Winter is almost here in Europe. European countries have started stockpiling gas around winter. Meanwhile, gas reserves are at their lowest levels in the UK. The owner of British Gas has said that the UK has only 9 days of gas left. Britons could face three hours of planned power shortages this winter.

Britain has reopened a massive storage site ahead of winter, the Mirror reports.

Centrica, Britain’s largest gas and electricity supplier, said the UK’s gas storage is at a low level compared to other European countries. On the other hand, among other European countries, Germany has gas for 89 days, France for 103 days and Netherlands for 123 days.

The energy company announced Friday it is restarting its rough gas field. The Rough Gann field is essentially a storage facility under the North Sea off the Yorkshire coast. This will increase UK gas capacity by 50 per cent. With the help of this Britain will be able to pass this winter well.

Centrica Group Chief Executive Chris O’Shea said, ‘I am delighted that we have been able to return to storage operations for this winter following substantial investment in engineering changes. Our long-term goals are to turn the Ruff field into the world’s largest methane and hydrogen storage facility, strengthen the UK’s energy security, deliver a net zero electricity system by 2035, decarbonise UK industrial clusters such as the Humber region by 2040 and return to being a net exporter of energy. Helping the UK economy.

“In the short term, we think Raf helps our energy system by storing natural gas when it’s in surplus and producing it when it’s needed during the country’s coldest and peak demand times,” he added. It will help get through this winter well, even if it doesn’t provide lasting backup.

The announcement comes after National Grid ESO (Electricity System Operator) warned Britons could face three hours of planned power cuts this winter if gas shortages occur.

According to National Grid boss John Pettigrew, blackouts are likely to occur on weekday evenings in January and February when it’s particularly cold.

(31 October)