EXTRACTS FROM TWO ARTICLES: There are plenty of multinationals, too, such as Shell – which has extensive interests in Bolivia’s lucrative gas fields. Morales nationalised a pipeline part-owned by the oil giant – not something the multinational took lightly. Enter Dwyer, infused with a sense of derring-do gleaned probably from the movies. He became associated with an unholy mix of right-wing nationalists and fascist ‘freedom fighters’. And, conspiracy theorists take note, he met some of these unsavoury characters while working as a security guard for Shell, through a security firm employed on Shell’s Corrib project in Mayo. Ironically, some of the media has been fretting lately about alleged republican paramilitary infiltration of the anti-Shell protests in Mayo, but a more serious issue appears to be right-wing paramilitary infiltration of Shell’s security operations (see The Phoenix 8/5/09). Coincidentally, Shell has also been having difficulties in Bolivia as a result of Morales’s decision last year to nationalise the country’s main gas pipeline company. As a result of the Dwyer affair, some light has been shone on the fact that there is now in Ireland a large number of private security operatives supplementing and, in cases such as the Shell operation in Mayo, working closely with the Gardai. Many of these security men are from eastern Europe and, worryingly, security checks on foreign security operators working in Ireland are lax to say the least. The Private Security Authority issues licenses to firms and individuals involved in security work, but a spokeswoman admitted last week that it merely seeks a criminal record certificate and does not follow this up with any background checks for up to one-third of the 22,000 security operatives it has licensed.
Posts from ‘May, 2009’
Royal Dutch Shell is completing the last major offshore gas well at the Lunskoye platform in Russias sub-Arctic Sea of Okhotsk preparing the way for full production capacity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Sakhalin II, one of the worlds largest and most challenging integrated oil and gas projects.
RTE News Sunday, 31 May 2009 22:57 Eight people have been arrested for public order and trespass offences during a protest at the Shell compound at Glengad, Co Mayo. Gardaí said over 100 protestors took part in the demonstration and attempted to gain entry through security fencing. Protestors said over 200 people from the local […]
News that the oil giant had overstated reserves in submissions to the US regulator, the Securities & Exchange Commission, led to the departure of Sir Philip Watts, the chief executive, and Walter van de Vijver, Shell’s then exploration chief. It came as a serious shock to investors and left Shell’s reputation and share price in such tatters that there was speculation it would be taken over by a resurgent BP. The FSA subsequently fined Shell for committing market abuse and breaches of the listing rules after making misleading statements between 1998 and 2004.
By Iain Percival I have now caught up with the news / comments having returned from a most refreshing break at my home in Scotland – no internet connection which is good, for a while at least My two pence of observations are as follows. 1. I have written on several occasions that Shell upstream […]
Court documents allege that there was “a pattern of collaboration” between Shell and the military “to violently and ruthlessly suppress any opposition to its exploitation of oil and natural gas resources in the Niger Delta.”
The need to adapt Shell to a lower oil price environment, partly through cutting thousands of jobs, is now Mr Voser’s agenda. “Too consensus- oriented,” he called a company whose culture he also hopes to change.
The Sunday Times May 31, 2009 Jobwatch: Shell is braced for several thousand redundancies after new chief executive Peter Voser announced a big restructuring plan. It has been suggested that about 10,000 posts will be lost. Most of the cuts will hit middle and senior managers. TIMES ARTICLE
An Amsterdam court on Friday paved the way for pay-outs to commence in a settlement of Royal Dutch Shells oil and gas reserves misreporting scandal.
