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Huhne asks Ofgem to investigate long term gas security

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has asked energy regulator Ofgem to look into whether further action is needed to secure gas supplies in the medium to long term.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has said that in the short term gas supplies were relatively secure, with £10bn invested in gas importation infrastructure over the past ten years. However, Huhne said he was concerned about gas supplies after 2020, when coal and the majority of nuclear power plants will be decommissioned.

“Our analysis shows that [gas consumption] is likely to remain significant beyond 2030, particularly with commercial carbon capture and storage,” said Huhne.

Today’s announcement came as Decc and Ofgem published to Parliament the Annual Statutory Security of Supply Report. The report suggests there are challenges to UK gas supply infrastructure resilience in the medium to long term. The report also shows peak electricity demand in the UK is expected to remain at a relatively stable 60GW.

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