HC Deb 15 March 1976 vol 907 cc388-9W
Mr. Litterick

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

Mr. John Smith

Three, as follows:

Field Type Installation date
Argyll Converted Drilling Rig. March 1975
Auk Steel July 1974
Beryl Concrete July 1975
Brent B Concrete August 1975
Forties FA Steel July 1974
Forties FB Steel June 1975
Forties. FC Steel August 1974
Forties FD Steel June 1975
Montrose Steel August 1975
Piper Steel June 1975

Mr. Litterick

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

Field Type Platform Contractors YardlSite Installation
Brent A Steel RDL Methil 1976
Brent C Concrete. McAlpine/Seatank Ardyne Point 1977
Cormorant Concrete McAlpine/Seatank Ardyne Point 1977
Heather Steel McDermott Ardersier 1977
Ninian (Central) Concrete Howard/Doris Loch Kishorn 1977
Ninian (Southern) Steel Highland Fabricators Nigg Bay 1977
Thistle . Steel Laing Offshore Graythorpe 1976

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.

Mr. Litterick

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.

Mr. John Smith

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.