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Nigeria Bill Risks Output in Top African Oil Country, Shell Says

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo on November 30, 2012

Nigerian plans to change the way its oil industry is regulated and funded risk cutting investment and production in Africa’s top producer, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said.

“Production will be down about 40 percent by 2020 without new investment,” Mutiu Sunmonu, Shell’s chairman for Nigeria, said in the copy of a conference presentation in the commercial capital of Lagos. The proposed “fiscal package is not conducive to investment. As a result, there will be few new investments.”

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Susan Rice, Royal Dutch Shell and Iran

In what might turn out to be the final set of nails in the coffin of her Secretary of State ambitions, it turns out that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has huge foreign investments, including several companies that are doing business with Iran.  She has ties to one company, Royal Dutch Shell, that stands to make a billion dollars if the sanctions against Iran are lifted.


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The portfolio of embattled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice includes investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in several energy companies known for doing business with Iran, according to financial disclosure forms.

Rice, a possible nominee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down, has come under criticism for promulgating erroneous information about the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

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Shell Alaska boss: ‘There will be spills’

Royal Dutch Shell’s Alaska vice-president has admitted he believes “there will be spills” by companies drilling for oil in the Alaskan Arctic.

Environmental campaigners oppose drilling in the Arctic

Emily Gosden By 6:35PM GMT 29 Nov 2012

Shell is one of a handful of companies exploring in Arctic waters and began drilling off Alaska this year.

Environmentalists oppose drilling on the grounds a spill would devastate the environment.

Asked what people were concerned about, Mr Slaiby told the BBC: “There’s no sugarcoating this, it is [an] oil spill.”

“If you ask me will there ever be spills, I imagine there will be spills,” he said.

“Will there be a spill large enough to impact people’s subsistence? My view is no, I don’t believe that would happen.

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Why Shell’s bigger U.S. footprint matters

Shell exec sees domestic production as a selling point for investors

Shell oil rig off the coast of Alaska: Photo credit: Shell Oil Company

By Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — When filling up your gasoline tank in the next few years, Royal Dutch Shell wants you to know they’re working to increase the share of the fuel pumped out of Uncle Sam’s back yard.

Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum sees Royal Dutch Shell’s RDS.A +0.06%  growing presence in the U.S. as a selling point for investors.

“I think Wall Street probably does care about a strong country, and there’s an aspect of producing your own resources that definitely plays into that.” Odum said in an interview at the Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum. “The real question you have to come down to in the end is are these economically competitive projects to go after? The answer is yes they are.”

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Shell to Sea campaigners met UN rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

Mayo Advertiser, November 30, 2012.

Last week Mrs Margaret Sekaggya, the UN special rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, met a delegation of 10 people to discuss the issues they face regarding the Corrib Gas Project. The delegation comprised seven members of Shell to Sea, Kilcommon parish priest Fr Michael Nallen, and two members of the human rights monitoring organisation Table Observers: Sr Majella McCarron and Donal Ó Mearáin.

Mrs Sekaggya is visiting Ireland in order to evaluate the situation of human rights defenders in the country and will present a report with her findings to the UN Human Rights Council in March next year. Members of the delegation raised many issues of concern including violence by the gardaí, behaviour of the private security, the democratic deficit in the planning process, surveillance and harassment, selectivity in the application of the law, the undermining and stigmatisation of campaigners by the judiciary, the politicisation of the judicial process, and the ineffectiveness of designated oversight bodies in particular the Garda Ombudsman.

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Royal Dutch Shell Wins Energy Company of the Year Award

Royal Dutch Shell Wins “Company of the Year” and Commodity Excellence Honors at Platts Global Energy Awards

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Winners from seven countries and three continents took top honors in New York City tonight at the Platts Global Energy Awards, which recognized three industry leaders and 16 companies for exemplary individual and corporate achievement. The awards program, now in its 14th year, is one of the energy industry’s premier recognition events and often referred to as the “Oscars” of the energy industry.

Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell also stood apart from the night’s other winners, snagging not one, but two awards – the much sought-after “Energy Company of the Year” and “Commodity Excellence Award for Natural Gas.” Judges were impressed by the company’s commitment to continual innovation despite the scale of its current operations. Shell’s downstream activities in chemical gas-to-liquids technologies development caught the judges’ attention, as did its liquefied natural gas (LNG) technologies, which enhance energy efficiency and advance LNG as a transport fuel for trucks, ships and locomotives. The judges also cited Shell’s advancements in deepwater drilling, shale development and tight-gas extraction, all of which are helping to drive U.S. energy independence.

