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Canada natives sue Shell over oil sands funding

Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:43pm EST

* Community seeks C$1.5 million, citing blocked requests

* Shell says has spent more than C$200 mln

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A Canadian native group is suing Royal Dutch Shell Plc for what it said was a failure by the oil major to live up to environmental funding agreements tied to Shell’s massive northern Alberta oil sands developments.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation seeks C$1.5 million ($1.47 million) from Shell for allegedly blocking requests for money to be used for sustainable development and education initiatives in the community under agreements made in 2003 and 2006.

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NIGERIA: Ogoni Hands Government to Villagers


Native oath-of-office ceremony for 3,000 representatives

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MOSOP MEDIA: 30 November 2011 13:15 GMT

As Native Authority is sworn-in with 3,000 villagers under oath to provide grassroots leadership to enforce the United Nations Universal Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the President/Spokesman of the Movement for Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), MOSOP President /Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo, has said that as ordinary Ogoni peasants often despised and exploited take over local governance from the corrupt Nigerian local government system, it will confirm that no sacrifice for freedom, is ever in vain.

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Alaska Native, conservation groups appeal 2nd air permit to Shell for Arctic offshore drilling

By Associated Press, Published: November 29

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Native and conservation groups are again taking aim at a federal permit needed by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to drill for petroleum in Arctic Ocean waters off Alaska’s northern shore.

Nine groups on Monday challenged an air permit granted to Shell Offshore Inc. by the Environmental Protection Agency for the drilling ship Kulluk, which Shell hopes to use next year in the Beaufort Sea. The groups last month appealed an air permit for the Discoverer and its support vessels, which Shell hopes to use next year in the Chukchi Sea.

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Groups challenge another Shell permit

By DAN JOLING; Associated Press

Published: 11/29/11 11:48 am | Updated: 11/29/11 11:48 am

Nine Alaska Native and conservation groups have challenged a federal air permit granted by the Environmental Protection Agency for a second Shell Oil drilling rig intended for Arctic waters.

The groups last month appealed an air permit for the Discoverer and its support vessels. Environment law firm Earthjustice on Monday appealed the EPA permit for the drilling vessel Kulluk.

Shell hopes to use the vessels to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas during the open-water season next summer.

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Corrib – Ireland’s Last Offshore Development for a Generation

Printed below is an article by Tony Allwright, a retired Irish Shell EP manager. (SOURCE ARTICLE)

26 November 2011

Protests – overwhelmingly unfounded and politically unchallenged –
have trebled the cost of developing Ireland’s offshore Corrib gasfield.
This huge “
political risk” will deter further such investments for a generation.

Many years ago, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was a Dutch company with an Irish name, Shell Teoranta BV, whose raison d’être was to seek and hopefully find oil offshore Ireland (“Teoranta” is Irish for ““Limited”).  It drilled a number of wells – for  example, on 19th December 1979, the Irish Times featured a photo of a jack-up rig drilling an exploration well just offshore Dublin – but to no avail.  All the holes were dry.  Concluding that Ireland was a lost cause, Shell Teoranta packed its bags and shut up shop, though not before claiming a huge write-off from the Dutch taxpayer for all its futile Irish expenditure, a provision of Netherlands law which explains why Shell Teoranta was registered there. Shell reckoned it had better uses for its shareholders’ money than to fritter it away on the ultra-long-shots of Irish exploration.

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Iraq inks $17 bn gas joint venture deal

By Ammar Karim (AFP) Sunday, 27 November 2011

BAGHDAD — Iraq finalised a $17-billion joint venture deal with Shell and Mitsubishi to capture and process gas from its southern oil fields, at a ceremony at the oil ministry on Sunday.

The deal was signed by Shell CEO Peter Voser, Mitsubishi Vice President Tetsuro Kuwabara and Iraqi Oil Minister Abdelkarim al-Luaybi.

“Today’s event represents a big change in the oil industry,” Luaybi said, adding that the deal constitutes the best use of the gas in line with Iraq’s needs.

