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Fuel Exports And Imports

Volume 170: debated on Friday 20 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will give for each month from January 1989 the total export and import of (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) coal in tonnes and in value on the same basis as his answer of 9 November 1989, Official Report, columns 767-68;(2) if he will give for each month from January 1989 the total export and import of

(a) oil, (b) gas and (c) coal in coal-equivalent tonnes for both gas and oil.

The equivalent information for exports and imports of oil, gas and coal for each month from January 1989, set out on the same basis as my earlier answer of 9 November 1989, Official Report, columns 767-68, are shown in tables 1 and 3. I have also set out figures in tonnes of coal equivalent, for both gas and oil, in table 2.

Table 1
Thousand tonnes
1989Exports (f.o.b)Imports (c.i.f)
CoalOil1CoalGas2Oil
January1676,5199401,4565,332
February1264,3469301,5664,820
March1756,2981,2141,4744,506
April1195,3201,1001,5864,693
May1264,3791,0341,5264,610
June1705,6819991,1764,824
July1795,6886539624,756
August1755,2867719064,195
September1755,8839028545,450
October2607,1841,0059065,511
November2186,8761,6381,3164,944
December1825,8499491,3564,443
1990
January2697,5521,1941,4626,523
February1816,2098931,4335,292

Source: Customs and Excise Overseas Trade Statistics (The oil exports figures include adjustments to the Overseas Trade Statistics data for the under-recording of direct exports of crude oil).

1 Contains a small amount of natural gas exports.

2 Coal equivalent.

Table 2

Thousand tonnes of coal equivalent

1989

Exports (f.o.b)

Imports (c.i.f)

Gas

Oil

Gas

Oil

January11,1421,4569,094
February7,4341,5668,216
March10,7741,4747,687
April9,1051,5867,993
May7,4761,5267,871
June29,6871,1768,230
July9,7279628,103
August49,0179067,152
September210,0528549,296
October12,2499069,394
November11,7301,3168,447
December9,9911,3567,587
1990
January12,9011,46211,122
February610,5971,4339,023

Table 3

£ million at 1985 prices

1

1989

Exports (f.o.b.)

Imports (c.i.f.)

Coal

Oil

2

Coal

Gas

Oil

January61,12450109860
February575150118777
March71,06965111727
April591259119757

1989

Exports (f.o.b.)

Imports (c.i.f.)

Coal

Oil

2

Coal

Gas

Oil

May574955115743
June79715388778
July79723572767
August79004168677
September71,0124864879
October101,2225468889
November81,1658899797
December799351102716

1990

January101,287641101,052
February71,06648108853

1 Figures at 1985 constant prices have been derived by applying the unit value for exports in 1985 to the relevant volumes in 1989 and 1990.

2 Contains a small amount of natural gas exports.