Friday, December 21, 2007

Cold Weather makes heavy demands on MRS

The Cold Weather is resulting in quite high demand levels (probably because of the need for CCGTs) and also substantial demand on MRS. MRS is being called upon at far too early a stage in terms of increasing demand.

LRS is as to be expected running at full steam, but it can for some time. The government does need warm weather, but we won't be able to make good predictions as to the situation in Jan-Mar until the new year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Colder weather calls on MRS

The current levels of demand are resulting in a small call on MRS. Demand seems higher (probably as a result of a need for gas for the CCGTs). LRS is now running at top speed as it can until about 21st Feb 2008.

The Interconnector is, however, delivering quite well.

The underlying problem is that we call upon stored gas before calling upon imports. That wouldn't be such a problem if LRS could last about a month longer, but it cannot.

The infrastructure is stronger than in Winter 5/6, but the uncertainty is whether there is sufficient gas given pan-European demand to put into the infrastructure.
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