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The Guardian: Gas flows to UK via Shell terminal after fire

Reuters Monday March 3 2008

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Gas started flowing into the British gas network through the Royal Dutch Shell-operated import terminal at Bacton just before 1700 GMT on Monday after being shut out following a fire on Feb. 28, data from National Grid showed.

Flow data on the network operator’s website showed that gas was coming into the country at a rate of over 8 million cubic metres per day by 1746 GMT.

Shell spokespeople were not available for immediate comment early on Monday evening but a spokesman for the company had said in the mid-afternoon that investigations into the extent of the damage caused by the fire were ongoing.

The pipeline feeding gas from North Sea fields through the terminal on the east coast of England and then into the national network was meeting just under 10 percent of current demand for the fuel before the fire broke out in a waste treatment unit.

Although flows through the terminal jumped late Monday afternoon, at around 9 million cubic metres a day by 1800 GMT, they remained at less than a third the flow rate seen before the fire. (Reporting by Daniel Fineren, editing by Anthony Barker) and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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