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Shell, Iraq Sign Agreement for $17 Billion Project to Develop Natural Gas

By Kadhim Ajrash and Khalid Al-Ansary – Nov 27, 2011 2:08 PM GMT

Iraq, seeking to boost power output after years of conflict and sanctions, signed the final accord for a $17 billion project with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) to capture natural gas at oil fields.

Shell Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser and Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Al-Luaibi signed the agreement to produce gas that is currently flared off at fields in southern Iraq, in a ceremony today in Baghdad.

Under the 25-year agreement, the government will hold a 51 percent stake in a venture called South Gas Co., while Shell will have 44 percent. Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) is also a partner in the project and will hold the rest. South Gas will help collect more than 2 billion cubic feet (57 million cubic meters) of fuel a day at the Rumailah, Zubair and West Qurna fields in southern Iraq, Deputy Oil Minister Ahmad al-Shamaa said Nov. 16.

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Is Exxon mounting a bid for Shell?

By John Donovan

SHELL/EXXON MERGER?

INDUSTRY RUMOR BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION SATURDAY 26 November 2011 21:50:53 GMT BY A SHELL RELATED SOURCE, A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR OF  INFORMATION.

“Rumour in the industry is that Exxon is mounting a bid for Shell…”

WARNING: This is a *rumor…

*a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts

BP, Russian billionaires, and the Kremlin: a Power Triangle that never was

Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff analyses the reasons for the collapse of BP’s Arctic partnership with the Russian state company Rosneft. He argues that the BP–Rosneft deal was inauspicious even before it was signed due to the history of the Kremlin’s reluctance to back BP plc in its often uneasy relations with the AAR consortium – BP’s Russian partners in the TNK–BP joint venture. Dr Yenikeyeff analyses the motives of the key players involved and looks at the possible future of BP’s involvement in Russia.

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Motiva Enterprises toxic environmental record

The following information is in the form of extracts from a recent report produced by Louisiana Bucket Brigade environmental health and justice organization.

Louisiana refineries averaged one accident per day in 2010. There was a total of 354 reported accidents which released more than 975,000 pounds and 225,000 gallons of pollution.

Refineries rely too heavily on contract workers. There are simply not enough full-time workers on staff. Deferred maintenance and inadequate safety management significantly contributed to accidents, according to refineries’ own reports and testimony from the United Steelworkers.

During 2010, Motiva’s refinery in Norco reported seven accidents involving the same DU-5 unit, resulting in a total of 18,500 pounds of emissions. The largest accident happened in January, when a fire resulted in the shutdown of three refinery units, one worker injury and more than 17,000 pounds of toxic air emissions, including sulfur dioxide.

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Most or All Kiobel v. Shell Plaintiffs Are American Citizens

Graphic from the Guardian article “Unloveable Shell, the Goddess of Oil

Dear Editor,

Please run article clarifying the location of Ogoni people in Kiobel v. Shell. This issue was brought up in one recent publication of Nov. 17, 2011, posted or culled to your credible and number one globally read and researched-based Website.

THE ARTICLE: How Suing Shell Could Backfire on Human Rights Activists

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Ben Ikari.

ARTICLE

I read with interest a publication by Reuters that is published on this esteemed Website: Royaldutchshellplc.com and dated November 17, 2011. As recorded on paragraph nine, lines six and seven. According to Maria LaHood, “Indigenous Ogoni people, most of whom probably live in  villages in rural Nigeria, are challenging one of the most powerful entities in the world.”

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From our archive: ‘…Malcolm Brinded is certainly lying when he states that he did not know’

From a Shell Insider: “…Malcolm Brinded is certainly lying when he states that he did not know”: Mon 20 Feb 2006 04:27 AM EST

Mr Donovan

After reading some contributions to your site of insiders it made me decide to share something with you and your readers. Perhaps you see it fit to publish, I have no other avenue to vent my frustration and very deep anger.

Of late the networks have highlighted the treatment of prisoners by Americans in their prisons for presumed terrorists. At least to me it has become very clear that there has been a fundamental flaw in the command structure of the armed forces. And I am cynical enough to believe this flaw was designed and knowingly created by the ‘brass’ and top politicians.

