Bulgaria's Energy Dependency at 46.2%, According to Eurostat 2006 Survey

Bulgaria's Energy Dependency at 46.2%, According to Eurostat 2006 Survey

Energy consumption in Bulgaria rose 2.8% in 2006 to 20.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent, shows Eurostat data on 2006, published today.

Net imports of energy stood at 9.5 mln tonnes in 2006, which is equivalent to 46.2% energy dependence. This is below the average for the EU (53.8%).

Energy consumption in the EU stood at 1.825 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2006, almost unchanged from previous periods.

At the same time, energy production decreased by 2.3% to 871 mln tonnes of oil equivalent.

In order to compensate this decline in production, imports rose 2.4%.

The energy dependence of EU countries increased to 54% in 2006, compared with 53% in 2005.
Energy production declined by 9% between 1997 and 2006, while consumption increased by 7%. Net imports of energy are up 29%.

Back in 1997, by comparison, the energy dependence of EU countries was 45%.

The EU countries with highest energy dependence are Cyprus, Malta, Luxembourg and Ireland, the Eurostat survey shows.

Energy consumption in Finland has increased the most during 2006, by 9.1%. Malta saw the smallest hike (6.4%).

The countries less dependent on energy imports are Poland, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Romania.

Nuclear power and solid fuels made up half of EU 27 energy production.

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