The Week’s Top Energy News – Halloween edition
Welcome to a Halloween themed edition of our weekly energy round-up. This week, we take a look at spooky ener...Read More
Scottish Government tax earnings from North Sea oil and gas dropped 75% to a record low in 1Q15, according to the latest figures. What does this mean for you?
Much of the current pain is due to low oil prices, which “will continue to have a material bearing on economic conditions in Scotland”, in the words of the latest State of the Economy report. As doubts over the Chinese economy have contributed to global economic fears, oil prices (which are closely related to gas prices) have slipped to around $40 a barrel.
For Scotland, low prices have both positive and negative impacts, as the report explains: “lower oil prices boost consumption as well as production in energy-intensive sectors, but squeeze investment and profitability in the oil and gas sector and the wider supply chain.”
Despite this attempt at a positive spin and the growing contribution of renewable energy, the importance of North Sea oil and gas to the Scottish economy (more pronounced if the country had voted to become independent) means the country will suffer in the short term unless commercial gas prices rebound.
A big part of the problem is the dwindling output of ageing North Sea oil and gas fields, squeezing earnings of business gas suppliers, just as expensive infrastructure reaches the end of its life.
Cost cutting, consolidation within the industry and a more collaborative approach championed by the new industry regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), is helping. Indeed, a “particularly strong performance in the construction sector underpinned by infrastructure investment” is noted in the Government report.
That may already be bearing fruit: the report notes that the ONS Index of Production reports that UK oil and gas production in 2Q15 was up by 9% year-on-year: “Several factors were behind this, including production in some fields coming back online after closure for maintenance, and the high levels of North Sea investment in recent years resulting in new fields coming on-stream or ramping up production.”
Yet, as the Scottish Government themselves admit, “at this stage any specific impacts are difficult to quantify and will depend on this trend being maintained”.
Business gas prices could be on a downward trend. But, with so much instability – including in important gas producing areas such as Russia and the Middle East – prices could quickly increase. Now is the time to lock in current low prices or at the very least see if a better deal is available.
This doesn’t have to be onerous: just 20 minutes is enough for us to quickly compare business gas suppliers and switch you to a new deal (with us taking care of the paperwork). Give us a call on 0330 0100 251 (or request a call back using our form).
Find out more about business gas at our dedicated page.
Competent and courteous service.
"Marie was knowledgeable and helpful. I feel able to recommend the service given without reservation. David Slesenger"This review was posted by David Slesenger on the 16th of August 2016
"Nadia was very helpful"This review was posted by Robin on the 16th of August 2016
Excellent Customer Service *****
"Jonathan Burgess is an asset to Switch My Business. He made me feel at ease and was more than helpful at all times. He made regular contact and guided me through the whole process which made switching a breeze. I just wish there were more customer service advisers like Jonathon whose friendly and happy demeanour make your day a much nicer one. Well done Switch my business and more importantly thank you Jonathon for all your hard work! Maria Owen Lodgecrest"This review was posted by Maria Owen on the 17th of August 2016
EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE
"I totally agree with a customer maria owen,Jonathan Burgess was such a pleasure dealing with and is truly a asset to the company, he made it very easy to switch my electricity companies, Jonathan Burgess was very helpful, easy to talk to it was like talking to a friend not just a customer adviser. I would definitely recommend switchmybusiness and try get hold off Jonathan Burgess if possible and have the same excellent service as I did. Rajan Shanan"This review was posted by Rajan Shanan on the 19th of August 2016
Excellent and very helpful
"Arron who dealt with my switch of energy and gas has been a huge help and extremely efficienct and easy to deal with. Despite British Gas throwing obstacles in the way at every turn he has doggedly stuck to his task and saved the day. Thanks Arron."This review was posted by Rod Pryce-Jones on the 19th of August 2016