Carbon Energy Reserves

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reserves of (a) natural gas, (b) oil and (c) coal the UK has.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry

Estimate of UK oil and gas reserves are published annually on the DTI's Oil and Gas website at:

http://www.og.dti.gov.uk/information/bb_updates/chapters/reserves_index.htm.

The Coal Authority estimates reserves at operating and developing mines in the UK to be between 500 and 600 million tonnes. There is no accurate estimate of what further reserves may become accessible from any future mining development beyond that already in prospect. Total coal deposits (in seams over 0.6m thick and less than 1,200m deep) have been estimated in the order of 190 billion tonnes, although much of this is unlikely to be technically or economically exploitable.

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