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Number of the week

Every week, we post a ‘Number of the week’ to highlight the important role oil and gas plays in society. Each number is accompanied by a short explanation.


… households in Germany had their power supply cut last year because they did not pay their energy bill. (Source DIE ZEIT No. 17, April 20, 2017 – “Die Abgeklemmten”) Affordable energy is vital for a thriving society, not only in developing nations, but also in mature industrialized countries.

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63 million

Wind power relies on oil:  high-performance petroleum-based lubricants for turbines last for 7 years, the equivalent of  63 million rotations. Source: ExxonMobil

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According to a recent survey, over 57% of Germans view natural gas as the best complement to renewables. Source: www.BVEG.de

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According to a recent survey, 70% of Germans think that their country will continue to use natural gas at the same rate or higher in the future. Source: www.BVEG.de

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By 2040, demand for desalinated water in Middle East will account for over 10% of the region’s energy consumption. Source: Water Energy Nexus, by IEA  

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By 2040, the amount of energy used in the water sector will double. Source: Water Energy Nexus, by IEA  

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300 million

Over 300 million people around the wold rely on desalinated water. Oil and gas provides energy to produce water. Source: International Desalination Association

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Thanks in large part to natural gas, US energy-related CO2 emissions are down to what they were in 1991 . Source: ExxonMobil

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By the end of 2017, 21 large-scale CCS projects with ~40 Mtpa CO2 capture capacity will be in operation (according to the Global CCS Institute). This compares with less than 10 operational large-scale CCS projects in 2010. Source: Global CSS Institute

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