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UK’s Biggest Gas Storage Site Returns to Boost Winter Supplies

  • Rough site will operate at 20% of former capacity in 2022-23
  • UK storage capability a fraction of other European nations
Centrica's Rough gas storage facility in the North Sea.
Centrica's Rough gas storage facility in the North Sea.

Source: Centrica Plc

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Centrica Plc reopened Britain’s biggest natural gas storage site after a five-year halt to boost the nation’s energy security ahead of what’s likely to be a tough winter, but capacities will remain curbed for now.

The giant Rough facility, a depleted North Sea gas field off the east coast of England, is returning gradually and will operate at about 20% of its previous capacity this winter. While it’s welcome news for the UK, it still leaves the country with just nine days of gas storage, a fraction of Germany’s at 89 days.