German utility giant E.ON is to divert some gas available in Germany to its British arm in order to relieve some of the tightness in supply seen recently in that market, according to reports.

The Reuters news agency reports that the firm is closing a number of its gas fired power plants in Germany to release the gas for export to the UK. The shut down of the stations is set to last until Friday, the reports say.

This is a direct response to the tight supply in the UK, said E.ON UK’s chief executive Paul Golby at a conference organized by Reuters. We have been looking at this for some time.

The gas released should be sufficient to meet the demand of a city the size of Liverpool, the report suggests.