The Scotsman cartoon: Oil industry ‘crisis’

Illustration: Iain Green
Illustration: Iain Green
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The UK’s oil industry is “close to collapse” but the falling oil price could have a net benefit to the UK economy, according to experts.

Robin Allan, chairman of the independent explorers’ association Brindex, said it is “almost impossible to make money” with the oil price below 60 US dollars (£38) a barrel and there will be no new investments.

But accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said the falling oil price “should be a net benefit to our economy as a whole, even if there is some losers in the UK oil and gas sector and in particular places like Aberdeen”.

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