HC Deb 17 July 1980 vol 988 c689W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the fossil fuel generating capacity in Northern Ireland; what is the capacity (a) coal-fired and (b) oil fired; what tonnage is used by each annually; and whether a nuclear station is contemplated within the next decade.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The present fossil fuel electricity generating capacity in Northern Ireland is 1,845 MW, of which (a) 240 MW is coal-fired and (b) 1,605 MW is oil-fired. The consumption of fuel in equivalent coal tonnes for the year ended 31 March 1980 was (a) 560,557 and (b) 2,121,319. There are no plans to build a nuclear station.