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Shell sees big output boost from Chesapeake acreage buy

Ernest Scheyder and Joshua Schneyer Reuters: 10:46 a.m. CST, November 29, 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell expects “years and years” of production from oil and natural gas acreage it recently bought from Chesapeake Energy Corp and plans to add more drilling rigs, the head of Shell’s Americas operations said on Thursday.

Shell paid $1.94 billion last September for 618,000 acres in the Permian Basin, a vast oil and natural gas source in western Texas.

Shell and other global energy companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , are buying more oil and gas assets in North America to boost production in a sector where most resources are located and tightly controlled by countries like Brazil and Russia.

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The Inuit sitting on billions of barrels of oil

By May Abdalla BBC World Service, Point Hope, Alaska:  29 November 2012

After a decade of legal wrangling and spending $4.5bn (£2.8bn), this year Shell Oil was given permission to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska. But many in the local Inuit community are concerned it could have a devastating impact on one of their main sources of food – the bowhead whale.

Marie Casados shows me the contents on her freezer. Inside there’s whale meat, muktuk – frozen whale skin and blubber – a selection of fish and a polar bear foot, which looks like a human hand. She describes it as a real delicacy. But it’s more than that – this is her food supply for the winter.

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Shell’s Olympus Hull Departs South Korea

SOURCE Shell Offshore Inc.

HOUSTON, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Offshore Inc.’s (Shell) Olympus hull, the approximately 32,500 metric ton main body of the Olympus TLP, departed from South Korea today to begin its two month journey to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The hull is expected to reach Ingleside, Texas in early 2013 where installation of the topsides will take place before the TLP departs for its final location on the Mars Field in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Shell jet fuel spill at Germany Refinery creates toxic underground lake

Kerosene is classified as environmentally hazardous. Undiluted kerosene irritates the skin from direct contact. Ingestion causes vomiting and diarrhea, damages the lungs, the nervous system and the kidneys, and in the worst cases, lead to death.  It is toxic to aquatic organisms and causes long-term damage if it drains into a large body of water, such as the Rhine.

By John Donovan: 27 November 2012

On 22 February 2012 a spill of 846 tonnes of jet fuel was reported at the Shell Rheinland Werk Godorf Cologne Refinery.

The refinery consists of two factories in Cologne-Godorf and Wesseling in the south of Cologne, located on the left bank of the Rhine.

The leak occurred in an underground pipeline between the plant and a fuel depot.

Because an alarm system at the Shell refinery failed, it took four weeks for technicians discover the leak.

Kerosene is a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Jet fuel is a highly toxic mixture of kerosene and naphtha. It is practically insoluble in water and has a lower density, so that it is deposited as a carpet on a water surface.

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Nigeria: Union Shuts Down Shell Operations Nationwide

Nigeria: NUPENG Shuts Down Shell Operations Nationwide – …protests Sack of 1,500 Workers

By Emma Amaize, Victor Ahiuma-Young and Kunle Kalejaye, 26 November 2012

Aggrieved members of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, protesting alleged unfair labour practices, yesterday, shut down the operations of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, nationwide.

This came as a nationwide strike by NUPENG looms following alleged assault on members by security operatives at Shell locations across the country, which prompted the Warri and Port Harcourt zones that serve the South-South states and eastern states to begin immediate strike.

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Corrib Gas Partners will spend €3bn before any gas flows

The Irish Times – Tuesday, November 27, 2012


The rising bill on the controversial Corrib Gas project is to top almost €3 billion before the end of next year, new figures show.

The company driving the project, Shell EP Ireland Ltd yesterday confirmed that the Corrib Gas Partners last year spent a further € 270 million on the project. A spokeswoman said a further € 250 million will be spent this year and again in 2013.

At the end of 2011, the total spent on the project amounted to € 2.43 billion.

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Shell head dismisses floating LNG concerns

The head of Shell in Australia, Ann Pickard, has dismissed claims that floating liquefied natural gas technology is environmentally unsafe.

By Kathryn Diss

The head of Shell in Australia, Ann Pickard, has dismissed claims that floating liquefied natural gas technology is environmentally unsafe.

The WA Premier Colin Barnett has expressed concerns about using floating technology to process LNG from the Browse project, north of Broome.

He says he does not think the technology is safe and has warned of a major oil and gas spill if it is used.

He remains committed to processing the gas onshore at James Price Point.

Shell is a partner in the joint venture and is currently developing a floating LNG platform for its Prelude project offshore from Broome.

