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Posts from ‘June, 2014’

Rich hypocrite Jorma Ollila joins U.S. investment bank

By John Donovan Jorma Ollila, the departing Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., has joined a New York based investment bank, Perella Weinberg Partners. I can only assume that they are not concerned by the scandal of his failure to disclose ownership of a Luxembourg company worth €8.2 million. He admitted breaking the law,  but prefers to […]

Marvin Odum speaks out

Article by M. Nadeem published 27 June 2014 by insider monkey.com under the headline: “Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Subsidiary Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum Discusses Energy Industry State” In a Fox News’ Opening Bell program on June 27, Shell Oil Company’s, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc), President, Marvin Odum, talked about the […]

Shale’s junk debt could get shaky if Fed raises rates

Extracts from a Houston Chronicle article by Collin Eaton published 27 June 2014 (Good article. Not Shell specific, but a generic problem to which Shell is heavily exposed) Two years after natural gas prices collapsed, Chesapeake Energy’s $12 billion in corporate debt last month nearly made it out of junk territory. The natural gas producer […]

Spot the Rooney in your portfolio

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Harvey Jones published by The Yorkshire Post on 28 June 2014 under the headline: “Motley Fool: Spot the Rooney in your portfolio Tesco isn’t the only stock displaying Rooney-esque tendencies. Anglo-Dutch oil major Royal Dutch Shell has also been off the pace. First quarter earnings of $4.5bn were sharply down from […]

BP and Shell keep a watchful eye on events in Iraq

Extracts from a This Is Money/Daily Mail article by Rob Reed published 27 June 2014 under the headline: “BP and Shell keep a watchful eye on events in Iraq as violence continues to escalate in the region” The upward pressure on oil prices since terror group ISIS began its horrific offensive has been echoed by […]

Greenpeace scales EU buildings to protest energy reliance on Russia

Extract from EuropeOnline-Magazine article published 27 June 2014 Brussels (dpa) – Greenpeace activists climbed buildings and cranes near an EU summit Friday in a protest denouncing big energy companies for boosting the bloc‘s reliance on Russian gas and oil imports. Greenpeace said 35 activists unfurled banners from their perches despite tight security measures in place […]

LNG as a fuel carries with it many risks

Extracts from a MarineLink.com article by Joseph Keefe published 26 June 2014 under the headline: “Maritime Fuel of the Future: Training to an Uncertain Standard” First extract Despite its unquestionable allure, LNG as a fuel carries with it as many risks as it does answers to the problems it promises to solve. Second extract Separately, […]

High level of corporate secrecy in Myanmar oil & gas sector-Global Witness survey

Extract from a Thomson Reuters Foundation article by Thin Lei Win published 26 June 2014 YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As resource-rich Myanmar gears up to join the global anti-corruption scheme for the oil, gas and mining sector, a survey by a London-based advocacy group found widespread corporate secrecy in the sector, which has long […]

One Reason Why I Wouldn’t Buy Royal Dutch Shell plc Today

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Royston Wild published 26 June 2014  Shell has spun off a multitude of upstream and downstream assets in recent years in order to build its dividend and share repurchase-supporting cash pile and reduce its exposure to non-core assets. The oil giant also offloaded its Australian Geelong refinery and […]

Ukraine Discomfort for Shell and Chevron

Shell entered into the deal in 2013 with then Putin puppet President Viktor Yanukovych, before he was ousted. As can be seen in the FT article, Shell and Chevron are now both trying to hide behind claimed business principles. Its a bit late for that. By John Donovan The Financial Times has published an article […]

Are Asset Sales the Answer for Royal Dutch Shell plc?

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Arjun Sreekumar published 23 June 2014 On Monday, Shell announced the sale of a 19% stake in Woodside Petroleum, a deal that is expected to raise $5 billion. On Wednesday, the company announced that it had filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related […]