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Super Puma’s North Sea death crash fault ‘not recognised’

24 November 2011

An indication of a fault that led to a North Sea helicopter crash in which 16 men died had not been recognised just a week earlier, a report has found.

All 14 passengers and two crew lost their lives in April 2009 when the Bond Super Puma came down off Peterhead.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said an indication of gear degradation had not been picked up on.

There was a “catastrophic failure” of the main rotor gearbox as a result of a fatigue fracture, it said.

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‘Disastrous’ bond sale shakes confidence in Germany

(Reuters) - A "disastrous" German bond sale on Wednesday sparked fears that Europe's debt crisis was starting to threaten even Berlin, with the leaders of the euro zone's two biggest economies still at odds over a longer-term structural solution.

Motiva Port Arthur reports FCC upset -filing

HOUSTON | Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:17pm GMT

Nov 22 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises’ 285,000 barrel per day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery reported a malfunction on Tuesday in a gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit, according to a notice filed with Texas pollution regulators.

During the correction of a heat imbalance, FCC No. 3 experienced a malfunction in the debutanizer column, according to the notice filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The unit began flaring to correct the overpressure.

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Motiva refinery worker files discrimination lawsuit

11/23/2011 12:37 PM By Michelle Keahey

A refinery worker has filed a lawsuit that claims he is a victim of discrimination after he was wrongfully accused of committing a rule violation and fired.

Boyd Weber filed suit against Motiva Enterprises – Norco Refinery on Nov. 11 in federal court in New Orleans.

Weber was employed as a process technician by the defendant and states he was wrongfully accused of committing a lifesaving rule violation on Jan. 15, 2010. As a result, he was terminated on Jan. 22, 2010, the suit claims.

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Shell and Turkey sign oil, gas search deal


Wednesday Nov 23, 2011

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday signed a deal with Turkish state-run petroleum company, TPAO, to search for oil and gas offshore in the Mediterranean and onshore in Turkey’s southeast region.

The deal allows the companies to search for oil and natural gas and to produce and share any discoveries. Offshore search efforts will concentrate off the Mediterranean coast of Antalya.

“God willing, we will reach important signs and with these signs … TPAO, will reach gas and oil discoveries,” Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.

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Motiva refinery expansion workers being cut -report

HOUSTON Nov 22 (Reuters) – Layoffs will begin this month for construction workers on a southeast Texas refinery expansion project as the work nears completion, according to a local media report.

About 500 construction workers employed on the Motiva Enterprises Port Arthur, Texas, refinery expansion were told their jobs will end this month, according to a report on the Beaumont Enterprise website.

A total of 13,500 people have worked on the $5 billion project that will make the refinery the largest in the United States at 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) by the end of the first quarter in 2012.

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Qatar’s emir and Royal Dutch Shell formally open multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids plant

By The Associated Press  | November 22, 2011

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – European energy giant Royal Dutch Shell says Qatar’s emir has inaugurated a huge facility to convert natural gas into liquid fuel.

The official launch Tuesday caps years of work on the Pearl Gas-to-Liquids project at the industrial city of Ras Laffan in the gas-rich Gulf nation.

Shell says the facility began operation in the first quarter of this year, with additional production capacity brought online this month.

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Blair and a mere ‘lapse of judgment’

Saif was a key player in Libya’s campaign to renounce nuclear status and became close to leading figures after Mr Blair signed the ‘deal in the desert’ in March 2004, which saw British firms such as BP and Shell sign massive contracts with the Libyans.

Links: Blair and Gadaffi pictured in 2007 – will he be squirming regarding Saif’s capture?

By REBECCA EVANS and TOM KELLY

Last updated at 1:28 PM on 21st November 2011

Tony Blair’s close relationship with the Gaddafi family was yesterday dismissed by an ally as a mere ‘lapse of judgment’.

Lord Goldsmith, who served as Mr Blair’s Attorney General for six years, said that cosying up to Colonel Gaddafi was trivial  when compared with the crimes of the former Libyan dictator’s bloody regime.

His comments followed claims that the capture of the tyrant’s playboy son Saif could cause acute potential embarrassment for Britain’s political elite.

