Accounting disclosures of provisions for decommissioning oil and gas installations: the case of oil and gas companies listed in the UK

Abdo, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9279-0035 and Mangena, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3005-8110, 2019. Accounting disclosures of provisions for decommissioning oil and gas installations: the case of oil and gas companies listed in the UK. Proceedings of the 8th Annual International Conference on Accounting and Finance (AF 2018). ISSN 2251-1997

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Abstract

Decommissioning costs of oil and gas assets meet the description of asset and provisions under IAS 37. Therefore, accounting for, and disclosures of, provisions for decommissioning oil and gas installations are accounted for in accordance with IAS 16 and IAS 37. Hence, these costs are recognized at the point of an asset installation as part of that asset’s historical cost and as a provision in the balance sheet. However, given the long time span between the asset installation point and decommissioning that asset accounting for decommissioning costs is subject to significant complexity and subjective judgments. Due to their sizes decommissioning costs of oil and gas installations have material cash flow effects. Given the magnitude of decommissioning costs, disclosures of provisions are critical for stakeholders to understand the impact on future cash flows. This study investigates compliance with the reporting requirements of international accounting standards (IASs) regarding provisions for decommissioning costs; it extends to uncover perceptions of stakeholders on reporting practices. Using both secondary and primary data and utilizing a content analysis approach, we conclude that while there are sufficient accounting standards to regulate provisions of decommissioning costs of oil and gas installations there is a lack of compliance with disclosure requirements of IASs. Oil and gas companies tend to disclose the minimum amount of information about provisions for decommissioning costs. We find that stakeholders perceive the information provided by the companies as inadequate and require them to provide more detailed and meaningful information. Our findings have imperative policy implications for improving the quality of information availed to stakeholders.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Paper presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Accounting and Finance (AF 2018), Singapore, 23-24 July 2018.
Publication Title: Proceedings of the 8th Annual International Conference on Accounting and Finance (AF 2018)
Creators: Abdo, H. and Mangena, M.
Publisher: Global Science and Technology Forum
Place of Publication: Singapore
Date: January 2019
ISSN: 2251-1997
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 01 Aug 2018 13:53
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019 14:12
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34214

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