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Posts from ‘September, 2009’

An insiders view of Shell Exec Tom Botts: Below is the crap we receive from our ‘leader’

From our archives 2 February 2006… FROM A SHELL INSIDER Hello Alfred Below is the crap we receive from our ‘leader’. It continues to baffle me that these politicians keep finding hollow words for their messages that never change. This cowboy from Wyoming expects a few things to be different this year (see bullet points […]

Greenpeace ends protest at Shell oil sands mine

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Greenpeace activists who occupied mining equipment at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSa.L) Canadian oil sands project ended their protest on Wednesday after 1-1/2 days and were escorted away without facing charges, the environmental group said.

Shell, BAE Systems and the Serious Fraud Squad

Visitors to this website, which is self-evidently focused on the activities of Royal Dutch Shell, may wonder why we are drawing attention to current news involving BAE Systems and the UK  Serious Fraud Squad (and the parallel corruption investigation by the US Justice Department). All will be revealed very shortly…

SFO prepares to charge BAE Systems

FINANCIAL TIMES By Michael Peel and Jeremy Lemer Published: September 30 2009 14:33 | Last updated: September 30 2009 14:33 EXTRACTS Corruption investigators were on Wednesday poised to press criminal charges over BAE Systems’ arms deals as the long-running probe into one of the country’s most-politically charged cases finally comes to a head, the Financial […]

Bloomberg retracts claim that Shell will overtake BP in Production

Bloomberg has published a revised version of its article “Shell Output Set to Pass BP With $40 Billion Spent on Projects“.

BAE brinkmanship after bribery deal ultimatum leaves SFO guessing

The arms giant BAE tonight appeared to be ready to defy an ultimatum from the Serious Fraud Office to accept a plea deal over corruption allegations, or face prosecution. (ROYAL DUTCH SHELL INVOLVEMENT IN BAE SYSTEMS AL-YAMAMAH OIL FOR ARMS – SAUDI CORRUPTION SCANDAL)

Shell Deer Park Plant Work to Draw 1,100 Contractors

BLOOMBERG.COM By Paul Burkhardt and Kaipin Yee Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc will employ about 1,100 contractors at its Deer Park, Texas, plant, as it begins a planned shutdown of an olefins unit at its chemical plant. “The number of contract workers at Shell will peak at approximately 1,100 workers in late […]

Royal Dutch Shell Rumors Updated Tuesday 29 Sept 2009

Tuesday 29 Sept: Important Shell internal telecast today…? Monday 28 Sept: Whisper from a worried engineer: We hear that the 3 musketeers Marvin, Matthias and Malcolm are unable to reach agreement on whether everyone in jobgroup 2 and above has to re-apply for a job in Shell. Matthias as a good Swiss with a Teutonic […]

UBS Bd Members Marchionne, Voser To Leave Bank

Voser, meanwhile, who took over the CEO post at Shell in July, is orchestrating a major revamp at the Anglo-Dutch oil giant that includes job and cost cuts.

UPDATED: Bloomberg accused of publishing false Shell production forecasts

It is notable that although Bloomberg routinely make their articles permanently accessible on the Bloomberg website, the article that was the subject of postings by our contributors below – “Outsider” and “Insider” – has been deleted by Bloomberg without explanation or apology. It is of course impossible to do the same with newspaper articles which […]

Shell to streamline results presentation

In future, Shell will present its financial results in three segments: Upstream, Downstream and Corporate & Minority Interest, the company said.

Iraq in danger of missing Shell deadline: spokesman

BAGHDAD — Iraq risks missing a one-year deadline to strike a deal with energy giant Royal Dutch Shell for a four-billion-dollar gas production deal in southern Iraq, a government spokesman told AFP on Tuesday.

Shell… recently confirmed a $10 billion investment in Iran

Alarmingly, despite the growing belligerence of Iran’s government, Europe seems more anxious than ever to make new energy investments in Iran. European energy firms such as Shell and Spain’s state-owned Repsol recently confirmed a $10 billion investment in Iran.

