This is an archived release.
High import of power
After several months of record high export of power, the import of power surpassed the export in April. The amount of electricity imported in April was 1 158 GWh. This represents almost three times as much as for the same period in 2005.
Behind the figures the production of electricity was reduced while Gross domestic consumption had a small rise. Production of electricity in April was 9 448 GWh. This represent a decrease of 12,6 per cent compared to March last year. Exports amounted to 300 GWh and net import was 858 GWh. The total production of power so far this year amounts to 51,1 TWh ( 51704 GWh) this is 0,15 TWh or 0,3 per cent lower compared to the same period in 2005. Precipitation was normal for Norway in April. There were several regional differences. Parts of Western Norway had almost twice the normal precipitation, while Northern parts of Norway only had 10-30 per cent.
The reservoir filling fell by 7.1 percantage points during April. In the beginning of the month the reservoir filling was 36,2 per cent of total capacity, in the end of April it amounted to 29,1 per cent.
The reservoir filling was below the median during the whole period. In week 17 it the reservoir filling was 5,5 percantage points lower than the median. Spotprice on Noordpool in mid April was 37.5 NOK øre/kWh, the the spotprice for the same week in 2005 was 25.7 NOK øre/kWh.
Gross domestic consumption of electricity experienced a small increase of 0.9 per cent compared to the same period last year. So far in 2006 the gross domestic consumption amounts to 49,1 TWh. This is 1.8 TWh or 3,9 per cent higher than in 2005. Consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing fell by 7.5 per cent compared to April last year. Other consumption (Gross domestic consumption subtracted consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing) rose by 4.2 per cent in April.
Monthly temperature for the whole country was 1.1 degrees Celsius above normal. Parts of Western and southern Norway experienced temperatures below normal, Northern parts of Norway was 3-4 degrees warmer than normal.
See also: Prices of electric energy .