BP offices raided in EC price-fixing investigation

BP's North Sea HQ in Aberdeen. Picture: PA
BP's North Sea HQ in Aberdeen. Picture: PA
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OIL company BP is being investigated over allegations of price-fixing, it emerged last night.

The European Commission (EC) said a series of unannounced inspections were carried out by its officials on oil companies earlier in the day.

A spokesman for BP said: “BP is one of the companies that is subject to an investigation. We are co-operating fully and are unable to comment further at this time.”

Shell and the Norwegian company Statoil also confirmed they were being investigated.

An EC statement said: “The commission has concerns that the companies may have colluded in reporting distorted prices to a Price Reporting Agency to manipulate the published prices for a number of oil and biofuel products.

“Any such behaviour, if established, may amount to violations of European anti-trust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices and abuses of a dominant market position.”

The EC added that even small distortions of assessed prices could have a “huge impact … potentially harming final 
consumers”.