Daily oil consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2004-2018

Consumption of oil in the United Kingdom has seen an overall decline during this period, falling to 1.62 billion barrels per day by 2018. Most oil consumption in the UK is used for transport, especially road transport. However, demand is expected to decline in the following decades. In comparison, the consumption by the aviation sector is set to increase.

Imports higher than production

Since 2010, the UK’s crude oil production has mostly been in decline, despite recording increases in 2015 and 2016. Production fell in 2017 to 43 million metric tons. This was the equivalent of one million barrels per day. In comparison, imports have remained higher than production, only dropping lower in 2016. Projections for production show a gradual decrease to an estimated 25 million Mtoe by 2035. Demand is set to remain steady at approximately 73 million Mtoe.

Oil reserves in decline

  Along with Norway, the UK sectors of the North Sea hold most of the large oil reserves. However, these have been in decline for decades. Between the end of 1995 and the end of 2018, proved reserves fell from 4.5 billion barrels to 2.5 billion barrels.

Oil consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2004 to 2018

Consumption in thousands of barrels daily
Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Premium Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Premium Account

only $59 / month *
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in

Release date

June 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2004 to 2018

Age group

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information about consumption: "inland demand plus international aviation and marine bunkers and refinery fuel and loss. Consumption of biogasoline (such as ethanol), biodiesel and derivatives of coal and natural gas are also included."
Data not in PDF was taken from the BP Statistical Review all data workbook.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account!

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Oil industry in the UK"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.