BP profits could fuel every household in Wigan for 63 years
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The oil company logged record post-tax profits of $27.7bn (£23bn) last year, more than double its 2021 earnings and outstripping the previous record of around $26bn (£21.6bn) in 2008.
The figures come in the wake of Shell also announcing record profits of almost $40 million (£33.2m), with opposition parties and campaign groups urging the Government to act while the general public faces a cost-of-living crisis.
To see just how far BP's profits would go, we worked out how many years the energy giant could fuel every home in your area.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy figures show households in Wigan consumed a total of 1,659 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of gas and 473 GWh of electricity in 2021.
At the current charging rates capped by the Government with the Energy Price Guarantee, the approximate total cost of fuelling every home in Wigan in 2021 was £366m.
It means BP would be able to pay the bill of every household in the area for around 63 years.
Mr Miliband said: "What is so outrageous is that as fossil fuel companies rake in these enormous sums, Rishi Sunak still refuses to bring in a proper windfall tax that would make them pay their fair share.
"In just eight weeks’ time, the Government plans to allow the energy price cap to rise to £3,000. Labour would use a proper windfall tax to stop prices going up in April."
Paul Nowak, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said BP was making billions as the Government refuses to give decent pay rises to public sector workers.
"As millions struggle to heat their homes and put food on the table, BP is laughing all the way to the bank," Mr Nowak added.
"Ministers are letting big oil and gas companies pocket billions in excess profits, but they are refusing to give nurses, teachers and other key workers a decent pay rise."