05.30.09, 11:04 AM EDT LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) –Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to cut 350-450 senior management roles as it restructures to cut costs and improve operational performance, according to a website to which Shell employees post internal information. The cuts represent almost 30 percent of Shell’s ‘Senior Executive Group’ layer of management, John Donovan, […]
Saturday 30 May 2009 (AFX UK Focus) 2009-05-30 15.04 LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to cut 350-450 senior management roles as it restructures to cut costs and improve operational performance, according to a website to which Shell employees post internal information. The cuts represent almost 30 percent of Shell’s “Senior […]
Sat May 30, 2009 9:49am EDT LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) plans to cut 350-450 senior management roles as it restructures to cut costs and improve operational performance, according to a website to which Shell employees post internal information. The cuts represent almost 30 percent of Shell’s “Senior Executive Group” […]
Reuters syndicated article: “Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – web site” published on 30 May 2009 by numerous sources including: – New York Times CNBC Forbes MSN Money USAToday BNET Economic Times India Straits Times Singapore Interactive Investor Brazil Globo Reuters China SINA.com (China) Google Snapshot REUTERS ARTICLE Shell to cut 350-450 […]
Paddy Briggs on May 30th, 2009 at 10:57 am Excellent Post by Guest1. It is indeed corruption and the irony is that it got far worse under Jeroen who was meant to be sweeping away the dishonesty and the self-first mindset that characterised the Watts years. Im genuinely puzzled by this. I knew Jeroen reasonably […]
guest1: So, many people will go. This is inevitable since the numbers in the senior ranks grew out of all proportions. Since Herkstroter and Moody Stuart claimed in the mid 90s we were going to manage rather than do ourself this all started and now the ranks are swollen with self acclaimed managers who do […]
By John Donovan On Tuesday we published the article below. It was subsequently used as the source of multiple news reports around the world, including the lead front page article of the Financial Times newspaper published the following morning, Wednesday 27 May. Later that same day, an article published by ROMANDIE NEWS quoted a Shell spokesman as […]
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MAY 29, 2009, 9:53 A.M. ET Edited Press Release AMSTERDAM (Dow Jones)–The Stichting Shell Reserves Compensation Foundation Today announces Friday that the Amsterdam Court of Appeals has declared the Non-U.S. Settlement Agreement concerning the recategorisation by Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) of certain of its oil and gas reserves binding. The […]
SYDNEY (Dow Jones)–BP PLC (BP.LN) Friday said it has agreed to sell gas to Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) and purchase it as liquefied natural gas after it has been processed through the Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia state.
Email to Michiel Brandjes, Company Sec & General Counsel Corporate, Royal Dutch Shell Plc: NAM transportation of radioactive waste
EXTRACTS: A Dutch national has contacted me to express concern over a matter involving NAM, the company owned jointly by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and ExxonMobil Corporation. It may all be perfectly legal and a lucrative enterprise for the German companies involved, but is it ethical on the part of the NAM and the German companies bearing in mind potential exposure to the Dutch and German population during the long journeys involved and to the local populations in the relevant Germany cities where the processing takes place?
SHELL TO SLASH COSTS WITH GIANT JOBS CULL RESTRUCTURE: Peter Voser is going to restructure the company Thursday May 28,2009 By Andrew Johnson Royal Dutch Shell unveiled one of the most radical restructurings in its 119-year history yesterday in a move placing thousands of jobs at risk. Incoming chief executive Peter Voser is aiming to slash […]
Shell will also set up a new division to handle project delivery and technology. It will be led by Matthias Bichsel, who is also Swiss. Some Shell employees complained on their website Royaldutchshellplc.com that a “Swiss Mafia” is running the group.
Bloomberg.com By Nadja Brandt Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA NA): An Amsterdam court is scheduled to rule whether a $353 million settlement with shareholders outside the U.S. following a restatement of proven oil and gas reserve estimates in January 2004 is binding. Shell was unchanged at 18.76 euros in Amsterdam. SOURCE
Absent a settlement, a jury to be selected beginning Tuesday in lower Manhattan will be asked to reach a historic verdict that would make Royal Dutch/Shell the first foreign corporation found liable in a U.S. courtroom for aiding and abetting human rights violations by the forces of a foreign nation.
On 3 June former employees of the Shell Berre Petrochemical Refinery will mount a major protest at Shell’s Paris HQ – a photograph of a banner prepared for the protest is displayed. The protest has been organised by a group of Shell unions. Background information about why 1600 French former Shell employees feel driven to protest against […]
The group has 102,000 people worldwide, and a spokeswoman said yesterday the new organisation would have a smaller workforce.
