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Motiva expansion cost ‘in range of’ $10 billion: Saudi Aramco CEO

Reuters: Motiva expansion cost “in range of” $10 billion: Saudi Aramco CEO PORT ARTHUR, Texas | Thu May 31, 2012 2:37pm EDT (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco SDABO.UL Chief Executive Khalid Al-Falih said the total cost of expanding the Motiva Enterprises MOTIV.UL Port Arthur, Texas, refinery to 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) was “in the range […]

Petroleum Development Oman Takes Steps To Resolve Strike

May 30, 2012, 11:51 p.m. ET LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA)-led Petroleum Development Oman is taking steps to reach a speedy resolution to an industrial dispute with contracting staff that began last week, the company said in a statement Wednesday. “Operations at Qarn Alam have started to resume and further talks are taking […]

Brazil Seeks $496 Million From Shell, Cosan, BASF

By Adriana Brasileiro – May 31, 2012 1:10 AM GMT+0100 Brazilian prosecutors asked a court to order Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Cosan SA Industria & Comercio’s joint venture Raizen and BASF SE (BAS) to pay 1 billion reais ($496 million) in compensation for workers who were allegedly sickened from work at a pesticide […]

Brazil prosecutors seek payment from Shell, BASF

Brazilian prosecutors said Wednesday that they asked a court to force oil company Shell and the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, to immediately pay $500 million into a compensation fund for hundreds of workers who may have been contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant. Originally published Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM By MARCO […]

Greenpeace vs. Shell: Alaska Judge Restricts Activists From Boarding Offshore Drilling Vessels

AP  |  Posted: 05/30/2012 11:28 am Updated: 05/30/2012 12:48 pm ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has made it more difficult for representatives of Greenpeace USA to board Shell Oil’s drilling vessels. In March, Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage ordered the group to stay a kilometer away from Shell Oil’s drilling ships destined for […]

Why Environmentalists Should Support Oil Exploration In Alaska’s Arctic Waters

Why Environmentalists Should Support Oil Exploration In Alaska’s Arctic Waters 5/30/2012 Christopher Helman, Forbes Staff This is a guest column by Bob Reiss. He is author of “The Eskimo and the Oil Man,” just published, for which he spent three years reporting with many trips to Alaska. Reiss has written for Smithsonian, Outside and Parade Magazines […]

Shell drops Bond Helicopters contract plans

30 May 2012 Oil giant Shell has abandoned plans to sign a major contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters, BBC Scotland has learned. The oil firm said it was not able to achieve sufficient assurance about Bond’s operations. Shell is conducting an ongoing review of its helicopter services contract across its North Sea operations. Bond temporarily […]

Does Hydrogen have a future in the world of energy?

FROM A CONTRIBUTOR About two decades ago the US DoD ran some tests designed to test the efficacy of a propulsion system for shallow draft/shallow water vessels. These tests failed, and they failed miserably. However, there was a surprise that came out of these tests. The experimental propulsion system produce large amounts of gas – […]


Because of the domain name, we receive job applications, business proposals, pension enquiries, even threats meant for Shell (as supplied today). We deal with all such matters as agreed with Mr Brandjes, sometimes corresponding with the parties on behalf of Shell, occasionally passing on correspondence to him.  We have been offered oil wells and […]

Shell reports fewer oil spills, but more bribes

FROM OUR ARCHIVES… Shell staff or intermediaries paid or accepted 16 bribes last year, contravening company policy, the report said. That was double the number in 2003, and four times the reported number for 2002. Gulf Times (Qatar): Shell reports fewer oil spills, but more bribes 30 May 2005 By Stephen Voss LONDON: Royal Dutch/Shell […]

Shell mum on details of planned seismic surveys

Shell mum on details of planned seismic surveys May 29, 2012 – 7:32pm By JOANN ALBERSTAT Business Reporter Shell says it plans to begin 3-D seismic surveys in Nova Scotia’s offshore next April. The global energy giant includes the time frame in an expression of interest issued last week for an environmental consultant to work […]

President of Royal Dutch Shell says BC LNG could be ‘pilot’ for federal streamlining

President of Royal Dutch Shell says BC LNG could be ‘pilot’ for federal streamlining By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press May 29, 2012 CALGARY – There is a “narrow window” of opportunity for Canada to take advantage of the lucrative global market for liquefied natural gas, the president of Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Tuesday. […]

