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Shell failed properly to control the oil shipments which flowed through indirect channels to the Vietcong. According to his book “Fuelling the war: revealing an oil company’s role in Vietnam”, [1] Shell knowingly employed as a manager a notorious former senior police official with a “fearsome and well-deserved reputation” who “had already shown his inclination to settle security matters by military action with little compunction about killing, innocents along with suspects”.

Updated January, 21 2011 09:47:05

President prompts Shell to expand Viet Nam operations

HA NOI — President Nguyen Minh Triet said Viet Nam’s achievements in recent years were accomplished due to the co-operation and support the country has received from foreign partners.

Triet made the statement yesterday at a reception in the capital that was attended by Shell’s Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry.

The President said that during the freshly concluded 11th National Party Congress, the Communist Party of Viet Nam reiterated its renewal policy and intention to further strengthen and consolidate its co-operation with other countries and international partners.

He expressed his wish that Shell would provide further support to Viet Nam’s socio-economic development.

“Shell is one of the world’s leading corporations to resume its business in Viet Nam during the early years of the country’s renewal process,” said Triet.

He asked Shell to expand its operations in Viet Nam in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Henry lauded the recent Party Congress and the achievements Viet Nam had made in socio-economic development.

“Global integration has helped Viet Nam become an attractive destination for foreign investors, ” said Henry. “International integration has opened up promising development for Viet Nam in the years to come. As a result the demand for energy will increase, particularly electricity.”

He informed President Triet of Shell’s business strategy, in which his corporation would focus on oil and gas exploration and importing and distributing liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Henry expressed his interest in becoming a share holder in the process of equitising the distribution of petrol and diesel in Viet Nam, as well as in co-operating with the Viet Nam National Petroleum Corporation in their efforts to discover new oil and gas fields. — VNS

SOURCE ARTICLE ENDS

HISTORICAL INFORMATION ABOUT SHELL’S ROLE IN THE VIETNAM WAR

Between 1972 and 1975, the last three years of the Vietnam War, Shell Vietnam (the local “operating company” of the Shell Group) controlled half of Vietnam’s oil supply. A book by Louis Wesseling, the President of Shell Vietnam during that period, revealed that Shell failed properly to control the oil shipments which flowed through indirect channels to the Vietcong. According to his book “Fuelling the war: revealing an oil company’s role in Vietnam”, [1] Shell knowingly employed as a manager a notorious former senior police official with a “fearsome and well-deserved reputation” who “had already shown his inclination to settle security matters by military action with little compunction about killing, innocents along with suspects”. Wesseling later served as CEO of Shell companies in South America and the Middle East and collaborated on drafting the “Shell Group Business Principles”.

Book Review:

“I read it in one stretch. Excellent on macro and micro levels of economics in wartime. Sensitive description of people and country. Objective description of the Shell Group.”
G.A. Wagner, ex-Chairman Royal Dutch Shell, the Hague.

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