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Oil giant Shell announces new Corrib gas chief

The Irish Times – Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ÁINE RYAN

SHELL HAS announced the appointment of a new managing director at the Corrib gas project.

The communique came as local protest groups yesterday declined an invitation to contribute to a joint Oireachtas committee hearing on offshore resources and their exploration.

Michael Crothers is a Canadian native, born to Irish parents, and takes the helm as Shell prepares for the final phase of the operation. This involves construction of the longest sub-sea raw gas pipeline in western Europe.

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Blair’s ‘deal in the desert’ with Gadaffi paved the way for Shell and BP contracts

The release happened after Blair’s notorious “deal in the desert” with Muammar Gadaffi paving the way for multi- million-pound oil contracts with Shell and BP.

(Saif al-Islam Gadaffi – above right)

THE SUNDAY TIMES

Headline: Gadaffi son may spill British secrets

Sunday 20 November 2011

Marie Colvin and Dipesh Gadher

THE London-educated Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, 39, always denied that he played an active role in politics, but he holds the key to the secrets of his father’s despotic regime.

His trial could prove deeply embarrassing if he chooses to reveal details of his once-cosy relations with British politicians including Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson, the former business secretary.

Mohammed al-Alagi, Libya’s interim justice minister, said yesterday that Gadaffi will be placed on trial in Libya and faces the death penalty.

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Shell Could Replace Exxon in Southern Iraq

NOVEMBER 21, 2011

By HASSAN HAFIDH

BAGHDAD—The Iraqi oil ministry could ask Royal Dutch Shell PLC to develop Iraq’s supergiant West Qurna Phase 1 oil field in southern Iraq, if the government decides to terminate Exxon Mobil Corp.’s contract after it signed a deal to explore for oil in the Kurdish region of the country, a senior Iraqi oil official said Monday.

“We have many options,” said Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, head of the ministry’s petroleum contracts and licensing directorate, when asked what the ministry would do if the West Qurna 1 oil field contract with ExxonMobil is canceled.

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TPAO has reached an agreement with Royal Dutch Shell to explore for oil and gas off of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast

Balkan Business News Correspondent – 21.11.2011

Turkey’s state-owned oil company, Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), has reached an agreement with Royal Dutch Shell to explore for oil and gas off of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

The deal between TPAO and the Dutch oil giant covers drilling in the maritime zones off of Turkey’s southern province of Antalya. Shell will undertake the transfer of the drilling rig and financing of the production from possible findings in the zone’s 2,500-meter deep seabed. Exploratory drillings in deep waters cost around USD 300 million.

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Pressure mounts on Shell, Telecos, to list on NSE

MONDAY 21 December 2011: Pressure is mounting on the Federal Government and its agencies to compel telecom firms like giant MTN, GLO, Airtel, Etisalat and oil producing firms like Shell and Exxon Mobil, to list their shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, following the clamour to broaden access to their ownership, Business Day has learnt.

Secret saga behind a 9 billion barrel block in Nigeria

From AFRICA ENERGY INTELLIGENCE 24 AUGUST 2011

After ten years of maneuvering and court cases, Shell ended up by offering to buy Malabu Oil & Gas’ offshore block OPL 245 (see our report in AE1 656). The stakes in the game were indeed high. lying alongside Total’s Akpo block, the acreage could contain up to 9.23 billion barrels. Amid rising calls for local ownership of Nigeria’s oil resources, the transfer of the country’s most promising license to a Western major could prove politically dangerous to the new government of president Goodluck Jonathan.

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U.S. Plans New Sanctions Against Iran’s Oil Industry

By and

A version of this article appeared in print on November 19, 2011, on page A8 of the New York edition.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to impose a new round of sanctions against Iran’s petrochemical industry, a Western official briefed on the plans said Friday, less than two weeks after a United Nations report published evidence that the Iranian government was working on a nuclear weapon.

The sanctions, expected to be announced on Monday, build on existing measures against Iran’s oil and gas industry, which aim to curb foreign investment in refineries or other facilities. European nations are expected to announce similar measures when their leaders meet later in the week, the official said.

