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Coal Supply

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how many tonnes of coal British Coal is contracted to supply to National Power and PowerGen this year and in the two succeeding years.

The British Coal Corporation is contracted to supply the following approximate coal tonnages, at prescribed calorific values, to National Power and PowerGen:

National Power

  • 44 million tonnes for 1990–91 and for 1991–92
  • 40 million tonnes for 1992–93

PowerGen

  • 26 million tonnes for 1990–91 and for 1991–92
  • 25 million tonnes for 1992–93

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what level of coal stocks were held by British Coal and the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1989–90 and each year since 1984–85.

The level of coal stocks in million tonnes at the end of December was:

British CoalPower stations Great Britain
1984–8520·7514·40
1985–869·2323·94
1986–878·7027·98
1987–886·1425·29
1988–897·3327·00
1989–9010·0527·35

Source: Energy Trends, April 1990.

Power stations stocks include those held by the Central Electricity Generating Board and the South of Scotland electricity board.