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The Age (Australia): Oil spill, plume cost Shell $10,000

The Age (Australia): Oil spill, plume cost Shell $10,000

“SHELL Australia has been fined $10,000 after an Environment Protection Authority investigation of two incidents at the oil giant’s Geelong refinery. The EPA said yesterday two $5000 penalty notices had been issued against Shell for breaches of its licence.”

Friday September 30, 2005

By Ewin Hannan

SHELL Australia has been fined $10,000 after an Environment Protection Authority investigation of two incidents at the oil giant’s Geelong refinery.

The EPA said yesterday two $5000 penalty notices had been issued against Shell for breaches of its licence.

The first incident occurred in May when oil leaked from a pipe on the refinery’s jetty into Corio Bay. The second involved a visible plume from the refinery’s sulphur recovery unit stack.

The EPA’s executive director of regional services, Bruce Dawson, said that while the oil spilt into the bay was a “fairly small amount, it’s something we believe further maintenance and management by Shell could have avoided”.

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Shell, Todd To Battle In Court Over Gas Field

Dow Jones Newswires: Shell, Todd To Battle In Court Over Gas Field

“WELLINGTON (Dow Jones)–Energy heavyweight Royal Dutch Shell Group’s (RD) New Zealand unit, and privately owned Todd Petroleum Mining are set to square off in court next week over who operates the Pohokura gas field…”:

Friday September 30, 2005

WELLINGTON (Dow Jones)–Energy heavyweight Royal Dutch Shell Group’s (RD) New Zealand unit, and privately owned Todd Petroleum Mining are set to square off in court next week over who operates the Pohokura gas field, the Dominion Post reported Friday.

The present operator is Shell Todd Oil Services, STOS, a joint venture owned by Shell and Todd. But Shell wants to supplant STOS and is supported by Austrian explorer OMV AG. (OMV.VI).

Shell, Todd and OMV are partners in the new gas field, expected to yield about 700 petajoules of gas over 20 years.

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Houston Shell Stations Open, Conservation Still Important

RNewswire: Houston Shell Stations Open, Conservation Still Important

“Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises LLC are pleased to report that all 400 Shell stations in Houston and the surrounding areas are open and have been refueled in record time thanks to valiant efforts by the companies’ tanker drivers, retailers, wholesalers and employees.”

Posted Friday 30 Sept 2005

HOUSTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises LLC are pleased to report that all 400 Shell stations in Houston and the surrounding areas are open and have been refueled in record time thanks to valiant efforts by the companies’ tanker drivers, retailers, wholesalers and employees. Together they worked around-the-clock to deliver 1,000 tanker loads totaling 9 million gallons of gasoline in an effort to ensure their communities were re-supplied quickly, safely and efficiently.

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Cooperation Between Shell and Aramco to Develop Refinery in Texas

Red Nova: Cooperation Between Shell and Aramco to Develop Refinery in Texas

“…Saudi Arabia and the Shell Oil Company intend to increase to 600,000 barrels the daily oil refining capacity of their Port Arthur Refinery in the American state of Texas at a cost of $3.2 billion.”

Posted Friday 30 September 2005

A-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted a notice published in mid- September 2005 by the British oil industry newspaper, “Oil Daily”, announcing that Saudi Arabia and the Shell Oil Company intend to increase to 600,000 barrels the daily oil refining capacity of their Port Arthur Refinery in the American state of Texas at a cost of $3.2 billion.

This refinery currently has a daily capacity of 235,000 barrels. The paper noted that the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company and ARAMCO operate this refinery in cooperation via the Motiva Enterprise Oil Refining and Distributing Company.

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Shell upset over lack of warning before detonation of bomb

New Straights Times (Malaysia): Shell upset over lack of warning before detonation of bomb

“Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Jon Chadwick, in a circular to its staff, said he was obliged to take up the matter with the police.”: “I ask for your understanding on this matter. It needs a comprehensive, non-defensive investigation — and I undertake that this will be done,” he said.

Posted Friday 30 September 2005

KUCHING, SARAWAK, Thurs.

Shell Malaysia is concerned that its staff were not warned beforehand and given time to evacuate after the police detonated a bomb near an old oil refinery in Lutong last Monday.

The blast resulted in damage to windows and other properties at the company’s office and the nearby Lutong Clinic. There were no injuries.

Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Jon Chadwick, in a circular to its staff, said he was obliged to take up the matter with the police. “I am most concerned that we were not able to implement our normal evacuation procedures. In the event of a similar incident ever occurring in the future, we must ensure that the staff be warned beforehand and given time to evacuate. I ask for your understanding on this matter. It needs a comprehensive, non-defensive investigation — and I undertake that this will be done,” he said.

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Déjà VNU

Financial Times: Déjà VNU

“Having backed down to the demands of disgruntled shareholders at Royal Dutch Shell, Aad Jacobs, the oil company’s non-executive chairman, is expending energy on smoothing problems at another of his charges: VNU.”: “Among those questioning the timing and rationale of one of the largest acquisitions attempted by a Dutch company is Eric Knight. It was his fund management company, Knight Vinke, that led calls for change at Shell.”

Published: September 30 2005

Having backed down to the demands of disgruntled shareholders at Royal Dutch Shell, Aad Jacobs, the oil company’s non-executive chairman, is expending energy on smoothing problems at another of his charges: VNU.

