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Why Oil Production in Ogoniland is Still Impossible

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Why Oil Production in Ogoniland is Still Impossible

By Fegalo Nsuke: 

Shortly after the hangings on 10 November 1995, Shell Oil Company set up an Ogoni Re-entry department to help the company break the Ogoni resistance and pave the way for the resumption of oil mining in the area. That was Shell’s immediate response to the plight of the Ogoni people after the brutal killings of 9 leaders by the Nigerian government in 1995.

The government and Shell had thought that Saro-Wiwa’s killing would frustrate the Ogoni and ease the resumption of oil mining in Ogoniland. That was not to be as the people have consistently and persistently held on to the oil till date except in cases where agents of Shell have been reported to be stealing the Ogoni oil.

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Oil Prices Slide Again as Oversupply Fears Persist

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By TIMOTHY PUKO and GEORGI KANTCHEV: Feb. 8, 2016 

Oil prices dropped back below $30 Monday amid continuing fears about the global oversupply of crude. A Sunday meeting between Saudi Arabia and Venezuela ended without any plans for production cuts, damaging hopes that the world’s major exporters will cooperate on output cuts. Data from Barclays also suggested softer demand from the world’s largest consumers, the U.S. and China.

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Workers evacuated from storm-hit Shell platform

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SAM CHAMBERS: 8 FEB 2016

A Shell platform that has run into difficulties in the past is in the news again as severe weather forced an evacuation last night.

Close to 80 workers were forced to leave the Brent Bravo in the North Sea last night and moved to two sister platforms as the oil major feared Storm Imogen with 130 kmh winds might have damaged the installation.

“Personnel on the platform were called to muster following damage to one of the structure’s legs. As a precaution, all non-essential personnel were moved to other nearby Brent platforms,” Shell said in a statement.

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As Big Oil shrinks, boards plot different paths out of crisis

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Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 09.14.51* Companies seek to safeguard growth for when market recovers

* U.S. firms abandon deepwater projects for shale oil fields

* Britain’s BP bets on Egyptian gas, Shell on major acquisition

By Ron Bousso and Terry Wade

LONDON/HOUSTON, Feb 7 As oil and gas companies cut ever-deeper into the bone to weather their worst downturn in decades, boards have adopted contrasting strategies to lead them out of the crisis.

Crude prices have tumbled around 70 percent over the past 18 months to around $35 a barrel, leading to five of the world’s top oil companies reporting sharp declines in profits in recent days.

Executives at energy firms face a tough balancing act: they must cut spending to stay financially afloat while preserving the production infrastructure and capacity that will allow them to compete and grow when the market recovers.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc and BG Group plc merger

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 08.47.20By Brett Owens: Forbes.com: 6 Feb 2016

The Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR (RDS.A) and BG Group plc ADR (BRGYY) merger, which looked liked such a win-win for everyone has grown a bit complicated as the deal nears completion. The premium has shrunk, as have the benefits of the merger with prices under $90 a barrel.

However, there are still some takeaways for investors to breathe easier about. First, Shell has never cut or suspended its dividend in 40 years. That includes the late 1980s when oil was at $10. And despite a 56% drop in fourth quarter profits, the firm has reiterated it will maintain its dividend for 2016.

The firm has delayed capital expenditures and cut spending. It plans to slash another 3% of its employees this year after the merger.

The Shell BG merger increases Shell’s reserves by 25% and its output by 20%. More importantly, it makes Shell a well positioned producer of LNG – a segment that is growing internationally as oil declines. The merger takes Shell from third to the second largest public oil producer by capitalization after Exxon.

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The world’s most hated company: can NGOs help turn Shell’s reputation around?

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While Shell’s plummeting profits are partially due to the falling price of oil, the years of negative publicity surrounding the company have likely also had an effect…

Alison MoodieSaturday 6 February 2016 14.00 GMT

In mid-2015, Shell realized its project in the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Alaska, was in trouble. After nearly a decade of expensive drilling, it still hadn’t yielded results and increasingly strict regulations were making it harder to operate. Plus, there was the small issue of public opinion, which, inspired by an aggressive campaign by Greenpeace, was turning against the company. 

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BG Group in ‘excellent’ shape for Shell’s £35bn takeover

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BG GROUP said it was in “excellent” shape ahead of a £35billion takeover by former rival Shell as it ramped up production and drove down costs in the face of sliding oil prices.

