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Oil & Gas


Manufacturing Clients

108k (£)

Claim Value

1.1bn (£)

Tax Relief Paid
to Sector in 2022

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Tax Services

Funding Types

Research & Development Tax Credits

Average Payout Time

6 - 12 Weeks

Eligible Activities

  • Development of new drilling technologies to drill more efficiently and safely

  • Development of new production technologies to extract more oil and gas from a reservoir

  • Development of new environmental technologies to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas production

  • Improvement of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to capture carbon dioxide from emissions and store it underground

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and if you are unsure whether your activities qualify, please feel free to contact us to find out more.

Key Contacts

Matthew Kimber RDI Solutions

Matthew Kimber

Tax Incentive Consultant

Nicola Allan RDI Solutions

Nicola Allan

Tax Incentive Consultant

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Tax Relief for the Oil & Gas Sector Explained

The Oil & Gas industry encompasses activities related to the exploration, production, refining, and distribution of petroleum products and natural gas.
Successfully claiming tax refunds can bring several benefits to this sector:
Exploration and Production Incentives
Tax refunds can provide incentives for companies engaged in oil and gas exploration and production activities. This includes deductions for exploration costs, investment incentives for drilling, and depletion allowances. These incentives encourage investment in exploration, leading to increased discoveries and production.

Research and Development (R&D)
Tax refunds can support investment in research and development initiatives focused on improving extraction methods, refining processes, and environmental sustainability in the oil and gas industry. R&D investments promote technological advancements, cost reduction, and efficiency improvements.

Infrastructure Development
Tax refunds can be used to develop and maintain oil and gas infrastructure, including pipelines, storage facilities, and transportation networks. Upgraded infrastructure ensures efficient movement of resources, reduces operational costs, and supports the growth of the industry.

Environmental and Safety Compliance
Tax refunds can support initiatives aimed at environmental protection and safety compliance. This includes investments in technologies and practices that minimise environmental impact, reduce emissions, and ensure workplace safety. Complying with regulations improves sustainability and enhances the industry's social responsibility.

Workforce Training and Development
Tax refunds can be allocated to training programs for the oil and gas workforce, improving skills, and enhancing safety practices. Well-trained employees contribute to operational efficiency, reduce accidents, and maintain industry standards.

Export Promotion
Tax refunds can support export promotion efforts, enabling oil and gas companies to access international markets. This includes participating in trade missions, exploring new markets, and complying with international trade regulations. Export opportunities expand revenue streams and support industry growth.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments
Tax refunds can incentivise investments in energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects within the oil and gas sector. This includes adopting cleaner technologies, exploring alternative energy sources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Such investments contribute to sustainability goals and support the transition to a low-carbon future.

Successfully claiming tax refunds in the Oil & Gas sector supports exploration and production, research and development, infrastructure development, environmental compliance, workforce training, export promotion, and energy transition initiatives. These benefits contribute to the growth, efficiency, and sustainability of the industry while ensuring compliance with regulations and minimising environmental impact.

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Our Tax Services for the Oil & Gas Sector

Our in-house expert Research & Development tax consultants can help you to identify which government tax schemes you are eligible for and to make the most of what's available.


A government tax incentive that can be claimed by any business that invests in Research and Development.

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