Royal Dutch Shell Rumors Updated Monday 28 Sept 2009

Whisper from a worried engineer: We hear that the 3 musketeers Marvin, Matthias and Malcolm are unable to reach agreement on whether everyone in jobgroup 2 and above has to re-apply for a job in Shell. Matthias as a good Swiss with a Teutonic streak wants to go for the ‘Endlösung’ and have it all […]

Update on Shell Corrib Gas Controversy

From the Shell to Sea Campaign front line… Opposition to the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland continues… The 2006 policy of “no arrest” has been replaced with a policy of arrest, charge and get campaigners in jail out of the way. The abuse of the court system has been rampant with local retired teacher Maura […]

Royal Dutch Shell Withdrawing from Downstream?

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL WITHDRAWAL FROM GREECE From a contributor… Responding to the comment that RDS is withdrawing from downstream, as evidenced by the withdrawal from Greece. The Greece assets were acquired in 2000 in a swap with parts of the UK portfolio such as a terminal and unwanted (‘tail’) stations, the real driver for […]

BAE Systems whistleblower accuses Shell & BP of money laundering Al-Yamamah proceeds

UPDATED DECEMBER 2010 A BAE Systems insider from the AL-Yamamah and AL-Salam Projects in Saudi Arabia, is supplying internal BAE, Saudi, and UK MOD documents to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) which is carrying out an investigation into alleged corruption. The samples we have seen include correspondence between high ranking officers in the British […]

Bloomberg accused of publishing false Royal Dutch Shell production forecasts

POSTING ON SHELL BLOG BY “Outsider” How much did Shell pay Bloomberg to misquote their production forecasts? It is unbelievable that two of Bloomberg’s journalists have put out a story, reprinted around the world again and again, which is completely false. Shell’s own forecast in the Deutsche Bank presentation is that they will be producing […]

Big-spending Shell ready to overtake arch-rival BP

London Evening Standard Jim Armitage 25 September 2009 Shell is close to overtaking BP as Britain’s biggest producer, research showed today. Held back by seven years of falling production, Shell’s output levels are about to erupt way beyond those of its arch-rival as a host of new investments in projects start to pay off. Chief […]

Leaked Shell Email Announces Senior Staff Changes at Motiva US Refineries

By John Donovan Rumors posted earlier today confirmed A leaked email dated 25 September 2009 sent on behalf of Tom Purves (Royal Dutch Shell Vice President Manufacturing US Gulf Coast and Motiva Vice President of Manufacturing), announces senior staff changes involving the Motiva Norco Refinery, the Shell Norco Chemicals Plant and the Motiva Convent Refinery. […]

Updated: Rumors Circulating Inside Royal Dutch Shell…

It is no secret that Shell is planning major job cuts. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Pete Voser first warned of job cuts months ago but has not been forthcoming on details. The long delay has led to numerous press articles on the subject. Just days ago the Times reported that up to 10,000 jobs are […]

Shell Upstream Boss Malcolm Brinded: Mr Overpromise and Underdelivery

COMMENTS BY “OUTSIDER” (Please note some pdf links contain multi-page docs and may take a while to download) The Bloomberg article of September 25th seems to echo a very familiar concept from the Watts/Enron era – promises, promises and more promises. But where is the additional production promised by Brinded repeatedly over the past few […]

Shell Output Set to Pass BP With $40 Billion Spent on Projects

Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, held back by almost seven years of falling production, is set to overtake BP Plc after about $40 billion of investment from Qatar to Brazil.

A battle waiting to happen

Shell is friends again with Mr Putin, but only three years ago it was given an almighty kicking for its arrogance.

Putin thaws on foreign firms as gasfield proves too big too handle

In 2006 Shell was forced to give up control of Sakhalin, a big liquefied natural gas project in Eastern Siberia, ceding half of its interest to Gazprom after a dispute over costs and alleged environmental violations.

Seeds of next Shell reserves scandal being sown

From a Shell Insider Nice hoax on the Pectina Devastatis! But do not forget it was true then and it still is true today! And history always repeats itself, also in Shell. Remember the heady days in the early 2000s when Reservoir Engineers were deemed to be a bunch of overly conservative intellectuals and evil […]

Shell to sell Greek retail assets to Motor Oil

About 700 Shell gas stations to change hands

Russia Invites Foreign Cos To Join Arctic Gas Project

Gazprom operates Russia’s only LNG project, the Sakhalin-2, located on the Pacific island of Sakhalin. Shell was forced by Russian authorities to cede control of the project in 2007 – a move that scared off many investors, who saw it as a sign of the Kremlin’s attempt to renationalize its energy resources.

