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Posts from ‘July, 2011’

The story of Shell Malaysia employee Carol Tan

RECEIVED BY EMAIL. LINKS IN WITH RECENT POSTINGS CONCERNING SHELL MALAYSIA EMPLOYEES Dear John Hope you are keeping well. Just yesterday, I came across the story of Carol Tan who recorded her experience in a website (link below). I was not sure if you had run her story before….but if not, I think this […]

Can BP’s investors give oil giant the time to learn from Shell’s mistakes?

Results clouded by rivals and identity crisis! Titanic court battle looms for oil company! Executives may face charges! By Rowena Mason: 9:33PM BST 30 Jul 2011 If those headlines were meant for readers in 2011, the subject could be only one sorry corporate story: BP and its $40bn (£24bn) Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. However, […]

Sunday 31st July is the last day of Shell’s ownership of Stanlow Refinery

EMAIL RECEIVED BY JOHN DONOVAN John, After 82 years Sunday 31st July is the last day of Shell’s ownership of Stanlow. Can I thank you for all the help, and publicity, you have given us over the last few years. We are looking forward to becoming part of Essar and are not sorry to see […]

Regulators Seek Records on Claims for Gas Wells

By IAN URBINA A version of this article appeared in print on July 30, 2011, on page A13 of the New York edition. WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission sent subpoenas this week to energy companies asking them for documents about how they calculate and publicly disclose the performance of their shale gas wells, […]

Tax grab casts doubt on Shell’s North Sea field plan

By Ross Davidson and Elaine Maslin Published: 30/07/2011 THE UK Government’s £10billion tax raid on North Sea operators has cast doubt on the future of another significant discovery. Oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday it would not develop the Fram field, which holds hundreds of millions of barrels of oil, until it […]



£5bn for Shell as fuel goes sky high

By STEVE HAWKES Business Editor SHELL revealed profits of £37,347 a MINUTE yesterday – as petrol prices soared back to within a PENNY of record levels. The oil giant raked in an incredible £4.9billion from April to June – up 77 per cent on last year. Chief executive Peter Voser insisted the petrol price rise […]

Top 5 infamous data breaches

By Steve Evans: Published 8 July 2011 Thanks to WikiLeaks and hacktivists Anonymous, data breaches have never been higher up the agenda. CBR looks at some of the more infamous incidents of data loss. Extract Shell, 2010 Keep your workers happy seems to be the message behind this leak. Energy giant Shell was rocked in […]

Profits soar at Shell

Oil group unveils earnings of nearly £5bn for the last quarter Terry Macalister Thursday 28 July 2011 19.12 BST Profits at Shell soared 77% to nearly £5bn in the last three months, but the oil group said there was little chance of lower prices for motorists, with energy prices due to rise even further in […]

Lawsuit on Shell Drilling May Become ‘Backdoor’ Ban, Odum Says

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – Jul 28, 2011 5:00 PM GMT+0100 A lawsuit by environmental groups over Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico may become a “backdoor moratorium” that curtails U.S. development, said Marvin Odum, the company’s U.S. president. The Natural Resources Defense Council of New York and Oakland, California-based […]

Canary Wharf, Qatar Buy Most of Shell’s London Campus for $490 Million

By Simon Packard – Jul 28, 2011 3:32 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) sold most of its London headquarters campus to Canary Wharf Group Plc and a unit of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund for 300 million pounds ($490 million). Canary Wharf, which developed the former docks in east London of the same name, […]

Don’t Allow Shell Oil to Destroy America’s Arctic

Posted: 7/28/11 07:48 AM ET An Open Letter to Michael Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Re: Shell’s push to drill in the Arctic Dear Director Bromwich: You recently said that you were studying how to treat “[offshore drilling] operators who may have behaved badly in the past and […]

Shell profits jump 77% on higher oil prices

28 July 2011 Last updated at 14:16 Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has reported a 77% jump in second-quarter profit, thanks to higher energy prices. Shell’s profit for the three months to June came in at $8bn (£4.9bn) on a current cost of supplies basis, up from $4.5bn in the same period last year. Though […]

