According to its 2020 Winter Review and Consultation, published on Wednesday, National Grid recorded LNG supply of 13.4 billion cubic metres (Bcm) during winter 2019/20. This is a 70% year-on-year increase from 2019’s supply of 7.8 Bcm, Kallanish Energy reports.
The grid operator noted that as LNG supply has been spread more evenly across the UK, and geographically closer to the sources of demand, there was an overall reduction in compressor running hours compared to the previous winter.
The UK recorded a total gas supply of 50.3 Bcm for winter 2019/20, a slight increase of 2.2% y-o-y (49.2 Bcm in 2018/19). The leading source of gas supply continues to be the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), which accounted for just over one-third (18.3 Bcm) of the total amount, a level consistent with that of the 2018/19 level.
The volume of gas imported via European interconnectors also decreased, going against forecasts in the National Grid’s Winter Outlook 2020 report. The Netherland’s BBL and Belgium’s IUK pipelines both recorded significantly lower levels of gas supply compared to recent years, 0.2 Bcm and 0.1 Bcm respectively.
Lower interconnector imports were “a consequence of relatively mild winters in both the UK and Europe, coupled with high supply availability in the UK and relatively high continental storage stocks,” the company said.
Supplies from Norway have also declined significantly, from 18.6 Bcm in the winter 2018/19 to 15.8 Bcm.
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