The FTSE 100 oil and gas group reported a surge in output in Australia and Brazil – key growth markets identified by Shell to justify the deal – beating its target to deliver a daily average of 704,000 barrels of oil per day last year, up 16 per cent on the previous year.

Volumes increased by 20 per cent in the fourth quarter.

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BG signs off with $3bn flourish before Shell’s bittersweet takeover

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Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 08.05.25Marcus LerouxFebruary 7, 2016

BG Group has returned to profit in “bittersweet” valedictory results on the eve of its takeover by Royal Dutch Shell.

A pre-tax profit of $3 billion compared with a writedown-inflicted loss of $1.1 billion in 2014.

During the year BG started the $20 billion Queensland Curtis liquefied natural gas project in Australia and boosted its production in Brazil. Both had been sources of trouble for the company as it issued a succession of profit warnings between 2012 and 2014. 

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Oil market spiral threatens to prick global debt bubble, warns BIS

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By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard6:33PM GMT 05 Feb 2016

The global oil industry is caught in a self-feeding downward spiral as falling prices cause producers to boost output even further in a scramble to service $3 trillion of dollar debt, the world’s top watchdog has warned.

The Bank for International Settlements fears that a perverse dynamic is at work where energy companies in Brazil, Russia, China and parts of the US shale belt are increasing production in defiance of normal market logic, leading to a bad “feedback-loop” that is sucking the whole sector into a destructive vortex.

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Shell massively expands natural gas business – just as sector tanks

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Terry Macalister Energy editor: Friday 5 February 2016 13.43 GMT

Shell is about to massively increase its exposure to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market just as profits in the sector dive, according to new figures from BG.

BG – the former international exploration and production arm of British Gas, which will become part of Shell in 10 days in a $35bn (£24bn) merger – ramped up its LNG shipments by nearly 60% in 2015, only to see earnings from this side of its business plunge by 67%.

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Oilmageddon

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Katy Barnato: 5 FEB 2016

The global economy seems trapped in a “death spiral” that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned.

Some analysts — including those at Citi — have turned bearish on the world economy this year, following an equity rout in January and weaker economic data out of China and the U.S.

“The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral,” Citi strategists led by Jonathan Stubbs said in a report on Thursday.

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Corporate earthquakes

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By Ed Crooks: February 5, 2016

Earnings reports from the largest listed oil companies have this week given a series of seismograph readings on the upheaval in the crude market. The implications for investors, employees and suppliers are grim. Worse, those earnings were all recorded in a period when oil and gas prices were significantly higher than they are now.

In a run of generally grim reports, BP’s was perhaps the worst: in 2015 it made a $5.2bn loss, the largest in its history. ConocoPhillips of the US, which after spinning off its refining business in 2012 became the world’s largest pure exploration and production company, was another standout, cutting its dividend by 66 per cent just two months after promising that the payout would be its “highest priority”.

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BG Group posts profit ahead of Shell takeover

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By Tara Cunningham, Business Reporter: 9:16AM GMT 05 Feb 2016

In its final results ahead of its landmark merger with Shell, BG Group has reported a pre-tax profit of $2.98bn, compared with a $2.3bn loss the previous year.

FTSE 100-listed BG is due to be absorbed into the Anglo-Dutch giant by the middle of the month after its shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of a £40bn takeover.

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 11.21.44In its last year as standalone company, BG managed to limit the impact from plunging oil prices to a 16pc drop in revenue for the year, racking up sales of $16.2bn.

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Shell to cut 10,000 jobs as profits plunge by 80 per cent

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Shell yesterday confirmed plans to cut 10,000 jobs now that its takeover of rival BG Group is set to go through, and raised the prospect of further redundancies, as it reported an  80 per cent slump in profits to a 13-year low.

Two days after BP announced its biggest-ever annual loss, Shell revealed that its profits had fallen to $3.8bn (£2.6bn) last year, from $19bn in 2014. The industry has been rocked by a sustained slump in the oil price, from $115 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to $35.41 yesterday. 

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Shell pushes back investment decision on Canadian LNG project

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British Columbia’s ambitions to become North America’s next major liquefied natural gas exporter took another hit on Thursday, as Royal Dutch Shell pushed back a final investment decision (FID) on its LNG Canada project to late 2016.

