Electricity consumption up 3.5 pct

The final consumption of electricity reached 21.136 billion kW / h January through May, 2010, by 3.5 percent a higher figure compared to the same interval in 2009, according to provisional data issued by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

Electricity consumption in public lightning decreased by 2.2 percent, while the consumption of the population increased by 2.7 percent in January-May 2010, compared to the same period last year. Power exports dropped by 1.345 billion kWh, that is by 74.5 percent.

Domestic production totalled 9.307 million (down 4.6 percent compared to the same period last year), while imports stood at 4.587 million toe (plus 8.5 percent). Electricity resources in the abovementioned time span stood at 24.698 billion kWh, down by 449.2 million kWh (minus 1.8 percent) compared to the corresponding period of 2009. The drop in electricity resource was mainly due to the drop in production, by 484.4 million kWh (minus two percent).

The production of the power plants reached 11.833 billion kWh, a decrease by 935.5 million kWh (minus 7.3 percent), that of hydroelectric power plants stood at 7.904 billion kWh, rising by 586.8 million kWh (plus eight percent), and that of nuclear power plants was 4.542 billion kWh, down by 135.7 million kWh (minus 2.9 percent).

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