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It’s time to kickstart North Sea oil

We need to end the idea of managed decline


It is reported this morning that one of Liz Truss’s first acts as prime minister, assuming she wins the Conservative party leadership election, will be to grant new licences for North Sea oil and gas extraction. But will it be enough – and quick enough – to alleviate the energy crisis?

There are still substantial known oil and gas reserves in the North Sea left to be exploited.

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