OPINION: Despite being separated only by a notional median line in the middle of the North Sea, public and political attitudes in the UK and Norway towards their respective oil and gas patches could hardly be in greater contrast.

On the one hand, investment in the Norwegian continental shelf continues to rise, spurred by tax incentives introduced last year.

Norway’s oil and gas sector now expects to invest about $18 billion in 2022, up from an earlier forecast of about $16 billion, according to a recent national statistics survey.