Re your article LNG could stabilise energy uncertainty (NCE last week). Of course we should have a substantial import and storage capacity for liquid natural gas (LNG) but, as I understand it, most of the supplies are expected to come from an increasingly unstable Middle East - and be carried in massive tankers that are yet to be built.
Such supplies would also be open to political, price and terrorist threat. I believe LNG is far from sufficient to stabilise energy uncertainty.
Only a long-term energy source capable of providing at least 75% of our electricity demand, directly under the control of the UK, could offer the security that the country needs.
The demand for gas and electricity is very likely to continue to rise as long as the UK is able to pay for it.
All forms of ground and sea transport are likely to convert increasingly to gas and/or electric fuels and I foresee an increasing demand for domestic air conditioning.
If the rate of demand for those fuels were to grow at the rate of 5% per annum, we would need to double current capacity by 2020.
Frank Griffiths FGA1UK@aol. com