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Natural Gas

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 58701, tabled on 19 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to allow more UK gas production as the transition fuel in the energy transition.

Answered on

27 October 2021

The UK oil and gas sector has a critical role in maintaining the country’s energy security. Home-grown supplies still met approximately 46 per cent of the UK’s domestic gas consumption in 2019. However, the UK Continental Shelf is a mature basin and projections for production show a steady decline, even with new investment. In the North Sea Transition Deal, the Government set out a position of conditional support for ongoing domestic production, in recognition of the important role that gas in particular will play as the economy transitions from one based on fossil fuels towards one based on clean energy through our commitment to net zero.

It is the role of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to ensure that the sector continues to develop our North Sea assets cost-effectively and responsibly, while also supporting our net zero goals through the revised OGA Strategy published earlier this year.