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Nigeria: Dutch Cabinet – Country Should Clean Up Oil Spills

allAfrica.com

Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Hilversum)

Hélène Michaud: 18 November 2011

Cleaning up extensive oil pollution in the Niger Delta is the primary responsibility of the Nigerian government, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal told a parliamentary commission on Thursday.

He was supported by the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Bleker, who pointed out that the Nigerian government, like all governments, is responsible for the well-being of its population. On top of that the Nigerian state is the majority shareholder in the SPDC joint venture of oil companies that includes Royal Dutch Shell, Bleker added.

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Shell Is ‘Welcome Barbarian’ in China’s Shale Gas

The big question is: Can Shell keep riding this tiger? What prevents PetroChina’s parent, CNPC, from exploiting the Western producer for what it wants and then tossing it aside or perhaps even taking it over?

Groups file again to block Chukchi drilling

November 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast remains legally flawed and should be cancelled, Alaska Native and environmental groups say in a court filing.

Earthjustice attorney Erik Grafe said Thursday the sale does did not follow federal environmental law despite Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s conclusion last month that shortcomings identified by a federal judge had been addressed. Top federal government scientists acknowledge gaps in what is known of basic features of the Arctic Ocean, Grafe said, such as areas important to bowhead and beluga whales, walrus, seals, birds and fish.

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Shell produces oil from world’s deepest subsea well in Gulf of Mexico

English.news.cn 2011-11-18 11:34:39

HOUSTON, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — Shell Oil Company said Thursday it has started producing oil from a well 9,627 feet (2934 meters) below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, the deepest underwater well in the world.

The well is located in the Tobago Field 200 miles (322 kms) southwest of Houston in the ultra-deep water of the Gulf of Mexico, the company said in a written announcement.

Shell, the operator, has a 32.5 percent ownership stake in the Tobago Field, while Chevron has a 57.5 percent share and Nexen 10 percent.

Tobago breaks the world water depth record for subsea oil production, previous held by Shell’s Silvertip field, at 9,356 feet (2852 meters) of water, Shell said.

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Public comment opened for Shell Chukchi drilling

The Associated Press November 17, 2011, 11:59AM ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has opened public comment periods for Shell Oil’s drilling exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast.

BOEM announced Wednesday that the plan by Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and its supporting documentation were sufficient for the agency to begin a full analysis.

The agency by law has 30 days to analyze and evaluate the exploration plan.

Shell has proposed wells 70 miles off the coast in about 140 feet of water starting next year. The company’s drill ship would be accompanied by support vessels.

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Turkey, Shell Exploration Deal Not ‘Political Move’, Yildiz Says

November 18, 2011, 6:28 AM EST

By Aydan Eksin

Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) — An oil and gas exploration agreement Turkey will sign with Royal Dutch Shell Plc next week is not “a political move”, Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.

The accord for exploration on land and in sea, including the Mediterranean, is planned to be signed on Nov. 23 or Nov. 24, Yildiz said in televised comments in Istanbul today.

–Editor:

To contact the reporter on this story: Aydan Eksin in Istanbul at [email protected]

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How Suing Shell Could Backfire on Human Rights Activists

Nov 17 2011, 9:00 AM ET

International groups have long been using a 1789 tort to sue corporations for acts on foreign soil. An upcoming Supreme Court case might put an end to that.

REUTERS

This past October, a 15-year legal battle between Royal Dutch Petroleum and a Nigerian political movement finally went before the Supreme Court — of the United States, that is. On October 17, the Court decided to hear a lawsuit filed by Esther Kiobel, whose husband, Dr. Barinem Kiobel, was one of nine activists from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People hanged by Sana Abacha’s military government on November 10, 1995. Kiobel alleges Shell was partly responsible for her husband’s death, and for other human rights violations committed in the oil-rich Ogoniland region.

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Shell, BP Gain From U.S. Seaway Oil Pipeline Reversal, RBC Says

By Eduard Gismatullin – Nov 17, 2011 9:15 AM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and BP Plc (BP/) will benefit from a plan to reverse the direction of the Seaway pipeline in the U.S. and pump crude to the Gulf of Mexico coast, RBC Capital Markets said.

