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North Sea Oil

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the amount of oil being extracted from the North Sea, in terms of annual tonnage, by each licensee; and what percentage in each case is being disposed of to the British National Oil Corporation and to other purchasers, including purchasers in the same group, for refining in the United Kingdom, the EEC and other countries, respectively;(2) if he will publish in the

Official Report a table showing the current output of each oilfield in the North Sea in tons per annum; and what proportion in each case is being sold for refining in the United Kingdom and to, respectively, the EEC and other countries.

Figures for the past production of individual North Sea fields are given in my Department's annual report to Parliament "Development of the Oil and Gas Resources of the United Kingdom"—the "Brown Book"—as are total disposals of each recipient country. Details of disposals by individual fields and North Sea licencees, including BNOC, are commercially confidential. North Sea production in the first nine months of this year was 58 million tonnes, of which 29 million tonnes came to the United Kingdom, 16 million tonnes went to other EEC countries and the balance, 13 million tonnes, went to other countries.