LONDON (Dow Jones)--The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Friday said a new well drilled at Ormen Lange indicates the gas field's resources could be lower than previously hoped.
BP was dealt a bitter blow last night when American regulators fined the oil group a record $87 million (£53 million) for more than 700 safety violations at the Texas refinery where an explosion killed 15 people and injured 170 in 2005.
"A broader reorganization is now underway, and we expect a 10% headcount reduction in the redesigned divisions and functions, mostly in management and non-operational positions," Simon Henry, Shell's chief financial officer, said during a conference call yesterday. Henry said he cannot rule out further staff cuts in other divisions of the company.
About 20 civilians and two gardaí were hurt in the incident. The GSOC decision was referred to the Garda Commissioner last July. An ombudsman spokesman said yesterday it had not had notification on the outcome.
WASHINGTON -- Staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday issued new guidance on how the agency interprets oil and natural gas companies' reserves accounting rules. The guidance, sought by industry for years, allows companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhillips and Chesapeake Energy Corp. to officially book major reserves that previously haven't been permitted by the SEC.
As part of the plan, 15,000 Shell employees have to re-apply for a smaller pool of jobs, leaving many in limbo until selections are made.
OSLO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and its partners may be forced to cut their reserve estimates for Norway's giant Ormen Lange gas field, the Norwegian Oil Directorate said on Friday.
HOUSTON An American whose secret recordings have placed him at the center of a $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador is a convicted drug trafficker, records show, throwing another complication into a case already tainted by accusations of bribery and espionage.