MEA: Scope of Relief: Mineral extraction activities included
The MEA code applies to all mineral extraction activities world-wide, including:
- Sand and gravel extraction.
- Hard rock mining.
- The oil sector.
- Geothermal energy.
Relief under the code is available only to persons carrying on a trade of mineral extraction. Lessors of mineral bearing land, for example, would not qualify.
The MEA code applies to expenditure incurred on or after 1 April 1986. Before that date the Mines, Oil Wells Allowance code operated. Instructions in respect of this code have been deleted. Transitional provisions can be found at CAA01/SCH3/PARA88.
Guidance on the MEA code, as it applies to the oil and gas sector, can be found in the Oil Taxation Manual at OT26200 onwards.