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Dr. John Huong – Former Shell Production Geologist of almost 30 years standing (Photograph Courtesy of The Borneo Post) (The following comments in the name of Dr John Huong were published prior to the defamation proceedings brought against him collectively by EIGHT companies in the Royal Dutch Shell Group. It is interesting to note the […]

Free Research on Royal Dutch Shell Plc (over 22,000 articles)

We have the worlds largest online library of news articles and leaked documents about the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and related matters. They are all available FREE for educational and research purposes. Iran announces natural gas find

Iran has discovered in-place reserves of 11.4 trillion cubic feet of sweet gas in a southern field, a senior official was quoted as saying. Mahmoud Mohaddes, head of exploration of the National Iranian Oil Company, said the Sefid Zakhour field in Fars province would have a daily production capacity of more than 1.15 billion cubic […] State Can Help Stop Iran’s Quest for Nukes

Sunday September 30, 2007 The president of Iran has stated publicly that it is his goal to attack the great Satan (referring to the U.S.), develop nuclear weapons and eliminate Israel from the face of the Earth. We take him at his word, and more importantly, world leaders do, too. That’s why Americans should refuse […]

Maeil News: ‘Black Rush’ in Sakhalin: For a Dramatic Discovery of Oil and Natural Gas

Sunday, September 30, 2007 The “black rush” for crude oil, which reminds us of the “gold rush” in the 19th century west, is now taking place in Sakhalin, Russia. About 30 percent of Russian oil and natural gas have been reported to be buried under Sakhalin: 2.7 billion barrels of oil in 11 oil fields, […]

The Sunday Times: Hunt is on for new BP chairman

September 30, 2007 Louise Armitstead BP has launched a search for a new chairman in a move that will draw a line under the turmoil that has engulfed the British oil giant for two years. BP, which has a market value of £107 billion, has appointed a headhunter to find a replacement for Peter Sutherland, […]

Khaleej Times Online: Oman crude oil prices up 7.5pc for November (Bloomberg)

30 September 2007 NEW YORK — Oman crude oil’s official price for November on the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Ltd. rose 7.5 per cent from October on concerns of lower supply. Oman was set at $73.49 a barrel, up from October’s $66.34, based on a Bloomberg calculation of the average closing prices for the past month’s […]

The New York Times: Ethanol’s Boom Stalling as Glut Depresses Price

Lincolnway Energy, a midsize distillery in Iowa, was once virtually alone in the region. Today, though, competing distilleries are operating and pouring even more ethanol onto the market.   By CLIFFORD KRAUSS Published: September 30, 2007 NEVADA, Iowa, Sept. 24 — The ethanol boom of recent years — which spurred a frenzy of distillery construction, […]

The Sunday Telegraph: Share tips: Oil’s well at BP despite setback

Edited by Iain Dey Last Updated: 11:37pm BST 29/09/2007 Tony Hayward, the chief executive of BP (567.5p), was caught off guard last week when comments from a staff meeting leaked into the public domain. He warned that third-quarter results from the oil major would be “dreadful” and a strategic overhaul is imminent. While the news […]

Buenos Aires Herald: Article plus related correspondence including letter from the President of Shell Argentina published 29 Sept 2007

Article published 7 September 2007: Shell to appeal refinery closure   Shell CAPSA will appeal an order issued late Wednesday night that will lead to the closure of its refinery in the Dock Sud area for alleged pollution, company president Juan José Aranguren announced yesterday.  By Peter Johnson Herald staff The closure, the latest in […]

San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Another form of gasoline price deception

By Thomas Elias It’s one thing for consumer advocates to argue endlessly that oil companies are guilty of long-running collusion in setting prices. There’s plenty of evidence they are correct in that contention – the similarly of prices offered by different companies at the same intersections is one indicator. But no one has yet produced […]

The Wall Street Journal: How Economy Could Survive Oil At $100 a Barrel

The Wall Street Journal: How Economy Could Survive Oil At $100 a Barrel Compared to 1980, U.S. Is More Able to Handle Once-Unthinkable Rise By PETER FRITSCH and KELLY EVANS September 29, 2007; Page A1 The world economy has managed, with some indigestion, to swallow the rise of oil prices past $80 a barrel. How […]

Daily Telegraph: Shell Wildlife Photographer winners reveal nature’s grand illusions

A silky shark closes in on a pilot fish. Pilot fish often swim in front of sharks to feed on scraps By Gordon Rayner Last Updated: 12:01am BST 29/09/2007 The subject matter may be familiar, but this stunning image of a shark beautifully captures nature’s infinite ability to surprise and delight us.   In pictures: […]

The Times: Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Wildlife photos go on display

