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Royal Dutch Shell Saudi relationship in serious danger?

The Washington Post has reported today that the Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans is considering flying to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to defuse the situation, which includes threats of looming sanctions against Dutch interests, including Royal Dutch Shell.

By John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell Group has had a long relationship with the Saudi regime.

In the USA, Motiva Enterprises is a joint project of Shell and Saudi Aramco. The company owns three refineries and 35 refined product terminals.

Extract from the Motiva website

Motiva markets Shell gasoline in 49 states and the District of Columbia together with Shell Oil Products US. Together we lead the industry in national retail volume and market share in one of the world’s best known gasoline brands. We also refine and market gasoline and other petroleum products under the Shell brand across the eastern and southern parts of the US, providing product to over 8,200 Shell-branded retail outlets.

Shell has many other connections with Saudi Arabia.

Its former Chairman, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, is a member of the board of Saudi Aramco. 

The actions of a controversial Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, seems to have put the Shell/Saudi relationship in serious jeopardy by allegedly defiling the devout Muslim message on the Saudi flag.

The Washington Post has reported today that the Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans is considering flying to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to defuse the situation, which includes threats of looming sanctions against Dutch interests, including Royal Dutch Shell.

The opening salvo from the Saudi regime seems to have sent shock waves through the Dutch government.

Extract from the relevant Washington Post article:

Saqb, an online news site with ties to Saudi Arabia’s government and security agencies, reported Tuesday night that planned sanctions would include barring Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and other companies based in Saudi Arabia from winning new work, restricting the work visas of Dutch business people, and canceling trade delegations between the countries.

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1 Comment on “Royal Dutch Shell Saudi relationship in serious danger?”

  1. #1 James
    on May 21st, 2014 at 21:00

    It won’t happen unless there are other issues (Iran?) in the equation. Far too much at stake for all parties. Wilders is not exactly mainstream – in fact I think he’s still barred from entering the UK for incitement. The Saudis won’t spend billions to spite him – there would have to be another driver.

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