Canada must act fast or miss LNG window-Shell CEO

Tue May 29, 2012 6:58pm EDT * Shell’s Voser says Canada can’t weather regulatory delay * Supports Ottawa’s plans for streamlining * Can add Athabasca oil sands volumes for under $50/bbl By Jeffrey Jones CALGARY, Alberta, May 29 (Reuters) – Canada only has until the end of this decade to build up its liquefied natural […]

9th Circuit gives final approval to Shell exploration plan

May 29, 2012 – 10:09 AM AKST 9th Circuit gives final approval to Shell exploration plan Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce A federal appeals court upheld the government’s approval of an exploration plan filed by Shell to explore its outer continental shelf leases in the Arctic in 2012. The unanimous May 25 decision was […]

Shell sees low cost expansion in Canada’s oil sands

CALGARY, Alberta | Tue May 29, 2012 5:05pm EDT May 29 (Reuters) – Peter Voser, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Tuesday that the company expects to expand production from its 255,000 barrel per day Athabasca Oil Sands Project by as much as 90,000 bpd by the end of the decade. Voser […] S&P may still cut Shell Group entities

FROM OUR ARCHIVES… S&P may still cut Shell Group entities Reuters, 05.28.04, 10:39 AM ET Posted 29 May 04 (The following statement was released by the ratings agency) NEW YORK, May 28 – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said today that, following the release of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies’ (Shell) audited 2003 […]


“The allegations are grave: rape, systematic and widespread torture, extrajudicial killings.” THE SUNDAY TIMES: HAGUE TRIES TO HALT SHELL ‘MURDER’ CASE 27 May 2012 WILLIAM HAGUE has been accused of hypocrisy after the government intervened on the side of Shell, Britain’s biggest company, over court claims the oil giant was complicit in torture and murder. […]

Shell Tackles Gasoline Pump Fraud

CSP Exclusive Shell Tackles Gasoline Pump Fraud Sees a “significant reduction” in skimming from security initiative By Carole Donoghue CSP Daily News | May 28, 2012 HOUSTON — A Counterfeit Skimming Initiative has produced a “significant reduction” in gasoline pump skimmers being placed on equipment at Shell-branded gas stations. Acknowledging that pump fraud has become […]

Shell Is First Major To Exit Oil Blocks In Post-War Libya

Published May 28, 2012 Dow Jones Newswires LONDON –  Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) Monday became the first major to exit oil and gas exploration blocks in post-war Libya, amid concerns over insecurity and contracts. The Anglo-Dutch giant insisted it was still interested in the country, which holds Africa’s largest oil reserves. But the move […]

Shell Puts Orion Oil-Sands Project In Alberta Up For Sale

Published May 28, 2012 Dow Jones Newswires CALGARY –  Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) has put its Orion oil-sands project near Cold Lake, Alberta, up for sale. Orion is an underground steam-injection project that produces 5,000 barrels a day of oil and generated operating income of C$15.6 million (US$15.2 million) during the first quarter, according to […]

We’ll miss our target to stop ‘flaring’ in Nigeria, admits Shell

FROM OUR ARCHIVES… WE NOTE THAT SHELL WAS STILL MAKING PROMISES ON THE SAME SUBJECT AT THE 2012 AGM LAST WEEK The Guardian: We’ll miss our target to stop ‘flaring’ in Nigeria, admits Shell Vandna Synghal Saturday May 28, 2005 Shell, which recently announced record profits for 2004, admitted yesterday that it would miss its […]


May 28, 2012 Dear John, Find attached SHELL’S strategy to counter Delta Rights Group. This email below was inadvertently sent to us by Raphael Obasogie while attempting to send to his cronies. They are planning a massive media campaign and to use their “Divide and Rule” tactics to break the rank of the NECONDE 115. […]

Eni, Exxon, Shell to Fund $986 Million Kazakh Share for Kashagan

By Svetlana Antoncheva and Nariman Gizitdinov – May 28, 2012 6:48 AM GMT+0100 Eni SpA (ENI), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) agreed to fund the $986 million costs owed by Kazakhstan’s state energy producer for one of the world’s biggest oil fields, Oil and Gas Minister Sauat Mynbayev said. The […]

Australia’s Woodside not looking to buy back Shell stake

MELBOURNE | Mon May 28, 2012 2:34am BST (Reuters) – Woodside Petroleum (WPL.AX), Australia’s largest oil and gas company, said it is not considering buying back Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) 24 percent stake in the company, despite a recent share price drop. Chief Executive Peter Coleman said the company would consider share buybacks if it […]

