HC Deb 04 March 1981 vol 1000 c141W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about prospects for geothermal energy in the Province.

Mr. Adam Butler

On earlier geological evidence the prospects of discovering useable geothermal energy in the Larne area are sufficiently high to justfy further exploration. I cannot, however, predict whether a commercially viable source will be found, at least until the results of the exploratory borehole currently being drilled at Larne are known.