March 10 Centrica Storage Ltd on Friday
received approval from energy regulator Ofgem to reduce the
minimum capacity of the Rough gas storage facility, Britain's
largest, to zero for the 2017/2018 storage year, it said.
The approval follows Centrica's announcement on Feb. 16 that
Rough would not be available for gas injection until at least
July 1 because of tests on wells.
Britain depends on stored gas reserves to manage winter
demand spikes and ensure security of supply, but concerns about
the integrity of wells at the Rough site off England's east
coast prompted Centrica, as a safety precaution, to impose
limits last year on how much gas could be stored there.
(Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic in Milan, editing by Jason Neely)