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In 2009, 64 per cent of the UK's gross demand (excluding exports, but including operators' own use) was supplied from the United Kingdom continental shelf, a European Union source of production.
The UK also imports gas from other European member countries. The transmission of gas within the EU involves a complex pattern of imports and exports that makes tracking the physical origin of the gas molecules impractical.
International practice is to report the physical flows of gas transmitted through pipes from neighbouring countries or via ship. DECC regularly summarises these data which are published on the DECC website. These show that gas sourced from the European Union (Belgium and the Netherlands) accounted for a further 7 per cent of UK gross demand.
For further information:
Imports and exports of gas showing transit via the pipelines from Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands, along with liquefied natural gas shipped from various sources: www.decc.gov.uk/media/viewfile.ashx?filepath =statistics/source/gas/et4_3.xls&filetype= 4&minwidth=true.
The European gas transit map, showing European gas flows and production by country: www.decc.gov.uk/media/viewfile.ashx?filetype=4&filepath=Statistics/publications/trends/articles_issue/1104-physical-gas-flows-trends-art.pdf&minwidth=true