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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 […]

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 […]

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’

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

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. The cuts represent almost 30 percent of Shell’s “Senior Executive Group” […]

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

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 (China) Google Snapshot REUTERS ARTICLE Shell to cut 350-450 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell Hldr Foundation: Court Declares Shell Settlement Binding

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 […]

BP To Sell Gas To Shell, Purchase Gorgon Project LNG

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 […]

New Shell chief ready to slash and burn

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 that a “Swiss Mafia” is running the group.

Amsterdam court to rule if Shell reserves fraud $353 million settlement is binding 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

N.Y. Jury May Decide Liability of Shell in Nigerian Executions

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.

French Unions to mount protest at Shell Paris HQ on 3 June

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 […]

Scots Shell employees face wait over jobs decision

The group has 102,000 people worldwide, and a spokeswoman said yesterday the new organisation would have a smaller workforce.

Turn The Heat Up On Shell

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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell Fat Cat Malcolm Brinded: Big Brain but no scruples

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 […]

Shell Blog Posting: The Swiss Mafia running 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

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 […]

Expert warns of horrific consequences if Shell Corrib pipeline explodes

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 Shell’s 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 let’s […]

Royal Dutch Shell restructuring to affect 24,000 jobs

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.

Massive shake-up at Shell puts 24,000 jobs at risk

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 […]

Shell to cut up to 10,000 jobs in worldwide restructuring

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 giant’s new chief executive, announced a radical shake-up of the company. In a series of moves designed to slash billions of dollars from Shell’s cost base and sharpen […]

Funeral in Berlin for many of Shell’s top brass

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 […]

Thousands of Shell jobs on the line as Voser sweeps in with merger plans

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 & […]

Questions over Voser’s plans for Shell

While Peter Voser’s plans for Royal Dutch Shell have received widespread praise for their focus on cost-cutting and operational performance, they still leave important questions unanswered.

Shell’s shake up

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.

Shell shock as long-timer Cook is first to go in Voser cull

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 […]

Linda Cook, Shell’s top woman executive, is first casualty of boardroom shake-up

The Times May 27, 2009 Suzy Jagger, Politics and Business Correspondent Linda Cook, the head of Shell’s 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 […]

Shell shake-up to cut costs

In an e-mail to staff, he said the company was organisationally too complex, and its culture “too consensus-oriented”. He said his objectives were to cut costs, speed up large projects and make Shell “a simpler place to work”.

Reorganization costs Shell Nederland jobs (internal e-mail

  Goodbye Shell is completely different to do. Not only without Linda Cook yesterday unexpectedly steps, but with substantially fewer people. How many jobs are lost, Shell would not say, but a spokesman in the United States told AP that the 2000 jobs at headquarters in The Hague under pressure. According to the blog are mainly supportive, administrative and IT […]

Shell spokesman says assertions of “pure speculation”

Tuesday, site, hosted by former employees against the direction of the oil company, had argued on the basis of internal sources as the new boss of Shell would cut a third of senior management positions. “Inevitably, there will be fewer jobs, but Shell did not set a goal in the subject, provided his side a spokesman for the group to AFP, calling the assertions of of “pure speculation”.

Leaked email Royal Dutch Shell Exec Peter Voser sent at 10am today..

Printed below is a leaked self-explanatory email from Peter Voser. I don’t know why Shell executives do not include us in the circulation list to cut out the middleman. The 29 year contribution of Linda Cook seems to have been forgotten before she has officially departed.

Shell confirms shake-up; vague on job cuts

A big restructure of Royal Dutch Shell by its incoming chief executive Peter Voser has been confirmed and it is set to affect 24,000 jobs, although the company will not say exactly how many of those jobs will be cut.

Shell restructuring puts 24,000 jobs at risk

Up to 24,000 jobs are at risk in Shell after the Anglo-Dutch oil group unveiled plans for a major restructuring.

The oil giant this morning revealed a shake-up in which its exploration and production, gas and power and oil sands units are to be merged into two new divisions.

Shell braced for massive job cuts in Berlin summit

27.05.09 Senior managers at Shell today started a two-day conference where they will be told of large potential staff cuts. The summit in Berlin comes a day after the oil giant’s head of gas, Linda Cook, left Shell after being passed over for the chief executive’s role. That job is being taken up by Peter Voser, the […]

Shell To Restructure, Merge Three Units

Dow Jones NewsPlus – Global By JAMES HERRON  Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES  LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) said Wednesday it will launch a major company restructuring, merging its exploration and production, gas and power and oil sands units into two new divisions as new Chief Executive Peter Voser puts his stamp on the […]

Royal Dutch Shell Announces New Senior Management Structure

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell plc Wednesday announced a series of changes to senior management roles and responsibilities, aimed at sharper focus on operating performance and technology, effective July 1

Shell to restructure under new CEO

LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSa.L) incoming Chief Executive Peter Voser plans to restructure the oil major’s operations to improve project delivery and cut costs, the group said on Wednesday. Shell said its core oil and gas production business would be divided between American and non-American units and a new division […]

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