EU gas production falls by 8%

Oil&Gas Materials 18 October 2021 14:56 (UTC +04:00)
EU gas production falls by 8%

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct.18

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

In the second quarter of 2021, EU gas production reached approximately 12.7 bcm, 8 percent (1.2 bcm) less than in the same quarter of 2020, Trend reports with reference to the European Commission.

During the whole Q2 2021, similarly to the previous quarters, gas output was not only below the 2015-2019 range, but fell back year-on-year as well, reflecting the dwindling trend of gas production in the EU. Over the last seven years, total EU gas production in Q2 2021 was the second lowest quarterly figure (after the trough of Q3 2020 – 11.3 bcm).

In the biggest EU producer Netherlands, natural gas production in Q2 2021 decreased by 10 percent (by 0.7 bcm), amounting to 5.9 bcm. In contrast, in Romania, being the second biggest gas producer in the EU, production went up by 10 percent (0.3 bcm), reaching 2.2 bcm in Q2 2021, however, one quarter’s favourable numbers are not likely to break the downward trend. Gas production remained practically unchanged in Poland in Q2 2021, amounting to 1.3 bcm.

In Germany, Italy and Ireland, where production respectively amounted to 1.1 bcm, 0.7 bcm and 0.4 bcm in Q2 2021, year-on-year decreases varied between 14 percent and 26 percent and production went down by around 0.1-0.3 bcm in each country. Gas output in Denmark amounted to 0.3 bcm, down by 6 percent year-on year, as the redevelopment of the Tyra field in the Danish North Sea (expected to come online only in 2023) had still impact on the country’s gas production and exports.

In the first half of 2021, Dutch gas production, amounting to 12.2 bcm, was down by 10 percent (-1.3 bcm), whereas in Romania production remained stable, reaching 4.6 bcm. Gas production in Poland was around 2.7 bcm in the first half of 2021, down by 1 percent, whereas in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Denmark gas production saw a double-digit fall in percentages, compared to the first half of 2020. Gas production in the EU amounted to 26.7 bcm in the first half of 2021, down from 29.4 bcm a year before.

Gas production in Norway decreased by almost 9%, from 27.8 bcm in Q2 2020 to 25.3 bcm in Q2 2021, largely owing to the infrastructure maintenance works brought forward to the second quarter in 2021. In the first half of 2021, natural gas production in Norway amounted to 54 bcm, down from 59 bcm in the same period of 2020. In the United Kingdom, gas production amounted to 6.3 bcm in Q2 2021, significantly down from 10.5 bcm a year before, while in the first half of 2021 gas production reached 15.3 bcm, down from 21 bcm a year before.


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