Shell CEO: In Early Talks With Rosneft, ‘Interested’ In Arctic

By Alexis Flynn: Published July 28, 2011 Dow Jones Newswires LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) Chief Executive Peter Voser said Thursday the Anglo-Dutch energy giant is in early stage talks with Russia and OAO Rosneft (ROSN.RS) about further opportunities in the country after the recent collapse of a proposed BP PLC (BP)-Rosneft […]

The black gold Shell sold for peanuts

From a Shell retiree Hello John You may want to have a look here: A few years ago Shell got rid of this acreage for peanuts because it was not worth having. Cairn thought differently…. Extracts from related articles: (1): Its site in Rajasthan, India, bought from Shell for next to nothing, has turned […]

Shell Reports Higher Earnings on Oil Prices

Jason Alden/Bloomberg: A Shell station in London, U.K. Shell posted adjusted earnings of $6.6 billion, matching the mean estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. By Eduard Gismatullin – Jul 28, 2011 8:47 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, said second-quarter earnings almost doubled on higher oil prices and project […]

Royal Dutch Shell Profit Nearly Doubles

By JULIA WERDIGIER: July 28, 2011 LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell, the biggest oil company in Europe, said on Thursday that its profit almost doubled in the second quarter on higher oil prices and as new oil and gas projects came on stream. Profit rose to $8.7 billion in the April-through June period, from $4.4 […]

Shell’s second-quarter profit rises 55%

July 28, 2011, 3:06 a.m. EDT By Alexis Flynn LONDON -(MarketWatch)- Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) Thursday posted a 56% rise in adjusted profit for the second quarter, buoyed by higher oil prices and the first contributions from its recently delivered flagship projects in Canada and Qatar. “Our second quarter 2011 earnings were higher than […]

Can anyone clean up an Arctic oil spill?

Patti Epler: Jul 27, 2011 Environmental groups earlier this week challenged oil companies to prove they can clean up an oil spill in the Arctic. The challenge is all part of a ramped-up public relations and political effort by a coalition of more than a dozen national conservation organizations to pressure the Obama administration into […]

Delays Exploring for Alaska Oil Waste Tax Dollars, Shell Says

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – Jul 27, 2011 3:30 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), blocked from exploring on federal leases off Alaska valued at more than $2 billion, said four years of government delays may be “irresponsible” and a waste of taxpayers’ money. The company needs about 35 U.S. permits to start drilling in […]

Shell to Stop Processing at Australian Refinery by Mid-2013

By Ben Sharples and James Paton – Jul 27, 2011 7:19 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, will halt refining operations at its Clyde plant in Sydney before mid-2013 and convert the facility into a fuel-import terminal. The plant, which processes about 79,000 barrels a day of crude oil and […]

BP is now in danger of becoming a ‘jam tomorrow’ business

By Damian Reece 12:17PM BST 26 Jul 2011 Management, led by Bob Dudley, is gradually losing the trust of shareholders who have sat through one failure after another, most recently the Macondo oil spill and then the spectacular blow up of its Russian strategy. I expect one of the big pictures to emerge form this […]

Shell rapidly expanding its positions in unconventional gas (tight gas, shale gas and coal-bed methane)

From pages 31 & 32 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. Unconventional gas and high-volume fracking Not only for oil, but also for […]

Shell trumps BP in the battle of the oil giants

Britain’s biggest oil companies are expected to reveal bumper profits totalling a massive £9.2bn for the quarter, but troubled BP, once industry leader, will be far outstripped by Shell. By Josie Ensor 6:00AM BST 25 Jul 2011 Royal Dutch Shell is set to post quarterly profits of £4bn on Tuesday, a 60pc increase on the […]

BP Breakup Worth $100 Billion to JPMorgan

By Brian Swint – Jul 25, 2011 12:01 AM GMT+0100 Robert Dudley (right) could unlock $100 billion for BP Plc (BP/) investors by following ConocoPhillips and splitting up Europe’s second-biggest oil producer. BP, trying to recover from last year’s Gulf of Mexico disaster, has lagged behind its three larger rivals this year, rising 1 percent […]

Canary Wharf to transform Royal Dutch Shell site

Canary Wharf Group has been chosen to transform five acres surrounding Royal Dutch Shell’s headquarters on London’s Southbank – one of the capital’s last remaining big development sites. By Jamie Dunkley 6:20AM BST 25 Jul 2011 The oil group has picked a bid by Canary Wharf, which is majority owned by Songbird Estates and Qatari […]