The delay came as Europe’s largest oil company reported its lowest annual income in over a decade and said it would take further steps to cut costs to cope with weak oil prices if needed.

LNG Canada, located on British Columbia’s rugged northern coastline, is one of the frontrunners in a now slowing race to build Canada’s first LNG export terminal. It has already been granted its key environmental permits.

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Curious coincidence involving Shell, Iran, Noble Corp and $2.16 billion: Update

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In June 2015, we published an article by a regular contributor under the headline: Curious coincidence involving Shell, Iran, Noble Corp and $2.16 billion

I was contacted recently by a gentleman who carried out work on the infamous Noble Discoverer drillship, which may currently be up for sale in Singapore.

He recently read the article and based on his insider knowledge, says that it would explain a lot.

He claims that a colleague working on the rig speculated, even before the publication of our article, that the Discoverer was part of a giant money laundering scheme. 

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Shell’s Profit Down 56 Percent on Depressed Oil Prices

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By STANLEY REEDFEB. 4, 2016

LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell became the latest big energy company to file a damage report on the impact of depressed oil prices on Thursday, saying that its adjusted profit fell 56 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to a year earlier.

Shell said earnings adjusted for inventory changes were $1.8 billion, down sharply from $4.2 billion in the comparable period of 2014.

For 2015, Shell’s earnings fell 80 percent to $3.84 billion, compared to $19 billion in 2014.

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Shell Profits Plunge By 80% Amid Oil Slump

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Shell is pressing ahead with a £36bn ($52bn) merger with exploration group BG. It has said 10,000 jobs will go across the two companies as a result. The deal has been approved by shareholders and will complete later this month.

The industry has been hammered by the collapse in the world energy market which has seen the price of a barrel of Brent crude dive by three-quarters from $115 in the summer of 2014 to around $30 at the start of this year.

Mr van Beurden said Shell was seeing “substantial changes”, slashing costs and investment in response to the slump – and warned that more cuts could come.

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Shell confirms 10,000 job cuts and a steep profits fall

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Royal Dutch Shell has confirmed it is cutting 10,000 jobs amid its steepest fall in annual profits for 13 years.

It made $1.8bn (£1.23bn) for the fourth quarter of the year, compared with a $4.2bn profit for the same period the year before.

Full-year 2015 earnings, excluding identified items, were $10.7bn, compared with $22.6 billion in 2014.

The oil firm indicated it would report a massive drop in profits two weeks ago.

The company reports earnings on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis.

Last week, shareholders in Shell, which is Europe’s largest oil company, voted in favour of its takeover of smaller rival BG Group.

The company cut back hard on investment.

Its capital spending for the year was slashed to $28.9bn, $8.4bn lower than in 2014.

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Royal Dutch Shell Connections with Utrecht University

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A team of historians, all associated with Utrecht University was hired by Shell to author “A History of Royal Dutch Shell,” a four-volume work published in 2007. 

Seems reasonable to conclude that the University and those associated with it, including the hired historians, would not wish to upset such an important benefactor/partner. 

That may explain the spin when they dealt with a particularly sensitive chapter in Shell’s past – its direct dealings with Hitler and the Nazis. 

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Shell Corrib firm gets €70m cash injection

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Gas began flowing from the field only in the past few weeks – 11 years behind schedule.

By John Mulligan: 4 FEB 2016

Oil giant Shell injected €70m into its Irish unit that’s behind the Corrib gas project in recent months as the field prepared to begin delivering gas, new filings show.

The Corrib gas field is located 83km off Ireland’s west coast in depths of almost 350 metres.

Gas began flowing from the field only in the past few weeks – 11 years behind schedule.

Shell owns a 45pc stake in the Corrib field, with Norway’s Statoil owning 36.5pc. Canadian firm Vermilion owns 18.5pc.

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For Oil Companies, It’s a Year of Slashing Costs and Jobs

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This year will be another hard one for the oil majors as they cut spending.

Over the past several weeks, the world’s biggest oil companies have posted earnings that show just how brutal it is these days to be an oil major. The industry is going through the biggest downturn since the 1990’s.

Following a dramatic 60% plunge in oil prices over the past 18 months, oil companies are desperately slashing costs by cutting jobs, decommissioning rigs, halting the purchase of new oil gear, and pulling back from exploring new fields.

