U.K. Gas Surges as Pinched Pipeline Compounds Cold Snap

Britain is especially sensitive to gas supply interruptions as storage facilities that normally bolster supplies in cold periods are closed.

Photographer: ROBERT GILHOOLY

U.K. natural gas for immediate delivery surged the most in more than a year as a key North Sea oil and gas pipeline was unexpectedly shut to fix a crack. Britain is especially sensitive to interruptions as storage facilities that normally bolster supplies in cold periods are closed. Prices had already jumped as demand rose after a plunge in temperatures and snow covered much of the country.

— With assistance by Anna Shiryaevskaya, and Laura Hurst

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