June 15, 2020 / 6:33 AM / 23 days ago

BP to write off up to $17.5 bln after reduced oil price forecast

LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) - BP will incur an up to $17.5 billion writedown in the value of its assets after lowering its long-term oil and gas price outlook in expectation of an accelerated transition away from fossil fuels, the oil major said on Monday.

In a statement, BP said that the aftermath of the new coronavirus pandemic will accelerate the pace of transition to a lower-carbon economy.

BP revised its assumptions for benchmark Brent crude oil prices to an average of about $55 a barrel between 2021 and 2050. It will also assume the price of Henry Hub gas at $2.90 per million British thermal units.

“The revised prices are around 30% lower than previous assumptions,” a company spokesman said.

As a result, BP will take non-cash impairment charges and write-offs in the second quarter in a range of $13 billion to $17.5 billion after tax, the company said.

Reporting by Ron Bousso Editing by David Goodman

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