UNPO: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization Thursday, 28 May 2009 Supporters gathered around New York courthouse to rally for the Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Shell trial. On what was supposed to mark the start of the Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Shell trial in New York City, over a hundred people showed up in front of […]
By Alfred and John Donovan On Monday we will publish Shell internal documents and correspondence with Malcolm Brinded providing evidence of how this brainy man, who remains at number 2 in the Shell hierarchy, sanctioned corrupt practices, deceit, theft and other illegal action involving a conspiracy of Shell managers. This dishonest activity was also condoned by Richard Wiseman, the former Shell […]
Shellwaar benjijnu?: There used to be a “Swiss Mafia” running exploration in Shell. It now appears there is a Swiss Mafia just running Shell – full stop. I would like to know how Bichsel is uniquely qualified for his new position. He has absolutely no track record in project delivery. However he does have one […]
Swiss Mafia Running Royal Dutch Shell Posted by “Shellwaar benjijnu?” on our Shell Blog: 2009/05/28 at 07:30 There used to be a “Swiss Mafia” running exploration in Shell. It now appears there is a Swiss Mafia just running Shell – full stop. I would like to know how Bichsel is uniquely qualified for his new […]
A FORMER Army bomb disposal officer has warned of horrific consequences for civilians in and around Rossport if an onshore gas pipeline serving the Corrib gas project should rupture and explode.
Peter Voser’s message to Shell staff presages a gloomy future for all of Shell’s employees and stakeholders
Posted on May 28th, 2009 by Paddy Briggs Shells CEO designate Peter Voser would have to have been terminally naïve to assume that his extraordinary internal Email to staff would not immediately be placed in the public domain – as indeed it was within minutes of its transmission. Assuming that Voser knew exactly what he is doing lets […]
Royal Dutch Shell has unveiled the most the radical restructuring of its operations for decades in a move that will impact over 24,000 jobs.
Up to a third of senior management under threat By Sarah Arnott Thursday, 28 May 2009 Hot on the heels of the surprise resignation of top executive Linda Cook, Shell’s in-coming chief executive Peter Voser announced major restructuring plans yesterday that could cut thousands of rank-and-file jobs. Some 24,000 staff at the Anglo-Dutch oil giant […]
The Times May 28, 2009 Robin Pagnamenta, Energy and Environment Editor More than 10,000 jobs at Royal Dutch Shell are under threat as Peter Voser, the oil giants new chief executive, announced a radical shake-up of the company. In a series of moves designed to slash billions of dollars from Shells cost base and sharpen […]
The Times May 28, 2009 Senior jobs are on the line at the oil company as the incoming chief executive unveils an efficiency drive Robin Pagnamenta Up to 200 Shell executives from around the world flew to Berlin this week for an unusual two-day meeting. The gathering, which began on Tuesday, offered a final chance […]
Daily Mail By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 10:37 PM on 27th May 2009 Not so slick: Job cuts look imminent at Shell Thousands of jobs are at risk at Royal Dutch Shell as incoming chief executive Peter Voser announces a sweeping reorganisation. The Swiss chief executive-elect is merging Shell’s Exploration & Production, Gas & […]
While Peter Vosers plans for Royal Dutch Shell have received widespread praise for their focus on cost-cutting and operational performance, they still leave important questions unanswered.
Its reliance on Canada’s costly and environmentally toxic oil sands remains a blight on its brand rather than an asset. The situation in Nigeria is as tragic and dysfunctional as ever.
By SAM FLEMING Last updated at 11:53 PM on 26th May 2009 Going: Linda Cook will leave Shell after nearly 30 years working for the firm A management shakeup is looming at oil giant Royal Dutch Shell as anointed chief executive Peter Voser prepares to take the helm. Shell yesterday announced the sudden departure of gas […]
The Times May 27, 2009 Suzy Jagger, Politics and Business Correspondent Linda Cook, the head of Shells gas business, resigned abruptly yesterday, the first boardroom casualty at the hands of Peter Voser, the new chief executive of the oil company. Mrs Cook, who fought Mr Voser for the top job, is leaving after a mutual […]