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Posts on ‘January 2nd, 2013’

Shell’s Arctic Ambitions on the Rocks

COMMENT POSTED ON OUR SHELL BLOG: Shell never misses an opportunity to tell the world that they have spent $4 billion on the Arctic, but if a small fraction of this amount had been spent on fit for purpose drilling units, rather than using mothballed vessels otherwise destined for the breaker’s yard, we would not […]

The Kulluk debacle

John, Selection of articles for your reader… The Kulluk debacle: What Shell’s Kulluk Oil Rig Accident Means for Arctic Drilling: Popular Mechanics- The Kulluk rig ran aground in a storm near Kodiak Island, Alaska, raising fresh questions about Shell’s plans to launch an offshore oil industry … Rig Runs Aground in Alaska, Reviving Fears About […]

Waves crash on grounded Shell drilling ship in Alaska

A Royal Dutch Shell drilling ship, the Kulluk, ran aground at remote Sitkalidak Island in Alaska. The next day, a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew flew over the conical drilling rig. The weather conditions were 40-mph winds with 20-foot seas. This footage was shot by Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

The Kulluk and Shell’s Arctic reputation both need salvaging

Latest news: the Kulluk is aground, abandoned, battered by high winds and rough seas, while awaiting a salvage crew – if there is anything left to salvage by the time they can safely get aboard. Looks likely that Shell’s plans for Arctic drilling in 2013 will have to be scuppered. Shell’s reputation for competence, after […]