Gas output up as Norway pipeline service ends –DMR

The maintenance on the Norwegian gas pipeline has ended, according to npower’s daily market report. The ending of Langeled’s repairs has increased output to -20mcm and higher flows are expected […]

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The maintenance on the Norwegian gas pipeline has ended, according to npower’s daily market report.

The ending of Langeled’s repairs has increased output to -20mcm and higher flows are expected from tomorrow.

There are unplanned restrictions on the pipeline but these only impact a total of 17mcm.

Overall, the gas system is still down, with the linepack forecast to close -12mcm short.

Flows from the Netherlands pipeline remain at zero while exports from the Interconnector have gone up to -23mcm and Welsh pipeline flows are above 30mcm.

Temperature is expected to increase through May which means demand should fall, Optimisation Desk Manager Ben Spry said.

The peak margin for power is forecast at higher than 17GW.

CCGT is still the main fuel source at -9.8GW followed by coal at -9GW. Wind generation has increased to -3.6GW and is expected to rise to -4.8GW this afternoon.

Oil has gone down to around $64 a barrel (£42 Bbl).

Mr Spry added: “Stock levels are widely expected to show another build and Saudi Arabia has pledged more oil to China if required.”