Plans for a billion-dollar cash injection in the North Sea will be unveiled today by Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama.
The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s leading investment managers, is putting £660million into the offshore oil and gas industry.
The deal has been hailed as a “clear vote of confidence” in the sector amid fears about the effect of tumbling world oil prices on north-east jobs.
President Barack Obama will not sign a bill introduced that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, his spokesman said, as a top Democratic supporter urged the administration to seek a compromise.
A bill to sidestep an agency review was the Republican’s first legislation introduced as they took control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 2007.
The measure has enough sponsors to pass but not enough to override a veto.