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Sunak urges banks to keep funding oil and gas firms after windfall tax

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Rishi Sunak has asked Britain’s biggest banks to keep the money taps flowing to the oil and gas sector after slapping it with a windfall tax.In a bruising meeting in Aberdeen on Thursday, the chancellor told oil and gas executives he is trying to ensure investment in their businesses is not curtailed.Sunak visited the Scottish oil industry hub to discuss Britain’s energy security and the energy profits levy.

The tax on excess North Sea profits was introduced last month in an attempt to raise £5bn to cut household bills.But oil and gas companies including BP and Shell have warned the levy could hit investment into renewable energy.Sources who attended the meeting at the Net Zero Technology Centre said Sunak told those assembled he asked lenders to ensure oil and gas companies had access to capital.It is understood participants, who included executives from BP, Shell, Harbour Energy and Ithaca Energy, raised a string of concerns over the tax during the hour-long meeting.An Ithaca Energy executive told the chancellor that the windfall tax had made its planned investments into the Cambo, Rosebank and Marigold fields more complex.One attendee said: “He arrived at the meeting bright eyed and bushy tailed and left with his tail between his legs.

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