The Dutch publisher and business information company’s planned €5.8bn takeover of IMS Health, a US-based pharmaceutical data gatherer, has run into investor opposition.

Among those questioning the timing and rationale of one of the largest acquisitions attempted by a Dutch company is Eric Knight. It was his fund management company, Knight Vinke, that led calls for change at Shell.

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Irish Times: Dempsey calls for end to Corrib dispute

Irish Times: Dempsey calls for end to Corrib dispute

“It is understood that legal teams for Shell and the five men were in contact last night with a view to a court hearing today which may result in the injunction being dropped.”

Friday September 30, 2005

Lorna Siggins, Marine Correspondent

Minister for the Marine Noel Dempsey has called on both sides involved in the Corrib gas controversy to “create the conditions” for a resolution, as a prelude to a possible breakthrough in the impasse.

In a statement issued last night, the Minister said he had been in contact with both Shell E&P Ireland and representatives of the five imprisoned Mayo men, following this week’s discussions at a joint Oireachtas committee and in the Dail chamber on the issue.

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Venezuela tax office threatens to halt Shell ops over 130 mln usd tax – report

AFX Europe (Focus): Venezuela tax office threatens to halt Shell ops over 130 mln usd tax – report

“Venezuela’s Seniat tax office has threatened to halt production at Royal Dutch Shell…”: “The Seniat previously ordered the temporary suspension of Royal Dutch Shell’s administrative activities in the country over VAT irregularities and requested from a local court an injunction to impound Shell’s “assets and rights”…:

Friday September 30, 2005

CARACAS (AFX) – Venezuela’s Seniat tax office has threatened to halt production at Royal Dutch Shell and other oil companies sites, reports Venezuela’s El Universal.

Head of Seniat Jesus Vielma Mora says these oil companies have refused to pay a new energy tax, approved in 2001.

Seniat is demanding 130 mln usd, the highest asked from foreign oil companies, for back taxes between 2001-04.

The Seniat previously ordered the temporary suspension of Royal Dutch Shell’s administrative activities in the country over VAT irregularities and requested from a local court an injunction to impound Shell’s “assets and rights” for the amount of 280 bln bolivars (around 130 mln usd) as part of its attempt to recover these back taxes.

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Stanford Law School: Royal Dutch Petroleum Company (Shell)

Stanford Law School: Royal Dutch Petroleum Company (Shell)

According to a press release dated September 2, 2005, Shell is to pay out $9.2 million and has agreed to make changes to its corporate governance in order to settle four lawsuits brought against it by disgruntled shareholders. However, the agreement is likely to be just the start of a new round of reserve scandal induced headaches for the company.”

September 2005

SECURITIES CLASS ACTION CLEARING HOUSE

Summary: According to a press release dated September 2, 2005, Shell is to pay out $9.2 million and has agreed to make changes to its corporate governance in order to settle four lawsuits brought against it by disgruntled shareholders. However, the agreement is likely to be just the start of a new round of reserve scandal induced headaches for the company. The $9 million agreement and commitment to corporate changes will settle a case currently pending in New York and New Jersey courts.

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 2005

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 2005

Stanford Law School: Royal Dutch Petroleum Company (Shell): According to a press release dated September 2, 2005, Shell is to pay out $9.2 million and has agreed to make changes to its corporate governance in order to settle four lawsuits brought against it by disgruntled shareholders. However, the agreement is likely to be just the start of a new round of reserve scandal induced headaches for the company.”: September 2005: READ

Institutional Shareowner: Shell Doubles Cost Projections of Sakhalin II, Project Critics Redouble Opposition: “Shell is doing a very poor job on both internal governance and managing their own affairs, and communicating to their stakeholders and shareholders…”: Posted Friday 30 September 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Storms to Hurt Chevron’s Profit: “Related Video: Shell Oil President John Hofmeister discusses efforts to bring hurricane-affected plants back online.”: Posted Friday 30 September 2005: READ

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Shell CEO says no Gazprom asset swap delay, seen finalized 2006

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2005

MarketWatch: Shell CEO says no Gazprom asset swap delay, seen finalized 2006

“In July, Shell announced a preliminary swap deal with Gazprom that would give the Russian gas giant up to 25% in the Sakhalin II project in exchange for a 50% interest in its massive Zapolyarnoye-Neocomian gas field in northern Russia. But one week later, Shell, that operates the Sakhalin oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East, said it expected costs to double to $20 billion.”

Thursday 29 Sept 2005

JOHANNESBURG (MarketWatch) — The head of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) Thursday denied talks with OAO Gazprom (GSPBEX.RS) on a Russian asset swap involving the Sakhalin II project had been delayed and said he hoped to finalize the deal in 2006.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Johannesburg oil conference, he said: “Discussions have started on time, on the schedule that we announced. It will take many months and we hope to get to a result in 2006.”

In July, Shell announced a preliminary swap deal with Gazprom that would give the Russian gas giant up to 25% in the Sakhalin II project in exchange for a 50% interest in its massive Zapolyarnoye-Neocomian gas field in northern Russia.