Shell and BP will each pump about 13 percent of their total oil output in North America through the pipeline, said Peter Hutton, a London-based analyst at RBC. The reversal will ease the glut of West Texas Intermediate oil at the U.S. benchmark’s delivery hub at Cushing, Oklahoma, and narrow the spread with Brent oil. That will boost adjusted earnings for Shell and BP by 3.2 percent and 3 percent respectively, Hutton said.

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Shell Ready to Move on Alaska Wells — If Alphabet Soup of Challenges Would End

By FoxNews.com: Published November 16, 2011

An estimated 27 billion barrels of oil are sitting just off the northern coast of Alaska in waters controlled by the United States, but despite spending more than five years and $4 billion, Shell Oil Company still can’t get to it.

The company was planning to announce this week plans to move ahead with drilling three test wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas next summer, but it’s still lacking several permits and a roadmap of how to get them.

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Shell’s China Moves: Can Shell keep riding this tiger?

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant and state-owned PetroChina have teamed up to get gas out of the ground in China—and to tap new sources of energy worldwide

November 16, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

By and

The hilltop city of Yulin, about 500 miles southwest of Beijing, was once a strong point in the defensive wall that protected the Chinese heartland from the tribes to the north. An ancient fortress survives in the old part of the city, the Chinese characters for “Suppress the Barbarians” carved over its gate. Today, Yulin’s a boomtown in the oil- and gas-rich Ordos Basin. In the streets not far from the fortress walls, where men sell roasted goat heads from carts, young boys hand out brochures for apartment towers built for newly wealthy oil workers and coal miners. If fresh characters were carved into the old fortress gates now, they might say “Resource Barbarians Welcome!” Or they might simply be a pair of corporate logos: one for PetroChina (PTR), the publicly traded wing of CNPC, China’s largest oil company, and a second for its foreign partner, Royal Dutch Shell, the second-largest Western oil company.

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Shell pulls out of Kurdistan oil talks – FT

LONDON | Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:39pm EST

Nov 17 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has pulled out of oil-development talks with the Kurdistan regional government in an effort to protect lucrative investments in southern Iraq, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

The newspaper cited people familiar with the discussions as saying Baghdad is seeking to impose a de facto ban on companies operating in Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq.

Over recent days Iraqi government officials have threatened to cancel an existing oil field contract with Exxon Mobil Corp and on that basis, Shell’s move is precautionary to protect a potential $17 billion natural gas deal, according to the FT’s sources.

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Biggest Oil Find in Decades Becomes $39 Billion Cautionary Tale

After 11 years and $39 billion of investment, Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and their partners have yet to sell a drop of oil from what was touted as the world’s biggest discovery in four decades.

Shell pulls out of Kurdistan oil talks

FINANCIAL TIMES

November 16, 2011 10:05 pm

By Sylvia Pfeifer and Javier Blas in Erbil, northern Iraq

Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of oil-development talks with the Kurdistan regional government in an effort to protect lucrative investments in southern Iraq, including a potential $17bn natural gas deal.

FULL FT ARTICLE

Motiva Enterprises and Others Sued Over Robotics Patents

Honeywell, Siemens, Others Sued Over Robotics Patents

By Megan Leonhardt

Law360, New York (November 16, 2011, 5:07 PM ET) — A Washington state-based software provider on Tuesday targeted Honeywell International Inc., Siemens Corp., oil refinery operator Motiva Enterprises LLC and others in three separate patent infringement suits over integrated software used to control robotic manufacturing machines.

Roy-G-Biv Corp. alleges in Texas federal court that Honeywell, Siemens, Motiva, ABB Ltd. and packaging solutions company MeadWestvaco Corp. have imported, produced, sold and used software and equipment that infringe several patents.

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Shell Accused of Abetting Torture & Murder

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

By KEVIN KOENINGER

MANHATTAN (CN) – Three Nigerian widows say Shell Petroleum and its African subsidiaries conspired with each other and with Nigeria’s military government “to violate basic human rights … so as to ensure their continued enjoyment of disproportionately huge profit from very cheap oil they obtained from the Ogoniland,” a 400-square-mile section of the Niger Delta.

