Millions of UK households could face a treacherous winter riddled with power blackouts if Russian natural gas supplies to Europe stop, according to The Times, citing a government report.
Officials from Whitehall have drawn up a "reasonable" worst-case scenario, outlining widespread natgas shortages are possible if Russia continues to tighten the supplies to Europe.
A Whitehall source said:
"As a responsible government, it is right that we plan for every single extreme scenario, however unlikely.
"Britain is well prepared for any supply disruptions. Unlike EU countries, our North Sea gas reserves are being pumped out at full pelt, Norwegian rigs are directly connected into the UK, and we have the second-largest LNG import infrastructure in Europe – whereas Germany has none."
The model assumes UK natgas imports from Norway could be slashed by half. Then it assumes no imports of natgas from interconnectors in the Netherlands and Belgium, due to protectionist measures. This would cause authorities to shutter UK natgas power plants and energy-intensive industrial facilities to keep natgas flowing to households.
Reducing natgas power generating capacity on the grid would trigger rolling blackouts for six million homes. Rationing of power would be during peak weekdays between 0700-1000 to 1600-2100.
The UK has vowed to phase out Russian fossil fuels and simultaneously extend the lifespan of Somerset nuclear power plant Hinkley Point B for 18 months despite decommissioning plans at the aging facility and extending the life at coal-fired power plants despite the greenifying of the economy (this will outrage climate alarmist Greta Thunberg).
The Whitehall source added: "Given the EU's historical dependence on Putin's gas, the winter could be very hard for countries on the continent."
Meanwhile, with UK headline inflation at 9% (a four-decade high) in April, the rising costs of natgas and electricity have made Brits the most miserable in decades.
Soaring energy prices and power blackouts could dent GDP even more, considering the UK is on the verge of a recession. Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently asked lawmakers: "How many of you remember the 1970s?"