On Tuesday morning, BP BP -8.45% reported its worst annual loss in over 20 years. The company, which is the sixth largest in the world, says it will cut 7,000 jobs by 2017, or almost 9% of its workers.

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Shell Needs To Divest Assets In Order To Afford BG Deal

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Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 10.15.56By Andy Tully: 2 FEB 2016

Royal Dutch Shell is selling even more assets as it tries to cope with the persistent fall in the price of oil and its controversially expensive merger with BG group, approved last week by the shareholders of both companies.

In a statement Monday in London, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant said it plans to sell its 51 percent stake in the Shell Refining Co. (SRC) to Malaysian Hengyuan International Limited for $66.3 million. This is in addition to Shell’s sale of its marketing operations in Denmark and Norway, its liquid petroleum gas business in France and one-third of its shares in its Japanese arm, Showa Shell Sekiyu KK.

Shell also has recently sold off refining operations in Australia and Italy, as well as some of its retail outlets in Britain.

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We’re drowning in cheap oil – yet still taxpayers prop up this toxic industry

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Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 09.07.23George Monbiot: 3 February 2016

Those of us who predicted, during the first years of this century, an imminent peak in global oil supplies could not have been more wrong. People like the energy consultant Daniel Yergin, with whom I disputed the topic, appear to have been right: growth, he said, would continue for many years, unless governments intervened. Instead of a collapse in the supply of oil, we confront the opposite crisis: we’re drowning in the stuff.

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Royal Dutch Shell: Here’s Why S&P Downgraded Credit Rating

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By Muhammad Ali Khawar on Feb 2, 2016 at 6:49 am EST

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) recently downgraded Royal Dutch Shell’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) credit rating from “AA-” to “A+,” as a result of the depressed crude environment. Since June 2014, crude oil prices have fallen more than 70%.

The downgrade came just weeks after the S&P lowered Brent crude expectations for the year. Initially, it expected the global crude oil benchmark to trade at around $55 per barrel. However, only last month the firm cut its price forecast to $40 per barrel, when the market conditions failed to recover.

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Is the BG-Shell deal offering value to investors? Why we must adopt new world thinking to navigate oil price peaks and troughs

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by Tony Manwaring – 2 February 2016 5:55am

Before the invention of the marine chronometer in the 1750s, choppy waters and treacherous currents prevented the calculation of longitude when at sea. Sailors charting a route were forced to rely upon dead reckoning to set their course.

Today’s captains of industry coping with similarly volatile conditions are often accused of taking a similar approach. Shell’s Ben Van Beurden has faced a welter of criticism as the oil prices has halved in the ten months it has taken to to complete the recent BG deal. Such decisions which shape the future successes—or failures—of their organisations, cannot be based upon gut-feel, they must be effectively evidenced.

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S&P downgrades Shell to A+/A-1; keeps door open to further downgrade

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Commodities | Mon Feb 1, 2016 9:28pm GMT

Credit ratings agency Standard and Poors on Monday downgraded oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc to A+/A-1 from AA-/A-1+ and put its long-term credit rating on creditwatch negative citing sliding oil prices.

S&P said Shell’s one-notch downgrade, driven by weaker forecasts for its credit metrics over 2016-2018 and slower profit improvements, excluded the ratings impact of its BG Group Plc acquisition.

Shell had said it was prepared for a downgrade as a result of the BG deal.

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S&P cuts Shell’s credit rating amid oil rout

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1 FEBRUARY 2016

Standard & Poor’s sliced Royal Dutch Shell’s credit rating on Monday…

The New York-based ratings company lowered Shell’s rating by one notch to “A+” from “AA-” and said it may make more cuts in the future.

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S&P Lowers Shell’s Rating, Puts Other Oil Majors on Watch

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1 February 2016

Standard & Poor’s lowered its rating on Royal Dutch Shell Plc and sees a significant likelihood of downgrades for several Europe-based integrated oil and gas majors in the next weeks.

“We lowered our ratings on Royal Dutch Shell Plc to ’A+/A-1’ from ’AA-/A-1+’ and placed the long-term rating on CreditWatch with negative implications,” S&P said in an e-mailed statement. “We also placed on CreditWatch negative our ratings on BP Plc, Eni SpA, Repsol S.A., Statoil ASA, Statoil Forsikring AS, Statoil US Holdings Inc., and Total S.A.”