Shell: Murder and cover-up on the high seas (updated)

Over two decades later Rapmund’s family was contacted by a fellow crewmember at the time of the tragedy who wanted to clear his conscience about his knowledge of what really happened. Basically he revealed that Leo Rapmund had been murdered and there were many eyewitnesses to the crime. The family claim that when they contacted Shell in 1995 with this alarming news, Shell and its lawyers (the most prestigious and expensive law firm in the Netherlands, De Braauw, Blackstone & Westbroek) denied any knowledge or responsibility and treated them in a disgusting and arrogant manner. All responsibility and accountability were rejected. The family was fobbed-off…

Shell CEO says prepared to study Yamal LNG project

Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:32am EDT SALEKHARD, Russia, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is prepared to undertake a feasibility study of a project to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the northern Russian region of Yamal, Chief Executive Peter Voser said. Voser made the statement on Thursday at a meeting between Russian […]

Shell Partner Arrow Targets 10-Fold Gain in Gas Output by 2015

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — Arrow Energy Ltd., Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Australian coal-seam gas partner, will start drilling in Indonesia and may expand in Europe and Southern Africa as it pursues a 10-fold jump in production by 2015.

Pectina Devastatis – Shell Decay by Cor Houtenboer

The laugh is on us this time… The information in the article below is an elaborate hoax supplied from a Dutch Shell source… (no such author or book actually exists) Content of the email received: Subject: Anyone out there taking bets on how long Shell will exist? In 2004 the Dutch author Cor Houtenboer published […]

Questions raised over Gardia policing of the controversial Shell Corrib Gas Project

Within 48 hours of the O’Donnell incident gardai announced unequivocally that “they have found no evidence to support claims by a prominent Shell to Sea protester that armed commandos sank his shellfish boat off the coast of Mayo last week.”

Anyone out there taking bets on how long Shell will exist?

Posting on Shell Blog by a Shell Insider (a reliable high level source known to us) Having seen all the EC-1 and -2 appointments and from many discussions I have with colleagues, it has become clear to me that Voser and Brinded et all want to get rid of critical thinking people in general and […]

Selection of Royal Dutch Shell articles from our archives

Royal Dutch Shell Fat Cat Malcolm Brinded: Big Brain but no scruples, 28 May 2009 Toxic ethical ranking of Royal Dutch Shell, 17 Feb 2009 Royal Dutch Shell Pension Fund Meltdown, 21 Dec 2008 Royal Dutch Shell in U.S. Courts accused of more IP theft, 12 Aug 2008 Shell’s Shocking Track Record of Unethical Trading […]

Erin Brockovich goes after Shell Oil in Carson By Gene Maddaus Staff Writer Posted: 09/22/2009 10:11:13 AM PDT Environmental activist Erin Brockovich (right) has agreed to pursue litigation against Shell Oil Co. for contaminating a Carson housing tract. Shell recently discovered elevated levels of methane and benzene underneath the Carousel neighborhood. The contamination has been traced to underground oil tanks the company operated […]

Interior Dept. institutes ethics program

The department’s conduct has been called into question several times during the past several years, including a controversial oil payment scheme, and a corruption investigation of George W. Bush’s Interior chief Gale Norton over her support of oil-shale exploration by a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary months before the oil giant hired her as a legal counsel.

Shell Chief Ethics Officer Richard Wiseman Refutes Accusations

The statement that “Shell has never been involved in “atomic” or “nuclear” research at the Thornton site or elsewhere in the U.K.” appears to be at odds with allegations made by former Shell employee James Featherstone, in a letter he sent on 2 May 2009 to Detective Inspector Nick Sumner c/o Homicide & Serious Crime Command at New Scotland Yard.

