French gas outlook: Rising demand in a well-supplied market

French consumption of natural gas is expected to increase steadily over the coming years, due to increased demand from power generators and industrial producers, but supplies look ample at least for the near future, experts say French consumption of natural gas is expected to increase steadily over the coming years, due to increased demand from power generators and industrial producers, but supplies look ample at least for the near future, experts say.
By Andreas Walstad 26 May 2011 0 63
Most of French power generation is nuclear, but the picture is changing. (Corbis)

French consumption of natural gas is expected to increase steadily over the coming years, due to increased demand from power generators and industrial producers, but supplies look ample at least for the near future, experts say.

Around 80% of French power generation is nuclear, but the picture is changing with several combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) having been brought online over the past few years. By this summer, total gas-fired generation capacity in France will amount to around 5 gigawatts (GW), up from around 4.4 GW...

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