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Shell: Martinez, Calif. Refinery Unit Rate Cut to Reduce Emission

Dow Jones Newswires: Published November 26, 2012

Shell Oil Company said Monday that a release of hydrogen sulfide late Saturday night at its oil refinery in Martinez, Calif., necessitated reducing feed to an unspecified unit to diminish the emission.

A report to the Calif. Emergency Management Agency said a venting pressure relief valve had caused the release.

Shell notified all appropriate local and state agencies and monitored off-site locations for air quality impacts. No off-site impacts were detected, Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said. The situation was declared all clear at 1:15 a.m. PST (0915 GMT), she added.

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Selection of Shell related articles Monday 26 November 2012


Here is today’s pick of articles for your readers:

Oil and tradition try life together in far north Alaska: Houston Chronicle-by Jennifer Dlouhy-Some Inupiats fear that this tradition – and their subsistence way of life – could be jeopardized by offshore oil drilling, as Shell Oil Co. conducts a …

Rivers – the Battle Against Oil Theft Continues: two suspects, Mr. Bori Friday and Mr. Young Apahia are surveillance staff of Shell, who were employed to protect the oil pipelines of the …

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BP is still one big toxic mess

With a $130 billion market cap, and billions of dollars in unknown liabilities, BP is still one big toxic mess.

Why BP is not a takeover target

By Cyrus Sanati: November 26, 2012: 9:35 AM ET

FORTUNE — It’s one of the largest companies in the world. Could it really be a takeover target?

Some in the industry see BP as fresh deal meat following the company’s long-awaited settlement with U.S. authorities in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. But while such a mega-merger may make Wall Street bankers salivate, even after selling off billions of dollars in assets, BP simply remains too big and too risky to buy. Specialization is the name of the game these days in the oil patch. BP would need to break up into more manageable pieces before any oil major would consider opening its wallet.

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Essar Energy turns around Stanlow refinery

Essar Energy plc has turned around UK’s second largest refinery Stanlow within a year of taking it over from Royal Dutch Shell, posting a pre-tax profit of USD 197 million in six month to September 30.

Essar Energy turns around Stanlow refinery

Monday, November 26, 2012, 18:31

New Delhi: London-listed Essar Energy plc has turned around UK’s second largest refinery Stanlow within a year of taking it over from Royal Dutch Shell, posting a pre-tax profit of USD 197 million in six month to September 30.

“Current price EBITDA at Stanlow rose to USD 197.2 million, compared with USD 22.2 million in the first eight months of ownership to March 2012,” the company said announcing its second quarter earnings.

Shell divested its refinery assets for not being profitable.

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The Neptune Strategy: Shell Propped up Apartheid in South Africa

By John Donovan

In 1987, Shell Oil Co implemented a secret 265 page plan devised by a Washington based firm, Pagan International.

The devious plan was designed to undermine support for critics of Shell’s policy of propping up the despised racist apartheid regime in South Africa, just as Shell and its Nazi leader, Sir Henri Deterding,  propped up Nazi Germany before WW2. 

The objective of Shell’s secret campaign was to neutralize boycott groups, including church and civil rights groups, unions and academics.

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Shell delays shareholder meetings

From the BBC News Archive: Shell delays shareholder meetings

Oil giant Shell is pushing back the dates of its shareholder meetings amid ongoing uncertainty about its estimates of oil reserves.

Friday, 26 November, 2004, 10:36 GMT

The world’s third largest oil company said its shareholder meetings due in April will now take place on 28 June.

The company is in the middle of a shake-up after shocking investors back in January by slashing estimates of its oil and gas reserves by 20%.

Its latest review of its reserves will be completed by the end of the year.

If the company is forced to revise estimates further, previous financial statements may have to be restated, which could delay publication of its results.

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Shell propped up racist apartheid regime in South Africa

Within 48 hours, subject to legal intervention by Shell, we will publish an article about how Royal Dutch Shell propped up and profited from the repressive apartheid regime in South Africa.

By John Donovan

Update Monday 26 November: Within 48 hours, subject to legal intervention by Shell, we will publish an article about how Royal Dutch Shell propped up and profited from the repressive apartheid regime in South Africa. It is another astonishing story of informers, spying, deception, and misinformation directed by Shell at parties who opposed its support for the racist regime, once led by B. J. Vorster. Shell’s disgraceful conduct led to The Church of England accusing the company of dishonesty and outright deception.

