Oil and Gas IQ Exclusive Interview: Will a new tax Rate Drive Mature Field Operators from the UK Into Other Areas of the World?

By Oil And Gas Iq, PRNE
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ABERDEEN, Scotland, April 14, 2011 - Professor Alex Kemp joins Oil and Gas IQ ahead of the Mature Fields
Conference 2011 to discuss the economics of later field life and the
challenge of maximising production and extending lifecycle.

In the Budget on 23rd March, the Chancellor announced increases on the
taxation of North Sea oil on Mature Fields subject to petroleum revenue tax
from 75% to 81%. In a recent podcast interview with Oil and Gas IQ, Professor
Alex Kemp discusses this delicate topic and gives an outlook on how this
development will affect mature field operators.

"It will reduce the cash flows, will reduce returns on all investments
and the economics of incremental investments in Mature Fields will certainly
all be reassessed again. On a more technical point, the Budget reduced the
rate of relief for decommissioning costs. So there're a number of unfortunate
changes there from the point of view of enhancing investments in incremental

Alex Kemp fears the effects of the tax increase on mature fields
operators. "The question is, really, will the downward trend on the Mature
Fields be rather faster than it was before the Budget. My fear is that this
will happen. The Government have indicated that they're happy to consider
requests for further allowances. I think they were primarily thinking of
brand new fields, but certainly they have in the past been willing to
consider reliefs for Mature Fields, especially those subject to petroleum
revenue tax and, therefore, a very high tax rate."

In addition to his podcast interview, Alex Kemp will also be speaking at
the Mature Fields 2011 event, taking place 28th to 29th June 2011 in
Aberdeen. He will deliver a session on the Economics of Later Field Life,
discussing topics such as Incremental investments for PRT and non-PRT
(Petroleum Revenue Tax) paying fields, Identifying the possible incentives
for implementing EOR and Assessing the economics of CO2 EOR.

For more information about speakers and the agenda or to listen to the
full podcast interview, please visit: bit.ly/ecxYYZ

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