The UK is considering “as many options as possible” to ensure the security of gas supplies this winter, including the expansion of gas storage facilities, amid reports that Centrica’s Rough site in the southern North Sea could reopen for storage.

The government has reportedly been in talks with Rough operator Centrica to repurpose the depleted offshore field for gas storage for a second time in its lifespan.

The renewed interest in storage has been driven by concerns that the energy crisis affecting the country could get worse this winter in the wake of a tightening market following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.