Oil giants CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation), Total and Euroil have this morning announced the discovery of gas, worth 250 million barrels of oil equivalent, in the North Sea.

Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate campaigner Caroline Rance said,

“We’ve known for years that we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground if we’re to tackle climate change. But just months after the IPCC’s stark warning on the climate crisis, it’s clear that big oil and gas companies still aren’t listening.

“It’s a disgrace that oil and gas exploration is still going ahead in the seas off Scotland. It’s high time our governments stopped supporting fossil fuel development, and get serious about planning a just transition away from this industry.

“These companies know all too well that their business is built on the destruction of the climate which is devastating for millions of people around the world but they continue to seek profit from driving this catastrophe.”



  1. China’s CNOOC announces new gas, condensate discovery in UK North Sea https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/oil/012919-chinas-cnooc-announces-new-oil-and-gas-discovery-in-uk-north-sea
  2. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (Oct 2018) https://foe.scot/press-release/ipcc-climate-report-reaction/
  3. Friends of the Earth Scotland is
    * Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation
    * An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland
    * Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 75 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups.