National Grid warns some gas supplies in the UK might not last until the end of the day
The National Grid has today issued a warning there might not be enough gas supplies to last until the end of the day in the UK.
The company tweeted that it had issued a “Gas Deficit Warning” to the market at 5.45am on 1 March after there were gas supply losses overnight as a result of extreme weather and Storm Emma.
In a follow up tweet, it explained that the warning is “an indication to the market that we’d like more gas to be made available to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the national gas network”.
The Guardian reports that it’s unlikely that the shortages will affect domestic users, but experts have warned there’s “a strong chance industrial users could experience interruptions to their gas supply”.
On Wednesday, gas prices rose by more than 74% to hit a ten-year high, amid fears the cold weather could cause a surge in usage, and thereby cause a shortage.
A spokesperson for the National Grid told The Independent that it was only a “first stage” warning, but that it would remain in place until Friday morning.
On Thursday, the Met Office escalated weather warnings for the south-west England and south of Wales to red, meaning “risk to life is likely”.