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Shell says considering ‘new realities’ of refining

Reuters: Shell says considering ‘new realities’ of refining

“Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer told Reuters in an interview that new refineries needed to be built. De-bottlenecking and brownfields will not be enough,” he said…”: “If you start to tax away all the upside in the oil price, then we have less money to invest.”

Thursday Sept 29, 2005

By Tom Bergin

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday the world faced a shortage of refining capacity, which may affect the oil major’s future investment plans, although he did not say whether it would build a refinery itself.

Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer told Reuters in an interview that new refineries needed to be built.

“De-bottlenecking and brownfields will not be enough,” he said, referring to traditional techniques of squeezing more capacity from and of expanding existing refineries.

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Shell Exec: Oil Prices Linked to Capacity Boost

The New York Times: Exec: Oil Prices Linked to Capacity Boost

  Higher oil prices and increased profits will give oil companies the incentive and leverage to make billions of dollars in new investments to expand refining and production, Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive said Thursday.”

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 29, 2005

Filed at 11:15 a.m. ET

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Higher oil prices and increased profits will give oil companies the incentive and leverage to make billions of dollars in new investments to expand refining and production, Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive said Thursday.

Global demand for oil had risen faster than anticipated leading to a shortage of refining capacity, Jeroen van der Veer said. But he said refining margins are now extremely profitable after years in the doldrums.

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Royal Dutch Shell is set to name Burson-Marsteller as its corporate PR adviser

Financial Times: Set for Shell sell: “Royal Dutch Shell is set to name Burson-Marsteller as its corporate PR adviser.”

By Clay Harris
Published: September 29 2005

Royal Dutch Shell is set to name Burson-Marsteller as its corporate PR adviser. Global product PR will be handled by Edelman.

Philippine Daily Inquirer: DOE orders Shell, Chevron to decide on Malampaya

Philippine Daily Inquirer: DOE orders Shell, Chevron to decide on Malampaya

“THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS GIVEN members of the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project consortium until Sept. 30 to decide whether they will extract and develop oil from the natural gas find off northwest Palawan.”

29 September 2005

Abigail L. Ho

Sep 29, 2005

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS GIVEN members of the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project consortium until Sept. 30 to decide whether they will extract and develop oil from the natural gas find off northwest Palawan.

Energy Undersecretary Guillermo Balce said discussions on the Malampaya oil rim were on hold until tomorrow, after which it would ask consortium members Shell Philippines Exploration BV (Spex) and Chevron Texaco Malampaya on their definite plans.

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Major changes in offing as Kuwait revenues soar

Kuwait Times: Major changes in offing as Kuwait revenues soar

“Three consortiums of IOCs are keen to lead the project that should produce five billion barrels of crude oil over a 20-year period. The group leaders are BP, heading Occidental Petroleum (US), ONGC Videsh and Indian Oil Corp.; ExxonMobil – Royal Dutch/Shell, ConocoPhillips (US) and Maersk Oil & Gas (Denmark); and ChevronTexaco – France’s Total, Russia’s Sibneft, Petrol- Canada and China’s Sinopec.”

29 September 2005

Moin Siddiqui

Sep 29, 2005

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti MPs have finalised a much anticipated draft law for the $7 billion Project Kuwait scheme to allow foreign oil companies to develop northern oil fields. The next step is a full debate in October. Kuwait, the sole owner of nearly one-tenth of the world’s proven oil reserves, is keen to liberalise its petroleum industry, assuming however, the government can overcome deepseated political and legal obstacles to foreign direct investment by the oil multinationals into upstream exploration/production activities. The country’s economy is in exceptionally robust shape, reflecting higher crude prices and production. The petroleum sector accounts for 90 per cent of state revenues and about half of the total national output. Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an average annual rate of 8.5 per cent over 2003-04, “its highest pace in the preceding decade and a half,” according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board 2005 Article 1V Consultation report.

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Shell, Turcas in retail venture in Turkey

AFX Asia (Focus): Shell, Turcas in retail venture in Turkey

“In a statement, Shell said it will own a 70 pct stake in the joint venture, while Turcas will hold the remaining 30 pct.”

Posted Thursday 29 September 2005

LONDON (AFX) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Turkish oil group Turcas Petrol AS have signed an agreement to market and distribute fuels and lubricants in Turkey.

In a statement, Shell said it will own a 70 pct stake in the joint venture, while Turcas will hold the remaining 30 pct.

Other details of the deal, including the assets and services to be contributed by each partner to the joint venture, have yet to be sorted out.

“Shell and Turcas are hopeful that this will be resolved in the next 2-3 months,” said Shell.

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Shell set to dismantle pipeline section next week, says Dempsey

Irish Times: Shell set to dismantle pipeline section next week, says Dempsey

“The Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, has said that Shell E&P is expected to begin work next week on dismantling part of the controversial Corrib gas pipeline that was welded together without proper consent.”: “All development work has ceased on the onshore pipeline due to the ongoing controversy, which has seen five men spend more than 90 days in jail for refusing to purge their contempt of court over a refusal to comply with a High Court injunction obtained by Shell.”

Posted Thursday 29 September 2005

Liam Reid, Political Reporter

Oireachtas committee: The Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, has said that Shell E&P is expected to begin work next week on dismantling part of the controversial Corrib gas pipeline that was welded together without proper consent.

