Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.

UK oil output falls below 1m barrels

Friday 30 September 2011 00:00 BST
Comments

British oil production fell 15.9 per cent year on year in the second quarter, its biggest drop since quarterly records began in 1995, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said yesterday.

"Maintenance and other production issues, alongside the long-term reduction, were the main causes of the decrease," it said. Its figures confirmed that UK oil output dropped below 1 million barrels a day (bpd) for only the second time in more than 30 years this summer as maintenance exacerbated a steep decline in output from depleted North Sea oilfields.

The British sector of the North Sea pumped just 984,000 bpd of oil in June, down from just over 1 million bpd in May and a peak of more than 2.7 million bpd in 1999.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in