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Reuters: Russia tells Dutch will start talks with Shell soon

Wed Oct 4, 2006 2:09pm ET

AMSTERDAM, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Two Russian ministries assured Dutch Economy Minister Joop Wijn on Wednesday that Moscow will soon start talks with Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) to try to resolve the crisis over the Sakhalin-2 project, Wijn’s spokesman said.

Russian Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Reus and Economy Minister German Gref told visiting counterpart Wijn that Russia wanted to solve disagreements with Shell over the project’s costs and environmental impact, Wijn’s spokesman Job Frieszo said.

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Associated Press: Militants say 9 dead in attacks in Nigerian oil-rich southern delta

Wednesday October 04, 2006
By DAN UDOH
Associated Press Writer

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) Militants battled security forces in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta Wednesday after armed men attacked a oil company convoy and a pumping station, officials said.

Militants said in an e-mail that nine people were killed in fighting with government forces in fighting at the pumping station belonging to a Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiary.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Newswire.co.uk: Oil Rebounds As Fighting Flares In Nigeria

8:38 am, Thursday 05 Oct 2006 
 
Oil prices have rebounded after fighting between rebels and government troops in oil exporting country Nigeria.

U.S. crude rose 73 cents to $US59.41 a barrel, after falling to an 8-month low of $US57.75. London Brent rose 79 cents to $US59.22.

Nigerian rebels and troops were engaged in a fight near an oil pumping station operated by Royal Dutch Shell in the eastern part of the Niger Delta on Wednesday.

© NewsRoom 2006

RIA Novosti: Environmental violations on Sakhalin

18:34 | 04/ 10/ 2006

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK-MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti commentator Tatyana Sinitsyna)

“I have seen so many gas and oil pipelines in different countries, but I have never witnessed the construction methods used by the Sakhalin Energy company in Russia,” said Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Environmental Supervision (FSES or Rosprirodnadzor in Russian abbreviation) Oleg Mitvol, addressing a news conference in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

“There is no doubt that the project should be stopped, and the damage to the environment rectified — illegal deforestation, sand-up streams, and river banks which have not been properly fortified.”

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Reuters: At least 5 foreign oil workers abducted today in Nigeria

Wednesday October 4, 2006
By Tom Ashby
 
LAGOS – Suspected militants invaded a residential compound for foreign oil workers in Nigeria today, killing two guards and kidnapping at least five expatriates, oil industry sources said.
 
The workers — including three Britons and two Malaysians — were taken from the compound in Eket, close to the operational base of ExxonMobil, which exports about 800,000 barrels a day from Africa’s top oil producer.
 
The two security guards killed in the raid were believed to be Nigerians, the sources added.
 
“The incident took place at Eseakpan residential area for service companies in Eket. Two civilian guards were killed. Three British and two Malaysians were among those kidnapped,” one oil industry source said.
 
A spokeswoman for ExxonMobil said she had no information about the attack. Earlier reports had indicated that between seven and 11 expatriates had been abducted.
 
Yesterday, about 25 Nigerian staff of a Royal Dutch Shell contractor were abducted and at least 10 soldiers were believed to have been killed in a militant raid on a convoy of boats supplying oilfields in a different part of the delta.
 
About 70 gunmen in speed boats attacked the barges carrying fuel and other supplies to Shell facilities in the remote Cawthorne Channel in Rivers state in the Niger Delta.
 
Industry sources said there were two other raids, possibly by the same group, on oil industry boats in the same area, also yesterday, in which one more soldier was killed and several rifles were seized.
 
The series of attacks ended a period of relative quiet in the Niger Delta, which accounts for all oil output from the world’s eighth biggest exporter. One sixth of Nigeria’s production capacity has been shut down since February following a wave of militant attacks on oil facilities that month.
 
The militant group behind February’s attacks, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, said it was not involved in yesterday’s raids. However, in a statement today, it said it had moved fighters into Rivers state to defend communities from reprisal attacks by the military.
 
“We will not stand with folded arms while the Nigerian military, true to habit, inflicts retaliatory punishment on innocent civilians,” the group said in an email statement.
 
“These fighters will remain in the vicinity of Rivers state, until the perceived threat to Ijaw communities in Rivers state ceases to exist,” it added, in reference to the Ijaw tribe which is the largest ethnic group in the delta.
 
Supply disruptions from Opec member Nigeria have contributed to several spikes in world oil prices this year.
 
Yesterday’s attacks did not affect production as they occurred on a river away from any facilities, company sources said.
 