*Shell and famed whistleblower Dr John Huong… September 29, 2007 LONDON Whether spooked, sinister, watchful or plain comical, wildlife features in all its guises in the prestigious Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. More than 32,000 pictures have been entered; 49 have been highly commended and 107 will go on display at the London’s […]

Petroleum News: Protecting Arctic waters

Joint program researches aspects of responding to oil spill in ice-infested waters Alan Bailey Vol. 12, No. 39  Week of September 30, 2007 Worldwide interest in the petroleum potential of the Arctic seas has triggered a corresponding focus on the practicalities of responding to an oil spill, were disaster to strike an offshore oil operation. […]

Petroleum News: Repsol partners with Eni, Shell off Alaska in Beaufort Sea

Vol. 12, No. 39  Week of September 30, 2007 Repsol YPF has joined Shell and Eni in a block of 64 leases in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s North Slope. It’s the Spanish oil and gas major’s first acquisition in the state. Shell and Eni exchanged working interests in the contiguous outer continental shelf leases […]

Petroleum News: Shell: proven techniques

Vol. 12, No. 39  Week of September 30, 2007 Given the amount of research being done on Arctic oil spill response, Petroleum News asked Shell, a participant in the SINTEF Arctic oil spill response joint industry program, to comment on the viability of the techniques and technologies that the company has specified in its oil […]

Gulf-Times (Qatar): Shell hoovers up Nov Dubai crude exports

Shell is the first company in over three years to openly absorb an entire month’s slate of Dubai crude cargoes, say traders Published: Saturday, 29 September, 2007, 02:08 AM Doha Time  SINGAPORE: European major Shell has purchased all available November-loading benchmark Dubai crude cargoes after an unprecedented buying spree on the partials market this month, […]

UPI Energy Watch: Sakhalin-2 faces construction problems under Gazprom

Sakhalin-2 will not begin exporting oil and gas from the new terminals until the first half of next year due to construction and commissioning delays on Russia’s largest offshore project. The Gazprom-led Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. continues to build and commission the oil and gas pipelines that run along the length of the east Russian […]

ARTICLE BY FORMER ROYAL DUTCH SHELL EXECUTIVE, PADDY BRIGGS: The myth of Corporations’ commitments to Human Rights

  Friday, September 28, 2007 Business and Human Rights The myth of Corporations’ commitments to Human Rights “Shell supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and believes that business, as an integral part of society, can make an important contribution to furthering these rights”. Shell statement “Business doesn’t have to choose between profits and principles, […]

Business Week: Bush’s Climate Meeting: Talk, But No Action

The President’s summit shows a willingness to take global warming seriously. But don’t expect much more than that by John Carey September 28, 2007, 12:01AM EST For President George W. Bush, climate change is one of those pesky issues that he would love to see just go away. International diplomats say that when the topic […]

Broward Times: Profile on Kimatni Rawlins: Coming Out of His Shell

Friday, September 28, 2007 1:04:30 PM   BY T.V. FLOYD     When young urban consumers are in the market for a new car, many turn to a popular website that has quickly gained a reputation for showcasing the latest vehicle releases. For the past five years, has built a following of car buffs looking for transportation, […]

Falls Church News-Press (Virginia): The Peak Oil Crisis: Has the Media Become the Message?

Written by Tom Whipple     Thursday, 27 September 2007  With every passing month, evidence peak world oil production has either passed or is getting very close becomes stronger. Last week, the world peak oil conference in Ireland, heard that the best available data now suggests there may only be about 250 billion barrels of oil left […] Competition For Oil And Gas Reserves Heating Up

28 Sep 2007       A race is on to access the world’s remaining gas and oil reserves that is pitting new players in the global market against the tradition conglomerates from industrialized nations, according to a world body. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), says with crude oil prices staying well above $70 […]

San Francisco Chronicle: Chevron campaign tries to balance need for oil with global warming

David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer Friday, September 28, 2007   Stumble onto Chevron Corp.’s latest television ad and you might think you’re watching outtakes from “An Inconvenient Truth.” The camera swoops low over oceans and freeways, glaciers and gleaming cities. A warm but solemn voice proclaims energy and the environment to be the greatest […]

Bloomberg: Brazil Ethanol Boom Belied by Diseased Lungs Among Cane Workers

A migrant worker cuts sugar cane for a plantation near Piracicaba, Brazil, that supplies Costa Pinto, a sugar and ethanol mill owned by Cosan, the world’s biggest ethanol exporter, in May, 2007. Photographer: Claudio Perez/Bloomberg Markets via Bloomberg News By Michael Smith and Carlos Caminada Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) — Manuel Rodrigues da Silva stoops over, […]

