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Balance sheet for the gas system in 2014

A global slow-down due to an exceptionally mild weather.

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In 2014, GRTgaz recorded a 16.5% fall in gross gas consumption on its network1. However, climate adjusted consumption drope is limited to 5.4%. Last year, 2014, is considered to be France's warmest year since meteorological record-keeping began2.

Public distribution climate adjusted consumption falls by 2.2%

In comparison with 2013, gross public distribution consumption fell by 19.2% to 250 TWh. Climate adjusted, it is only down by 2.2%. Demand on the public distribution network, where are most of the residential and commercial sectors, depends strongly on the customer's heating needs. While mild weather was responsible for the significant fall in consumption in 2014, the contrast with 2013 is even greater due to the first half of the year below-average temperatures.

Consumption among industrial clients remains relatively stable (excluding power generation)

The 121 TWh of natural gas used by industry in 2014 (excluding electricity production) indicates that the volume of gas used by industrial clients over the past ten years has remained relatively stable. However, demand for natural gas for power generation continued to fall in 2014, dropping by 34%. Since 2011, the volume of gas for power generation has fallen by 60%, reaching only 19 TWh in 2014.

Gas transit flows soften the fall in transported quantities.

In 2014, the quantities of natural gas transported on the GRTgaz network fell by 8.4%. It dropped from 637 TWh in 2013 to 583 TWh in 2014. Gas transit flows to Spain and Italy increased by 41%, thereby partly offsetting the fall in consumption.

Steps taken have reduced tension between the North and the South.

In 2014, GRTgaz strove to maximise transport capacity from the North to the South by increasing firm capacity by almost 20%. A number of commercial offers such as JTS (Joint Transport Storage) and the reservation of transport capacity by large industrial gas consumers have been repeated and bolstered this year. The price difference between North and South market places disappeared in November and December3, thanks in particular to the return of LNG to France's southern terminals at the end of 2014.

1 In 2013, gross gas consumption rose by 1.4%.
2 Data from Météo France
3 The price difference peaked at €15/MWh at the end of 2013.