Another leukemia patient sues Shell, BP

The complaint alleges that Shell has known about the dangers of benzene causing cancer for decades, but publicly minimized and hid those dangers. By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT: The Telegraph: July 22, 2011 7:58 PM EDWARDSVILLE – For the third time this year, a victim of an aggressive form of leukemia who spent time in Roxana […]

Canary Wharf, Shell to revamp London site: report

July 24, 2011, 11:01 a.m. EDT By London Bureau LONDON (MarketWatch) — U.K. property developer Canary Wharf is poised to seal a landmark deal to transform the area round Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSA.LN) London office with financial backing from Qatar, The Sunday Times reports without citing sources. Shell is expected to announce within a […]

Oil companies poised to unveil huge profits

Britain’s three biggest oil companies are set to reveal huge profits totalling almost $15bn (£9.2bn) for the past three months, with market leader Royal Dutch Shell making around $75m (£46m) per day. High oil prices have boosted the earnings of Royal Dutch Shell, BP and BG Group, with the cost per barrel of crude averaging […]

Shell, ConocoPhillips get draft Alaska air permits

Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:19pm EDT By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 22 (Reuters) – U.S. federal regulators said on Friday they issued draft air-quality permits to Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and ConocoPhillips (COP.N), a key step for the oil companies’ drilling plans in Arctic waters of Alaska. The permits cover Shell’s plans to drill […]

Workers exposed to potentially lethal Shell gas leak

Victoria MacDonald   |  July 22nd, 2011 WORKSAFE Victoria will visit Shell on Monday to probe how two contractors were exposed to potentially lethal gas in a leak at the Corio oil refinery yesterday. Eight CFA crews from across Geelong were called to the Shell plant after the company sounded a major alert about 8.35am after hydrogen […]

Discovery underway in age discrimination suit against Motiva

SOURCE 7/20/2011 3:16 PM By David Yates A certificate of written discovery was recently filed in an age discrimination suit against Motiva Enterprises. Tyler resident Kurt Floersheim filed suit against his former employer, Motiva, on April 15 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging he was laid off so that two younger men could replace him. […]

Shell CEO: China Shale Gas a Big Opportunity

Anglo-Dutch energy giant, Royal Dutch Shell has been pushing into China’s energy market. The company has been deepening ties with state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and subsidiary PetroChina to explore and develop natural gas in the nation. In an exclusive broadcast interview with CNBC’s Christine Tan on Managing Asia, CEO Peter Voser says China […]

Shell looks to avoid paying for low-value drilling

Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:06pm GMT * Push against paying service firms for low-margin work * Oil service profit margins rising again with oil prices HOUSTON, July 21 (Reuters) – An executive at Royal Dutch Shell Plc sees a new Chinese partnership as an opportunity to avoid paying oilfield service companies for drilling they could […]

Ogoni pollution: Delayed release of UNEP report is suspicious?

Press Release July 21, 2011 Ogoni pollution: Delayed release of UNEP report is suspicious, says ERA The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and other civil society groups have cautioned the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from further prevarication on the planned release of its two-year assessment of the environmental and public health […]

Irish resistance against Shell Corrib project continues

Issued by Shell to Sea Wednesday 20 th July 2011 – 11am Shell to Sea protest halts Shell’s peat works for second day At 10.30 am this morning Shell to Sea campaigners stopped work for the second day in a row at the Bord na Móna site at Shramore, near Bangor, Co. Mayo. They are […]

Shell will disclose chemicals used to extract shale gas

OIL company Shell will publicly disclose the names of chemicals to be used in the planned shale gas hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo BY SISEKO NJOBENI Published: 2011/07/20 07:44:11 AM OIL company Shell will publicly disclose the names of chemicals to be used in the planned shale gas hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo, Shell SA […]

Shell Alaska oil drilling rig heads south

Shell is moving its Arctic drill rig, the Kulluk, to Seattle for maintenance and technical upgrades. This according to the West Seattle Blog, which keeps a close eye on the industrial marine facilities there and saw the notice in a marine industry advisory. Actually, the popular hyperlocal online site is more interested in the fact […]

