The National Grid has said that the start-up of a giant Norwegian gas field will help ensure the UK’s supply in the coming winter.
In its new Winter Outlook report, the operator of the country’s gas transmission system predicts a peak demand of nearly 400million cubic metres (mcm) per day.
It forecasts that supplies from Norway will be high, in part due to the huge Aasta Hansteen field expected to start up in quarter four this year.
The field has an estimated 51billion standard cubic metres of recoverable gas and will add 23mcm per day to Norwegian production.
That, coupled with various other sources, will lead to demand being lower than supply, according to the National Grid.
From the UK North Sea, up to 125million cubic metres of gas per day is expected to be produced.
National Grid said UK supply last year was far lower than forecasted due to the unexpected shutdown of the Forties pipeline system, which removed 40mcm per day from the North Sea.