In a three-hour hearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Mr Dempsey also criticised the Shell to Sea campaign against the pipeline, claiming that its main aim was not the safety of people living beside the pipeline, but a general opposition to the exploitation of offshore gas fields by private companies.

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Shell donates children’s ward to Warri Central Hospital

Daily Independent (Nigeria): Shell donates children’s ward to Warri Central Hospital

Thursday 29 September 2005

By Francis Onoiribholo

Correspondent, Warri

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), on Monday, boosted Delta State government’s effort towards providing adequate healthcare services with the donation of a Neo-Natal Ward for children at the Warri Central Hospital.

The multinational oil firm also donated water borehole, a transformer and security lights under its joint venture initiative.

The State Director of Health Services, Dr Hastings Eduvie, who represented the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, at the ceremony, expressed gratitude to the oil company for the donation. He said the amenities would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of children admitted at the hospital.

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Aramco Shell jv consider plan to boost output of Motiva refinery

Financial Times: ENERGY: “Aramco, the Saudi kingdom’s national oil company, is considering a plan to boost the output of its Motiva refinery in Houston by 45 per cent, along with its joint venture partner, Shell.”: “This summer, Jeroen Van der Veer, Shell’s chief executive, commented that he did not see any tankers of crude sitting idle for want of refining capacity.”

Thursday 29 September 2005

By Thomas Catan and Kevin Morrison

Published: September 29 2005

When British protesters angered by the country’s high fuel prices threatened to blockade oil refineries earlier this month, Gordon Brown, the chancellor of the exchequer, pointed the finger in a familiar direction: the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. The only way to bring down prices, he declared, was by putting pressure on the oil cartel to step up production.

Opec promptly called his bluff, proposing to make available another 2m barrels of oil a day – if consumers wanted it. “We’re offering everything in our pocket and this is my message to Gordon Brown: if he would like to have it, I would be happy to sell it to him,” said Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Opec’s president. The announcement had a limited effect on prices. As Sheikh Al-Sabah well knew, even if Opec were suddenly able to double its output of crude, it would not be going anywhere. There simply would not be enough capacity to refine the oil into a usable form.

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Spending on ports keeps rising

Lloyds List: Spending on ports keeps rising

“Royal Dutch Shell, along with its partners, TotalFinaElf and Mitsui, is developing a $370m LNG import facility in Altamira.”

Wednesday Sept 28, 2005

Foreign cash in Lazaro Cardenas, Progreso and Altamira terminals

Private and public investment in Mexico’s port system is set to reach Ps$7.4bn (US$657m) this year, taking the total investment in port infrastructure to Ps$27bn in the last five years.

Foreign investors such as Hutchison Port Holdings, Terminal de Contenedores de Barcelona and Shell are driving this year’s favourable figures.

HPH is developing a container terminal in Lazaro Cardenas, TCB is developing the container terminal in Progreso and Shell is constructing a LNG import terminal in Altamira. In Lazaro Cardenas, HPH subsidiary, Lazaro Cardenas Terminal Portuaria de Contenedores (LCTRC), has started the construction of a 1.8m teu container facility to capitalise on growth in volumes for both Mexico and the US, investing upwards of US$500m.

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Iran threatens economic backlash over IAEA vote

Financial Times: Iran threatens economic backlash over IAEA vote

“…European pressure over Iran’s nuclear programme was putting at risk multi-billion dollar energy deals with oil majors, including Total and Royal Dutch Shell.”

Wednesday 28 Sept 2005

By FT reporters

Published: September 27 2005

Iran said on Tuesday it would reconsider economic ties with countries that voted against it at last week’s board meeting of the UN atomic watchdog.

Hamid Reza Asefi, foreign ministry spokesman, said Tehran was particularly surprised by the vote against it from India, which has recently agreed to to import 5m metric tons of liquefied natural gas annually from Iran via a gas pipeline project linking the two countries.

Tehran in June signed a $22bn liquefied natural gas deal with India, under which a consortium will purchase 5m tonnes of LNG a year for 25 years from 2010.

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Solar industry needs stable markets: business leader

chinaview.cn: Solar industry needs stable markets: business leader

The solar-power industry needed stability to become competitive, the Vice President of Royal Dutch Shell’s Hydrogen Business Jeremy Bentham said here on Wednesday.”

28 September 2005

www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-28 23:16:14

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 28 (Xinhuanet) — The solar-power industry needed stability to become competitive, the Vice President of Royal Dutch Shell’s Hydrogen Business Jeremy Bentham said here on Wednesday.

Jeremy Bentham told the World Petroleum Congress in Johannesburg: “The solar industry needs stable markets. With fair and good incentives we can have solar power competitive in ten year’s time.”

He said over the course of time different companies gave different incentives to get markets moving, and that these incentives changed, upsetting the industry.

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Shell to Sea campaign to hold a national demonstration in Dublin

Galway Independent (Ireland): “Shell to Sea march to the Dáil

“The Shell to Sea campaign will hold a national demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 1 October.”

Wednesday 28 September 2005

The Shell to Sea campaign will hold a national demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 1 October.

The demonstration will start in the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm and will march to the Dáil. A variety of campaign representatives will speak at the event as well as invited speakers, which include Dr Owens Wiwa, brother of Ken Saro Wiwa, and Stephen Mills of the Sierra Club.

