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Gas: 99.7% Blue (little risk of material disruption), 0.3% Amber (some risk)

Virtually all domestic shippers and suppliers are ready for Y2K. Only one company, York Gas, remains Amber. It is expected be ready at the end of October.

Further work needs to be done in the sector of gas shippers suppliers, but this is not considered to be critical.

Transco, the company responsible for ensuring gas is piped safely into the home,has been 100% Blue since May according to independent assessment.

Pre-payment meter systems are not date dependent so will not be affected by the date change. But the re-charging points, located at local shops and Post Offices are date dependent. The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) brought in independent assessors WS Atkins to look at the two companies responsible for the pre-payment system, Siemens Metering Services and Paypoint Ltd. Both are rated Blue.

Extra staffing levels are planned for the New Year period including staffing of key sites and call centres which are not usually staffed at that time of year.

However, incase there is any disruption of billing and meter-reading, the government advises gas customers keep records of their last payments and readings.

The Action 2000 traffic light codes:

Blue: The assessment has not identified any risks of material disruption to the infrastructure process.

Amber: The assessment indicates that there is some risk of material disruption to infrastructure processes, but that there is an agreed containment plan to rectify shortcomings.

Red: The assessment indicates that there is a severe risk of material disruption to infrastructure processes and that timely rectification might not be possible.

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