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BBC News: Oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria

  (A range of gangs and militant groups operate in southern Nigeria) Five oil workers have been kidnapped in southern Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta region, officials say. The three Britons, one Indonesian and one Romanian were reportedly abducted near the Exxon Mobil oil company’s offices in Eket town in Rivers state. Oil workers are regularly abducted […]

The Guardian: Four British oil workers kidnapped in Delta

Alex Kumi Wednesday October 4, 2006 At least six foreign oil workers were kidnapped last night during an attack on an oil industry compound in Nigeria’s Delta region. The Foreign Office said initial reports suggested four Britons and two Malaysians, as well as another person whose nationality was unknown, were abducted. The workers were taken […]

The Guardian: Kremlin attack dog vows to take on Shell in the battle of Sakhalin

The struggle to wrest control of resources from western companies is the backdrop to tension in Russia and Africa Tom Parfitt in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Wednesday October 4, 2006 It was a face-off that seemed to encapsulate the growing conflict between a bullish Kremlin and the foreign oil companies working in Russia. On one side was Oleg […]


03 October 2006 The might of the Irish political, police and media establishment have joined multinationals Shell and Statoil in attempting to force through this highly flawed gas project. They are relying on force (one woman hospitalised this morning), restricting movement (protesters prevented from moving), media lies (about IRA involvement) and PR Spin (about a […] UNIONS TELL LEADERS: NO GET OUT OF JAIL CARD FOR BOSSES OVER DEATHS AT WORK

DAVID PERRY IN MANCHESTER 08:50 – 29 September 2006   Angry trade union delegates inflicted a third major defeat on Labour leaders yesterday, insisting company bosses must face jail if found personally responsible for deaths at work. Oil company executives would have been in danger of being liable to imprisonment over the Piper Alpha disaster […]

The Moscow Times: Shell, Other Investors to Meet Over Their Sakhalin Troubles

Wednesday, October 4, 2006. Issue 3511. Page 7. Reuters TOKYO — Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsui and Mitsubishi will meet this week to discuss how to respond to Moscow after Russia ordered a halt to their $20 billion Sakhalin-2 oil project last month citing environmental concerns, Mitsubishi said Tuesday. Top executives of the three companies will […] Crude oil prices slump under 59 dollars per barrel

Wednesday • October 4, 2006 World oil prices have sunk under 59 dollars, hitting the lowest points for seven and a half months as traders focused on healthy US stocks and a potential end to the Iranian nuclear crisis. Crude futures, which lost about two dollars on Monday, shed 3.0 percent in value on Tuesday […]

AFX News Limited: Shell says nine of the 25 missing contractors in Nigeria released

10.03.2006    LONDON (AFX) – Nine of the 25 contractors of Royal Dutch Shell PLC who were abducted during an attack by armed separatist militants on Monday have been released, a Shell spokeswoman said. ‘We’ve learned that nine of the 25 contractors have just been released,’ she said. The contractors were working on a supply […]

London Evening Standard: Wholesale gas being ‘given away’

3 October 2006 Just days after Scottish & Southern Energy became the latest company to raise household gas and electricity bills, a shortterm supply glut has forced producers to dump gas back on the market. Warm weather has meant demand for gas and electricity to heat homes is extremely low for the time of year. […]

AFP: Japanese released by Russia, recants admission by Kyoko Hasegawa

EXTRACT: Aso pressed Russia over its cancellation last month of a key permit on the huge Sakhalin-2 energy project. Japanese firms hold a 45 percent stake in the mega-project. The halt in the work was widely seen as a Russian attempt to reassert control over its energy resources. “What is important is that the project […]

International Herald Tribune: Russian foreign minister defends environmental probes at Shell’s Sakhalin-2 project

The Associated Press: Published: October 3, 2006   MOSCOW Russia’s foreign minister on Tuesday defended environmental probes of several major oil and gas developments, including a Royal Dutch Shell PLC-led project on Russia’s Far-Eastern Sakhalin Island.   Observers have said the investigations are aimed at securing a better role for state companies as the Kremlin […]

Energy Tribune: Russian Energy Imperialism

By Michael J. Economides September 2006 What Nikita Khrushchev tried to do with nuclear weapons during the Cold War almost half a century ago, Vladimir Putin is doing with oil and gas today. Energy resources are giving Russia a sense of power – and that power may mean more for Russia than economic prosperity. This […] 25 Nigerian Shell contractors missing after attack