On Sunday, a concert will take place in the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin and will feature several of Ireland’s best-known musicians.

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Project delays ‘drive up prices’

Financial Times: Project delays ‘drive up prices’: “Royal Dutch Shell, Europe’s second largest energy group by market capitalisation, this year made headlines with delays at its Sakhalin oil and natural gas project off Russia’s east coast and its Bonga oilfield in Nigeria.”

Tuesday 27 September 2005

By Carola Hoyos in London

Delays of big oil projects are helping to drive oil prices higher as energy companies become increasingly unreliable at delivering production from new oilfields on time, a recent analysts’ report has warned.

Oil production in 2007 will be 2m barrels a day less than expected because companies are increasingly having to delay the date at which their projects deliver their first barrels of oil, according to Sanford Bernstein, an international research group.

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Govt rules out mediator in Shell dispute

Ireland Online: Govt rules out mediator in Shell dispute

“Natural Resources Minister Noel Dempsey today faced a three-hour grilling on the issue…”: “Mr Dempsey also rejected claims that former ministers with responsibility for natural resources had any improper influence on awarding exploration contracts to oil giants like Shell.”

Tuesday 27/09/2005

The Government tonight ruled out hiring a mediator to break the deadlock in the Rossport Five dispute with Shell over an inshore gas pipeline.

The Co Mayo landowners were jailed in Cloverhill Prison in late June for ignoring a High Court order to stop blocking construction on the Corrib Gas Development Project.

Natural Resources Minister Noel Dempsey today faced a three-hour grilling on the issue before an often angry all-party Oireachtas Committee.

But Mr Dempsey ruled out a suggestion by Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan to appoint a mediator to broker agreement between the Rossport Five and Shell executives.

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Shell farcical No. 2 ranking in 2005 Accountability Rating in FORTUNE magazine

Royal Dutch Shell farcical No. 2 ranking in the 2005 “Accountability Rating” published in FORTUNE magazine

Tuesday 27 September 2005 08.15am ET

By Alfred and John Donovan

27 Sept 2005

How much faith can investors/stakeholders have in a rating methodology capable of conjuring up a ranking which has no relationship to reality?

Royal Dutch/Shell Group is No. 2 in the rankings of the 2005 “Accountability Rating” announced on 22nd September in Fortune magazine. This is a rating on corporate responsibility of the prestigious FORTUNE Global 100 companies. The Accountability Rating is apparently not a measure of how good or bad a company is, but supposedly how smart. It follows that by removing or diminishing the ethical dimension in a corporate rating assessment, a bad company can be made to look good.

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No resolution to Shell dispute

Irish Emigrant Online (Ireland): No resolution to Shell dispute

“Earlier in the week it was reported that Shell has yet to comply with July’s ministerial order to dismantle a section of the Corrib Gas pipeline which had been welded together without the proper Government consent.”

Monday 26 September 2005

The Rossport Five remain in Cloverhill Prison while the war of words continues between the Shell Oil company and their supporters.

Opponents of the gas processing station in northwest Mayo took their battle to Norway, the home of Statoil which has a 37% stake in the Corrib gas field. During their visit independent TD Dr Jerry Cowley and relatives of the Rossport Five were told by Statoil’s senior vice-president, Helge Hatlestad, “Statoil would never embark on such a project without taking sufficient safety considerations. We are fully confident in the safety of the pipeline and the project”. A local Labour MP, however, said, “We cannot have such a big company having an argument with our friends in Ireland”. Tore Nordton also said that in Norway such conflicts were avoided through close consultation with the local community and by dealing with safety issues before the planning stage. On his return to Dublin Dr Cowley described the visit as a great success as it had received widespread coverage in the Norwegian media.

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10,000 to march in support of jailed pipeline protesters

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2005

Daily Telegraph: 10,000 to march in support of jailed pipeline protesters

“Anger is mounting over the jailing of five landowners who have been in prison for nearly 100 days for objecting to Shell building a pipeline through one of the last European -wildernesses.”: “The case of the Rossport Five, a group of small-time farmers from Co Mayo, has become an international cause célèbre and resulted in widespread criticism of the oil company and the Irish government.”

Monday 26 September 2005

By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent

(Filed: 26/09/2005)

Anger is mounting over the jailing of five landowners who have been in prison for nearly 100 days for objecting to Shell building a pipeline through one of the last European -wildernesses.

The case of the Rossport Five, a group of small-time farmers from Co Mayo, has become an international cause célèbre and resulted in widespread criticism of the oil company and the Irish government.

This week, 10,000 people will arrive in Dublin for a rally in support of the men while the issue is set to dominate the Irish parliament when it returns from its summer break on Wednesday.

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Nigerian Bonga oilfield to start late Oct – Shell

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2005

Reuters: Nigerian Bonga oilfield to start late Oct – Shell

“…Bonga, which is over two years behind its original target start date and far above budget…”

Mon Sept 26, 2005

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The long-delayed Bonga oilfield in Nigeria is now expected to start production in late October, quickly reaching 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), energy major Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday.

Shell had previously said Bonga, which is over two years behind its original target start date and far above budget, would begin pumping in the fourth quarter.

