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2019 Spain Key Figures

Population: 46.9 million
GDP growth rate: 1.98 %/year
Energy independence: 28.3%

* at purchasing power parity
Total consumption/GDP:* 74.1 (2015=100)
CO2 Emissions: 5.08 tCO2/capita
Rate of T&D power losses: 9.35%

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Total Energy Consumption

In 2019, total consumption per capita was 2.6 toe (15% lower than the EU average), including 5 150 kWh of electricity (7% below the EU average).

Graph: CONSUMPTION TRENDS BY ENERGY SOURCE (Mtoe)

Interactive Chart Spain Total Energy Consumption

More research: Spain energy report

Crude Oil Production

Oil production is very low (40 kt in 2019). Crude oil imports increased by 2.7%/year from 2010 to 2018 and then dipped by 1.1% in 2019 to 69 Mt. Four suppliers accounted for 56% of crude imports in 2019: Nigeria (17%), Mexico (14%), Libya (13%), and Saudi Arabia (12%).

Spain has 9 oil refineries with a total capacity of about 1.5 mb/d. In 2011, Repsol completed the capacity expansion of its Cartagena refinery (doubled to 220 kb/d), while Repsol commissioned a new coker unit (2 Mt/year) at its Bilbao refinery.

Interactive Chart Spain Crude Oil Production

More research: EMEA Refineries Dataset

Oil Products Consumption

Oil product consumption has been recovering since 2014 (+2.7%/year) to 51 Mt in 2018 (stable in 2019). It is, however, still 25% below its peak of 68 Mt in 2005.

Nearly 60% of the oil consumption is absorbed by the transport sector (59% in 2019), with power plants accounting for just 6% of oil demand.

Graph: OIL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

Graph: OIL CONSUMPTION BREAKDOWN BY SECTOR (2019, %)

Interactive Chart Spain Refined Oil Products Production

More research: EMEA Refineries Dataset

Natural Gas Consumption

The country's gas consumption rose rapidly between 2014 and 2019 (+5.7%/year, of which 15% in 2019) to nearly 36 bcm, as gas consumption in the power sector skyrocketed (+94%, including +52% in 2019), replacing coal-fired generation. Gas consumption fell rapidly between 2008 and 2014 (-6.3%/year) after an 11%/year surge between 2000 and 2008 with the rapid development of CCGT capacities.

The power sector is the main gas consumer with 44% in 2019 (up from 33% in 2018), followed by industry with 28% and the residential and service sector with 19% (2019).

Interactive Chart Spain Natural Gas Domestic Consumption

More research: EMEA LNG Trade Dataset

Coal Consumption

Most of the coal and lignite is used for power generation (73% in 2019) and the rest in industry. Coal consumption fell by 58% in 2019 and by 12%/year (-64%) since 2011 with coal-fired unit closures.

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION BREAKDOWN BY SECTOR (2019, %)

Interactive Chart Spain Coal and Lignite Domestic Consumption

Power Consumption

The country's electricity consumption recovered slightly between 2014 and 2018 (+1.3%/year), but dipped by 1.6% in 2019 to 242 TWh, mainly due to lower demand from the industrial sector. It decreased by 1.8%/year between 2008 and 2014 after very rapid growth between 2000 and 2008 (3.7%/year).

The share of electricity in final energy consumption regularly increases (23% in 2019, compared to 18% in 1990).

Graph: ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION (TWh)

Renewable in % Electricity Production

According to the National Action Plan for Renewable Energies (PANER, 2010), the share of renewables in final energy consumption should increase to 22.7% in 2020 (17.5% achieved in 2018), of which 18.9% for heating and cooling (17.5% in 2018), 13.6% in transport (6.9% in 2018), and 40% for electricity (35% in 2018).

Interactive Chart Spain Share of Renewables in Electricity Production (incl hydro)

CO2 Fuel Combustion/CO2 Emissions

After a 27% fall due to the economic downturn between 2007 and 2013, GHG emissions rose by 1.4%/year between 2013 and 2017, as thermal power generation had to offset lower hydro resources and as road transport emissions continued to rise. In 2018, Spain's GHG emissions dipped by 1.4% to 352 MtCO2eq, i.e. 20% above their 1990 level.

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