HC Deb 20 February 1985 vol 73 cc464-5W
Mr. Dormand

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the progress of the coal liquefaction project.

Mr. David Hunt

The National Coal Board has now begun work on the construction phase of the Point of Ayr coal liquefaction pilot plant. Detailed engineering design is now in progress, and procurement has begun for key plant items. Site work is expected to begin later this year and a main contractor is scheduled to be appointed at about the same time. The pilot plant is expected to be completed in 1987.