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'Beast From East' Gas Shortage 'Worrying'

Thursday, March 1, 2018

 

WORRYING GAS SUPPLY ALERT DURING ‘BEAST FROM EAST’ BLIZZARD SHOWS GAS VITAL TO UK’S ENERGY SECURITY' 

Gas heats 85% of UK homes and provides nearly half of our electricity so we need to make sure our supply is safe, secure, and in our own hands says GMB

GMB, the energy union, says today’s ‘worrying' gas supply alert amid the worst cold snap in the UK for decades shows how vital gas is to Britain’s energy security. 

National Grid has issued a warning that the UK will not have enough gas to meet demand on Thursday, as temperatures plummeted and imports were hit by outages. [1] 

Homes should be safe for now, but experts said there was a strong chance that industrial users could see their gas supply interrupted or even cut off. 

The warning has raised fears over the UK’s reliance on imports for its energy supply – concerns GMB has raised time and time again.

Back in November 2017 the GMB along with a group of major industry associations called on Government to launch a major inquiry into gas price security and to look at the need to take action to underpin existing and new investment in gas storage.

The UK has the lowest percentage of gas storage relative to demand in the whole of the EU. 

Stuart Fegan, GMB National Officer for Energy, said:

"When the National Grid issues a worrying gas warning like this – you know things are serious. “

When the supply is low, energy companies will inevitably hike prices to make a quick buck – so ordinary people suffer.

“Gas heats 85% of UK homes and provides nearly half of our electricity and we need to make sure our supply is safe, secure, and in our own hands. 

“In the real world gas is going to be needed to heat our homes for a long time to come whilst we transition to a low carbon economy.

"Our government needs to wake up to the reality that an urgent inquiry in costly gas price hikes caused by interrupted supply is needed.

"The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy needs to get off the fence with numerous planning applications it is presiding over and help the UK onshore gas industry establish itself to support our energy security, jobs and balance of payments to the UK Economy." 

ENDS?

Contact: Stuart Fegan on 07912 890434 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or atpress.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/mar/01/uk-is-running-out-of-gas-national-grid-warns-freezing-weather

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