“We should start production at the end of October … We will rapidly build up to 100,000,” Basil Omiyi, head of Shell’s Nigerian operation, told reporters on the sidelines of the World Petroleum Congress in Johannesburg.

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Irish farmers’ arrest instigates protesting

Daily Herald (Utah): Irish farmers’ arrest instigates protesting

Sunday 25 September 2005

ROSSPORT, Ireland — Five farmers from these wind-swept coastal boglands have been locked up in a Dublin prison for nearly three months for blocking construction of a $1.1 billion natural gas pipeline and refinery by the Shell oil group, a standoff that has forced suspension of the largest energy project in Irish history.

The imprisonment of the group known here as the Rossport Five, which includes a 65-year-old former schoolteacher, has sparked protest marches across Ireland and an emotional debate about the pace and balance of economic development in a once-poor county that has become one of Europe’s greatest success stories.

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Militants threaten Nigerian oil stations after leader’s arrest

The Guardian (UK): Militants threaten Nigerian oil stations after leader’s arrest

“We will unleash upon the government and its cohorts violence and mayhem never before reported in the history of the Nigerian state…”

Saturday September 24, 2005

Jeevan Vasagar in Nairobi

A separatist militia threatening to spread “violence and mayhem” throughout Nigeria’s oil-producing delta has forced the closure of two oil installations and the evacuation of dozens of workers.

The US firm Chevron shut down a station pumping 19,000 barrels a day yesterday after being warned of an “imminent threat” from armed militants.

A day earlier more than 100 fighters stormed another Chevron oil platform, disarming government security personnel and shutting down the facility, which pumped around 8,000 barrels a day. Shell, which produces about half the oil from Nigeria, withdrew 50 workers from three facilities on Thursday, but output was maintained by a skeleton staff. The unrest adds to pressure on oil prices, already approaching historic highs because of Hurricane Katrina in the US.

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Fidelity shows Shell how giants can care for small investors

Daily Telegraph: Fidelity shows Shell how giants can care for small investors

“Any complacency about rising standards in the City would, however, be misplaced. Shell’s half-hearted climbdown this week demonstrates that many boardroom fat cats continue to regard individual shareholders with disdain.”

(Filed: 24/09/2005)

By Ian Cowie, Personal Finance Editor

Small investors are often treated shabbily by big institutions but, as our award-winning consumer champion Jessica Gorst-Williams observes, “sometimes the power of the press can help.” Her painstaking work reminds us that there is more to journalism than persecuting drug-addled pop stars and their model girlfriends.

Any complacency about rising standards in the City would, however, be misplaced. Shell’s half-hearted climbdown this week demonstrates that many boardroom fat cats continue to regard individual shareholders with disdain.

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Shell finally does the decent thing

Daily Telegraph: Shell finally does the decent thing

“Shell performed an embarrassing U-turn this week and offered new tax-free merger terms to British investors in Royal Dutch Petroleum who were refusing to agree to the unification with Shell Transport & Trading. However, Shell is risking the wrath of British shareholders in Royal Dutch who accepted the terms of the deal”: (Filed: 24/09/2005)

The petroleum giant finally does the decent thing over punitive merger terms, reports Christopher Hope

Shell performed an embarrassing U-turn this week and offered new tax-free merger terms to British investors in Royal Dutch Petroleum who were refusing to agree to the unification with Shell Transport & Trading.

However, Shell is risking the wrath of British shareholders in Royal Dutch who accepted the terms of the deal and have been left with a multi-million pound tax bill. Shell said it believed it was not “appropriate” to compensate them.

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Qatar to Fund Development Spree With $110 Billion in Financing

The Wall Street Journal: Qatar to Fund Development Spree With $110 Billion in Financing

“Qatar has already fostered a booming liquefied-natural-gas industry, benefiting from soaring global demand to draw in well-heeled investment partners like Royal Dutch Shell PLC”

Saturday 24 September 2005

By CHIP CUMMINS
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
September 24, 2005

Qatar, a small but energy-rich Persian Gulf state, is offering up to $110 billion of project-financing opportunities to help fund a major development spree, including about $50 billion dedicated to oil and natural-gas projects.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar’s economy and commerce minister, is expected to unveil the package at an International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting in Washington Saturday. The spending frenzy comes as petrodollars swell state coffers of big oil and gas producers around the world, encouraging policy makers in places like Qatar to expand their energy industries and diversify their economies while times are good.

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TNT launches tax probe

Financial Times: TNT launches tax probe

“The Netherlands has seen its share of accounting scandals, notably the reserves crisis at Royal Dutch Shell and a near-€1bn fraud at Ahold, the grocery group, which led to criminal charges against senior management.”

Saturday 24 Sept 2005

By Ian Bickerton in Amsterdam
Published: September 24 2005

TNT has launched an independent investigation into suspected “illegal acts” related to tax matters at a number of subsidiaries, fuelling concerns that the Dutch post and logistics company could face up to €400m ($480m) in fiscal claims.

Shares opened more than 8 per cent lower – stripping more than €800m from TNT’s market capitalisation – after it said the affair might damage its results and its financial position.