Threat to endangered tribes in Peru from oil and gas exploitation

Raya, a Nahua elder. More than half his people were wiped out after their land was opened up for oil exploration. Peru’s ‘final attempt’ to stamp out uncontacted tribes: 18 July 2011 Peru’s Indian Affairs Department has revealed plans to open up uncontacted tribes’ reserves to oil companies – just days before the country’s new government takes […]

Warning about working for Shell in Malaysia

Above are screenshots from Shell Malaysia website taken 17 June 2011 Introduction by John Donovan Many visitors to are aware of past litigation involving several hundred thoroughly disgruntled employees of Shell in Malaysia who sued Shell on various grounds, including wrongful dismissal and allegations that Shell management made unlawful deductions from the employee retirement […]

Shell to Exit Natural-Gas Project in Canada

JULY 15, 2011 By EDWARD WELSCH CALGARY, Canada—Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Friday it plans to sell its stake in a long-stalled, C$16.2-billion (US$17 billion) natural-gas production and pipeline project in Canada’s far north, as well as its other assets in the region. The fate of the Mackenzie Gas Project, which envisions bringing natural gas […]


Dear John, Shell in Nigeria. An opportunity to discuss the challenges of this complex environment. In 2009, Shell hosted a webchat focused on our work in Nigeria. It was a constructive and productive debate, which is why we now return to the subject. At Shell we have enjoyed a long relationship with Nigeria, having been […]

This Day (Lagos) Nigeria: Shell Seeks Dialogue As Bayelsa Youths Protest

By Ejiofor Alike: 15 July 2011 Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has stated that it is in the process of engaging the protesting youths of Kolo Creek communities of Bayelsa State who tampered with the company’s installations in such a manner that poses serious threat to people and the environment. This is coming at a […]

ConocoPhillips to split in two; shares rise

Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:31pm EDT * Signals shift away from ‘super-major’ strategy * Split seen completed in first half of 2012 * CEO Mulva to retire upon completion of split * Shares rise as much as 7.5 percent, but gains fade * Mulva had said no to split in March (Rewrites to bring rivals […]

ConocoPhillips To Split Refining, Production Arms

July 14, 2011 -Since the end of 2005, ConocoPhillips shares have risen 27.8%, compared with Exxon Mobil and Chevron, up 46.8% and 85.12%, respectively. – Blow to legacy of CEO Jim Mulva, who said he’ll retire once the separation is complete. – Analysts: Conoco may have felt spinning off downstream assets a more immediate way […]

Nigeria Protesters Besiege Shell’s Kolo Creek Logistics Base

By Dulue Mbachu – Jul 14, 2011 5:14 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s Nigerian unit said protesters from four communities in the country’s southern delta besieged the company’s Kolo Creek logistics base and “tampered” with installations. The protesters from Imiringi, Elebele, Otuasega and Oruma villages adjoining the base are unhappy “about not being […]

Shell, Dow lose court challenge to EU antitrust fine

LUXEMBOURG, July 13 | Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:07am EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and Dow Chemical (DOW.N) lost a court appeal on Wednesday against a fine levied by EU regulators five years ago for taking part in a cartel, but the court cut a fine imposed on Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI). The General […]

Robert Peston Article: Who is more powerful – Murdoch or Parliament

The question posed in the headline of the above article has been overtaken by events. News Corp has withdrawn its bid for the shares in BSKYB, which it does not already own. However, some of the matters he discussed about multinational companies remain relevant. Some extracts from the Robert Peston article: If ever there were […]

Obama Sets Up Group to Coordinate Alaska Oil Exploration

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – Jul 12, 2011 6:39 PM GMT+0100 President Barack Obama created an interagency working group led by the Interior Department to oversee oil and natural gas exploration in Alaska. The group will coordinate permit decisions and environmental reviews for onshore and offshore projects, including Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s plan to drill […]

Corrib gas could push up prices

10 July 2011 By John Burke Public Affairs Correspondent Homeowners are facing the ‘‘very likely’’ risk that energy prices could rise due to competition between the new Corrib gas supply and the Bord Gáis owned undersea gas-supply interconnectors, the state energy regulator has warned. In a paper published last week, the regulator said that any decline […]