Fill her up, please…petrol pump attendants are back: Shell recruits staff at 300 UK forecourts – and they will even check your tyres

Shell says the service will save precious time for busy motorists  The free, friendly service is expected to encourage customer loyalty By David Gerrie PUBLISHED: 22:25, 26 May 2012 | UPDATED: 00:10, 27 May 2012 To drivers of a certain age, they are remembered fondly. After motorists pulled into a garage, a man would emerge […]

British Prime Minister David Cameron Acting Dangerously Against Nigeria

MOSOP STATEMENT ISSUED 28 May 2012 British Prime Minister David Cameron Acting Dangerously Against Nigeria MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo has described British Prime David Cameron’s government amicus brief in the Ogoni case of Kiobel v Shell in the United States of America as an ill-advised and short-sighted colonial tactics. Diigbo said the prime minister’s […]

Motiva pretense over employee safety

Comment in response to the article:  Fatal Accident at Motiva Enterprises oil refinery: When a Worker’s Life Is Worth Less Than Dead Fish Motiva preaches safety, safety safety, but the bottom line, at least at the location where I was employed, was how much will that cost? The company rolls out all these programs with […]

Heavy ice could delay start of Shell Alaska’s Arctic drilling

By KIM MURPHY 26 May 2012 Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade could postpone the start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August, a delay of up to two weeks, Shell Alaska officials said. Unveiling a newly refurbished ice-class rig that […]

Lloyd’s of London preparing for euro collapse

The chief executive of the multi-billion pound Lloyd’s of London has publicly admitted that the world’s leading insurance market is prepared for a collapse in the single currency and has reduced its exposure “as much as possible” to the crisis-ridden continent. 2:50PM BST 27 May 2012 Richard Ward said the London market had put in […]

Putin Tells Shtokman Partners to Decide Faster

27 May 2012: Reuters President Vladimir Putin urged partners in the Gazprom-led Shtokman gas project to speed up a final investment decision. “So far, there has been no final decision on Shtokman, but we have to move actively,” he said Friday. Putin also said that a decision could be made during an international economic forum in St. Petersburg in June. Earlier Friday, sources said […]

Appeals court green-lights Shell Oil’s drilling in Alaska Arctic this year

Posted on Sat, May. 26, 2012 09:41 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An appeals court has sided with the federal government in giving the go-ahead to Shell Oil Co. to move forward with drilling in the Alaska Arctic this year, according to a ruling issued Friday night. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges […]

Shell executives paid no bonuses in 2003

Jeroen van der Veer told staff in Houston, Texas, this week that he would not tolerate “bullying” within the company, and admitted that its dealings with business partners had often been “arrogant”. FROM OUR ARCHIVES… Financial Times: Shell executives paid no bonuses in 2003 By Adrian Michaels Published: May 28 2004 Royal Dutch/Shell, the embattled […]

Dark Arts, Dark Energy

FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL CO It has been awhile since anything appeared in your blog regarding Shell’s alleged espionage efforts targeting US DoD classified material in the States. Whatever the case may be there are ‘rumors afloat’ about what Shell may have been after. I have no confirmation of the accuracy of […]

Shell launches LNG plans for British Columbia

Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada’s oil and gas industry Vol. 17, No. 22 Week of May 27, 2012 Lifts curtain on largest of Canada’s ventures, warning there is no time to lose Gary Park For Petroleum News Royal Dutch Shell is leading three Asian firms in rolling out plans for by far the […]

Shell nearly finished modifying Arctic drill ship

Shell nearly finished modifying Arctic drill ship From the air, the Arctic drill ship Kulluk looks like a giant bowling pin seated on a shallow bowl. By TED WARREN and DAN JOLING Associated Press: Friday 25 May 2012 SEATTLE — From the air, the Arctic drill ship Kulluk looks like a giant bowling pin seated […]

Royal Dutch Shell Crimes Against Humanity?

