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Shell focuses on less developed US shale oil plays

HOUSTON | Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:35pm GMT Oct 31 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is “very interested” in onshore U.S. shale oil, but the company is focusing on less developed plays to bypass the pricey competitive rush for more established acreage, the head of Shell’s Americas operations said on Monday. Marvin Odum told […]

Irregularities in a Royal Dutch Shell tender process

By John Donovan It is interesting to read the current articles (1) (2) from the Brunei Times highlighted by a contributor to our Shell Blog. They concern allegations of irregularities in a Shell tender process. Some years ago I stumbled across evidence in Shell’s own internal documents of a rigged contract tender process involving several […]

Royal Dutch Shell, Tony Blair and Muammar Gaddafi

From pages 42 & 43 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report was made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. In May 2005, Shell signed an agreement to start a joint venture […]

Missing Shell exec found dead in Netherlands

31 October 2011 CALGARY — What should have been business as usual in the Netherlands turned tragic this weekend, as a missing Shell Canada employee has turned up dead. Barry Maguire, a general manager of design engineering for Shell, was found by the sea early Sunday. A spokesman for the company confirmed Sunday evening Maguire […]

Asia LNG prices to continue rising-Shell CEO Voser

Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:07am GMT Oct 31 (Reuters) – Oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) expects prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia to continue rising and refining margins to stay under pressure in 2012, its chief executive said on Monday. “LNG prices are rising and we see this continuing,” Peter Voser […]

Malcolm Brinded sucking up to the Chinese government

Following the demise of his friend Gaddafi, Royal Dutch Shell Executive Director Malcolm Brinded (center figure in photo immediately above) has turned his attention to the Chinese government. Jia Qinglin (Front, R same photo), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), listens to the introduction of a senior manager […]

Shell looks to North Sea as European investment cut

MARK WILLIAMSON 28 Oct 2011 ROYAL Dutch Shell said it would curb investment in Europe where it expects the economy to stagnate, but made clear it would still spend in the North Sea. Announcing bumper profits driven by high oil prices, the oil and gas giant said it will shift a growing share of its […]


By David Cralk: Friday October 28,2011 OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell unveiled a doubling in profits ­yesterday thanks to higher prices as it vowed to slash European investment because of economic fears. Chief executive Peter Voser said the group was making good progress as it reported third-quarter profits of $7.2billion (£4.5billion) for the period to […]


By STEVE HAWKES, Business Editor: Friday 28 October 2011 *£12.5bn cash in the bank *90,000 staff around the world *3m output in millions of barrels a day SOARING oil and gas prices have sent profits surging to £49million a day at SHELL. The energy giant made a whopping £4.5billion over the three months to October […]

Shell is another country: they do things differently there

The oil giant handles budgets and projects of a size that would daunt nation states. The difference is that it need answer to no one … and it’s running a huge surplus Posted by Terry Macalister Thursday 27 October 2011 13.08 BST The Guardian Shell: ‘ticking like a Swiss watch’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images What […]

North Sea oil spill risk ‘unacceptably high’, claims European commission

Commission says new laws needed to prevent another Deepwater Horizon, as Shell and Exxon reveal massive profits Terry Macalister, Thursday 27 October 2011 13.34 BST Shell made $7.2bn in profits in the third quarter. Photograph: Royal Dutch Shell/EPA The European commission has warned that the likelihood of a Deepwater Horizon-type accident in the North […]

Motiva Texas expansion 90 pct complete – Shell

Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:09am EDT * Port Arthur refinery will be 600,000 bpd * Will be deep conversion plant * Refinery to process wide variety of crude oils NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The expansion of the Motiva Port Arthur, Texas refinery is 90 percent complete and start-up procedures are slated to begin […]


Action Ad (a) must not appear again in its current form. Ad (b) must not be broadcast again in its current form. We told Shell to ensure that they held adequate substantiation for their advertising claims in future. Shell UK Ltd Shell Centre London SE1 7NA Date: 19 October 2011 Media: Radio, Direct mail Sector: […]

Shell Reports Higher Q3 Earnings on Oil Prices

By Eduard Gismatullin – Oct 27, 2011 8:25 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil company, said third-quarter profit doubled as energy prices rose and it ramped up projects from Qatar to Canada. Net income increased to $7 billion from $3.5 billion a year earlier, The Hague-based Shell said today in a statement. […]