Wednesday 04 October 2006  PORT HARCOURT: About 25 Nigerians working for a contractor to Royal Dutch Shell were abducted during an attack on a convoy of boats supplying oilfields, Shell has said. At least three soldiers protecting the convoy were killed when about 70 gunmen in speed boats attacked the barges carrying fuel and other […]

Bloomberg: Shell Wins Two Oil Exploration, Production Contracts in Syria

By Abdulla Fardan Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company by market value, won two contracts to search for and pump oil in Syria, according to the state-run Syrian News Agency. Oil Minister Sufian al-Allaw will sign the contracts with Shell’s representatives in Damascus, Syria’s capital, tomorrow, the agency said […]

Reuters: Talisman to buy Fulmar, Auk Fields in North Sea

CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) is expanding its holdings in one of its main North Sea operating areas by acquiring interests in two oil fields from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Canada’s No. 3 independent oil […] Sakhalin Projects Under Assault

3 October 2006 Given the recent actions of Vladimir Putin’s regime, it’s hardly surprising that it is now meddling with the production-sharing agreements that the government has with ExxonMobil, Shell, and Total on the massive Sakhalin project. The signs have been coming with increasing frequency in the form of edicts or statements from different agencies […]

International Herald Tribune: Police clash with anti-Shell protesters as construction resumes on Irish pipeline

The Associated Press Published: October 3, 2006   DUBLIN, Ireland Police clashed with environmentalist protesters Tuesday as construction resumed on a gas pipeline project led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC.   Activists opposed to Shell’s pipeline project in County Mayo, western Ireland, had managed to block construction of the project for more than a year. […]

Indymedia: The Corrib Gas Controversy: State Collaboration with Shell Exposed

Brian and Andrew | 03.10.2006 01:19 The following article is a position paper on the Irish Government’s attempt to placate growing opposition by the appointment of a so-called “independent mediator” to defuse the crisis over the outright handover of Irish energy resources to multinational corporations. It also includes an update on the present crisis at […]

The Associated Press: BP’s Russian joint venture chief plays down fears of license revocation

Published: October 3, 2006   MOSCOW The head of British oil giant BP PLC’s Russian joint venture expressed hope Tuesday that a compromise could be reached with authorities over a license to develop the giant Kovykta natural gas field in East Siberia.   Last week prosecutors said the company — TNK-BP — had not met […]


By Joseph Ferguson Tuesday, October 3, 2006 On September 18 a Russian high court ordered the temporary suspension of operations at the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas development project due to environmental considerations (Asahi Shimbun, September 18). The order followed a complaint filed by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, which claims that the project is […]

Ulster TV: Big test for Bertie Ahern (*more corruption in the Irish Government?)

TUESDAY 3 October 2006  Irish premier Bertie Ahern faces the biggest test of his 30-year political career when he explains to the Dail parliament about controversial 1990s cash payments. By:Press Association   Leaked financial records triggered an unprecedented leadership crisis for Mr Ahern which has gripped the nation and hit the headlines across the world. Pressure […]

IrelandOnline: SF: ‘Why is Irish Govt so anxious to enforce wishes of Shell?’

03/10/2006 – 10:47:13  Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris has accused the Government of appearing “anxious to enforce the wishes of Shell” in relation to the Corrib gas development. Deputy Ferris also condemned the decision by the Department of Justice to order gardaí to break up a picket at the proposed site of […]

Bloomberg: Shell Resumes Work at Irish Terminal as Protestors are Removed

By Dara Doyle Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc resumed work on a terminal in western Ireland after police cleared protestors blocking the site of a facility intended to process natural gas from the $1.1 billion offshore Corrib gas field. About 170 police officers removed 60 campaigners from Bellanaboy, near Rossport in County […]

Reuters: 20 Shell contractors missing after Delta attack

Tue Oct 3, 2006 10:34 AM BST By Austin Ekeinde PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) – About 20 Nigerians working for a contractor to Royal Dutch Shell were abducted during a Monday attack on a convoy of boats supplying oilfields, Shell sources said on Tuesday. At least five soldiers protecting the convoy were killed when about […]

