Spanish gas demand breaks new record

Spanish natural gas consumption hit a new record Monday at 1,670 gigawatt-hours (GWh) as demand increases were combined with lower temperatures and growing consumption by the power generation sector, Kallanish Energy learns.

The record was the highest level in the last six years, since January 2011, Spanish transmission operator Enagas said Tuesday. Consumption on Dec. 5 was expected to exceed this week’s high as lower temperatures settle in around Europe.

Conventional demand, or the gas consumed by the industrial, domestic and commercial sectors, registered 1,107 GWh on Monday, while demand in the electricity sector reached 509 GWh. The gas-to-power growth reflects low wind and hydroelectric power generation, as well as disruption in nuclear capacity, as one nuclear plant is offline.

Enagas said Spain’s demand for natgas has risen 9% year-to-date, compared to the same period last year, reaching 319,122 GWh owing to growth in conventional demand and delivery of natural gas for power generation.

Industrial demand is growing at roughly 7%, it added.