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Posts from ‘May, 2009’

LICENSED TO KILL: Right wing zealots, Big Oil and the tattoo that hid an icon of hatred

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.

Shell wraps up last major gas well on Sakhalin II

Royal Dutch Shell is completing the last major offshore gas well at the Lunskoye platform in Russia’s sub-Arctic Sea of Okhotsk preparing the way for full production capacity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Sakhalin II, one of the world’s largest and most challenging integrated oil and gas projects.

Eight held after Mayo Shell protest

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 community and the Rossport Solidarity Camp Summer Gathering were involved.

They claim Shell does not have planning permission for the compound.

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Royal Dutch Shell to compensate shareholders for reserves scandal

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.

Shell Blog Posting by Iain Percival, Royal Dutch Shell retired Global Chief Petroleum Engineer

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 is populated by many, many seriously good and dedicated technical professionals who wish for nothing more than (i)an interesting and rewarding career coupled with recognition for good / original / innovative contribution , (ii) progression based not on WHO you know but on what you know (capability) and demonstrable delivery of technical and / or commercial contribution, (iii)  courageous, knowledgeable & honest leadership, (iv) minimal burden of dealing with “stuff”, (v)association with a well respected company name (brand Paddy??). read more

Shell execs accused of ‘collaboration’ over hanging of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa

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 big name: Peter Voser

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.

Shell ‘set to axe 10,000’

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

Amsterdam court sets $352.6m Shell pay-outs

An Amsterdam court on Friday paved the way for pay-outs to commence in a settlement of Royal Dutch Shell’s oil and gas reserves misreporting scandal.

Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – web site

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, the operator of the Royaldutchshellplc.com website said.

Earlier this week Shell announced a major restructuring but gave no targets for job or cost cuts. read more

Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – website

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Saturday 30 May 2009

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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, the operator of the Royaldutchshellplc.com website said. 

Earlier this week Shell announced a major restructuring but gave no targets for job or cost cuts. read more

Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – web site

Reuters

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” layer of management, John Donovan, the operator of the Royaldutchshellplc.com website said. Earlier this week Shell announced a major restructuring but gave no targets for job or cost cuts.  read more

Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – web site

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38Reuters syndicated article: “Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – web site” published on 30 May 2009 by numerous sources including: –

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BNET

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Straits Times Singapore

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Reuters China

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Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – web site

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. read more

What on earth happened under the van der Veer leadership that has got Shell into its present mess?

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. I’m genuinely puzzled by this. I knew Jeroen reasonably well and found him a decent bloke – at least back in the late 1990s and into the new millennium. He seemed devoid of ego at that time and was an effective if modest communicator with staff at all levels. He lacked charisma and didn’t strike me as very original or creative – but he didn’t seem a phoney. What on earth happened under the van der Veer leadership that has got Shell into its present mess? Jeroen was paid an order of magnitude more than even quite recent CEOs like Moody-Stuart. He must surely have been aware of the public affront at the Watts/Reserves scandal. And given Jeroen’s Dutch Christian background and his (apparently) personal austerity and principal what went wrong? Anyone who worked for Shell over these years (I didn’t) throw any light on this contradiction? read more

Posting on Shell Blog: Voser is right that something must be done…

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 not know what they are managing. So they are at the mercy of the consultants and service companies. And not only the numbers have swollen, there has been an inflation in the level of the jobs. Because if you have to manage rather than do, you are more important. Shell is now full of pointy haired bosses. And to top it all off: the number of senior jobs has increased, the levels of these jobs have increased but also the reward of the same levels has seen a dramatic increase in the more senior ranks. Couple that with the steep increase of especially american expatriates (the most expensive but also the most pliable ones) and it is obvious why costs have escalated beyond control. The corporate functions are now full of jobs with strange names that only shell insiders understand. A total disconnect with the rest of the outside world. (Example: Shell has no more reservoir engineers but ‘value creators’.) Drilling was the first with Drilling in the Nineties. Slogan: ‘When the rig goes, so goes the overhead’. The rigs came and went, the overhead only grew and the knowhow decined. Some 20 years ago the most senior driller was jgA. And good old Coen was on every brake in the world! Now there are umpteen jgB around who manage processes. After drilling, the rest followed. The results are evident. read more

We have a precise number of the Shell SEG getting the boot: a “HUGE” number

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 denigrating the veracity of the information in our article, describing it as “pure speculation.”  

Shell then rushed forward the release of incoming CEO Peter Voser’s reorganisation plans which confirmed our information was in fact accurate. We published a leaked email from Voser hours after he sent it to Shell employees announcing his plans. Fortunately, a number of news organisations had already published because they had confidence based on past performance, that our Shell insider sources are reliable.  read more

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