BUCHAREST (Romania), November 13 (SeeNews) - Romania's energy output rose by 4.5% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2017, the national statistical office, INS, said on Monday, citing provisional data.
The country's energy production totalled 15.79 million tonnes of oil equivalent (TOE) in the January-September period, INS said in a statement. Energy imports amounted to 9.4 million TOE, up 3.5% on the year.
Romania's electricity output and imports fell to 49.9 TWh in the first nine months of 2017, down 2.5% year-on-year.
In the nine months through September, Romanian thermal power plants generated some 20.45 TWh of electricity, up 9.5% on the year, while the output of hydro power stations fell 26.8% to 11.1 TWh.
The output of the country's sole nuclear power plant rose 2.4% on the year to some 8.46 TWh in the review period.
Wind farms generated 5.42 TWh, up 17.6%, and solar plants produced 1.61 TWh, up 0.4%, in the first nine months of 2017.
Final electricity consumption fell by an annual 0.4% to 40.69 TWh in the period January-September.
Romania’s electricity exports fell by 17.7% year-on-year to 5.02 TWh in the first nine months of 2017.
The country produced 2.57 million TOE of crude oil, down 4.5% on the year, and 3.47 million TOE of coal, up 14.9% on the year in January-September. Natural gas production increased 10.6% year-on-year, reaching 6.1 million TOE.
In 2016, Romania's energy production fell by 7.2% to 20.47 million TOE.
TOE is the rounded-off amount of energy that would be produced by burning one metric tonne of crude oil.