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UK energy output hits new low as net imports soar

Total energy output fell by 7%, and net energy-import dependency soared to 47%

UK fossil fuel production reached record lows last year, causing energy imports to reach their highest levels in three decades. Total energy output in 2013 was 114 million tonnes of oil equivalent (toe), a fall of 7% on the previous year. A record low in onshore coal production and the long-term decline of oil and gas output from the UK Continental Shelf were behind the drop. According to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) the UK’s net energy-import dependency soared to 47% last year, the highest level since 1975. It was the first time since the 1984 that the UK imported more oil products than it exported, Exports of natural gas also plummeted last year, droppin

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