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UK Reliance on Russian Gas Shows the Need to Protect and Promote the UK’s Native Energy Supply Says GMB

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14-Dec-2017


Unless we shore up our own energy security we leave ourselves at the whims of dictators and despots says GMB

GMB, the energy union, says the UK's increasing reliance on gas from Russia highlights the need to protect our native energy supply.

Britain received liquid gas from the £20bn Yamal project on Russia's northern coastline last week.

Shortly after, British wholesale gas prices soared to four-year high when a crucial North Sea pipeline was put out of action by a crack when the distribution hub in Austria was hit by an explosion. [1]

North Sea fields that supply about a tenth of the UK's gas needs were forced to halt production on Monday after Ineos, the energy group, announced it had discovered a crack on Forties, the country's biggest oil pipeline, just as plunging temperatures increased demand for gas for heating. [2]

GMB says instead of leaving our energy needs to the whims of foreign dictators, the UK must protect its own energy security.

Stuart Fegan, GMB National Officer for Energy said:

”Once again we see the folly of leaving our energy needs in the hands of foreign governments and companies.

“Unless we shore up our own energy security we leave ourselves at the whims of dictators, despots, and unpredictable hikes in wholesale prices. 

“At the same time to make sure we can keep the lights on, the UK needs a balanced energy mix including nuclear, renewables, and the necessary exploration of onshore shale gas wells.”

[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/13/russia-send-first-arctic-gas-cargo-britain-wake-supply-crisis/

[2] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gas-price-catches-fire-in-markets-perfect-storm-jtnphn08n

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