Written Parliamentary Question: Winter Gas Import Capacity
THE QUESTION: To ask the Secretary of State of Trade and Industry
, why the UK-Europe gas Interconnector was unable to import at full capacity during winter 2004-05; and what assessment he has made of the performance of the facility in 2005-06.
THE ANSWER: The flows of gas through the Interconnector are driven by the price differentials between the UK and the Continent. The direction of the flows during the winter 2004-05 was as expected, given the differentials. National Grid, in their Winter Outlook Report 2005-06, have indicated that they have adopted conservative assumptions that imports through the Interconnector for winter 2004-05 will be an average level of 42mcm/d, with a maximum capacity of 48mcm/d. The report is published on the Ofgem website at:www.ofgem.gov.uk/temp/ofgem/cashe/cmsattach/12493_214_05.pdf