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Enagas: record breaking demand for natural gas for electricity generation

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Demand for natural gas for electricity generation will close November with a growth of around 45% over the same month in 2015, reaching approximately 7500 GWh of consumption, the highest monthly figure recorded in 2016.

In addition, on 16 November gas consumption for electricity amounted to 476 GWh/d, the highest daily consumption reached from 13 January 2012.

These figures have been motivated by three main factors: increased electricity exports, a smaller contribution from wind and hydro electricity generation and the stopping of two nuclear power plants in Spain. Thus, the role of gas in the power generation mix in Spain has been strengthened.

Also, the conventional demand for natural gas, intended for domestic, commercial and industrial consumption, is expected to increase by 12% in November over the same month last year, reaching 25 600 GWh. This increase is driven by both consumption in the industrial sector (+11%), such as domestic-commercial and SMEs (+ 22%).

So far this year, conventional demand recorded a cumulative growth of 2.5% due to both increased consumption in the industrial sector (3.1%), and the domestic and commercial sectors (0.3%).

Domestic demand for natural gas is expected to end 2016 with an increase of 2% over 2015.

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