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LIVELY POSTINGS ON SHELL BLOG 1 FEB 2016

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“TEXVETTE”

Looks like Marvin Odum was stripped of key responsibilities and placed in a lame Role. Ironically he will have to clean up the messes he left in Alaska and Unconventionals. A bit of Karma, but he should no longer be on the payroll after all his major mistakes.

“OUTSIDER”

The merger of Shell T&T and Royal Dutch in 2004 resulted in a major loss to the UK exchequer, as the taxes previously paid by Shell T&T went to the Dutch government instead. Presumably the taxes previously paid by BG will now go to the Dutch government too?

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Shell backs out of Malaysian refinery business

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By Jillian AmbroseFeb 2016

Royal Dutch Shell will sell a majority stake in its Malaysian refining business as part of a strategy overhaul to combat plummeting profits.

The Anglo-Dutch firm said it has agreed to sell a 51pc stake in the business for $66.3m to engineering group Malaysian Hengyuan International.

The latest retreat comes alongside plans to sell its marketing business in Denmark and Norway, its LPG businesses in France and a 33.24pc stake in Showa Shell Sekiyu KK.

Shell’s latest financial report due out on Thursday is expected to make clear the heavy toll the ongoing oil price rout has taken on the firm, with full-year profits expected to be 48pc lower than the year before.

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Six British multinationals ‘did not pay any UK corporation tax in 2014’

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CHLOE FARAND: 31 JAN 2016

Lloyds, brewer SABMiller and drugs company AstraZeneca were also among the six multinationals not to have paid any corporation tax in 2014, reports the Sunday Times

The same year, the six British companies made a combined global profit of £30bn. 

Shell used a complex corporate structure, a company branch in Switzerland, with hardly any tax rates, and tax havens such as Bermuda to reduced its tax payments. 

In 2014, it paid no UK corporation tax but made a global profit of £19.87bn writes the Sunday paper. 

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Shell and BP brace for profit massacre

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THE carnage unleashed by the crash in crude prices will be laid bare this week when Britain’s biggest energy companies unveil plunging profits, billions in write-downs and confirm thousands of job losses.

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Zero tax bill for UK big six

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AT LEAST six of Britain’s 10 biggest multinationals — including Shell, British American Tobacco (BAT) and Lloyds Banking Group — paid no UK corporation tax in 2014 despite combined global profits of more than £30bn.

The oil giant Shell is just one of the multinationals with an outpost in Zug, a Swiss canton with rock bottom rates. From there, it licenses its trademarks around the world.

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Now gas joins oil on the way down

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Shareholders in Royal Dutch Shell waved through the oil giant’s controversial £36bn takeover of BG Group last week despite concerns that the 40% plunge in the oil price since the deal was announced last year meant the chief executive, Ben van Beurden, was vastly overpaying.

The Dutchman’s bet that the crude price will double from its current $36 a barrel is certainly ballsy. 

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Shell shares won’t run better just because BG’s been added to the tank

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By Ian McVeigh: 31 Jan 2016

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For some time it has been apparent that Shell was irrevocably set on this course in spite of the collapse of the oil price. The image of a supertanker unable to stop inevitably springs to mind. I am sure BG shareholders can’t believe their luck. Their shares would be around half the current level without Shell’s bid.

For the fund management industry the vote in favour is hardly likely to go down as one of its finest moments, though a 17pc “no” vote is relatively large in such circumstances.

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Pension funds at risk as BP and Shell’s near £10bn profits slump sparks dividend payouts fears

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By JON REES FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY31 January 2016

Britain’s biggest oil groups will this week report a near £10billion slump in profits as the calamitous effect of the low oil price takes its toll on the blue chip giants.

Both BP and Shell are expected to see their full-year profits for 2015 slashed by about 40 per cent leading to fears that they will struggle to maintain their dividend payouts to shareholders.

BP is predicted to report profit for the year of $6.8billion (£4.8billion) down from $12.1billion previously, while Shell is set to report profit down to $10.7billion (£7.5billion) from $19billion.

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Why Royal Dutch Shell Plc Shares Could Easily Topple Another 15%!