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Selection of Shell related articles 23 November 2012


Here is today’s selection of  Shell related articles for your readers:

Exxon warning adds to Nigeria oil output problems: Reuters-Nov 21, 2012-Royal Dutch Shell lifted on Wednesday its force majeure on Nigeria’s benchmark Bonny Light crude oil exports, easing some of the supply …

Shell to Invest in China: of the largest oil and gas companies, Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A – Analyst Report) plans to make an annual investment of $1 billion in …

Colombia awards 49 oil blocks, expects $2.6 bn in investment: Fox News-Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol won the rights to 12 blocks, … Spain’s Repsol, Royal Dutch Shell, Colombia’s Hocol and Norway’s …

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Shell Says Improved Security Needed to Curb Nigeria Oil Theft

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo – Nov 23, 2012 2:11 PM GMT

Nigeria needs to improve security patrols on its pipelines to curb theft, according to Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), the nation’s largest oil producer.

Shell removed 135 illegal connections from its pipelines in the first ten months of the year, Tony Okonedo, a Lagos-based company spokesman, said today by e-mail. At least 96 caused spills, he said.

“Every time SPDC shuts down production to undertake repairs and disable identified theft points, the crude thieves use the opportunity of pressure drop along the line to install new ones elsewhere along the facility,” he said. SPDC is Shell’s Nigerian unit.

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The loose cannon from Sakhalin Energy

I appreciate your intent but I think you are taking significant risks for your own safety with these emails. I strongly suggest you leave these things behind you and look for other opportunities and the future. Just forget about this as it is not worth it!”

By John Donovan

Our new Sakhalin source, whose identity is well known to Shell and associated parties including Sakhalin Energy and Gazprom, has supplied us with emails they have received from current and former senior people involved in Sakhalin Energy. We believe the emails are genuine.

The following are extracts from one such email they received:

I did not react to your first email a week ago and have mixed feelings when you now send me another one.
I appreciate your intent but I think you are taking significant risks for your own safety with these emails. I strongly suggest you leave these things behind you and look for other opportunities and the future. Just forget about this as it is not worth it!
Whatever happens with SNGS will happen but it is not up to me and neither do I want to be involved with SNGS now or in the future.
We were happy, not to have to be confronted anymore to anything related to all these negative things that happened in Sakhalin. We only would like to cherish the good things which luckily is much more than what happened at the end of our stay in Sakhalin.
Emails like you wrote to SEIC management will only be negative perceived by anyone who receives them and could be damaging for the people still working in SNGS. If we really do want to help the people in SNGS, than the best thing to do is to stay out of this and avoid that SNGS would receive more negative publicity regardless the good intentions you have.

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Critics blast Shell, saying its Jackpine oilsands plan will harm the environment

By Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal November 21, 2012 EDMONTON – Shell Canada is trying to “sneak” its Jackpine project past regulators before the regional plan is complete, and the $12-billion mine expansion should be delayed for a year, a review panel was told in the final day of hearings into the project 100 km northeast of Fort McMurray.

The company came under heavy fire Wednesday, partly because its plan to move the Muskeg River, in order to mine the riverbed, runs counter to a 2008 provincial plan calling for protection of the watershed.

First Nations also said Shell’s science is “biased”and “full of gaps,” while the company’s refusal to set aside conservation land to offset habitat destruction drew fire from federal interveners.

Environmentalists rejected the company’s claim there will be “no unacceptable, long-term environmental effects” after decades of mining.

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Shell poised to hand out Brent disposal contracts

By Rob Watts London

 22 November 2012 23:59 GMT

Shell intends to award the major heavy-lift removal and onshore disposal contracts for its landmark Brent Decommissioning project — together valued at hundreds of millions of dollars — by the end of the first quarter next year.

Initially the work covers the ­removal of the topsides of three of the four Brent platforms — ­Alpha, Bravo and Delta — and the steel jacket of Brent Alpha. As much as 97% of the steel is expected to be recycled.

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Donovans mud throwing campaign against Shell

“It looks like the Donovans, the Royal Dutch Shell humiliators and mud throwing campaign initiators, the donors of cheat and steal approach are indemnified, otherwise they could have been sued for their below the belt statements derogating human dignity and respect. And the methods they use are outrageous examples of brainwashing of the people not involved in the petroleum industry, mixing true and false facts making it almost impossible to separate the wheat from the chaff. I am writing this because I have worked on the Sakhalin 1 and 2 Project…”

By John Donovan

Printed below is an extraordinary email circulated overnight by a disgruntled former employee of Sakhalin Energy to various recipients, including senior people at Sakhalin Energy, Gazprom, Royal Dutch Shell, the Financial Times, Dow Jones Newswires, Bloomberg, the Russian government and the UK Police. It was originally sent to Thomas Zengerly, a director of Sakhalin Energy.