Dow Jones Newswires: Russia’s Energy Titans Prepare for Acquisitions

By  Gregory L. White    MOSCOW Oct 2, 2006 (Dow Jones Newswires from the Wall Street Journal) Russia’s state-controlled energy giants are gearing up for a new round of acquisitions that could give the Kremlin ownership of nearly half the country’s oil production, the highest level since privatization of the Soviet industry began more than a […]

Dow Jones Newswires: TNK-BP Unit Executive Ziganshin Shot Dead

By  Greg Walters MOSCOW Oct 2, 2006 The chief engineer for Anglo-Russian oil producer TNK-BP Holding’s (TNBP.RS) unit Rusia Petroleum, Enver Ziganshin, was found shot dead in Siberia Saturday, a spokesman for the local police said, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday. Ziganshin’s wife found him in a sauna around midnight Saturday. He had […]

URGENT: bulletin: Gardai and Shell using force to proceed with refinery

*** Gardai and Shell using force to proceed with refinery *** – Gardai/Shell PR offensive under way. – Solidarity / support needed asap. ======================================================= Shell to Sea Press Release: October. 3, 2006 Overnight a large force of Gardai numbering in the hundreds and acting in support of Shell have sealed of the Bellanaboy site. The […]

The Wall Street Journal: Top Engineer at BP Oil Venture Is Found Shot Dead in Siberia

By GREG WALTERS October 3, 2006; Page A6 MOSCOW — A top technician at an affiliate of BP PLC’s Russian joint venture was found shot dead in Siberia during the weekend, the second high-profile murder in less than a month to shake Russia’s business community. The death comes two weeks after the killing of Russia’s […]

New York Times: Oil Drops Below $61 on Healthier US Supply Picture

EXTRACT: A fresh episode of militant attacks in Nigeria, which killed five soldiers, has also reminded dealers of potential supply cuts in Africa’s top oil producing country. Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) already has 495,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day shut down at fields it operates in Nigeria, mostly because of militant attacks. THE ARTICLE […]

Dow Jones Newswires: Shell CEO: Unclear How Much To Be Paid Under Royalty Deal

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The head of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) US operations John Hofmeister confirmed Monday his company was near to inking a deal with the federal government to re-negotiate 1998-1999 oil lease contracts, but said it was unclear how much Shell would pay in royalties. Johnnie Burton, the head of the U.S. Minerals […]

The Times: Shell HQ might be redeveloped (*GazpromShell high-rise tower?)

October 03, 2006   Shell has appointed Foster & Partners, the leading architect, to consider an ambitious redevelopment of its headquarters, the Shell Centre, on London’s South Bank next to the London Eye. The oil giant, which is keen to make the best use of any surplus space on the 5.5-acre site, does not want […]

International Herald Tribune: 5 soldiers killed in Nigeria’s oil-rich south; Shell convoy attacked

The Associated Press: Published: October 2, 2006   PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria Dozens of militants sank two military patrol boats in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta in an attack that killed five soldiers and left nine others missing, an army spokesman said.   Maj. Sagir Musa said 15 soldiers were on a routine boat patrol in a […]

Business Journal: Shell president to speak at chamber event (*$60 per person to hear Hofmeister PR BS!)

By Mike Sunnucks The Business Journal of Phoenix A top oil company executive will address the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce later this month, discussing energy supplies, foreign oil and roller coaster gasoline prices. Shell Oil Co. president John Hofmeister will keynote the chamber’s Phoenix Forum event Oct. 12 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & […]

Financial Times: Oil group engineer shot dead in Siberia: resurgence of contract killings in Russia

By Arkady Ostrovskyin Moscow Published: October 3 2006 03:00 | Last updated: October 3 2006 03:00 The chief engineer for a company controlled by TNK-BP, the Anglo-Russian oil group, was shot dead in the east Siberian city of Irkutsk over the weekend in an apparent resurgence of contract killings in Russia. Enver Ziganshin was the […] Shell to Sea corrib pipeline protesters battle cry

There will be a protest at 1pm on Wednesday October 4th at the Shell Headquarters, 53 Lwr Leeson Street, Dublin 2. Very large numbers of Gardaí are now in Erris getting ready for a planned operation to force Shell’s contractors through the local pickets at the refinery site at Ballinaboy. Local people have been stopped […]

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