TotalEnergies to Minimize UK North Sea Spending by 25% after Windfall Tax


December 1, 2022

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TotalEnergies will reduce its funding in British North Sea oil and gasoline initiatives by 1 / 4 subsequent yr after the UK authorities hiked a windfall tax on the sector, the French agency’s British exploration and manufacturing chief stated on Wednesday.

Power giants Shell and Equinor have additionally stated they had been evaluating their funding plans after the windfall tax was raised to 35% from 25% this month to assist plug Britain’s fiscal gap.

The windfall tax, on high of a number of different taxes the sector is topic to, brings the general tax charge to 75%, among the many highest on the earth. “For 2023 alone, our investments will probably be reduce by 25%,” Jean Luc Guiziou stated in an announcement first reported by Power Voice. 

TotalEnergies, the British North Sea’s second-biggest oil and gasoline producer in line with Woodmac information, had initially deliberate to spend 500 million kilos ($613.00 million) within the British North Sea subsequent yr, a spokesperson stated. 

Guiziou stated in its present type with out a mechanism to mirror any falls in oil and gasoline costs, the windfall tax will notably have an effect on short-term investments comparable to infill wells close to present manufacturing. 

One undertaking that will probably be axed is an infill properly on the Elgin area, the spokesperson added. 

“The power business operates in a cyclical market and is topic to risky commodity costs. We consider that the Authorities ought to stay open to reviewing the power earnings levy if costs cut back earlier than 2028,” Guiziou stated.

($1 = 0.8157 kilos)

Britain’s largest oil and gasoline producers

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(Reuters – Reporting by Tassilo Hummel and Shadia Nasralla; Enhancing by Bernadette Baum)


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