Financial Times: Woodside begins to pull up drills in Africa

By Leora Moldofsky in Sydney Published: September 28 2007 03:00 | Last updated: September 28 2007 03:00 Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has begun to dispose of its underperforming African asset interests with the announcement yesterday of the sale of its assets in Mauritania to the Malaysian state-owned group Petronas. Woodside said it had sold its 47.4 […]

The Wall Street Journal: ConocoPhillips to Sell Chinese Onshore Block

By DAVID WINNING September 28, 2007 BEIJING — U.S. oil major ConocoPhillips is offering its Chuan Zhong block in China’s Sichuan province to potential buyers in a rare sale of a Chinese onshore oil and natural-gas asset by a foreign company. The Chuan Zhong block, which covers an area of 118 hectares in southern China […]

Bloomberg: Shell India LNG Terminal to Receive September, October Cargoes

By Dinakar Sethuraman Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s liquefied natural gas import terminal in India may receive at least three cargoes of the fuel this month and next, according to transmissions from ships captured by AISLive on Bloomberg. Simaisma, owned by Greece’s Anangel Shipping Enterprises SA, reached the Hazira terminal on India’s […]

STATEMENT BY ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: Tatneft and Shell to develop strategic partnership

27 Sep 2007  On September 27, 2007 JSC Tatneft (Tatneft) and Shell Exploration Company (RF) B.V. (Shell) concluded Agreement on Principles of Strategic Partnership. The agreement was signed by General Director of Tatneft Shafagat F. Takhautdinov and Shell Country Chairman in Russia Chris Finlayson in the presence of R.N. Minnikhanov, Prime Minister of Tatarstan and […]

Derek Brower: Crude realities

A new film, “A Crude Awakening”, leaves out too many inconvenient truths By Derek Brower, journalist OIL IS a finite resource, so the more of it the world’s energy companies extract, the less will remain. On that, everyone agrees. One day, we will reach the mathematical peak of the world’s reserves. When that day will […]

Reuters: Shell signs heavy oil deal with Russia’s Tatneft

Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:26 PM BST MOSCOW, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell and Tatneft signed on Thursday a deal which can strengthen the oil major’s position in Russia’s energy sector and help Tatneft tap hard-to-extract oil. Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly develop vast heavy bitumen oil deposits in the […] Shelling Out for More Refinement

By David Lee Smith September 26, 2007 It appears that Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A) (NYSE: RDS-B) is about to become more refined. And it has to venture to Port Arthur, Texas, to do so. Shell and its Saudi Aramco partner, the principals in Motiva Enterprises, which owns a Port Arthur refinery with a […]

MarketWatch: Shell signs deal with Tatneft on Russian tar sands project

By Benoit Faucon Last Update: 8:19 AM ET Sep 27, 2007 LONDON (MarketWatch) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) Thursday signed a deal with OAO Tatneft, Russia’s sixth-largest oil producer by volume, to develop a major tar sands project in Tatarstan, its home region, and paved the way for other potential projects. The deal follows […]

Malaysia: Judiciary and corruption (For obvious reasons the legal jurisdiction of choice for Shell)

Introduction by Alfred & John Donovan We recently published an article about the corruption crisis in the Malaysian judiciary. CORRUPTION CRISIS IN MALAYSIAN JUDICIARY IMPACTS ON SHELL LITIGATION We pointed out why EIGHT Royal Shell companies preferred to prosecute its defamation action against Dr Huong in Malaysia even though the alleged libellous comments posted on […]


MELBOURNE, Sept 27 Asia Pulse – Woodside Petroleum Ltd’s (ASX:WPL) existing African portfolio is facing the chop after the oil and gas producer decided to sell its troubled Mauritania assets to Malaysian-government owned group Petroliam Nasional Berhad. The oil and gas producer said the $US418 million ($A477.52 million) sale would include all of Woodside’s onshore […]

Lloyds List: Construction problems set to postpone Sakhalin oil

Martyn Wingrove, Lloyds List Published: Sep 27, 2007 OIL and gas exports from the new terminals on Sakhalin Island will not begin until well into the first half of next year due to construction and commissioning delays on Russia’s largest offshore project. The Gazprom-led Sakhalin Energy Investment company continues to build and commission the oil […]

Financial Times: Kazakh legislators push new oilfield contract

By Isabel Gorst and Ed Crooks in London Published: September 27 2007 03:00 | Last updated: September 27 2007 03:00 Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved a bill to empower the state to annul natural resource contracts, strengthening the oil-rich Central Asian republic’s hand in its dispute with foreign oil groups led by Eni of Italy […]

