Gas supplier claims government rules are stopping it helping UK | UK | News

Neptune Energy said last year it could have produced an extra 10.7 billion cubic feet if the required calorific value ‑ how much energy is in the gas ‑ was lowered. Executive chairman Sam Laidlaw has now written to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to say the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had already looked at the issue.

The National Grid and the HSE have to make sure it is safe to go ahead. Gas with the wrong calorific content has to be blended with other gas. But sometimes this is not possible so it is left in the ground.

Mr Laidlaw said: “Enabling the proposed relaxation of the specification immediately under emergency powers would allow the use of gas at a lower calorific value, which has already undergone technical review by HSE.

“This would enable producers to supply more gas because it would reduce the requirements for blending needed under the current regulations.

“The change could be put in place immediately and remain in place for the gas year 2021-22, which begins in October.”

The Government said: “We have been clear this is not a question of security of supply. We have sufficient capacity to meet demand, and do not expect gas supply emergencies to occur this winter.”

Countries, including Germany and Holland, already use gas below our range.






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