Motor fuels; deliveries by petajoule, weight and volume

Motor fuels; deliveries by petajoule, weight and volume

Delivery motor fuels Periods Motor fuels in petajoule Water transport Heating and other gasoil Deliveries to sea transport (PJ) Motor fuels physical units Water transport Heating and other gasoil Deliveries to sea transport (million kg)
Total deliveries 2021 1st quater* 13.9 322
Deliveries for final consumption 2021 1st quater*
Deliveries for bunkers 2021 1st quater* 13.9 322
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table provides information on deliveries of motor fuels for transport and other customers in the Netherlands. Deliveries are either for consumption in the Netherlands and international road transport, which is called final consumption, or for international sea and air transport, which is traditionally called bunkering.

The table gives figure for all modes of transport and Agricultural and mobile equipment. Figures for relevant motor fuels are given by transport category. Pure biofuels for road transport are not included in this table. Blended biofuels are included in the deliveries of motor gasoline and transport diesel. Biofuels are products produced from agricultural crops.

Deliveries of motor fuels are expressed by energy (petajoules) and physical units (million kg or million kWh). Deliveries for road transport are also published in volume (million litres). This table includes figures (in petajoules) on total transport, total road transport, total water transport, total air transport and total rail transport. This is not possible for physical units, due to different units (e.g. kg and kWh) are not countable.

Since 2013, low-duty red diesel no longer sold. The customers of these red diesel, such as construction and agriculture, have since been obliged to fill the high-duty diesel also consumed by road transport. Until August 2016 was a month made a model-based estimate of the share of road transport in the use of diesel. This model-based estimation is no longer considered responsible for determining monthly figures. The difference in consumption of diesel between road transport and other consumers in the tables by month is therefore lapsed. On an annual basis, the difference in consumption of diesel between road transport and other consumers will be published in the following table: 'Energy balance sheet; supply and consumption, sector'.

Data available from:
From 1946.

Status of the figures:
All figures from 1946 to December 2018 are definite.
Figures from January 2019 onwards are provisional.

Changes as of 28 May 2021:
Provisional figures of March 2021 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Provisional figures: in the third month after the month under review.
Definite figures: not later than in the second following December.

Description topics

Motor fuels in petajoule
Amounts of substances, expressed in petajoules, combusted for the propulsion of vehicles transporting persons or goods, mobile- and none mobile equipment, including motor gasoline, transport diesel, kerosene, natural gas, electricity and fuel oil. Pure biofuels for road transport are not included in this table. Blended biofuels are included in the deliveries of motor gasoline and transport diesel.
A joule is a unit of energy equivalent to 0.24 calories. A Petajoule (PJ) equals 1,000,000,000,000,000 joules (10 to the power of 15) and is equivalent to 31.6 million cubic metres of natural gas or 278 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.
Water transport
All passenger and freight water transport, like inland water and sea water transport. Excludes fishing.
For the period 1955-1960 fishing is included in the deliveries of gasoil to water transport.
Heating and other gasoil
Oil for use outside road transport, for example for lighter ship engines. The distillation range of heating gasoil lies between 180 and 380 degrees Celsius, for other gasoil the boiling point is up to 540 degrees Celsius.
Deliveries to sea transport
Deliveries of gasoil to all types of sea transport ships.

Up to 1961 the figures for domestic consumption and deliveries to sea fishing and piloting are included in international transport.
Motor fuels physical units
Amounts of substances, expressed in million kg or million m3, combusted for the propulsion of vehicles transporting persons or goods and mobile- and none mobile equipment, including motor gasoline, diesel, kerosene, natural gas, electricity and fuel oil. Pure biofuels for road transport are not included in this table. Blended biofuels are included in the deliveries of motor gasoline and transport diesel. Biofuels are products produced from agricultural crops.
Water transport
All passenger and freight water transport, like inland water and sea water transport. Excludes fishing.
For the period 1955-1960 fishing is included in the deliveries of gasoil to water transport.
Heating and other gasoil
Oil for use outside road transport, for example for lighter ship engines. The distillation range of heating gasoil lies between 180 and 380 degrees Celsius, for other gasoil the boiling point is up to 540 degrees Celsius.
Deliveries to sea transport
Deliveries of gasoil to all types of sea transport ships.

Up to 1961 the figures for domestic consumption and deliveries to sea fishing and piloting are included in international transport.