As can be seen, the sender does not seem to be particularly fond of us or our involvement in the Sakhalin 2 project as a conduit for whistleblowers.

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Shell to Invest $1 Billion Annually in China Gas Projects

Published November 20, 2012 by Dow Jones Newswires

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) will invest around $1 billion annually in its upstream business in China to tap into the country’s surging natural gas demand, state-run newspaper China Daily reported Wednesday, citing the oil and gas giant’s chief executive officer.”There’s huge potential to come in terms of the natural gas market in China,” Peter Voser was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Shell currently has two gas blocks in southwest Sichuan Province, which it operates in partnership with China National Petroleum Corporation.

The company has drilled 13 out of 21 planned wells in the Jinqiu block and will complete 21 by April 2013, the newspaper said. The Jinqiu project achieved first gas production last September and currently has a daily output of 110,000 cubic meters. Meanwhile, Shell is still assessing whether commercial development at the Fushun-Yongchuan block is viable, and drilling at the 15 wells could start by the end of 2012 or early next year, the report said, without elaborating.

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Inflation, Politics Seen Capping North America LNG Exports-Shell

By Selina Williams

LONDON–Inflation and U.S. domestic politics are likely to limit the amount of liquefied natural gas exported from proposed projects in North America to around 60 million to 70 million tons a year over the next decade, Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB.LN) Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said Tuesday.

Currently companies including ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM), ConocoPhilips Co. (COP), BP PLC (BP.LN), Sempra Energy (SRE), Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG), Shell and Apache Corp. (APA) are seeking to export LNG from the U.S. and Canada in efforts to find more profitable markets amid a continent-wide gas glut, due to the shale gas boom, that has depressed prices.

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Shell environmental rhetoric, vs toxic reality

Introductory flowery rhetoric in a 1958 Shell advert: Shell Guide to LIFE IN THE CORN

“In the growing and ripening stages corn and hay are a sanctuary for wild life which man does not invade.”

The advert concludes with the slogan: “You can be sure of SHELL The Key to the countryside.”

Presumably this was meant as an assurance that it was safe to trust Shell with the environment.  Ironically the use of weedkillers was mentioned in the advert.

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Corrib human rights report calls for new policing guidelines

“Among its series of recommendations is a proposal that Shell ‘communicates to the community the purposes for which surveillance may be undertaken by its security service’ and the procedures and safeguards it uses ‘to ensure the right to privacy is adequately protected’ during surveillance.”

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:27

Áine Ryan: [email protected]

A HUMAN rights report into the policing of the controversial Corrib Gas project has recommended the establishment of new policing guidelines. Specifically, the report recommends that the Department of Justice publish a guide defining methods that may be legitimately used by An Garda Síochána during protests that range from non-violent and non-compliant actions to violent actions.

The report on The Corrib Human Rights Monitoring Initiative states this guide would help ensure that gardaí ‘respect and fulfil the right to peaceful protests and exercise their legal duty and responsibility to prevent, detect and investigate crime and to safeguard the right of others to public order and security’. The guide would also clarify issues surrounding protests on private grounds and acceptable procedures for private security personnel.

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Shell May Delay Australia’s Arrow LNG Project to 2014, CEO Says

By Bloomberg News – Nov 20, 2012 10:07 AM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas supplier, may delay until 2014 a decision on its Arrow LNG venture that’s forecast to cost $20 billion amid rising expenses for energy projects in Australia.

“We are in preparation of a potential final investment decision of that project somewhere in the 2013/14 time frame,” Peter Voser, Shell’s chief executive officer, said at a media briefing in Beijing today.

Costs for LNG plants are surging in Australia as it moves to challenge Qatar as the world’s biggest exporter of the fuel amid rising demand in Asia. Arrow Energy Ltd., owned by Shell and PetroChina Co. (857), said in March that it planned to decide in late 2013 whether to develop the LNG export project on Queensland state’s Curtis Island.

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Shell CFO: Confident US Government Will Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

By Selina Williams: Published November 20, 2012 by Dow Jones Newswires

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) is confident the U.S. government will approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline extension that will carry crude from western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, its chief financial officer Simon Henry said Tuesday.

“We remain confident the U.S. government will take a balanced view…and allow the full extension to proceed,” Mr. Henry told a Canadian energy event in London.

The re-election of President Barack Obama has revived hopes the oil pipeline will gain government approval after environmentalists were instrumental in getting the scheme blocked last year.

