Spanish gas demand hits record, again

Huelva LNG regasification plant (Image: Enagás)

Spanish LNG terminal operator, Enagás, said that daily natural gas demand in the country had reached another record high due to the current cold snap.

Spanish daily natural gas demand reached 1.59 TWh on Thursday. This figure exceeds the previous record registered on Wednesday and is the highest number since February 2012, Enagás said on Friday.

This record is mainly due to higher use of natural gas in the power generation sector. Deliveries of natural gas for 360.71 GWh of electricity generation were recorded, highlighting the essential role that natural gas plays to guarantee power supply, Enagas said.

On the other hand, conventional demand for natural gas, targeted at household, commercial and industrial consumption reached 1,228.48 GWh, similar to the figure the day before.

The cold snap that hit most of Europe did not avoid Spain bringing lower temperatures, rain, wind and snow to the peninsula.

Spain’s LNG imports in December rose over 61 percent year-on-year due to cold weather and as average temperature recorded during the month had been 1.1ºC below that recorded during December in 2015.

Enagás operates six LNG import terminals in Spain. Regasification plants are providing flexibility in case of higher demand and lower imports from Algeria, as the facilities allow Spain to receive LNG from other sources besides Algeria.

Spain’s meteorological agency, Aemet expects temperatures to return to normal in the next few days, Enagás noted in the statement.


LNG World News Staff

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