Kashagan Expansion May Finish Earlier, KazMunaiGaz CEO Says

October 26, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT By Nariman Gizitdinov and Hellmuth Tromm Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other partners in the Kashagan venture may complete expansion as early as 2017, allowing Kazakhstan to reach its goal of becoming one of the world’s biggest oil exporters faster. “If the partners will choose […]

A Coast Guard Challenge: Arctic Drilling

October 26, 2011, 6:15 pm By WILLIAM YARDLEY As I noted in my article in Wednesday’s paper, Shell Oil has received several preliminary permits to begin drilling exploratory wells off the Arctic coast of Alaska next summer even as foes of drilling there argue that the severe conditions — ice, darkness, brutal storms — will […]

Shell’s Q3 profits soar on higher oil price

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) reported a doubling in profits on Thursday thanks to higher oil prices, robust demand for gas and stronger refining margins, and said it would continue to sell off non-core assets. Europe’s largest oil company by market value said it’s current cost of supply (CCS) net income was $7.2 […]

Shell’s Profit Soars

OCTOBER 27, 2011 By ALEXIS FLYNN LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC Thursday said its net profit in the third quarter more than doubled, driven by strong oil and rising natural-gas prices as major projects have started to raise production. Net profit for the quarter totaled $6.98 billion, compared with $3.46 billion a year earlier. Revenue was […]

‘The Pipe’ Norwegian premiere

The project is currently 10 years behind schedule, projected costs have risen from $800 million to $2.5billion, Statoil has had to sell off its retail outlets in Ireland because of the damage to its reputation and internationally the reputation of Statoil has suffered due to its partnership in the Corrib field. CORRIB GAS PROJECT The […]

Nigerians seek $1 bln from Shell over oil spills

Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:47am GMT ABUJA (Reuters) – A Nigerian community from the oil-rich Niger Delta has filed a lawsuit in the United States seeking $1 billion in compensation from Anglo-Dutch oil major Shell for decades of pollution caused by oil spills. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide if companies can […]

Economic benefits will likely win Keystone XL approval: Shell

Christine Dobby Oct 24, 2011 – 5:41 PM ET TORONTO — The U.S. government is likely to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in part because of the economic benefits that would come along with the controversial US$7-billion project, the head of Royal Dutch Shell’s North American operations, predicted Monday. In fact, the economic benefits attendant […]

Enviro Groups Challenge Permits For Shell’s Arctic Oil Drilling

Oct 24, 2011 By Tennille Tracy, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Environmental groups have filed a formal challenge to air-quality permits that Royal Dutch Shell needs to drill for oil in the Arctic. The challenges, filed Monday, represent the latest effort to block Shell ( RDSA, RDSB, RDSA.LN, RDSB.LN) from drilling off the coast of […]

Free access to US court documents filed against Royal Dutch Shell claiming $1B in damages

Due to the Defendants’ oil exploration in the Plaintiffs land and failure by Shell and others to meet minimum Nigerian or own standards, the Plaintiffs community is now characterized by heavy contamination of land and underground water courses, sometimes more than 40 years after oil was spilled. By John Donovan We have purchased from the […]

Taliban threatens to attack Shell Pakistan, Pakistan State Oil

Oct 23, 2011, 03.46PM IST ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban have threatened to attack installations of Shell Pakistan and the state-run Pakistan State Oil if the two firms do not pay a total of Rs 400 million within 20 days as extortion money, a media report said on Sunday. “I had personally spoken to the managing […]

Shell Wins U.S. Air Permit for Oil Exploration Off Alaska

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – Oct 21, 2011 10:46 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) won a final U.S. air-pollution permit to operate an oil-exploration rig in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea beginning in 2012. Shell is authorized to use its Kulluk rig and supporting icebreakers and oil-spill response vessels for 120 days each year in the […]

Nigeria Village Files $1B Suit Against Shell in U.S.

