North Sea Coal Deposits Could Power Britain for Centuries

International Business Times reported yesterday that data from North Sea oil and gas exploration indicates that there are huge coal deposits under the North Sea that could power Britain for hundreds of years.

As quoted in the market news:

‘We think there are between three trillion and 23 trillion tonnes of coal buried under the North Sea,’ Dermot Roddy, former professor of energy at Newcastle University, told the Sunday Times.

‘This is thousands of times greater than all the oil and gas we have taken out so far, which totals around 6bn tonnes. If we could extract just a few per cent of that coal it would be enough to power the UK for decades or centuries,’ he continued.

Geologists are yet to discover the scale of the coal deposits, despite already knowing that Britain’s coal resources stretched out into the North Sea.

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