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In addition to electricity, EDF has been supplying natural gas to customers for many years. In 2010, EDF’s gas sales amounted to 21.4 TWh with service to 572 thousand customers in France.
In addition to renewable energy, we are building next generation naturalgas plants in France and other European countries. Such plants start up quickly and feature a high degree of operating flexibility, thus helping make natural gas an excellent supplement to renewable energy sources, the effectiveness of which depends on season and time of day.
With the aim of ensuring reliable supply to our gas-fired plants and customer base, we are undertaking a number of initiatives in the natural gas sector both in France and abroad.
We are able to provide uninterrupted natural gas supply thanks to our subsidiary company Edison, which owns large storage facilities at the LNG terminal in Rovigo, Italy. Additionally, in June 2011, we made the decision to build a new LNG terminal at Dunkirk in northern France. In September 2011, EDF also signed a contract with (our partners?) Wintershall, Eni and Gazprom to jointly develop the South Stream gas pipeline which will carry Russian gas to European customers.
We are also involved both in exploration activities and natural gas extraction in the North and Mediterranean Seas.