Lower quality gas will be pumped into Britain’s homes to help boost North Sea production and ease the energy crisis.
Officials have agreed to relax rules so that gas with a lower calorific value can be allowed into the transmission system to be mixed with other supplies.
It should enable drillers to extract some gas which is otherwise left in the ground, although the measure will not be enacted until April 2025.
A spokesman for the department for energy security and net zero said the move was “a positive change contributing towards the UK’s energy independence”.
Why not go fracking?