Natural gas production in the United Kingdom (UK) 2003-2018

Between 2003 and 2013, the production of natural gas in the United Kingdom was in a state of steady decline. However, in the following years production began to increase, and by 2018 amounted to 40.6 billion cubic meters. Despite these declines, the UK remains a major gas producing country. In Europe, it is only second behind Norway, where the majority of UK gas imports originate from.

Gas consumption

Much like production, the consumption of natural gas has seen an overall decline since 2003, falling to a low of 71.8 billion cubic meters. However, in the preceding years consumption saw a gradual increase, and amounted to 81 billion cubic meters in 2016. This was the highest level since 2011.

An important role in the energy mix

  Despite production and consumption declining, natural gas still plays a major role in the UK’s fuel mix. In 2018, natural gas made up approximately 41 percent of the total fuel mix. In the same year approximately 23.43 million Mtoe of gas was used in the generation of electricity.

Natural gas production in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2003 to 2018

Production in billion cubic metres
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Release date

June 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2003 to 2018

Age group

Supplementary notes

Production excludes gas flared or recycled, but includes gas for Gas-to-Liquids transformation.
Data prior to 2007 was taken from BP Statistical Review data workbook.

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