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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15020: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many cubic metres of gas are required on average to power the country for a (a) day and (b) week during challenging winter weather.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 20 March 2018

The volume of gas required to meet consumers demands is a reserved matter and one which the Scottish Government has no formal functions. The responsibility for ensuring consumers demands are met is carried out by National Grid and the gas distribution network operator in Scotland under their Transportation Licence obligations.

The following link to SGN’s Long Term Development Statement provides information on the forecast annual and peak day demand for Scotland over the next 10 years from 2016-17.

The Scottish Government works closely with National Grid – as well as with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Ofgem and Scotland’s gas distribution network operator – to ensure that the supplies of gas to Scottish consumers remain resilient, and that Scottish circumstances and priorities are taken fully into account.