By Alfred Donovan
Saturday 30 December 2006
The Sakhalin II project and related backdrop events have been marked by deception, double-dealing, corruption, massive pollution, intrigue, blackmail, murder and spies. Some might unfairly say this constitutes a fairly typical Shell project, as per the example of Shell’s activities in Nigeria.
With the assistance of a number of Shell/Sakhalin Energy insiders, we are completing the draft of an article which will be published next week on our own website and simultaneously by a news publishing source. Individuals associated with the project who are mentioned in the current draft include Jeroen van der Veer, Malcolm Brinded, David Greer, Mike Taylor, Steve McVeigh, David Meehan, Campbell Wyper and Togrul Tosun. We understand that Tosun was made redundant in the late 90s when the failure of managing Kashagan was unfairly blamed on him in order to keep the real culprits (such as Henk Dijkgraaf) out of the firing line.
At this time, all of the named individuals should be considered as having a positive role in events. If any of them would like to see the article in advance of publication so that they can comment if they so wish, or correct any inaccuracy, they are welcome to contact me within the next 48 hours.
If anyone else would like to contribute information on this matter please contact me ASAP.
PS. This article and offer has been brought to the attention of Shell International Petroleum Company Limited General Counsel, Richard Wiseman.