UPDATE 1-Record UK gas demand expected Monday-Nat Grid

Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:29am GMT

* Record gas demand od 465.8 mln mcm expected

* Power demand also close to record, at 59.5 GW

* But supply stable says Nat. Grid

(adds power demand, and detail)

By Henning Gloysstein

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Gas demand across Britain is expected to hit a record 465.8 million cubic metres (mcm) on Monday, causing National Grid to issue its first gas balancing alert this winter on Sunday evening, the operator said on Monday.

The highest demand so far this winter was 456.6 mcm on 2 December, and the current all-time record is 465.5 mcm set on 8 January 2010, the grid operator said.

"National Grid issued the first Gas Balancing Alert of the winter yesterday as the gas demand forecast for Monday was above the current trigger level of 452 mcm," National Grid said.   Continued...

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