The UK’s gas supply is currently being managed by one of the world’s biggest gas utilities, which has failed to provide detailed information about its gas supplies and customers’ gas needs.
The Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Owen Paterson, confirmed that the UK’s biggest electricity supplier, Southern Gas, had been advised by the Department of Energy and Environmental Change that it was unable to supply gas to households because of the government’s decision to stop operating gas turbines.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also advised the British Gas supplier that it must make arrangements to provide gas to its customers. “
However, Southern has not yet provided the details about how this will work.”
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also advised the British Gas supplier that it must make arrangements to provide gas to its customers.
The energy and climate secretary said that the government would continue to “continue to support Southern as it works through the regulatory and operational process”.
The energy minister, Amber Rudd, said that Southern had received “the same level of support” from the Department for Energy and Environment (DECE) as all other UK gas suppliers.
But she said: “[Southern] has had to work with us and our regulator, the DECE, in order to deliver the necessary support.”
The energy secretary said the government was committed to ensuring that gas supplies were delivered “as quickly and efficiently as possible”.
“Southern has provided us with a great deal of support over the last few months and we will continue to work closely with them as we embark on the transition to the next phase of our gas phaseout,” she said.
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