Romania imported some 698,000 tonnes of gas equivalent petrol (tep) in the first five months of this year, down 41.2 percent over the same period in 2012, according to the country’s Statistics Institute (INS). In January-May 2013, local natural gas production stood at some 3.6 million tep, close to the level recorded in the same period of 2012. The country’s proven natural gas reserves were of 100 billion cubic meters at the end of 2012, the same as in 2011. Also, INS reports that the electricity consumption in Romania was down 7.7 per cent in the first five months of the year compared to the same period of 2012. Public lightning consumption was down 9.1 per cent, while household consumption down 1.3 per cent. Thermal power plants produced 10 billion KWh, a drop by a quarter, while the production via hydro power plants was of 6.8 billion KWh, an 18 per cent increase. The electricity production from nuclear power plants was of 4.7 billion KWh, a growth of 1.4 per cent. Wind farms produced 2.1 billion KWh, almost double against the same period of 2012.