BP writes off billions as Covid redraws rules of oil demand

The British oil and gas supermajor plans to book a large impairment due to a strained long-term demand forecast resulting from the pandemic – which also alters the group's fossil business case, expediting the transition to renewables.

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BP Plc will write down the value of its business by as much as USD 17.5 billion, as the British oil major predicts that the coronavirus pandemic will hurt long-term demand and accelerate the shift to cleaner energy.

The company is also undertaking a review of its projects that could result in some oil discoveries being left in the ground.

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