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Nigerian Separatist Faces Treason Charge

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Nigerian Separatist Faces Treason Charge

“…protesting militants had taken over at least four oil flow stations run by Shell, the main producer in a country that is the world’s eighth largest oil exporter and the fifth main supplier to the United States. Shell would neither confirm nor deny facilities had been seized.”: “In 1995, writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other activists from his Ogoni tribe were executed under the brutal regime of then dictator Gen. Sani Abacha. They were hanged for the murder of four political rivals, but Saro-Wiwa’s supporters say he was really targeted because he led protests against environmental damage by Shell.”

Posted Friday 23 Sept 2005

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A separatist militia leader whose arrest set off tense protests in Nigeria’s oil heartland will be charged with treason, a capital offense, police said Thursday.

Wearing a blue robe, Moujahid Dokubo-Asari appeared briefly before a court in the capital, Abuja, where a judge ordered he remain detained for two weeks before formal charges are brought.

”This is the highest form of dictatorship in the land,” he told journalists outside the courtroom afterward before being whisked away in a police van.

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Shell Evacuates Staff Amid Nigeria Unrest

The Wall Street Journal: Chevron Closes Facilities, Shell Evacuates Staff Amid Nigeria Unrest

“Chevron Corp. has shut down two oil flow stations and Royal Dutch Shell PLC has evacuated workers amid unrest in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta, the companies said Friday.”

Friday 23 Sept 2005

Associated Press
September 23, 2005 7:41 a.m.

LAGOS, Nigeria — Chevron Corp. has shut down two oil flow stations and Royal Dutch Shell PLC has evacuated workers amid unrest in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta, the companies said Friday.

“I can confirm that we shut down Robertkiri late yesterday, following information it was under imminent threat,” said Chevron spokeswoman Edith Azinge in Lagos. She said Robertkiri usually produces 19,000 barrels a day.

A separatist militia group has threatened oil installations after the government arrested its leader and said it would charge him with treason, a capital offense. The group has given the government until Saturday to release its leader.

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Shell plans synthetic fuel production in Germany

Hindustan Times (India): Shell plans synthetic fuel production in Germany

Posted Thursday September 22, 2005

Energy major Shell has announced plans for large-scale production of synthetic diesel fuel in Germany.

Shell said it would invest several hundred million euros over the next few years in the production of synthetic diesel fuel in cooperation with the east German firm Choren.

Three factories with a total production capacity of 200,000 tonnes are being planned, reducing the German oil import bill by 100 million euros annually, according to the announcement.

“We will reduce the dependence on oil imports, improve balance of payments, boost local industries and create a completely new industrial cluster,” Choren board chairman Stephan Schueller said.

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Shell disappointed at mediation rejection

Mayo News Online: Shell disappointed at mediation rejection

“SHELL E&P Ireland have promised to continue to seek means of opening dialogue with the Rossport Five in light of the refusal by the five men to accept an offer of mediation from the company”

Posted Thursday 22 Sept 2005

Report by Padraic Burns

SHELL E&P Ireland have promised to continue to seek means of opening dialogue with the Rossport Five in light of the refusal by the five men to accept an offer of mediation from the company. The men, who are now 83 days in Cloverhill Prison, Dublin, last week turned down an offer by Shell to meet the men through their legal representatives.

Andy Pyle, SEPIL Managing Director, said that professional mediation offered a real opportunity for both parties to try to resolve the impasse. “Given the current deadlock, we believed that mediation could have greatly assisted both parties,” said Mr Pyle.

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Is Royal Dutch Shell Plc adopting racist policies against its Malaysian employees?

Is Royal Dutch Shell Plc adopting racist policies against its Malaysian employees?

Thursday 22 September 2005 00.10 am EDT NY

Datuk Jon Chadwick
Chairman of Shell Malaysia (Shown right)

By Alfred Donovan

ShellNews.net has obtained a leaked copy of a recent email from Shell Malaysia Country Chairman, Datuk Jon Chadwick to all Shell employees in Malaysia, which responds to points raised exclusively on this website. A number of our articles have focused on the strikingly different approach adopted by Shell in response to employee class action lawsuits brought by its USA staff, as opposed to its utterly ruthless treatment dished out to Shell Malaysian employees.

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Efforts to boost crude output hit by soaring costs

The Guardian (UK): Efforts to boost crude output hit by soaring costs

“The situation is particularly acute for Shell, whose 2004 annus horribilis of reserve downgrades has left it under extra pressure to rebuild its asset base quickly.”

Thursday September 22, 2005

Shortages of equipment and skilled staff have added to years of underinvestment

Terry Macalister

A severe shortage of rigs, vessels and people threatens to drive up further the price of oil and is making it harder for producers to secure the future supplies needed to meet soaring energy demand.

Costs across the industry have risen sharply as oil companies compete with each other to grab every available piece of equipment to keep future drilling programmes on track. Rig hire rates have more than trebled.

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Total May Use Atomic Power At Oil-Sand Project

The Wall Street Journal: Total May Use Atomic Power At Oil-Sand Project

“Shell Canada Ltd. said it isn’t considering nuclear power as part of its oil-sands plans. Rather, the company said it is looking into the possibility of turning asphaltene, very heavy oil, into gas to save on its natural-gas bill.”

Alternative to Costly Gas
Is Sought for Canada Fields;
Fear of Environmentalists

By DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
September 22, 2005; Page B6

PARIS — French oil giant Total SA, amid rising oil and natural-gas prices, is considering building a nuclear power plant to extract ultraheavy oil from the vast oil-sand fields of western Canada.

