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Energy in North Korea


Energy in North Korea describes energy and electricity production, consumption and import in North Korea.

North Korea is net energy exporter. Primary energy use in North Korea was 224 TWh and 9 TWh per million people in 2009.[1]

North Korea energy production in relation to population was about same as is in South Korea in 2004-2009. The difference is in the energy import. North Korea is almost self-sufficient in energy. The energy import is very small in North Korea and 86% of primary energy use in South Korea. Population was in 2009 in North Korea 23.91 million and South Korea 48.75 million.


Energy in North Korea[2]
Capita Prim. energy Production Import Electricity CO2-emission
Million TWh TWh TWh TWh Mt
2004 22.38 237 223 15 18.50 70.20
2007 23.78 214 229 -15 18.12 62.32
2008 23.86 236 242 -6 19.54 69.37
2009 23.91 224 236 -12 17.76 66.20
2012 24.45 18.21 64.82
Change 2004-09 6.8 % -5.4 % 5.5 % - -4.0 % -5.7 %
Mtoe = 11.63 TWh, Prim. energy includes energy losses that are 2/3 for nuclear power[3]

Per capita electricity consumption

According to statistics compiled by the South Korean agency, Statistics Korea, based on International Energy Agency (IEA) data, per capita electricity consumption fell from its peak in 1990 of 1247 kilowatt hours to a low of 712 kilowatt hours in 2000. It has slowly risen since to 819 kilowatt hours in 2008, a level below that of 1970.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ 2011 IEA Key energy statistics 2011 Page: Country specific indicator numbers from page 48
  2. ^ IEA Key World Energy Statistics Statistics 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006 IEA October, crude oil p.11, coal p. 13 gas p. 15
  3. ^ Energy in Sweden 2010, Facts and figures, The Swedish Energy Agency, Table 8 Losses in nuclear power stations Table 9 Nuclear power brutto
  4. ^ Kim Tae Hong (August 6, 2012). "Economic Collapse Reflected in Scarce Electricity". Daily NK. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "N. Korea's power consumption per capita at 1970s levels". Yonhap News. Yonhap. August 6, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
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