Trade and Industry written question – answered on 4th November 2004.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Energy & e-Commerce), Department of Trade and Industry

My Department publishes an annual assessment of the oil and gas reserves on the UK continental shelf (UKCS). The latest assessment is on the web at As at the end of 2003, proven, probable and possible gas reserves were estimated to total 590, 315 and 336 billion cubic metres (bcm) respectively. In addition, there are estimated to be a further 74–276 bcm of gas in potential additional reserves, which are not currently technically or commercially producible, and undiscovered resources of between 279 and 1,259 bcm. Gas production from the UKCS to end 2003 was just over 1,800 bcm; production is currently around 100 bcm per annum.

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