This comes as oil prices — driven even higher by Hurricane Katrina and now the threat of Hurricane Rita — are removing lingering doubts about the long-term profitability of extracting the molasseslike form of oil from sand, despite the fact that the output is much more expensive to produce and to upgrade than is conventional crude.

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HPCL to buy 26% in Shell’s LNG terminal

Reuters: HPCL to buy 26% in Shell’s LNG terminal

“Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd, plans to buy about a one quarter stake in Royal Dutch/Shell’s 2.5 million tonnes LNG import terminal in Gujarat”

Thursday, 22 September, 2005

Mumbai: Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd, plans to buy about a one quarter stake in Royal Dutch/Shell’s 2.5 million tonnes LNG import terminal in Gujarat, along with rights to market the gas.

“We have an in-principle agreement with Shell to buy equity in the terminal and talks are on to buy about 26 per cent,” Chairman M B Lal told a news conference late on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday Lal had told Hindustan Petroleum’s shareholders the company had completed a due diligence study for acquisition of a stake in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal.

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Hundreds attend Rossport Five meeting

Galway Independent: Hundreds attend Rossport Five meeting

Thursday 22 Sept 2005

Over 300 people attended a public meeting of the Shell to Sea Campaign in Salthill on Monday night.

Bríd Ní Sheighin, daughter of Micheál O Seighin, one of the Rossport 5, at a public meeting organised by the Shell to Sea campaign in the Sacre Coeur Hotel on Monday.

The group has so far collected 16,000 signatures alone in Galway alone supporting the men’s cause. It has planned a major rally to take place in Dublin on 1 October and has called on all supporters to march from the Garden of Remembrance to the Dáil.

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Royal Dutch Shell look to complete unification of UK and Dutch arms

ABC Money.co.uk: Royal Dutch Shell look to complete unification of UK and Dutch arms

“Following the reserves overbooking scandal last year, Royal Dutch Shell had opted to unify its UK and Dutch arms in a bid to restore confidence in the company.”

Thursday 22 Sept 2005

LONDON – Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced that it plans to by out the remaining shares that it does not already own in its Royal Dutch arm thereby taking the final steps towards the unification of its UK and Dutch arms in July.

Currently, Royal Dutch Shell holds 98.5 percent of the erstwhile Royal Dutch. After its merger with Britain’s Shell Transport and Trading in July, the firm said yesterday that the remaining shareholders have the option of either taking cash or equivalent new shares of the merged entity.

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Shell Nederland president sees five-fold rise in oil production costs

AFX News Limited: Shell Nederland president sees five-fold rise in oil production costs

Thursday 22 Sept 2005

AMSTERDAM (AFX) – Shell Nederland president Rein Willems said that oil production costs may rise five-fold in the near future.

He said that for Shell, the higher costs will mainly be the result of more difficult resource-gathering and refining methods as the company moves to retrieve oil from sources other than the conventional oil wells.

In an interview with Dutch engineering magazine ‘De Ingenieur’, Willems said that the higher production costs will likely lead to a stronger focus on alternative sources of energy as opposed to raw fossile fuels such as oil.

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Rita fears raise oil prices

The Guardian (UK): Rita fears raise oil prices

“The Anglo-Dutch company Shell evacuated staff from its offices in the oil city of Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta, a region that accounts for most of Nigeria’s 2.4 million barrels a day output.”

Thursday September 22, 2005

By Mark Tran

Oil prices today rose to more than $68 (£38) a barrel amid fears that Hurricane Rita will damage oil and gas plants in Texas barely weeks after the havoc wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans area.

Six refineries in Texas have shut down as Rita, a maximum category 5 storm with 175mph winds, bears down on the state. Rita, even more powerful than Katrina, is expected to hit Texas, home to a quarter of US refining capacity, early on Saturday.

The six closed refineries in Texas have a total daily capacity of 1.4 million barrels. Together with the four still closed in Louisiana and Mississippi after Katrina, around 14% of US refining capacity is out of action.

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Shell Canada warns on oil products earnings

MetroNews (Canada): Shell Canada warns on oil products earnings

Thursday, September 22, 2005

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Shell Canada Ltd.’soil-products division will generate lower-than-expected third-quarter profit, partly because crude costs rose faster than retail gas prices, the company warned on Thursday.

Shell Canada, the country’s No. 2 oil producer and refiner, also said unplanned maintenance on a compressor in a hydro-cracker unit at its Montreal East refinery also cut throughput, with its Edmonton refinery down for a planned outage.

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Top judge accused of bias in landmark patent appeal

legalweek.com

Top judge accused of bias in landmark patent appeal

02 May 2002

Author: Paul Hodkinson

A Swedish pharmaceuticals company advised by Simmons & Simmons has launched a groundbreaking appeal against a ruling by Mr Justice Laddie accusing him of having an “appearance of bias” in a patent case.

The highly unusual allegation is one of the grounds of AstraZeneca subsidiary AB Hassle’s appeal against Laddie’s ruling in a patent case.
Laddie ruled that AB Hassle could not enforce a patent for one of its drugs against two rival UK companies, Generics (UK) and Cairnstores.

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