李峻 编译自 石油新闻
UK oil output dips 4% in Jan-July, import dependence resuming
UK oil production fell 3% on the year in July to 1.03 million b/d, and was 4% lower over the first seven months, at 1.09 million b/d, as cancelled maintenance kept volumes "comparatively stable," despite COVID-19, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said Sept. 24.
The statistical release also showed the UK exported more crude and natural gas liquids than it imported for a fourth month in a row in July, albeit the difference narrowed, with exports exceeding imports by just 4%, at 2.85 million mt.
Such a run of months in which the UK exports more crude and NGLs than it imports is highly unusual, even though recovering North Sea output had boosted the balance of trade in recent years.
In terms of overall oil trade, including products, the UK's import dependence continued to reassert itself in July, with imports outstripping exports by 553,000 mt, after a brief flip in which the country became a net exporter in the month of May.
BEIS highlighted a recovery in demand at UK refineries in July, noting also the use of "indigenous" crude remaining comparatively high, boosted, it said, by low differentials between Brent and WTI crude pricing.
Consumption of UK-produced crude and NGLs by the country's refineries was up 10% on the year, at 828,000 mt.