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Gas Flaring

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will compare the volume of gas flared in the north North Sea in February 1977 with the 190 million cubic metres flared in January 1977 and give his estimate of the volume of gas likely to be flared in each month up to the end of June 1977.

The corresponding figures are 209 million cubic metres—January 1977 revised figure—and 228 million cubic metres—February 1977. The gas flaring proposals of some individual operators are under review but I expect the June 1977 figure to be of the order of 350 million cubic metres.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will express in terms of million tons coal equivalent the amount of gas flared in the north North Sea since production first began in the area.

The amount of gas flared in the northern North Sea from June 1975 when production first began to end February 1977 was about 2 million tons of coal equivalent.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will express in terms of MTCE the 20 billion cubic metres of gas he has authorised to be flared from Brent B Platforrm; and if he will express in similar terms the total volume of gas entering the United Kingdom market from the BGC in 1976.

20 billion cubic feet of gas equals about 0·9 million tons of coal equivalent. During 1976 BGC supplied 14·4 thousand million therms, which is 56·2 million tons of coal equivalent.