Energy giant Centrica has elevated capacity at the UK’s largest gas storage site to supply it with a much bigger security cushion for subsequent winter.
The Rough storage site had been mothballed from 2017 however was partially reopened final 12 months, when it was capable of retailer round 30 billion cubic toes (bcf) of gas.
On Friday, the father or mother agency of British Gas stated it had elevated storage at the site off the coast of East Yorkshire to 54 billion bcf.
The power will now present the equal quantity of gas to warmth 2.4 million houses over winter, the corporate stated.
The vitality agency stated its long-term ambition it to show the gas area into the biggest long-duration, low-carbon vitality storage facility on the planet, able to sorting pure gas and hydrogen.
Centrica group chief government Chris O’Shea stated: “The resilience of the UK’s vitality system must be considerably improved.
“We’re delighted to play our half by additional increasing the UK’s gas storage capacity.
“Rough isn’t a silver bullet for vitality safety, however it performs a vital position in rising capacity and provide confidence over the winter months.
“Rough may help our vitality system by storing pure gas when there’s a surplus and producing this gas when the nation wants it throughout chilly snaps and peak demand.”
It comes as vitality costs for households are set to drop for households from Saturday as a result of a lower in Ofgem’s vitality value cap following a fall in wholesale gas costs.