Britain’s largest gas storage site beneath the North Sea is to be shut permanently, sharply reducing the nation’s ability to withstand future supply shocks. The site at Rough, 18 miles off the Yorkshire coast, has suffered repeated technical and safety problems as the ageing wells used to inject and withdraw gas have become unreliable. Centrica Storage, part of Centrica, which owns British Gas, said that refurbishing the site and replacing the wells was no longer economically viable. The company said that it had applied to end Rough’s status as a storage facility and instead to produce all the recoverable “cushion gas” from the field, which is estimated to contain 183 billion cubic feet. Cushion gas is used to maintain pressure inside the facility. Rough, a depleted offshore gasfield that is more than 30 years old, represents about 70 per cent of Britain’s total gas storage capacity, or nine days’ worth of peak winter demand.
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A ‘stunning Sunday’ for the U.K.’s energy sector was recorded on June 11 as warm, windy sunny weather helped to push the amount of low-carbon energy on the grid to 70%, bringing the nation’s carbon intensity of power production below 100g of CO2 per kWh for the first time ever.
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The summer heatwave which has baked much of the UK over the weekend has caused a ‘solar surge’ in the amount of sun-generated power being produced. During the hottest part of Monday, 8.4GW of solar energy powered electricity was supplied to the national grid. According to research produced by Pure Planet – a 100% renewable energy provider – this is enough energy to: Power every home in London for 2.5 hours or, alternatively to: Power all 2.37 million homes in Scotland for 3.5 hours.
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