Financial Times: Chevron moves to spend $15bn on its own shares

By Ed Crooks in London Published: September 27 2007 03:00 | Last updated: September 27 2007 03:00 Chevron, the second-largest US oil company, is to spend $15bn on its own shares within the next three years, extending a $5bn-a-year programme that began in 2005. The move reflects big oil companies’ difficulties in finding uses for […]

The New York Times: Kazakhstan Moves to Alter Oil Company Contracts

By DAVID L. STERN Published: September 27, 2007 ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Sept. 26 — The Kazakhstan Parliament took steps on Wednesday to grant the government the right to alter or cancel international energy contracts unilaterally should they run counter to the country’s interests. The lower house of Parliament — in which all elected seats belong to […]

Daily Telegraph: ‘Half of Zimbabwe will soon need food aid’

  Zimbabweans line up to receive food aid  By Sophie Arie Last Updated: 2:28am BST 27/09/2007 Half of Zimbabwe’s people will be dependent on emergency food aid next year, a senior British diplomatic source has said, in a damning indictment of President Robert Mugabe’s regime. Of an estimated eight million Zimbabweans still in the country, […] PetroChina starts building LNG project in Dalian – report|

27 Sep 2007 | 01:13 AM ET BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) – PetroChina Co Ltd (HK 0857), the country’s largest oil and gas producer, has started building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Dalian, in northeastern China’s Liaoning province, the Dalian Daily reported. The project includes an LNG terminal, a wharf and a gas pipeline, and […]

Business Week: Big Oil’s Big Stall On Ethanol

OCTOBER 1, 2007  NEWS & INSIGHTS By David Kiley Even as it pockets billions in subsidies, it’s trying to keep E85 out of drivers’ tanks For some industries, the prospect of $3.5 billion in federal subsidies now, and double that in three years, might be a powerful incentive. But not, apparently, for the oil industry, […]

Financial Times: BP moves to clarify ‘dreadful’ comment

By Ed Crooks Published: September 26 2007 03:00 | Last updated: September 26 2007 03:00 BP shares fell yesterday after the Financial Times reported that Tony Hayward, chief executive, had told staff that thecompany’s revenues in the third quarter had been “dreadful”. He also told employees at a “town hall” meeting in Houston to expect […]

Financial Times: BP chief learns lesson one in the PR cookbook

By Chris Hughes Published: September 26 2007 03:00 | Last updated: September 26 2007 03:00 Tony Hayward, the new chief executive of BP, was naïve when he lambasted a hundred senior executives for the company’s “dreadful” operating performance and assumed the comment would not leak out. But this should not be a hanging offence. Details […]

Reuters: Iranian firms feel the heat as sanctions bite

Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:17 AM ET By Fredrik Dahl and Edmund Blair TEHRAN (Reuters) – When a Western bank suddenly suspended the account of her family freight firm, Nazila Noebashari revived a financial practice she thought long gone: she sent staff to the Afghan border to collect $50,000 by hand. With foreign banks increasingly […]

International Herald Tribune: A new Kazakh law is a threat to contracts with foreign oil companies

ReutersPublished: September 26, 2007 ASTANA, Kazakhstan: Kazakh lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday allowing the government to unilaterally break contracts with foreign companies, potentially threatening an Italian-led consortium developing a giant oil field. Kazakhstan has already stopped operations at the huge Kashagan oil field, run by the Italian energy firm Eni, in a conflict over mounting […]

Bloomberg: Kazakh Parliament Amends Subsoil Law Amid Eni Dispute (Update3)

By Nariman Gizitdinov Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) — Kazakhstan’s lower chamber of parliament approved changing a law to let the government cancel contracts with oil companies, raising the stakes in a dispute with Eni SpA over the Kashagan venture. “The new amendments were approved unanimously without any changes,” Yerlan Nigmatulin, a lower-chamber deputy and member of […]

Bloomberg: Nuclear, Biofuel, Oil Sands Needed to Cut Emissions, Shell Says

By Mathew Carr Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) — Governments must allow energy companies to produce fuels from all sources as lawmakers find the best solution to curb emissions blamed for climate change, a Royal Dutch Shell Plc executive said. Wind farms are expensive, nuclear stations have difficulty dealing with waste, biofuels boost food prices and oil […]

MalaysianBar.Org: Walk for Justice: ‘When lawyers walk, something must be very wrong’

Contributed by Web Reporter     Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 04:41pm  Related article: CORRUPTION CRISIS IN MALAYSIAN JUDICIARY IMPACTS ON SHELL LITIGATION PUTRAJAYA, Wed: “Lawyers don’t walk everyday. Not even every month. But when they walk, then something must be very wrong,” said Chairman of the Bar Council Ambiga Sreenevasan when addressing a strong crowd of more […]