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Gas, Electricity Production Increases


New Zealand Energy Statistics: December 2000 quarter

Gas, Electricity Production Increases

There were 244,000 terajoules of gas produced in New Zealand in the year ended December 2000, according to Statistics New Zealand. This is up 4.4 per cent on the 234,000 terajoules produced in the year ended December 1999.

There were 34,500 gigawatt hours of electricity generated in the year ended December 2000, an increase of 1.3 per cent on the volume generated in the year ended December 1999. Hydro-generation accounted for 69 per cent of the generation in the year ended December 2000. After adjustment to remove seasonal variations, the volume of electricity generated in the December 2000 quarter rose 1.4 per cent .

There were 1.22 million tonnes of crude petroleum produced in New Zealand in the year ended December 2000. This is 10.9 per cent less than the 1.37 million tonnes produced in the year ended December 1999. In general, crude petroleum production has been declining since the year ended December 1991, when 1.88 million tonnes were produced.

Brian Pink GOVERNMENT STATISTICIAN

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