HC Deb 31 March 1980 vol 982 c64W
40. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps are being taken to use the gas flared off at the terminals of the North Sea gas pipes for the generation of electricity.

Mr. Gray

The terminals of North Sea gas pipelines only flare or vent because of operational requirements. The very small quantities of gas involved would not justify investment in electricity generation. Most associated gas brought ashore in North Sea oil pipelines is used at the terminal (largely to generate electricity) or shipped out in liquid form.

At Flotta, gas currently available exceeds the terminal's needs and some is supplied to the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board for electricity generation.