The demand for natural gas in Spain reached yesterday, January 16, the 1,540 GWh, the highest figure since December 5, 2017. This record is due to the increase in domestic-commercial consumption, to the greater deliveries of natural gas for electricity generation and to the high values that industrial demand is registering, as explained by Enagas in a press release. The conventional demand, destined to the consumption of homes, businesses and industries, reached 1,142 GWh yesterday. This is mainly due to the increase in domestic-commercial demand, as a consequence of the low temperatures registered in recent days.
The demand for natural gas for the electric sector registered 398 GWh, as a result of low wind and hydraulic generation, which reinforces the role of natural gas as backup energy for renewables in the energy transition process.
The positive evolution of the demand for natural gas in industrial consumption, which represents about 60% of the total demand, has also contributed to this record. Industrial demand has increased 15% since 2014, which shows the positive evolution of the economy.
Demand forecasts indicate that in the next few days these figures will be exceeded due to the expected decrease in temperatures. So far this year, the demand for natural gas in Spain has increased by 17.9% over the same period of 2018 and it has reached 21,256 GWh, due to growth in conventional demand and deliveries of natural gas for electricity generation.