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Winter situation report

17/02/2017

Bottleneck situations in the south-east

Bottleneck situations and supply need assessment in the south-east of France explained.

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Situation report covering the period from 6 to 15 February 2017

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At the end of last week, marked by seasonally-mild temperatures, and through significant deliveries of LNG at Fos-sur-Mer, GRTgaz reports on the main facts below concerning gas supply:

  • Supply continuity ensured for French consumers connected to the GRTgaz network with consumption levels between 1,930 GWh and 2,340 GWh, compared to a peak daily consumption of 2,924 GWh reached on 19 January 2017.
  • Gas withdrawals from the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal and mild temperatures contributed to relieving bottleneck, and made it possible to limit volumes drawn off from storage facilities connected to the South-East PITS.

Given these factors, weather forecasts for the end of the month and LNG delivery forecasts, GRTgaz considers that there is currently no need to maintain a specific supply alert for LNG at Fos-sur-Mer.

Nonetheless bottleneck situations remain likely to occur in the South-East of France during the winter and require an adequate supply to be available from the Fos-sur-Mer PITTM and storage facilities connected to the South-East PITS.

Winter Outlook vigilance mechanism