The widows say their husbands, members of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), were part of “the Ogoni 9,” who were falsely accused of murdering tribal elders.

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Turkey hopes for Shell exploration deal

FINANCIAL TIMES

November 16, 2011

By Daniel Dombey in Istanbul and Michael Kavanagh in London

Turkey said it hopes to conclude an exploration deal with Royal Dutch Shell in the coming days…

FULL FT ARTICLE

Allegations surrounding Shell Malabu $1.3 billion Nigerian oil deal

Printed below are several recent articles from Nigerian publications containing allegations of corruption relating to the Shell Malabu 9 billion barrel oil block deal.

Saudi, Shell gas JV gets approval to assess Kidan

Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:32am EST

* Appraisal to be completed by end-2013

* Kidan is rich in sour gas

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Nov 16 (Reuters) – A joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco has won approval from the Saudi government to study the possible development of Kidan area, in Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter, the South Rub al-Khali Co (SRAK) venture said on Wednesday.

Kidan is rich in sour gas and is near the 750,000 barrels per day (bpd) Shaybah oilfield, one of the biggest in the world’s top oil exporter. Sour gas has high levels of potentially deadly hydrogen sulphide and therefore is tougher to produce than conventional gas reserves.

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Shell cited by EPA for fake biofuel credits

Companies cited by EPA for fake biofuel credits

By Ayesha Rascoe

WASHINGTON | Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:05pm EST

(Reuters) – Energy and financial companies caught up in a scheme involving fraudulent renewable energy credits could now face civil fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA has issued 24 notices of violation to more than a dozen companies, including units of Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Morgan Stanley, for the use of invalid renewable identification numbers, or RINs, according to the EPA website.

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Iraqi Cabinet Approves Royal Dutch Shell’s Natural Gas Contract

By

Published: November 15, 2011

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s cabinet approved a multibillion-dollar contract on Tuesday for Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, to collect the vast amount of natural gas emitted, and currently burned off, as oil is pumped to the surface at three major oil fields in the south.

The project, which will eventually greatly reduce Iraq’s greenhouse gas emissions, is intended to bring modern methods of managing oil fields to an industry frozen in time by sanctions and the war. In addition, it strengthens Shell’s foothold at a time when international petroleum companies are vying for advantage in one of the few regions of the world where easily accessible, on-land fields are opening to new investment.

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Iraq Approves $17 Billion Contract for Gas Capture With Shell, Mitsubishi

By Nayla Razzouk – Nov 15, 2011 12:16 PM GMT

Iraq’s cabinet approved a $17 billion contract with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) for the capture of natural gas at three oil fields in the south of the country, a government spokesman said.

“The government has a 51 percent stake in the partnership, and the companies 49 percent, including 44 percent for Shell and the rest for Mitsubishi,” Ali Al-Dabbagh said today by telephone from Baghdad. “The agreement is for 25 years.”

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Overuse and waste of invaluable water resources within the oil and gas sector

EXTRACTS FROM THE RepRisk WATER SCARCITY REPORT

RepRisk is the leading provider of dynamic business intelligence on environmental social and governance risks.

In 2010, access to clean water received recognition as a basic human right through a majority vote of the United Nations General Assembly. According to the UN, nearly 900 million people have no access to clean drinkable water, almost 1.8 billion live in areas where water is scarce, and a further 1.6 billion live in countries, which lack the infrastructure to extract water from natural sources. The World Bank calculates that by 2030, water demand will exceed supply by 40 percent, as a growing world population demands more water for agricultural, industrial and personal use.

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Shell lukewarm about Syria oil boycott

British-Dutch oil giant Shell is under pressure to cease its activities in Syria. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on countries and companies to suspend their supplies to Syria because of the bloody oppression of the popular protests by the Assad regime.

Shell has said it is prepared to discuss possible oil sanctions against Syria, but has not committed itself to joining a boycott. The company is a 30 percent partner in a consortium which is producing oil in Syria. Half the consortium is owned by state-owned Syrian companies, and the remaining 20 percent is held by Asian investors. Shell is pumping up oil and sells the crude on Syria’s General Petroleum Company. There are no Shell refineries in the country.

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