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Improving regulation of seasonal gas storage
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ECN Policy Studies 15-7-2009
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-M--09-138 Conference Paper
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Presented at: 32nd International IAEE conference, San Francisco, USA, 21-24 juni 2009.

In this paper we focus on the apparent lack of investment in seasonal gas storage facilities in North-western Europe. On the one hand the demand for seasonal flexibility in gas deliveries is expected to at least keep at the current level, while on the other hand, the traditional source of seasonal flexibility, namely flexibility in production, is declining due to depletion of indigenous reserves. Investment in large scale, low deliverability gas storage facilities is not taking off. We discuss the possible reasons for this and provide a preliminary exploration of possible solutions.

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