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Houston Chronicle: Nigerian Oil Unions Launch Strike

By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer © 2006 The Associated Press LAGOS, Nigeria — Oil workers’ unions launched a three-day strike Wednesday over worsening security in Nigeria’s oil-rich region as Chevron confirmed the death of a subcontractor in the restive southern area.   The country’s two biggest petroleum industry unions had called the action to […]

The Times: It’s just the job for a retired judge

Comments by John Donovan relating to Shell and the controversial former High Court Judge, Mr Justice Laddie, are at the foot of The Times article September 13, 2006 By Frances Gibb The chance of a lucrative return to private practice would be allowed under a controversial reforms    JUDGES would have the option of going […]

Associated Press: BP Appoints Ombudsman to Hear Complaints

By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) 5 Sept 2006 – Just days before being summoned to testify at a congressional hearing, British petroleum giant BP has asked a former federal judge to serve as its ombudsman and hear complaints from BP workers in Alaska and elsewhere about the company’s operations. Former U.S. District […]

Houston Chronicle: EU Fines 14 Companies Over $340 Million

EXTRACT: Royal Dutch Shell PLC has to pay by far the highest fine in the road bitumen probe with euro108 million (US$137 million). In a statement, the EU Commission said the company was an instigator, took the leadership in the cartel and was a repeat offender. Shell’s fine was increased by 50 percent because of its […]

Dow Jones Newswires: Nigerian Oil Unions Begin Three-Day Strike -Union

13 September 2006 LAGOS -(Dow Jones)- Nigeria’s two oil unions Wednesday began a three-day warning strike over the lack of security in the Niger Delta, a union leader said. “The strike has begun and there is nothing the government can do to stop it,” President of blue-collar National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers, […]

The Times (City Diary): Royal Dutch Shell Plc: Nothing against Ivan Fedorchenko

(Sakhalin Island is not for the faint-hearted. The extreme Arctic conditions give an average winter temperature in the north of -24ºC (-11.2ºF). The sea is frozen for six months of the year and the region is also prone to typhoons and earthquakes.) THE ARTICLE ADVERTS from Shell feature a figure in a parka against a […] Bank urged not to fund controversial pipeline

Conservationists claim the Sakhalin project could put grey whales at risk URL: published on 13-September-2006 by Environmental Data Interactive – UK The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development should not give the controversial Sakhalin oil and gas project its blessing – and its cash – according to conservation charity the WWF.   Conservationists claim the […]

AFX News: EU fines Shell in pricing cartel: Shell, a repeat offender, begun and led cartel

EXTRACT: Shell and KWS had their fine increased as they began and led the cartel, the commission said. Shell was fined an additional 50 pct for as it as a repeat offender, having previously been in PVC and polypropylene cartels. THE ARTICLE Headline: AFX News: EU fines Shell, Total, 12 others 267 mln eur in […]

MosNews: Cost Overruns at Shell’s Sakhalin-2 Project Spell $10Bln Losses for Russia — Minister

Created: 13.09.2006 12:26 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 12:26 MSK   Russia could lose $10 billion in the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project if operators continue to raise expenditures, the country’s Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev said on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Sakhalin-2 project, which is run by Sakhalin Energy and controlled by Royal Dutch/Shell, has […]

UpstreamOnline: Shell restarts oil sands upgrader

By Upstream staff Shell Canada has restarted its Scotford upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta after it was shut down following a hydrogen sulfide leak. The company said that investigations into the cause of the leak are currently underway. Shell had evacuated 1400 employees and contractors from the refinery and had warned its neighbours within a […]

UpstreamOnline: Nigerian gunmen ‘execute’ oil worker

By Upstream staff 12 Sept 2006 A Nigerian oil worker was killed and another was injured in an armed attack on a supply ship today at an oilfield operated by US supermajor Chevron off the Nigerian coast, an oil industry source said. It was the latest in a string of attacks on industry workers in […]

Shell Malaysia propaganda machine

By John Donovan Malaysia appears to be a perfect operating environment for Royal Dutch Shell where it is a major business partner of the Malaysian government. The climate of repression of the population (free speech is not permitted) and strict control of the news media is exploited by Shell Malaysia to the fullest extent.  Contrary […]

TheEdgeDaily (Malaysia): Shell Malaysia’s LCOT receives top prize from MSOSH

Shell Malaysia received multiple awards at the recent Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) awards presentation ceremony under the Petroleum, Gas, Petrochemical and Allied Sectors for 2005. In a statement on Sept 12, Shell said top honours went to Shell Malaysia’s exploration and production (SM-EP) facility Labuan crude oil terminal (LCOT) garnering the […]

The National Business Review NZ: Shell opposes biofuel quotas

Says incentives would be more effective   Oil giant Shell is warning that government biofuel proposals would lead to increases of at least 5 cents per litre on petrol and diesel and result in New Zealanders paying an extra $300 million per annum for their fuel. The government has put out a discussion paper which […]

CBC News (Canada): Second gas leak in 5 days at Alta. Shell plant kept residents inside

20:22:03 EDT Sep 12, 2006 Canadian Press FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta. (CP) – Residents northeast of Edmonton were told to stay indoors for nearly five hours Tuesday after toxic hydrogen sulphide leaked at Shell Canada’s (TSX:SHC) heavy oil upgrader. It was the second leak at Shell’s Scotford plant in five days. Hydrogen sulphide started leaking from […]

AP Worldstream: Nigerian oil unions set to strike over security fears

By: DAN UDOH, Published: Sep 13, 2006 Nigerian oil unions were set to start a three-day strike Wednesday to protest growing insecurity, a day after gunmen attacked a boat carrying oil workers, leaving one worker dead. The country’s two biggest petroleum-industry unions had called the three-day action to protest the death of a member, killed […]

The New York Times: Crude Oil Prices Flat in Asian Trading

EXTRACTS: Elsewhere, Nigerian oil unions prepared to begin a three-day strike Wednesday to protest growing insecurity in the oil-rich Niger Delta, where dozens of attacks and kidnappings have been responsible for helping pushing crude prices higher. As many as 20,000 oil unionists will protest the killing of a Royal Dutch Shell employee three weeks ago […]

AFX Europe (Focus): China’s Sinopec group to conclude deal with Iran to develop Yadavaran oil field

Published: Sep 13, 2006 BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) – China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) group, the parent of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec) (SHA 600028; HK 0386; NYSE SNP), is expected to sign a contract with Iran to develop the latter’s Yadavaran oil field soon, the official Shanghai Securities News reported, citing company sources. The report […]

AFX Europe (Focus): Russia angry at 10 bln usd Sakhalin-2 cost overruns

Published: Sep 13, 2006 MOSCOW (AFX) – Russia’s Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev has criticized cost overruns at the vast Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project in the Russian Far East led by Royal Dutch Shell. Under the production-sharing agreement that governs the project, the state receives a share of revenues once the initial investment has […]

Associated Press: Official: Sakhalin Project Hurts Russia

MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s natural resources minister said Tuesday that swelling production costs at an international oil project on the Pacific Island of Sakhalin that is led by Royal Dutch Shell hurt Russian economic interests. The statement from Yuri Trutnev follows moves by an environmental regulator agency subordinate to him to halt the Sakhalin-2 project […]

Financial Times: Former Shell boss launches EEP to tap into reserves

(Walter van de Vijver right, with his then colleague Jeroen van der Veer in happier times. Both signed Form 20F returns to the SEC containing false information.) THE ARTICLE By Ian Bickerton in Amsterdam Published: September 13 2006 03:00 | Last updated: September 13 2006 03:00 Walter van de Vijver, the former head of Royal […]