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U.K. Natural Gas Declines as System Flows Climb to 11-Month High

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. natural gas for the next working day fell, snapping a three-day gain, as increased demand was met with the highest flows in almost a year.

Day-ahead gas dropped 3.9 percent, according to broker data compiled by Bloomberg. Total flows were as high as 433 million cubic meters a day after reaching 439 million yesterday, the most since February, National Grid Plc data show. Demand in the 24 hours to 6 a.m. tomorrow will be 388 million cubic meters compared with a seasonal normal of 306 million, grid data show.

Gas for Jan. 21 fell 2.9 pence to 69.5 pence a therm at 4:45 p.m. London time, after reaching 74 pence yesterday, the most since February. Next-month gas dropped 1.2 percent to 67.15 pence a therm. That’s equivalent to $10.66 per million British thermal units and compares with $3.52 per million Btu of front-month U.S. gas.

Imports from Belgium were at a rate of 51 million cubic meters a day, the most since January 2010, National Grid data show. Flows from Norway, the U.K.’s biggest source of imported gas, were as much as 135 million cubic meters a day, after reaching a 12-month high of 138 million Jan. 16, Gassco AS data show.

The low temperature in London today was minus 2 degrees Celsius (28 Fahrenheit) after falling to minus 6 yesterday, according to CustomWeather Inc. data on Bloomberg. It will reach minus 6 on Jan. 23.

The delivery system will contain 364 million cubic meters of gas at 6 a.m. tomorrow, up from 357 million 24 hours earlier, grid data show.

Gas accounted for 29 percent of U.K. power production at 4:40 p.m., grid data show. Coal generated 42 percent, nuclear 17 percent and wind 7.3 percent.

Electricity for the next working day dropped 0.8 percent to 53.3 pounds a megawatt-hour, broker data show.

To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Brown in London at mbrown42@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lars Paulsson at lpaulsson@bloomberg.net

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