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Exxon, Shell Said to Face Delay on Kashagan Output Boost

By Nariman Gizitdinov – Nov 20, 2012 9:45 AM GMT

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and their partners in Kazakhstan’s Kashagan oil field face a delay of at least two years on a plan to boost output 20 percent, reducing the time they have to recoup costs in the $46 billion project that’s already running eight years late, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Kazakhstan has told the partners to put the $5 billion step-up plan, taking output to as much as 450,000 from 370,000 barrels day, on hold until they study how the start of production next year affects the deposit, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

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Shell may feed Arrow gas into rivals’ Australian LNG plants

Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:35am EST

* Final investment decision likely delayed for Arrow LNG

* Shell may sell gas to rivals’ LNG plants

* Cost blowout still an issue -source

* Decision not to move forward with plant would be prudent -analysts

By Rebekah Kebede and Sonali Paul

PERTH/MELBOURNE, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell may delay a final decision on whether to push ahead with its Arrow liquefied natural gas plant in Australia as it considers feeding its gas into other LNG projects in the area due to rising costs.

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Shell Security Service in Ireland

Garda guide for Corrib protests proposed


A human rights report on the policing of the controversial Corrib gas project has recommended that the Department of Justice publish a guide defining methods that may be legitimately used by An Garda Síochána during protests.

The report on the Corrib Human Rights Monitoring Initiative states this guide would help ensure that gardaí “respect and fulfil the right to peaceful protests and exercise their legal duty and responsibility to prevent, detect and investigate crime and to safeguard the right of others to public order and security”.

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Selection of Shell related news articles Monday 19 November 2012

Selection of Shell related news articles Monday 19 November 2012


Some articles which may be of interest to your visitors:

Shell pins big bucks on natural gas projects: Buffalo News-3: Kylie, “The Abbey Road Sessions” (Astralwerks). … Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, has earmarked more than $20 billion …

Shell to Invest $20 Billion in Growing LNG Market: Gulf Oil & Gas …:

Shell rethinks Arrow LNG as costs blow out: The Australian

TOP Oil Market News: Crude Rises a Second Day Amid Israel Crisis: Bloomberg: Oil advanced for a second day in New York after Israel said it may expand an … Royal Dutch Shell Plc released butadiene that exceeded the …

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Old EP hand replies to criticism of comments about Shell and Nigeria

Nigerian Laddy, my brodder! How now, how de Madam? Eeh, my headengine, him go disappoint me big-oh how you be talking to your brodder. No peppersoup and goatstew wid de foo-foo for you today!


The original comment by Old EP hand related to our article: Shell Unit Sells Interest in Nigerian Oil Mining Lease for $567

This is the latest exchange on our Shell Blog:

Nigeria Laddy posting on Nov 18th, 2012 at 11:06

Old EP Hand: It’s guys like you that screwed up Nigeria years ago – that is what my friends here tell me. Thank you very much. Don’t blame management of today – go look in the mirror. Perhaps giving back your pension would the decent thing to do instead of bad mouthing the current generation, incl. management.

old EP hand posting on Nov 19th, 2012 at 16:14

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BP Seen as Takeover Target as Valuation Sinks

By Brian Swint and Matthew Campbell on November 19, 2012

Bob Dudley shrank BP Plc (BP/) to save it.

The onetime Mississippian and current chief executive officer has sold more than $50 billion of assets to pay the costs of the worst U.S. oil spill in history in 2010. Rescued from the brink of collapse, Europe’s second-largest oil company is now seen as vulnerable to a takeover.

BP is the cheapest of the world’s five biggest non-state oil companies by market value relative to reserves, earnings and output. As a result it may become a target, according to people familiar with the strategic thinking of the London-based company and its potential acquirers.

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Shell Celebrates 40 Years of Scenarios

Comment by John Donovan: This is a press release by Royal Dutch Shell boasting about its scenario planning. The famed corporate crystal ball never revealed a world in which its so-called No.1 Enemy would be operating globally under the Royal Dutch Shell Plc top level domain name, dealing on Shell’s behalf with job applications, business proposals, complaints, invitations to speak at conferences, and even terrorist threats. This was a scenario apparently deemed too far beyond the realms of possibility to be contemplated, but it is nonetheless the incredible reality and has been for getting on to a decade. How on earth did such a supposedly far-sighted management end up in such a humiliating situation, which has already cost the company billions of dollars? Bet they also never conjured up a scenario in which Darth Watts would materialize in the guise of a holy man?

