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RIA Novosti: No plans to revoke Sakhalin II license-FM Lavrov

17:46 | 23/ 10/ 2006 

MOSCOW, October 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia does not seek to revoke the license of the Sakhalin II oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East, the Russian foreign minister said Monday.

Russia signed the Sakhalin II production-sharing agreement in 1994 with Sakhalin Energy, an investment company controlled by oil major Royal Dutch Shell. The company recently raised its cost estimate for the project, thereby putting off the date by which the Russian government will receive a share of the profits.

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Prime-Tass: Chief of public spending watchdog calls for revising Sakhalin PSAs

MOSCOW, Oct 23 (Prime-Tass) — Sergei Stepashin, director of Russia’s Audit Chamber, called Monday for “a drastic revision” of production sharing agreements (PSAs) for the development of Sakhalin Island’s oil fields.

The Audit Chamber is Russia’s public spending and revenue watchdog.

However, the PSAs must remain in effect, he added.

The increase in Sakhalin Energy’s Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project’s costs would be unprofitable for the Russian government, Stepashin also said.

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The Wall Street Journal: Shell Indicates Intention To Buy Out Shell Canada

By CHIP CUMMINS
October 23, 2006 5:39 a.m.

LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it would offer to buy out minority shareholders in its Canadian affiliate for about C$7.7 billion, or $6.85 billion, representing the latest effort in the oil giant’s long-running restructuring. The move would also solidify its growing position in Canada, where it and a handful of other companies have invested billions in heavy, unconventional oil deposits.

Shell said it had approached the board of Shell Canada Ltd., indicating its intention to offer shareholders C$40, or about $35.60, cash per share for the approximately 22% interest in the Canadian unit that the Anglo-Dutch parent company doesn’t already own.

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The Wall Street Journal: Exxon Agrees to Sell Gas From Sakhalin-1 to China

By GREGORY L. WHITE
October 23, 2006 1:29 p.m.

MOSCOW — Exxon Mobil Corp. said it has reached a preliminary agreement to sell natural gas from a project on Russia’s Sakhalin Island to China. But the U.S. energy giant still needs to make a deal with OAO Gazprom, the Russia’s state-controlled gas monopoly, to get the fuel to market.

The $12.8 billion Sakhalin-1 project is starting to ship crude oil to Asian markets, but has held back large-scale gas development pending a deal on exports, which initially had been slated to start next year. At present, the project sells relatively small amounts of gas inside Russia at prices substantially below world-market levels.

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The Denver post: Shell to decide Colorado project by 2010

By Peter Cook
Bloomberg
Article Last Updated:10/23/2006 11:40:28 AM MDT
 
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is encouraged by its research on the extraction of crude oil from shale in Colorado and might be able to produce oil there by the middle of the next decade, the head of the company’s U.S. unit said.

A decision on whether to invest in U.S. oil shale production will probably be made by 2010, John Hofmeister said in an interview in Washington.

Hague-based Shell today offered to pay $7.7 billion (Canadian dollars) for the 22 percent of its Canadian unit that it doesn’t already own.

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Bloomberg: Shell Offers to Buy Out Canada Unit for C$7.7 Billion (Update9)

By Mathew Carr and Sonja Franklin

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the second- biggest European oil company, offered C$7.7 billion ($6.8 billion) to buy out its Canadian unit and gain greater production from the oil sands.

Shell, which owns 78 percent of Shell Canada Ltd., offered C$40 a share for the rest, according to a statement today from the Hague-based company. That’s 22 percent more than the closing price of the unit’s stock at the end of last week. The shares climbed 29 percent, topping the offer price.

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ShellNews.net: leaked internal email from Royal Dutch Shell ‘Expatriate Policy Manager’, Stephanie Boyde

23 October 2005

Received today from a Shell Insider…

Dear Sir

I like your frank site and here perhaps is something you might care to publish. I refer to the Shell HR email I have supplied. Naturally I want my name kept secret as you will understand.

Here is another HR activity that escaped the attention of the big chiefs (who are quite busy with their own spin stories). All other oil companies (big and small) will smile because this is certain to trigger another exodus of competent Shell engineers.

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THE VOICE OF RUSSIA: RUSSIA CALLS FOR EQUAL PARTNERSHIP WITH EU

Viktor Yenikeev.
10/23/2006

An unofficial summit between Russia and the EU has taken place in Lahti, Finland. High on the agenda were strategic partnership and energy cooperation.

Russia and the European Union have reaffirmed mutual intention to develop both strategic partnership and energy cooperation. European Commission President Jose Barroza told a closing news conference that Russia and Europe both need one another, and Russia, as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel remarked, is both a leading EU partner and a top player on the international scene.

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RussiaProfile.Org: A Matter of Pride

By Paul Abelsky
Russia Profile
October 23, 2006

Russian-Japanese Relations Suffer From A Lack of Compromise

Japan waited 41 years for a male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne, and in September, Princess Kiko threw the country into elation with the birth of the longed-for boy. Russian-Japanese diplomatic relations, mired in an ongoing territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands that has befuddled several generations of policymakers, are also due resolution, though a compromise seems increasingly unlikely with every passing year.

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AFP: Obey or be shut down, Russia says

Russian officials warned Sakhalin-2 investors on Friday to comply with environmental laws or face shut-down, also suggesting there could be adjustments to the “economic model” in the huge Pacific coast oil and gas project.

“If the Russian Federation’s laws are going to be violated, if irreparable damage is done to the environment, we will take measures to stop the project,” Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev told reporters.

Moscow’s increasingly hard-nosed approach to foreign energy investors has shaken its European partners, while the controversy over Sakhalin-2 is sparking alarm in Japan and South Korea, the main markets for gas shipments meant to start in 2008.

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BBC News: EU shocked as Putin comes out fighting

Jacques Chirac and Angela Merkel

(EU leaders were reportedly taken aback by Mr Putin’s rebuff)

By William Horsley
BBC News Europe analyst 
23 October 2006
 
Insiders’ reports from EU leaders’ dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin last Friday suggest Europe’s diplomats have begun the week suffering from diplomatic indigestion.

All 25 European Union leaders met Mr Putin in Finland.

Accounts of the meeting from some of those present there speak of unusually blunt exchanges between the two sides, in which Mr Putin said he would not listen to lectures about human rights, and rejected EU demands over its vitally important oil and gas business.

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ShellNews.net: The Hans Bouman, Engel van Spronsen Sakhalin emails

Published below in their entirety are the emails between two senior Shell managers, Hans Bouman and Engel van Spronsen which were the subject of a recent article published by MarketWatch: MarketWatch: Shell manager warned of Sakhalin faults in e-mails

Postings on our Live Chat facility and other incoming emails relating to the same issues are also published on this page. All of this information has been supplied to interested third parties including Oleg Mitvol, Deputy Head of Rosprirodnadzor (Russian Federal Environment Protection Agency. We are also sending information to Mitsui and Mitsubishi, Shell’s current partners in the Sakhalin II white elephant project, just in case they are being kept in the dark by the lead partner.

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