Gap widens between UK energy output and consumption

The gap between energy production and consumption levels in the UK widened in the 3 months prior to November 2000, according to statistics released recently by the Department of Trade and Industry.DTI's latest figures show that total output of all primary fuels-including coal and primary electricity-in the 3 month period was 68.8 million tonnes of oil equivalent (toe), down 6.7% when compared with the same period a year ago. Production of petroleum fell by 13.9%, while gas output rose 7.3%.DTI said the drop in UK oil output was due to a summer North Sea maintenance round that had a "longer and greater impact than last year."Year to year, total consumption of primary fuels was 3.4% hig...

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