BP bosses bicker over effects of Scottish independence

bp logoThe Chairman of BP – Carl-Henric Svanberg has made clear that a Yes vote for Scottish Independence would not have “any major implications long-term” and stressed that “our commitment to the North Sea certainly continues.”

The confirmation of BP’s continued commitment to the North Sea comes after Norwegian oil giant announced that it is to invest £4.3 billion in the North Sea creating 700 jobs in the process, including 200 onshore jobs in Aberdeen.

The BP chairman’s remarks are also in stark contrast to remarks earlier this by the company’s chief executive Bob Dudley, a US citizen who said that Scottish Independence would cause ‘uncertainty’ for the company.

Commenting, SNP MSP Mark McDonald – a member of the Scottish parliamentary’s Energy Committee – said: “Mr Svanberg’s welcome comments are the latest demonstration that oil and gas companies operating off Scotland’s coast are firmly committed to continuing to operate in Scotland.

“Aberdeen is a world-class centre of the global oil and gas industry – the energy capital of Europe – and Scottish companies operate in over 100 countries around the world.”

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