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By Royston Wild | Fool.co.uk: Friday 29 JAN 2016

Shares in fossil fuel giant Shell (LSE: RDSB) have enjoyed a solid bump higher in recent days following a meaty bounce in the oil price.

Crude values have shot skywards following chatter that an accord could be struck between OPEC and Russia to curtail production. The Brent benchmark has gained $5 since Monday and is now back above $35 per barrel, reaching levels not seen since the start of January.

Shell has subsequently seen its stock price appreciate 7% during the course of the week, adding to chunky gains seen in the prior 7-day period.

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Did Shell Shareholders Just Seal Their Fate?

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Alex Dumortier: (TMFAleph1): Jan 29, 2016 at 1:08PM

U.S. stocks are higher in early afternoon trading on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) and the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) up 1.76% and 1.72%, respectively, at 1 p.m. EST. Royal Dutch Shell plc’s ADRs (NYSE: RDS-A), up 0.58%, are underperforming the broad market, but are roughly in line with the sector, with the FTSE Global Energy Index up 0.34% at 12:04 p.m. EST.

On Wednesday, shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell overwhelmingly approved the acquisition of BG Group plc, with 83% of votes cast in favor of the mammoth deal. If you ask this columnist, the uncertainty regarding whether it will ultimately produce an acceptable return for shareholders does not warrant that level of support.

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What goes down

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By Ed Crooks: January 29, 2016

The week has been a reminder that oil prices can go up as well as down. By Thursday night, Brent crude was 25 per cent higher than its low point eight days earlier. At a little under $34 per barrel, though, oil is still at a level that makes the great majority of US shale developments uneconomic. As I wrote in the FT on Saturday, it is pointing towards a radical shake-out in the shale industry.

Concerns about the huge financial strain that $30 crude imposes on oil producers and oilfield services companies has driven the value of junk-rated US energy debt down to its lowest level for more than two decades, at an average of just 56 cents on the dollar.  Markets have also become increasingly concerned about the domino effect from weak oil prices hitting other sectors, such as manufacturing. On balance, however, David Sheppard and Neil Hume argued in the FT, cheap oil is still better for the world economy than expensive oil.

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9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup

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…not only could Shell and Eni lose the block, but they could also face billions of dollars in fines for allegedly bribing corrupt public officials and private citizens.

By Julianne Geiger: Jan. 29, 2016

Supermajors Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Italian Eni (NYSE:E) could be facing the loss of one of the biggest offshore oil exploration blocks in Nigeria, putting an estimated 9 billion barrels of crude oil at risk.

As the new Nigerian government launches a rampaging anticorruption campaign, local media are reporting government recommendations to reclaim block OPL 245 from oil giants Shell and Eni.

Nigerian Justice Minister and Attorney General Abubakar Malami is behind the recommendation, and is a key figure advising the government on the case.

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Final approval for Shell mega-merger as BG Group shareholders vote in favour of the £36bn deal

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By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 29 JAN 2016

One of the largest takeovers in history finally got the go-ahead yesterday after BG Group shareholders followed those at Royal Dutch Shell in approving the £36billion deal.

At a meeting in London, 99.53 per cent of BG shareholders voted in favour, a day after 83 per cent of Shell investors approved the deal that was first announced last April.

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden said: ‘BG adds attractive deep water and integrated gas positions and will act as a catalyst for accelerating the reshaping of our business. 

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Final green light for Shell-BG takeover

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By Jillian Ambrose: 2:19PM GMT 28 Jan 2016

BG Group shareholders have voted through Shell’s £40bn takeover bid by an overwhelming majority.

The widely expected final nod for the landmark energy merger was voted through with 99.55pc of BG investors in favour, ending a controversial nine month campaign by Shell to cement its new strategic direction.

The tie-up received an 83pc approval vote from Shell shareholders on Wednesday, despite early fears that the deal was overpriced due to the collapse of oil prices since the bid was made last April.

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Nigerian President Steps Up Fight Against Shell/ENI Corruption

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 15.54.30By Andrew Oota, Bayo Oladeji, Bode Gbadebo, By George Agba, By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah:Jan 28, 2016 

In his quest for more potent laws against money laundering and to rev up the fight against corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday presented two bills before the Senate for amendment.

They are the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill 2016 and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 2016.

The president, in a letter to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, which was read on the floor of the Senate, sought expeditious consideration of the two bills for more potent war against financial crimes in the country.

