UPDATE 1-BP puts 2010 Gulf of Mexico penalties at $62bln

jueves 14 de julio de 2016 15:39 GYT

* Company agrees to new $5.2bln claim

* BP to take $2.5bln charge in Q2 2016

* Says further claims will not have material impact (Recasts, adds details, background)

By Ron Bousso

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - BP on Thursday estimated costs from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill will total $61.6 billion after it agreed to a new $5.2 billion charge it said largely drew claims to a close.

The company said it will record an after-tax charge of around $2.5 billion in its second quarter as a result of the latest charge.

This comes more than a year after the British oil and gas company agreed to pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve most claims from the spill in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history.

The company said in a statement on Thursday that the $5.2 billion charge would mark the last major claim and that any further claims would not have a material impact, drawing the Deepwater Horizon incident near a close.

"Over the past few months we've made significant progress resolving outstanding Deepwater Horizon claims and today we can estimate all the material liabilities remaining from the incident," Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary said.   Continuación...