Written Answers. - Whitegate Oil Refinery.

77.

asked the Minister for Energy the cost of the unkeep of the Whitegate Oil Refinery, County Cork, in each of the years since it came into public ownership; and the amount which was invested in each of those years.

The INPC assumed ownership of the Whitegate Oil Refinery on 2 April 1982. The cost of maintenance and capital expenditure in each year since then has been as follows:

Year

Maintenance Cost IR£'000

Capital Expenditure IR£'000

1982

1,410

146

1983

779

323

1984

1,305

359

1985

1,342

544

1986

1,912

385

1987

2,399

657

1988

1,998

684

(Estimate)