A village in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta where observers found a drinking-water well polluted with benzene 900 times the international limit has sued Royal Dutch Shell PLC for $1 billion in a U.S. federal court. Published October 21, 2011 | LAGOS, Nigeria— A village in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta where observers found a drinking-water […]

New research reveals Shell paid militants who destroyed Nigerian towns Monday 3 October 2011 Shell fuelled human rights abuses in Nigeria by paying huge contracts to armed militants, according to a new report published today by Platform and a coalition of NGOs and featured in The Guardian. [1] Counting the Cost implicates Shell in cases of serious violence in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region […]

Shell false claims over FuelSave featured on BBC TV Watchdog programme

By John Donovan For getting on to a hundred years, Shell has claimed that its petrol is better quality and delivers more miles per gallon than rival brands, as per the example of one such advert from October 1925. Fortunately for Shell, there was no UK Advertising Standards Authority in existence to rule on whether […]

Lawsuit against Shell should be a no-brainer to decide

Published: October 20 The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case pitting a group of Nigerians against Royal Dutch Shell, which has been accused of complicity in torture and executions in Nigeria. According to an Oct. 18 news story, “The lower [U.S.] courts are divided about whether only an individual may be sued under the […]

Nigerians seek $1 billion from Shell for oil spills

CHICAGO — A Nigerian tribal king filed a lawsuit in a US court seeking $1 billion from Royal Dutch Shell to compensate for decades of pollution that sickened his people and damaged their lands, his lawyer said Thursday. The suit was filed a day after the US Supreme Court said it will consider a lawsuit […]

The Arctic and the Lessons of the Gulf

A version of this editorial appeared in print on October 21, 2011, on page A34 of the New York edition The Interior Department has been inching closer to approving Royal Dutch Shell’s ambitious plans to drill for what are believed to be huge deposits of oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska. In August, it […]

Dutch officials wade into Niger Delta crisis

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 00:00 From Kelvin Ebiri, Rotterdam TOP officials of the Dutch government at the weekend kept on the front burner efforts to bring lasting stability to the Niger Delta. The position of the government was articulated by Dutch parliamentarians and a representative of the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry in charge of the Horn […]

Will Malcolm Brinded be attending the funeral of his friend Gaddafi?

COMMENTS FROM A ROYAL DUTCH SHELL RETIREE ON CURRENT NEWS STORIES Interested in the report on this leak they are trying to stop in Athabasca… Oilsands leak turned mine to pond Few people probably realise this is a nightmare and very likely unstoppable until the whole aquifer runs out of energy. Compare it with a […]

Looking to strike it rich for oil in offshore Ireland

After the Government granted 12 firms permission to look for oil and gas around Ireland this week, Peter Flanagan and Donal O’Donovan ask if the next big oil field is really on our doorstep Thursday October 20 2011 IRELAND has watched for years as neighbours in the UK and Norway reaped the benefits of staggering […]

Allegations against ‘Ogoni Leader’ Ledum Mitee

Allegations against “Ogoni Leader” Ledum Mitee Dear Mr. Ledum Mitee, When would you stop deceiving yourself, the less informed in Ogoni and the world concerning the Ogoni struggle? Ordinarily, it would not be a problem to make comments such as those credited to you in respect of the Kiobel, et al v. Shell, in the […]

What does Shell case mean for Chevron?

Published: Oct. 19, 2011 at 8:36 AM NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) — Officials were divided on how a U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear a case against Shell filed by Nigerians reflects on Chevron’s legal issues in Ecuador. The Supreme Court announced Monday it would hear a case filed by 12 Nigerians who claim […]

Shell ads banned over fuel claims

19 October 2011 Shell has been criticised for exaggerating a promotion for cost-cutting fuels. The company has been banned from using two of its adverts which promote a money-saving fuel because they have been ruled to be misleading. A direct mailing advert, sent in March, said Shell scientists had developed a regular fuel to help […]

Shell Chairman: Floating LNG Is A Game Changer For Offshore Gas

By James Herron Published October 18, 2011| Dow Jones Newswires PARIS -(Dow Jones)- Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSA, RDSB, RDSA.LN, RDSB.LN) new technology to produce liquefied natural gas aboard floating vessels will prove to be a game changer for the offshore gas industry, said the company’s Chairman, Jorma Ollila Tuesday. “This game-changing technology will substantially […]

Ogoni Leader Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Shell Case

Movement for Survival of Ogoni People president Ledum Mitee says the court’s decision sends a message that Shell must be held to account James Butty The president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People [MOSOP] said his group welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a dispute between the Ogoni people […]

SCOTUS to decide if corps. liable for torturing aliens, citizens

THOMSON REUTERS Alison Frankel 10/17/2011 Almost as soon as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit concluded last year in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that corporations are not liable in U.S. courts under the Alien Tort Statute for abetting overseas atrocities, the ruling looked like U.S. Supreme Court bait. As I’ve reported, […]