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Condition of ageing gas pipe raises questions over resilience

What’s the biggest risk to the UK’s gas supply? Arguments abound over whether exposure to the diversity of a global LNG market is more resilient than when we relied on our own continental shelf, over how Brexit will affect imports from our major European suppliers, and whether consumers should underwrite more domestic gas storage.

But the debate over how to deal with a major pipeline in the Humber estuary reveals that the biggest risk may be our own ageing pipe network.

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