Natural gas in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Natural gas production has been decreasing in the European Union since 1998. In 2017, it came to a low of 117.8 billion cubic meters, which was a decrease of 4 billion cubic meters compared to the year before. In the United Kingdom, production amounted to 41.9 billion cubic meters. As for weekly household expenditure on gas, England recorded the highest figure, with an average cost of 11.1 British pounds in 2017.

Natural gas consumption has been falling, amounting to 79 billion cubic meters in 2017. Annual primary energy consumption had also recorded a decrease, dropping to 191.3 million metric tons of oil equivalent , most of which was derived from oil, with a share of 76.3 million metric tons of oil equivalent.

As of 2017, pipeline imports of natural gas to the United Kingdom reached 39.4 billion cubic meters. That same year, pipeline exports amounted to 10.8 billion cubic meters.

The number of enterprises in the crude petroleum and natural gas extraction industry with a turnover of more than 5 million British pounds decreased to 40 enterprises in 2017. Additionally, only 5 enterprises in this sector had between 20 and 49 employees. Also, 10 local units had between 10 and 19 employees in VAT and/or PAYE based enterprises.

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