Belfast Telegraph

Treasury's radical plan to give North Sea oil a boost

By Katrine Bussey

The UK Government has unveiled a radical plan aimed at rewarding investment in the North Sea in a bid to see as much oil and gas extracted as possible.

A review of the fiscal regime for the oil and gas sector was announced in this year's Budget, with a new Treasury report saying "significant change" was needed in order to continue to attract investment.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander launched the new report as he met key industry figures during a visit to Aberdeen.

There is still "significant hydrocarbon reserve" in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), the Government said, which could "generate significant benefits for the UK" if it can be recovered.

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