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The role of gas infrastructure in promoting energy security

Citation Skea, J, Chaudry ,M, and Wang, X The role of gas infrastructure in promoting energy security. 2012. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2011.12.057.
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Author(s) Skea, J, Chaudry ,M, and Wang, X
Opus Title Energy Policy
Pages 202-213
Volume 43
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2011.12.057

This paper considers whether commercially driven investment in gas infrastructure is sufficient to provide security of gas supply or whether strategic investment encouraged by government is desirable. The paper focuses on the UK in the wider EU context. A modelling analysis of the impact of disruptions, lasting from days to months, at the UK's largest piece of gas infrastructure is at the heart of the paper. The disruptions are hypothesised to take place in the mid-2020s, after the current wave of commercial investments in storage and LNG import facilities has worked its way through. The paper also analyses the current role of gas in energy markets, reviews past disruptions to gas supplies, highlights current patterns of commercial investment in gas infrastructure in the UK and assesses the implications of recent EU legislation on security of gas supply. The paper concludes with an analysis of the desirability of strategic investment in gas infrastructure.