HC Deb 31 October 1983 vol 47 c256W
Mr. Barron

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the expected life of the North sea gas field at current rate of use.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

The 1983 Brown Book estimates remaining proved United Kingdom continental shelf gas reserves to be 633 billion cubic metres (born), equivalent to some 14 years of natural gas consumption in Britain at 1982 levels. Total remaining recoverable reserves (including potential future discoveries) are estimated to be in the range of 1025–1700 bcm.