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Lower energy use in Norwegian manufacturing

Staff Writer | May 12, 2017
Preliminary figures show that the total energy consumption in Norwegian manufacturing, mining and quarrying was around 76 500 GWh in 2016, which is 0.7 percent lower than in 2015.
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Energy costs increased by 5 percent in the same period to NOK 19 billion.

The lower energy use is mostly due to a drop in the consumption of self-produced gas.

In 2016, around 9 240 GWh of self-produced gas was consumed, which is 1 260 GWh less than in 2015. Consumption of purchased electricity was up 750 GWh to around 44 960 GWh in 2016, accounting for almost 70 percent of total purchased energy.

This increase corresponds to 1.7 percent and helped to curb the decline in energy consumption.

The most energy-intensive industries are called power-intensive industry. With a total consumption of over 53 000 GWh, which represents an increase of 0.7 percent from 2015, these industries account for almost 70 percent of all energy use in Norwegian manufacturing and mining.

Energy use in the manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard increased by 11.6 percent to a total of 4 840 GWh. The increase is primarily due to a higher consumption of purchased electric power.

More energy was also used in 2016 than the previous year in the production of iron, steel and ferroalloys, and the production of nonferrous metals.

In the industry for production of basic chemicals, energy consumption decreased. With a decline of 4.8 percent in energy consumption from 2015, this industry used 16 030 GWh of energy in 2016.

This decline is partly due to a fall in the consumption of purchased and self-produced gas.