Rise in energy production in Iran.
China was the main contributor to the increase in global energy production, as its coal output grew for the first time after three years of reduction.
Higher global energy prices spurred oil and gas production in the United States, after the 2016 drop.
Energy production continued to decline in the European Union, owing to the moderate growth in energy consumption, lower primary electricity production (nuclear and hydro) the depletion of oil and gas resources and the climate policy that eventually implies the exit of coal.
Large oil and gas exporting countries (Russia, Iran after the end of international sanctions, Canada or Nigeria to a lesser extent) as well as the fast-developing countries (India, Indonesia, Turkey and Brazil) have been the main contributors to the energy production increase in 2017. Conversely, Saudi Arabia's energy production was affected by the OPEC production cut agreement.
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