BP gets $5bn loans on oil sales

Beleaguered energy giant BP?has secured $5bn (£3.2bn) fresh financing by securing debt against its revenues from oil sales for the first time. It is understood the debt will be used to ease BP’s general liquidity position rather than to fund the $20bn escrow account set up to pay for damages caused by its gargantuan oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in the US. BP said the loans created “further flexibility for BP as an alternative form of financing in addition to its more conventional debt financing such as corporate lending”.