Energy giant Shell’s profits increased to £32 billion ($39.9bn) in 2022 due to soaring oil prices in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
It represented the company’s highest profit in its 115-year history and surpassed the expectations of industry experts.
It comes amid continued questions over the scale of windfall taxes on energy producers, which have benefited from higher prices.
Shell chief executive Wael Sawan said: ‘Our results in Q4 and across the full year demonstrate the strength of Shell’s differentiated portfolio, as well as our capacity to deliver vital energy to our customers in a volatile world.
‘We believe that Shell is well positioned to be the trusted partner through the energy transition.
‘As we continue to put our Powering Progress strategy into action, we will build on our core strengths, further simplify the organisation and focus on performance.
‘We intend to remain disciplined while delivering compelling shareholder returns, as demonstrated by the 15 per cent dividend increase and the four-billion-dollar share buyback programme announced today.’
In response to energy giant Shell’s record profits, the Liberal Democrats said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has failed to take action with a proper windfall tax.
Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said: ‘No company should be making these kind of outrageous profits out of Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
‘Rishi Sunak was warned as chancellor and now as Prime Minister that we need a proper windfall tax on companies like Shell and he has failed to take action.
‘Families across the country are struggling to heat their homes and feed their families and this Government turns round and says ‘there is nothing we can do’.
‘They must tax the oil and gas companies properly and at the very least ensure that energy bills don’t rise yet again in April.’
Shell has pledged to be a net zero carbon company by 2050 and has said its overall carbon emissions peaked in 2018 at around 1.7 billion tonnes.
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