Oil and gas production fell in the UK by 10.3% last year while renewable output surged up, reveal new annual statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Total production in 2012 dropped to 122.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent, a “significant” fall which DECC puts down to fields undergoing maintenance. Likewise coal and other solid fuels production fell last year, by 2.3% from 2011.
The end of the year saw a particular drop, with oil production in the fourth quarter of 2012 was a fifth (19.8%) lower than the same period the year before, while gas fell by a similar margin (19.7%) between the winters of 2011 and 2012.
Overall though primary electricity output rose in 2012, up 4.1% higher than in 2011 with small contribution from nuclear and a much larger boost from renewable power.
Nuclear electricity went up by 2.1% while output from wind and natural flow hydro rose by 21% to a record high level.
As for the end of the year, the last three months’ primary electricity output was up 12% on 2011 with a 13.9% rise from nuclear and another record output for the quarter coming from wind and natural flow hydro’s rise of 2.3%.