UK faces supply shortfall from Qatargas shutdown

The UK’s increasing dependence on LNG leaves it vulnerable as competition for the fuel increases. The country could see a shortfall during an upcoming shutdown of a Qatargas train unless an alternative supply is found The UK’s increasing dependence on LNG leaves it vulnerable as competition for the fuel increases. The country could see a shortfall during an upcoming shutdown of a Qatargas train unless an alternative supply is found.
By Sophie Davies 28 March 2012 0 8796
Shipping distance and sailing time (only) from Angola LNG. (Port World, Deutsche Bank)

Planned maintenance at Qatargas 2 Train 4 could remove 21 million cubic metres a day (MMcm/d) from UK supply in September; however, the startup of Angola LNG could offset this, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank.

“The maintenance announced at Qatargas 2 Train 4 could arguably remove 21 MMcm/d from UK supply in September, with a non-negligible risk of delayed supply recovery into October,” the bank said in its research note European Gas: An Uneasy Balance, published on Tuesday.

“This LNG shortfall could be offset by Angola LNG...

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