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Generation Fuels

Volume 173: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give, for the latest available year, a regional breakdown of figures consistent with those on fuel used for generation in table 53 of the "Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 1989".

Information on fuel used for electricity generation by region is not collected by the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give 1988–89 figures consistent with the figures for previous years on the fuel used for generation in table 53 of the "Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 1989".

The quantities of fuel used for electricity generation by the public supply system in 1988–89 were as follows:

Type of fuelMillion tonnes of coal or coal equivalent
Coal180·69
Oil for firing boilers26·81
Oil for lighting up boilers31·47
Natural gas40·01
Nuclear19·67
Hydro2·33
Other50·16
Total fuel used111·14
1 Used in coal fired stations, and coal fired sections of mixed fired stations.
2 Used in oil fired stations, and oil fired sections of mixed fired stations, plus all oil used in Northern Ireland.
3 Used in coal fired stations, and pulverised coal fired sections of mixed fired stations. Also used for flame control and overburning. Oil used at coal fired power stations in Northern Ireland is included with oil for firing boilers.
4 Used in mixed fired stations.
5 Includes oil used in diesel engine and gas turbine stations or sections (excluding Northern Ireland—see footnotes 2 and 3).

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give, for the latest available year, figures for each power station on the fuel used for generation consistent with those in table 53 of the "Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 1989".

Information on fuel used for electricity generation by individual power stations is not collected by the Department.