Power Stations (Oil-Firing)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th February 1961.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 20th February 1961

asked the Minister of Power if he will give the number of oil-fired power stations which are in operation in the British Isles.

Photo of Hon. Richard Wood Hon. Richard Wood , Bridlington

Twelve oil-fired steam stations or parts of stations are in operation in Great Britain.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Does the Minister realise that this is one more than was operating in 1959? What steps is he likely to take to ensure that the ones suitable for conversion are converted to coal-firing at the earliest possible moment?

Photo of Hon. Richard Wood Hon. Richard Wood , Bridlington

It would be an unwise step to convert to coal stations at present using oil at a time when demand for coal is larger than the amount of coal being produced.