UK: North sea oil and gas to be approved

The prime minister has announced an expansion of oil and gas drilling in the North Sea amid ongoing rows in his party over the future of its climate commitments.

Number 10 said hundreds of new oil and gas licences will be granted off the coast of Scotland to “boost British energy independence” and “reduce reliance on hostile states”.

The move puts a marker between the government and Labour, which has proposed a block on all domestic new oil and gas drilling as part of its strategy to achieve zero-carbon electricity by 2030.

The PM has also confirmed locations for two new carbon capture usage and storage clusters ahead of a visit to Aberdeenshire today – where he is expected to announce multi-million pound funding for the schemes.






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