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UK could face 3-hour outages in coming winter in worst-case scenario

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UK could face 3-hour outages in coming winter in worst-case scenario

London, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) The UK could face three-hour power outages this winter in the worst-case scenario if gas supplies decrease, the National Grid warned on Thursday.

In an update on Britain´s energy readiness for winter, the National Grid’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) said the chances of serious gas shortages were unlikely, and that demand should be met.

Cuts would probably occur at peak times and customers would be warned in advance.

The UK relies on gas imported mainly from Norway to generate 43% of electricity.

Remaining power comes from nuclear plants, a few that still operate with coal, or is imported from mainland Europe, which could be equally or worse off than the UK this winter following Russia’s decision to cut Nordstream pipeline service.

Following ESO’s warning, a UK spokesman sought to reassure the public that UK has a diverse and secure power system.

To further strengthen such a position, we have a plan to guarantee power supplies and the National Grid will launch a voluntary service to reward users who help reduce demand at peak times, he said.

The opposition Liberal Democrat Party, however, considered Prime Minister Truss should call the government’s emergency committee to analyze present situation.

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