Find out where the gas that powers the UK comes from, and how it reaches us.
The UK currently produces enough gas to meet almost half of its needs (45%) from the North Sea and the East Irish Sea.
We also import 38% of the gas we use via pipelines from Europe and Norway. The remaining 17% comes in to the UK by tankers in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
How important is gas in the UK’s energy mix?
80% of the UK’s 25 million homes are powered by gas – and around a quarter of the country’s electricity is generated by gas-fired power stations. Gas plants are one of the most flexible ways to generate electricity, as they can rapidly provide power during periods of high demand.
This means gas, along with other energy sources like wind, solar and nuclear, plays a key role in the UK energy mix.
As the amount of gas that can be extracted from the North Sea declines, we’ll need to import more to ensure a regular and reliable supply to the UK.
Continuing to use a balance of energy sources means our boilers stay on and the lights won’t flicker.
Take a look at our visual story about the journey energy goes on to reach your home.
*Published May 2015, all facts and figures correct at the time of publishing. Page updated in November 2016.