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North Sea Oil

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many barrels of oil were produced from the North Sea in each of the last 30 years; and what estimate he has made of the number of barrels to be produced in each of the next 10 years. (209528)

[holding answer 9 June 2008]: The information requested is in the following table. Historical and projected data on UK crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in tonnes have been converted into barrels assuming there are 7.5 barrels per tonne. Historical data are from http://www.berr.gov.uk/energy/statistics/source/oil/page18470.html while projections through to 2013 are from https://www.og.berr.gov.uk/information/bb_updates/chapters/Section4_17.htm; a compound annual decline of 5.5 per cent. has been assumed thereafter.

UK production of oil and NGLs

Million barrels

1978

405

1979

583

1980

604

1981

671

1982

774

1983

862

1984

945

1985

957

1986

953

1987

925

1988

858

1989

688

1990

687

1991

684

1992

707

1993

751

1994

949

1995

974

1996

972

1997

960

1998

994

1999

1,028

2000

945

2001

875

2002

870

2003

796

2004

715

2005

635

2006

574

2007

576

2008

539

2009

509

2010

484

2011

461

2012

437

2013

411

2014

388

2015

367

2016

346

2017

327