UK gas prices surge to record high
22 March 2013 Last updated at 19:12 GMT
The price of wholesale gas surged to a record high on Friday after the unexpected closure of one of three import pipelines.
A technical fault at the UK-Belgian interconnector, one of the UK's biggest import pipelines, forced the shutdown.
It comes following a prolonged cold snap which has already sparked fears that the UK will run out of stored gas.
John Moylan reports.