By a Guest Contributor Royal Dutch Shell may have a serious problem if they are found to be guilty of violating international ‘human rights’ law, etc. Perhaps this is why the British and Dutch governments have moved to try and shut down a decision on the part of the US Supreme Court that would allow […]

Shell seeks to draw a line after fourth cut in reserves

FROM OUR ARCHIVES… Shell seeks to draw a line after fourth cut in reserves By Michael Harrison, Business Editor 25 May 2004 Royal Dutch-Shell, the crisis-torn oil giant, yesterday cut its proven reserves for the fourth time this year but then sought to reassure the City that it had drawn a line at last under […]

Call for Ogoni to occupy Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC

OCCUPY NIGERIAN EMBASSY in DC! The African Cultural and Fundamental Rights Council (AFCRC) USA is, on behalf of the Ogoni people of Nigeria organizing a peaceful rally/protest, picketing at the premises of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC., USA. Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012; time is 10 am to 1230 pm. The Nigerian Embassy is […]

Shell may join Russia’s Shtokman gas team: sources

By Olesya Astakhova and Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW | Fri May 25, 2012 5:12am EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) may join a Gazprom (GAZP.MM)-led initiative to extract gas from the Arctic seabed off Russia’s coast, several sources said, in an attempt to inject new impetus into the huge project delayed by years of talks […]

Shell influence in the White House

By John Donovan Interesting article published by “THE HILL” reporting that high level Shell representatives, Marvin Odum, the President of Shell’s U.S. operations, and Sara B. Glenn, a top Shell lobbyist, have visited the Obama White House almost 20 times pushing the oil giants controversial plans to drill in Arctic waters. Odum At least 7 […]

Why Shell is betting billions to drill for oil in Alaska

May 24, 2012: 9:19 AM ET This summer, the energy giant will begin exploring off the icy coast of Alaska — after years of resistance by environmentalists. The payoff could be the largest U.S. offshore oil discovery in a generation. By Jon Birger, contributor In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the U.S., it’s hard […]

Spectre of Shell Reapers hangs over AGM

22 May 2012 At today’s Shell AGM link at the Barbican the suits on the Shell board were given a 3 hour grilling, with questioners focussing attention on its environmental and human rights crimes around the world. Spread throughout the auditorium, hooded London Rising Tide & friends’ grim Shell reapers stood silently awaiting direction from […]

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

By a Guest Contributor I have been following this sorry saga of the British and Dutch governments filing a brief with the US courts claiming that a ‘corporation’ could not be held liable for human rights violations and was therefore not subject to human rights laws. Excuse me, but I think it may be time […]

Kashagan’s Foreign Partners to Finance State’s Share of Costs

By Nariman Gizitdinov – May 24, 2012 11:02 AM GMT+0100 Eni SpA (ENI), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) agreed to shoulder the investment costs owed by Kazakhstan’s state energy producer for one of the world’s biggest oil fields this year and next. The international partners, which also include Total SA […]

What Does Shell Have in Common With General Ratko Mladic?

That does Royal Dutch Shell have in common with General Ratko Mladic, former commander of the Bosnian Serb army? More than you’d think… First off, they’ve both appeared in the Hague in the past week. Shell was there Tuesday for its Annual General Meeting with shareholders, and Mladic just days earlier for the opening of […]

Every employee is an innovator: Royal Dutch Shell CEO

New and Frozen Frontier Awaits Offshore Oil Drilling

The Kulluk, seen in Seattle, is one of two Shell drilling ships in the city undergoing final preparations before going to the Arctic. By JOHN M. BRODER and CLIFFORD KRAUSS A version of this article appeared in print on May 24, 2012, on page A1 of the New York edition WASHINGTON — Shortly before Thanksgiving […]

Heywood Murder Thrusts Employer Hakluyt Into Limelight

The firm was accused in a 2001 Sunday Times article of helping BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc spy on Greenpeace using a German agent called Manfred Schlickenrieder, who posed as a left-wing film-maker. Free University’s Blancke, who studied the incident, has computer files taken from Schlickenrieder’s room by environmental activists who became suspicious […]

Shell self-insurance of Arctic drilling risk

COMMENT BY A FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE I just read your blog about Shell not being able to obtain disaster insurance for its operations in the Arctic. I interpret this to mean that the insurance underwriters, who are pros at this sort of thing, find the probability of an ‘accident’ on the part of Shell during […]

Shell oil plans irk Canadian tribes

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, May 23 (UPI) — Plans by Shell to expand operations in oil fields in the Canadian province of Alberta are threatening the environment, a tribal group said. Leaders from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation presented a report to Shell shareholders at The Hague, Netherlands, highlighting concerns about the environmental impacts of oil […]