HC Deb 09 November 1978 vol 957 cc294-5W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many separate installations are located on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf for the purpose of providing hydrocarbons, including auxiliary function in connection therewith.

Dr. Mabon

There are at present some 74 offshore installations on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf engaged in the development of the nation's oil and gas resources. This figure includes oil production platforms, gas production platforms and mobile rigs whether employed on drilling work or as accommodation units, but excludes unmanned offshore loading buoys and support vessels—for example, diving ships, barges, safety ships, etc. The number fluctuates with the movement of mobile units, and the installations greatly vary in size.

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