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 Department of Trade & Industry statistics released Tuesday. The DTI's figures show total output of primary fuels was down 6.7%, while total consumption was 3.4% higher.


LONDON�The gap between energy production and consumption levels in the UK widened in the 3 months prior to November 2000 Department of Trade & Industry statistics released Tuesday.

The DTI's latest figures show total output of all primary fuels�including coal, and primary electricity�in the 3 month period was 68.8 million tonnes of oil equivalent, down 6.7% when compared to the same period a year ago. Production of petroleum fell by 13.9% while gas 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-on-year, total consumption of primary fuels was 3.4% higher during the 3 months, rising to 56.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent. Consumption of petroleum and gas climbed 2.4% and 2.5%, respectively.

DTI said fuel supply disruptions in September "may have affected the normal pattern of deliveries for both motor spirit and Derv fuel" through the autumn 2000, but that using the data available, total use of petroleum during the period was 20.4 million tonnes, 1.6% higher than a year earlier.

(Derv fuel, an abbreviation of diesel engine road vehicle, is gas oil used in high-speed compression ignition engines.

DTI said its data is still being reviewed and may "eventually be subject to greater revision than usual."

Overall energy use in the UK increased by 3%, while non-energy use rose by 4.5%.

Total motor spirit deliveries stood unchanged at 5.5 million tonnes, with those of unleaded fuel some 2.3% higher at 5.1 million tonnes. Derv fuel deliveries decreased 2%, while deliveries of other gas diesel oils, primarily used for heating purposes, rose 11.7%. Fuel oil deliveries climbed 7.4%.

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