UK gas supplies to receive Norwegian boost
The UK's gas supplies for the winter months are to receive a boost thanks to the opening of a new Norwegian gasfield.
Minister for competitiveness Stephen Timms was at the opening of the new fuel source on Norway's west coast, which will be connected directly to Britain via a pipeline which runs to Yorkshire.
It is expected that the new supply will provide around 20 per cent of the UK's gas in the forthcoming months, while the link-up has also secured more energy supplies for consumption across Britain.
Mr Timms said: "This marks the culmination of years of work, overcoming the toughest engineering challenges, to get more Norwegian gas to the UK than ever before. It is a tribute to the close relationship between the UK and Norway."
The government's move to secure new gas supplies has come after a dispute between Russia and the Ukraine over the fuel raised concerns that energy costs in the UK could rise in the next few months.
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