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Chris Huhne's statement on Centrica/Statoil deal

Centrica has this morning announced a £13bn deal with Norwegian gas company Statoil, which will last ten years. The deal will secure delivery of 5 billion cubic meters per year from 2015 to 2025 to the UK market.

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said:

"This is good news for Britain. Today gas powers almost half of our electricity, and nearly 70% of our heating. It is reliable, flexible and competitive, and helps power our economy.

"Gas has a long term role to play in keeping our lights on and our homes warm, as part of an increasingly low-carbon energy portfolio. This agreement will help to deliver that gas securely and cheaply, and further enhance our close relationship with Norway.”

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