What’s the source of the UK’s gas?

I’ve retained an interest in the source of the UK’s gas, having worked on a hook-up and commissioning phase of a southern North Sea gas platform [see here if you want to know a bit more about that].

With talk of the UK running short of gas in the recent cold spell, I thought I’d find out where the UK’s gas comes from.  This graphic from The Source by British Gas provides the answer. Thought you might like to know. I’ll follow up on this topic later.

Ever wondered about the sources of power in the National Grid

Sometimes you come across a website that truly surprises. Gridwatch is one of those. In one real-time screen Gridwatch provides the information on where the UK’s electricity comes from – coal, nuclear, gas, wind, and from interconnectors. I’ll not witter on about it, but let you marvel at the dashboard of gauges and monitors.

From just a little inspection of the gauges and monitors I’ve deduced that,

  • So little of our electricity is generated from wind is a poor return on the £billions we’ve invested
  • Coal-fired power generation is a reducing element of our power spectrum, with the use of gas increasing
  • I’d imagined that nuclear generated electricity would be higher. I guess it’s a result of our aging nuclear power stations being off-line for maintenance, or even closed.
  • Some sources of power generation are held in reserve, such as oil and hydro
  • Pumped hydro-electric power generation sources amount to just 1.5% – such as Dinorwig
  • Through the interconnectors, we’re a supplier of electricity to Ireland, and importer from France and Netherlands

If you click on the same dashboard view for France [by clicking on the French icon in the top left hand corner] it shows that 100% of electricity demand can be generated from nuclear power stations, with a small % from Hydro. [Click on image to enlarge].

Gridwatch