By Royal Dutch Shell plc: Published: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 – 4:07 pm

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, November 19, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ —

Scenario planning helps Shell make critical business decisions

Forty years ago, in 1972, work began on what many people regard as the first Shell Scenarios document, published the following year, though the roots of this work lie even further in the past. Since then, scenario planning has been at the heart of Shell’s business, developing senior leadership understanding of critical factors in the business environment and the possible directions which economic, geopolitical and social systems could take, decades into the future.

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Shell, EDF Lead 100 Companies Calling for Carbon Price

By Alex Morales on November 18, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) joined Electricite de France SA and more than 100 companies calling for lawmakers worldwide to put a “clear” price on carbon emissions in order to contain global warming.

Companies invest trillions of dollars in energy and infrastructure projects, and, in most cases, don’t consider goals to cut greenhouse gases, the companies said today in a statement that’s due to be presented to European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard in Brussels.

“A clear, stable, ambitious and cost-effective policy framework is essential to underpin the investment needed to deliver substantial greenhouse gas emissions reductions by mid- century,” the companies said in the e-mailed statement. “Putting a clear, transparent and unambiguous price on carbon emissions must be a core policy objective.”

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Selection of articles Monday 19 November 2012

Selection of articles Monday 19 November 2012


Some articles which may be of interest to your visitors:

Shell Increases Participation in the Schiehallion Field [Gulf Oil & Gas …: Shell announced the signing of separate agreements for the acquisition of Murphy Schiehallion Limited 5.9% stake in the Schiehallion field …

Lizzie Zobel helps public schools, Shell CEO on oil smuggling: Philippine Star: UBS Optimus Foundation presents a grant of one million Swiss francs (P43.3 million) to Teach for the Philippines: Lizzie Zobel, cofounder and …

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From Mammon to God: Oiligarchs beat the path from profit to pews

“Watts only ended his 35-year career with Shell because he was forced out over the 2004 oil reserves fiasco. News that the company had been overstating its reserves by 20 per cent caused Shell’s stock prices to fall by $15bn — yet Watts still walked away with a £1 million pay-off and a pension of more than £500,000 per annum…”

It’s not just Justin Welby – oiligarchs beat the path from profit to pews

5 November 2012

From Mammon to God. The Church of England seems to be flooded with former oil men at present.

Last week Justin Welby, who spent 11 years working as an oil executive, was appointed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury. What’s less well known is that another big name in oil has received a clerical promotion. Sir Philip Watts, Shell’s former chairman, is to become priest in charge at Waltham St Lawrence, Berkshire, after being a curate at another local church.

Although they worked in the same industry, the two men’s paths to salvation have been rather different. While Welby voluntarily swapped the high pay for pews because he was “unable to get away from a sense of God calling”, Watts only ended his 35-year career with Shell because he was forced out over the 2004 oil reserves fiasco. News that the company had been overstating its reserves by 20 per cent caused Shell’s stock prices to fall by $15bn — yet Watts still walked away with a £1 million pay-off and a pension of more than £500,000 per annum.

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Gas is abundant, affordable and acceptable. It’s also the future, argues Shell chief Peter Voser

Ahead of the Government’s gas strategy, Shell chief executive Peter Voser reveals why it is the fuel of the future and how he is riding the shale revolution.

Peter Voser believes Shell is creating value out of the whole of the production and supply chain and that its exposure to gas growth is the jewel in the crown Photo: Reuters

Kamal Ahmed

By : 9:00PM GMT 17 Nov 2012

It was apt that Royal Dutch Shell chose the Royal Institution in London’s Mayfair as the venue for its briefing with investors last week.

It would not have been lost on Peter Voser, the energy giant’s chief executive, that the institution was the working home of Michael Faraday, the man who in 1831 built the first electric motor and on whose principles the whole of electric power generation is based.

The Royal Institution was launched in 1799, a time when Britain was at war with France and fear stalked the establishment. Would the rapid industrialisation of the UK be put at risk by a lack of access to continental markets? For the princely sum of 500 guineas, members could join an “institution for diffusing the knowledge and facilitating the general introduction of useful mechanical inventions”. The country needed to work out how to make more energy to feed the beast of growth.

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Niger Delta Villagers VS Shell – Seeking Justice Abroad

By Zainab Usman, 16 November 2012:


Legal action against Shell failed in Nigerian courts. So now villagers from the Niger delta are bringing the fight to Shell in their home country of the Netherlands.

In the latest case of Nigerians seeking justice abroad for crimes within Nigeria, a group of villagers from the Niger delta has taken oil behemoth Royal Dutch Shell to court in the Netherlands over alleged environmental pollution and “corporate crimes”.

