Supply & Demand

Gas in France – challenges for future growth

Potential changes in energy strategy will shape both the gas and power sectors in France - but the prospects for gas demand growth will remain weak Potential changes in energy strategy will shape both the gas and power sectors in France - but the prospects for gas demand growth will remain weak.
By Catriona Scott 23 March 2017 0 25199
Dunkirk LNG. (EDF)

The French energy market has faced significant challenges in recent months. Major nuclear outages, insufficient LNG imports and high demand have hit the country’s gas and power markets – and have even affected energy markets elsewhere in Europe. Low nuclear output pushed up France’s need for gas-fired power and forced it to import more electricity. Regional gas market shortages within the country led system operators to issue supply warnings while southern prices spiked. As system operators recover from these events, the country’s energy strategy could...