Pecten Shines at Shell

Issue Date: CSP Daily News, September 21, 2009 HOUSTON — Shell unveiled its new “visual identity standard” for Shell retail sites. Updating the company’s Retail Visual Identity (RVI) designed in 1992, the new look—dubbed RVIe—is “an evolutionary change,” according to spokesperson Michael Clingan. “RVIe maintains the core branding colors in a refreshed and modernized look to […]

Gazprom, Shell discuss LNG at Sakhalin

MOSCOW, Sept. 21 (UPI) — The newly appointed head of Royal Dutch Shell met with a delegation from Russian gas monopoly Gazprom to discuss liquefied natural gas developments. Alexei Miller, the chief executive at Gazprom, met with Shell’s Peter Voser to discuss progress at the Sakhalin-2 project. Voser took the reins at Royal Dutch Shell […]

Shell Energy Closes on Acquisition of Integrys Energy Services’ Canadian Natural…

HOUSTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Energy North America (Canada) Inc., a subsidiary of Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. (Shell Energy), today announced it closed on its acquisition of the Canadian natural gas and power customer contract portfolio of Integrys Energy Services of Canada Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrys Energy Services, Inc.

Shell Stanlow Refinery Auction: Employees to Meet Offsite

Ed O’Keeffe Photography An offsite meeting is being held this week to bring all Shell Stanlow employees – union and non-union – up to date with what the Unite Union has been doing since news of the Shell Strategic Review was leaked. It will also be an opportunity for them to listen to some guest […]

The false bravado of Shell Ethics Chief Richard Wiseman

John Donovan In an email dated 11 November 2005, Shell International General Counsel Richard Wiseman (now the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc) dismissed our website in the following words: “The extraordinary tolerance shown to your internet activities ought to demonstrate better than anything else the fact that we are uninterested […]

Putin to meet global majors on Yamal gas projects

Industry sources said invitations had gone to the chief executives of Total, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, StatoilHydro, ONGC, Petronas as well as Russia’s gas export monopoly Gazprom and local gas and oil firms.

How timely from Dilbert. It might just be that Gale Norton was hired this way

From a Shell insider How timely from Dilbert. It might just be that Gale Norton was hired this way. Two stomps of the hoof: hire her. Three stomps of the hoof: sign-on bonus, retention bonus and guaranteed exit bonus. But knowing Shell, there has to be a process with records, protocols, tickmarks in square boxes […]

Delta Farce: Nigeria’s Oil Mess

The lack of development has left many young people unemployed and frustrated. In August, a new militant group emerged. It calls itself the Urhobo Revolutionary Army, after the ethnic group based primarily in the Delta. The group has taken credit for the August bombing of a Shell-run gas plant. Top 10 List

Gale Norton investigation: the Stink of Royal Dutch Shell Corruption: 17 September 2009 Job Cut Rumors Circulating Inside Royal Dutch Shell…: 16 September 2009 Shell Job Cuts Torture: 13 September 2009 Shell’s Ruthless Exploitation of Gas Station Operators: 10 September 2009 Stanlow Refinery Workers Ready to Fight Shell: 10 Sept 2009 Massive Shell Job Cuts, […]

US Corruption Investigation into Royal Dutch Shell Plc General Counsel

Justice targets Bush Cabinet official in probe By JOHN HEILPRIN AND DINA CAPPIELLO WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton illegally used her position to steer lucrative oil leases to Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company she works for now, officials with both departments confirmed […]

Gazprom, Shell May Expand Cooperation On Sakhalin Shelf – Prime-Tass

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, 12:28 P.M. ET MOSCOW (Dow Jones)–Russian natural gas monopoly OAO Gazprom (GAZP.RS) and Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) may expand cooperation on the shelf off Russia’s Sakhalin Island, Gazprom said in a statement Friday, following a meeting of Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter […]

Shell Game? DOJ Probing Former Interior Sec.’s Oil-Company Dealings

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL September 18, 2009, 9:08 AM ET By Ashby Jones Gale Norton, a secretary of the interior in the Bush Administration, now works as an in-house lawyer in Denver for Royal Dutch Shell. In 2006, while she was still in office, her department granted three tracts in Colorado to a Shell subsidiary […]

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