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UK Energy Requirements

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of UK energy requirements is dependent on Russian sources. (81573)

An estimate of the dependency on Russia for energy imports, by main fuel type, in 2005, is shown in the table.


Thousand tonnes of fuel imported from Russia

Percentage of fuel imports originating from Russia

Coal and other solid fuels



Crude oil and oil products



Source: HM Revenue and Customs

It is not possible to identify the country of origin of natural gas molecules imported to the UK via the Bacton to Zeebrugge interconnector. No electricity was imported from Russia.

In total, 18 per cent. of all energy imported to the UK in 2005 is known to have originated in Russia, which equates to 10 per cent. of primary UK energy demand.