Nigeria, the leading oil producer in Africa and eighth largest in the world, has most of its oil deposits located in the wetland and mangrove region of the Niger delta. Decades of oil extraction have left much of the region’s vegetation, farmlands, fishponds and drinking water polluted, and contributed to the impoverishment of much of its local population.

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The Sins of The Reverend Sir Philip Watts

Update by John Donovan: Last week we revealed the latest incarnation of the disgraced reserves fraudster Sir Philip Watts, formally an arms supplier and human rights abuser in Nigeria, a spaceman and a notorious Group Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Group. Sir Phil has now turned to religion in a big way.  Unfortunately the past penchant for cover-up associated with Sir Philip continues even in his new guise. One of the articles  cited as proof of his conversion to the path of righteousness has been speedily removed from the Waltham St Lawrence & Shurlock Row Parish Website. This is the only trace which remains and if past form is any guide, it too will quickly vanish, like Shell oil and gas reserves. This time I have retained a copy. Perhaps Sir Philip will include a reference to the unmasking of his past sins in his next sermon? Confession is said to be good for the soul.

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Noble Discoverer stack fire contained by Shell Oil personnel

Eric Christopher Adams, Alex DeMarban | Nov 16, 2012

A drill rig involved in Shell Oil’s inaugural season of Arctic oil exploration briefly caught fire Friday morning in Dutch Harbor, an international port in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, according to the Unalaska Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to calls of a fire at the U.S. Coast Guard docks at 10:22 a.m. Friday, where a plume of black smoke was seen coming off of a vessel, according to Unalaska Fire Chief Abner Hoage. As firefighters approached the docks there was an explosion aboard the Noble Discoverer, Hoage said.

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Ikea ‘deeply regrets’ use of forced labour: when is Shell going to apologise?

I wonder when Royal Dutch Shell is going to apologise for using Jewish forced labour at its German subsidiary Rhenania-Ossag…

By John Donovan

BBC News has reported that Ikea ‘deeply regrets’ use of forced labour.

According to the report:

Ikea gave contracts to the East German (GDR) government in the 1970s. Former political prisoners of the Stasi, the feared secret police, said they worked on the furniture, prompting Ikea to commission the Ernst & Young report in May this year.

The company said that although it took steps to try to ensure that prisoners were not used in production, “it is now clear that these measures were not effective enough”.

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Can Shell placate environmental critics?


BBC2 TV Newsnight: Can Shell placate environmental critics?

Hilton Kelley claims Port Arthur has been “devastated by pollution”. “We had a great community one time,” says Hilton Kelley “Sandwich shops, taxi stands, nightclubs – we had all these things. Now it’s devastated by pollution. “Many of the residents have died from cancer – kids have moved away – they no longer want to live here.” Hilton, together with 1,200 residents of Port Arthur, has launched a class action lawsuit against Shell, claiming breach of environmental human rights. So what are the facts?”

By Paul Mason, Business correspondent, Newsnight: Broadcast 28 Oct 2004

Residents of Port Arthur, Texas, claim the Shell-owned oil refinery bordering their town is damaging their environment and health.

With a major restructure underway after being caught mis-stating its oil reserves, how did a small US town’s problems shoot to the top of Shell’s corporate agenda?

Oil built Port Arthur.

It was the nearest port to the first Texan oil gusher in 1901. By 1903 Texaco had built its first refinery here.

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BP Will Plead Guilty and Pay Over $4 Billion

A version of this article appeared in print on November 16, 2012, on page A1 of the New York edition

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HOUSTON — BP, the British oil company, said on Thursday that it had agreed to pay $4.5 billion in fines and other penalties and to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges related to the rig explosion two years ago that killed 11 people and caused a giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a rare instance of seeking to hold individuals accountable for company misdeeds, the Justice Department also filed criminal charges against three BP employees in connection with the accident.

“This is unprecedented, both with regard to the amounts of money, the fact that a company has been criminally charged and that individuals have been charged as well,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said at a news conference in New Orleans to announce the settlement.

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Selection of Shell related articles Thursday 15 November 2012

Selection of Shell related articles Thursday 15 November 2012


Some Shell related articles which may be of interest to your visitors:

Shell Oil President Marvin Odum to Keynote Platts Global Energy …: Sacramento Bee: 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Platts Global Energy Outlook …

Murphy Oil buys Shell’s assets in Canada: Gas Business Briefing: Murphy Oil entered into an agreement with Shell Canada Energy to purchase for an undisclosed amount, additional interests in lands and to …

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