LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The Netherlands’ GATE terminal said on Monday that operational difficulties were reducing its gas supply to the local grid.

“As a result, the maximum terminal dispatch is reduced to 990 MWh/h until further notice,” it added in a statement.

According to Alex Frawley, an LNG analyst at data intelligence firm ICIS, the shortfall amounts to just 2 million cubic meters (mcm) per day.

“We’ve recently seen the gate sending gas at a rate of about 43 mcm/day, so this will have a relatively small effect on total sending, and it won’t be very severe if it doesn’t last long,” he said.

Gas Access to Europe (GATE) is the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Netherlands and opened in September 2011. It is a major port for LNG and has seen a reduction in shipments due to increased winter demand.

According to ICIS, LNG imports by the EU and the UK reached a record high of 11.14 million tonnes (~160 TWh) in November.

Reporting by Marwa Rashad; Editing by Jason Neely and Susan Fenton

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