North Sea

EY beefs up Scottish tax team

Two senior tax professionals have joined the Scottish tax team at EY in the latest announcement of growth and investment by the professional services firm.


Renewables and investment – well placed to bounce back?

While many sectors have recently rediscovered the importance of resilience, it’s always been in the energy industry’s DNA. From hostile physical environments to volatile prices, the sector keeps the lights on for millions of households, whatever the circumstances. So, despite seized-up supply chains and plunging energy prices, the industry has largely endured and overcome the current challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Are there any tax levers left to pull for the UK oil and gas industry?

Proposals to introduce temporary amendments to the Norwegian upstream tax regime, put to the Norwegian parliament a couple of weeks ago, and included within the Norwegian budget on Tuesday, have added to calls for fiscal change in the UK to support investment in the UKCS and underpin the oilfield services (OFS) supply chain.


Focusing on the future – what’s next for the oil and gas sector?

Despite the uncertainties raging around us, as an industry and as individuals we have adapted quickly to the challenges of lockdown. The return to normal may prove a longer, challenging but potentially rewarding path, believes Jon Clark, EY EMEIA Oil & Gas strategy and transactions leader.


How energy companies can respond now and plan for the future

Energy companies are used to weathering disruption of all kinds. And during this incredibly challenging time, we are now more than ever relying on them for the safe access and delivery of power, gas, water and other essential services. As governments around the world enact drastic measures to slow down transmission of the COVID-19 outbreak, energy companies are facing multiple challenges: from the health and well-being of employees to disruption in the supply chain and from working capital shortages to complete closure of operations. They have also been squeezed by a big drop in demand for both oil and natural gas, which has led to lockdowns, a collapse in industrial activity and travel bans all over the world. Oil prices have been sent crashing to their lowest level since 2001, while gas demand has fallen by as much as 20% in some cases.


Oil and Gas: Holding your nerve?

Investing in capital markets is, speculators aside, a long- term play. When times are good investors can relax and take pleasure in their investment prowess; when times are bad investors need to remind themselves, they are in for the long term, and play to the fundamentals.