Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

North Sea drill tax blow hits BG

Gas and oil exploration giant BG posted a sharp fall in profits as it counted the cost of the Government's raid on North Sea drilling.

BG took a charge of $265m (£162m) to reflect the rise in the offshore drilling tax to 32%, from 20%, announced in the Budget. Its effective tax rate rose to 45% from 42% as a result of the Chancellor's move.