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Oil Production Platforms

Volume 907: debated on Monday 15 March 1976

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many North Sea oil production platforms are currently on order from foreign sources.

Three, as follows:

FieldTypeInstallation date
ArgyllConverted Drilling Rig.March 1975
AukSteelJuly 1974
BerylConcreteJuly 1975
Brent BConcreteAugust 1975
Forties FASteelJuly 1974
Forties FBSteelJune 1975
Forties. FCSteelAugust 1974
Forties FDSteelJune 1975
MontroseSteelAugust 1975
PiperSteelJune 1975

asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) how many oil production platforms are under construction or on order at each of the following platform production sites: Lock Kishorn, Ardyne Point, Portavadie, Hunterston, Nigg Bay, Ardersier, Methil and Graythorpe;(2) how many oil production platforms are now under construction in the United

FieldTypePlatform ContractorsYardlSiteInstallation
Brent ASteelRDLMethil1976
Brent CConcrete.McAlpine/SeatankArdyne Point1977
CormorantConcreteMcAlpine/SeatankArdyne Point1977
Ninian (Central)ConcreteHoward/DorisLoch Kishorn1977
Ninian (Southern)SteelHighland FabricatorsNigg Bay1977
Thistle. SteelLaing OffshoreGraythorpe1976
No orders have yet been received by the platform contractors at Portavadie or Hunterston.The platforms already installed and under construction will meet the current developments by the operators but I am in discussion with them about future orders.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will take action to prevent the importation of foreign-built oil production platforms into British North Sea oilfields.

The Government have no power to prevent the oil companies from importing foreign-made oil production platforms and it would be contrary to our international obligations to introduce legislation to this effect. However, as a result of steps taken by the Government the United Kingdom now has the capacity to build all the steel and concrete non-buoyant oil production platforms likely to be ordered in the future by the oil companies for the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea and we would naturally hope that all these orders will be placed with British yards. The Government have recently concluded a memorandum of understanding and code of practice with the oil companies which provide for full and fair opportunity for British companies.