The Niger Delta was relatively quiet in September after a series of kidnappings for ransom in August. A total of 18 oil workers were abducted that month in eight separate incidents. One of the hostages was shot dead by troops during a botched attempt to free him, while all the others have been freed.
 
Violence in the delta is rooted in poverty, corruption and lawlessness. Most inhabitants of the wetlands region, which is almost the size of England, have seen few benefits from five decades of oil extraction that has damaged their environment.
 
Resentment towards the oil industry breeds militancy, but other factors such as the struggle for control of a lucrative oil smuggling business and the lure of ransoms also lie behind the violence.
 
– REUTERS

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Radio Free Europe : CIS: Region’s IPOs Attracting Interest Despite Sakhalin Dispute

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formally CEO of Yukos

(Former Tukos CEO, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in the frame.)

LONDON, October 4, 2006 (RFE/RL) — Companies from all over the world head to the London Stock Exchange when they need to attract international investment and raise development capital.

Firms from Russia and elsewhere in the CIS are among the latest to head to London to launch initial public offerings (IPOs) — their first sale of stock to the public.

Interest In Russia, Kazakhstan

Earlier this summer, Russia’s Rosneft oil company earned upward of $10 billion in its London IPO, launched on July 19.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Shell chief: …Shell is proud of the job it’s done in Nigeria

Headline: Finding resources key

BY BILL W. HORNADAY
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2006

As president of Shell Oil Co., John Hofmeister is a natural target for some of the most oftenasked questions in the energy industry:

Why are fuel pump prices so up or down ? And how is the oil industry spending some of the record profits it has recently reaped to make energy more affordable for average Americans ?

During a Tuesday address at the University of Arkansas ’ Clinton School of Public Service, Hofmeister set out to answer those questions, as well as explain how vital it is for government and industry to help energy producers meet growing U. S. demand in an increasingly competitive global market.

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news24.com: 16 hostages freed in Nigeria

04/10/2006 14:52  – (SA)  

Lagos – Niger Delta militants on Wednesday released 16 remaining oil employees of a sub-contractor to Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell, two days after kidnapping a group of workers, said an industry spokesperson.

According to the spokesperson: “I can confirm that the remaining hostages were released this morning. They were 24 or so in number. Nine were released yesterday.”

On Monday, about 70 men attacked a site belonging to the Royal Dutch Shell company in neighbouring Rivers State, killing 14 soldiers and kidnapping 25 workers.

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Reuters: UPDATE 2-Kremlin says not trying to oust foreign oil majors

Wed Oct 4, 2006 8:59 AM ET
(adds quotes, Gazprom on Sakhalin-2, Exxon Sakhalin-1 loading)

By Elif Kaban

MOSCOW, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Russia is not seeking to oust foreign oil majors operating big production-sharing agreements (PSAs), but will not agree to massive cost overruns at these projects, a Kremlin official said on Wednesday.

Arkady Dvorkovich, head of the Kremlin’s economic research department, said Russia was particularly concerned by Royal Dutch Shell’s request last year to allow it to double costs to $20 billion at its Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project.

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Reuters: Shell says all abducted staff in Nigeria released

04 Oct 2006 10:05:42 GMT
Source: Reuters

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – All Royal Dutch Shell workers kidnapped in Nigeria this week have been freed by their captors, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Attackers abducted about 25 Nigerian staff of a Shell contractor on Monday following a raid on a convoy of boats supplying oilfields.

“All the contractors have been released,” the Shell spokeswoman said.

Bloomberg: Eni’s Kazakh Project, Cornerstone of Growth, Delayed (Update1)

By Eduard Gismatullin and Nariman Gizitdinov

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Eni SpA and partners in the Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan, the biggest discovery in three decades, risk years of delays because of design changes and extra costs.

The $29 billion project will miss its target of pumping oil in 2008 and the development will run over budget, the venture partners and Kazakh officials said. Kazakhstan, which is among the top 10 countries in terms of oil reserves, needs to tap the field to meet its goal of almost tripling production by 2015.

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Bloomberg: Japan Aims to Beat Shell, Sasol With GTL Technology (Update1)

By Megumi Yamanaka

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Inpex Holdings Inc. and five other Japanese companies are joining to develop gas-to-liquids technology, aiming to cut plant building costs and enabling them to beat GTL front-runners Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Sasol Ltd.

The Japanese companies will build a demonstration plant and develop gas-to-liquids capability by the end of the five years ending March 2011, they said in a statement today. The partners want to make the technology to build commercial plants available in 2012.

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