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Seabed Survey (Oil-Bearing Structures)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what proportion of the world's land surface and surveyable seabed outside the Warsaw pact countries has been surveyed for oil-bearing structures.

Much of the world's land surface as well as the seabed consists of formations where oil-bearing structures cannot exist. Of the sedimentary basins in which they could be found, approximately two-thirds of these have been surveyed, some extensively, others less so.