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South Korea's Key Energy Statistics world rank
Total Primary Energy Consumption
2016
13.005
quadrillion Btu
8
Total Primary Energy Production
2016
1.773
quadrillion Btu
42
Imports of Crude Oil including Lease Condensate
2016
2,946
thousand barrels per day
5
Primary Coal Imports
2016
140,977
thousand short tons
4
Imports of Dry Natural Gas
2017
1,753
billion cubic feet
9
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Map of South Korea
Map of South Korea

Analysis - Energy Sector Highlights Last updated: July 16, 2018

  • South Korea relies on imports to meet about 98% of its fossil fuel consumption as a result of insufficient domestic resources. The country is one of the world’s leading energy importers.
  • South Korea has a large oil refining sector, but the country relies almost entirely on crude oil imports to supply its refineries.
  • South Korea is the third–largest importer of liquefied natural gas in the world behind Japan and China.
  • Rising coal consumption in South Korea and negligible domestic production resulted in the country having to rely heavily on coal imports over the past several years. In 2017, South Korea was the fourth–largest global coal importer.
  • Fossil fuel sources account for nearly two–thirds of South Korea’s electricity generation, while the share of nuclear power accounts for almost one–third. Renewable energy is set to grow based on government incentives and power plan targets.

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