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9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup

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9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup

By Julianne Geiger: 27 January 2016 

Supermajors Shell and Italian Eni could be facing the loss of one of the biggest offshore oil exploration blocks in Nigeria, putting an estimated 9 billion barrels of crude oil at risk.

As the new Nigerian government launches a rampaging anticorruption campaign, local media are reporting government recommendations to reclaim block OPL 245 from oil giants Shell and Eni.

Nigerian Justice Minister and Attorney General Abubakar Malami is behind the recommendation, and is a key figure advising the government on the case.

At issue is how Shell and Eni landed the block in the first place—a controversial deal that is now being investigated in the UK, Italy and Nigeria.

If newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari agrees with Malami’s recommendation, not only could Shell and Eni lose the block, but they could also face billions of dollars in fines for allegedly bribing corrupt public officials and private citizens.

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Shell gets green light for merger with BG Group to create world’s biggest liquefied gas trader

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By LAURA CHESTERS FOR DAILY MAIL: 28 JAN 2016

Royal Dutch Shell’s mega-merger with gas giant BG Group looked set to be approved yesterday, creating the world’s biggest liquefied gas trader and boosting bankers’ bonuses.

The £35billion deal got the go-ahead from Shell investors yesterday with 83 per cent of those voting backing the deal.

Today BG group will announce the result of its shareholder vote. For the deal to go ahead more than 75 per cent must approve it.

The completion of the deal – expected next month – will see a windfall of £106million of fees for various advisors on the deal including £76million to be shared by top investment banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Rothschild.

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Shell/BG vote is a bet on oil prices bouncing back

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Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 08.05.25By Andy Critchlow January 27, 2016

Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden can breathe easier after shareholders backed his big gamble on oil prices rebounding. Only 17 percent of investors voted against his $50 billion takeover of BG Group on Jan. 27. Cost savings estimated at $3.5 billion will help assuage some worries, and paying partly in shares insulates some of the market effect, but the $60 oil Van Buerden says is needed for the deal to create economic value still looks far away.

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Will 2016 Be Royal Dutch Shell’s Worst Year Yet?

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There is a lot of pessimism regarding shares of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B). Despite strong cash flow results behind its less-than-stellar earnings results, shares of Shell have been sinking faster than its Arctic drilling rigs (too soon?).

Over the past 18 months, the company has lost more than half of its market capitalization while its largest peers, ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX), have seen more modest declines.

Unlike ExxonMobil and Chevron, which are continuing with business as usual with their development plans and slowing capital budgets, Shell is also in the middle of a transformative acquisition that could shape the company’s future for decades. With that added uncertainty of what Shell will look like post BG Group merger, and oil prices in the $30 per barrel range, some investors may be wondering if 2016 will be a rough one to be a shareholder.

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Why the Shell-BG mega-deal was risky for the City as well as the oil giants

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By Ashley Armstrong7:17PM GMT 27 Jan 2016

It has taken nearly 10 months, five competition regulators and 40 approvals from other global authorities. But Shell’s chief executive Ben van Beurden’s white-knuckle ride is finally drawing to a close.

On Wedensday, van Beurden won overwhelming support for the £40bn takeover from his shareholders. However, his celebrations may well be drowned out by raucous hedge funds who are cheering what one called “a very profitable trade”.

At Shell’s highly-anticipated shareholder vote in The Hague, the mood was serene, with van Beurden and chairman Charles Holliday warmly greeting shareholders, safe in the knowledge that the level of proxy vote support meant the decision was never in doubt.

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Shell Needs to Repay Investors Who Backed Its Biggest Ever Wager

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Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 08.29.05By Rakteem Katakey: Bloomberg.com: 27 JAN 2016 – 5.06 PM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is under pressure to reward the faith of the more than 80 percent of shareholders who shrugged off the risks from slumping oil prices to back its record acquisition of BG Group Plc. 

That won’t be easy: the rout in crude has cut the value of Europe’s biggest oil company to the lowest in more than 10 years and raised investor concerns that its dividend is unsustainable.

Chief Executive Officer Ben Van Beurden, who expended a lot of political capital convincing investors that BG will help Shell ride the downturn, has to deliver promised benefits from liquefied natural gas to deepwater oil production as billions of dollars of cash flow is choked off.

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