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Nigeria’s ex-oil minister ‘arrested in London’

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Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 07.55.40…one of five people as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering. $20bn of oil money had gone missing…

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Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been arrested in London, her family has said.

She is believed to be one of five people the UK National Crime Agency said it had arrested, but did not name, as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering.

Ms Alison-Madueke was oil minister between 2010 and 2015.

She denied wrongdoing when it was alleged that $20bn of oil money had gone missing when she was in office.

That accusation was made by Nigeria’s central bank governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in February 2014. Mr Sanusi was sacked soon after, accused of financial recklessness himself.

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Cash-strapped Nigeria to renegotiate contracts with oil majors

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor: Sept 16, 2015

Nigeria’s state oil company says it plans to renegotiate production sharing agreements with oil majors including Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Eni (NYSE:E), as the country has been hit hard by the plunge in global oil prices.

“Some of the contracts were negotiated over 20 years ago and they have since been overtaken by new realities in the industry,’’ says Ibe Kachikwu, the new head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

Nigeria is Africa’s top producer of crude oil and gets 70% of its government revenues from oil.

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Outspoken articles about Shell

Why Shell Announced Force Majeure On Nigerian Bonny Crude Export

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By: MICHEAL KAUFMANAug 28, 2015

On Thursday, August 27, Royal Dutch Shell plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) Nigerian unit closed down its two crude pipeline and declared “force majeure” on export of Bonny Light crude, as reported by Reuters.

The Hague-based company closed the Trans Niger Pipeline at Oloma because of a leakage in the pipeline. The company closed down its Nembe Creek Trunkline to stop theft and vandalism of crude oil in the vicinity. Furthermore, the company is working on the maintenance of the pipeline. However, it did not state any timeline for restarting its operation.

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Shell denies greasing ANC palms

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09By Tony Carnie: 20 August 2015

Durban – Oil giant Shell has denied suggestions that it exercises “improper influence” over government officials or makes financial payments to the ANC to pave the way for shale gas fracking.

The company’s local subsidiary, Shell South Africa, was responding on Wednesday to fears raised by local anti-fracking groups in a letter to the Minister of Mineral Resources, Ngoako Ramatlhodi.

The Treasure of the Karoo Action group and AfriForum wrote to Ramatlhodi this week voicing concern that he would be caught in a conflict of interest by adjudicating any application from Shell for a petroleum exploration licence or right.

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New head of Nigeria’s state oil company sacks top management

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By Julia Payne

Aug 5 (Reuters) – The new head of Nigeria’s state oil firm dismissed senior managers after a government directive, the company said on Wednesday, barely a day after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as managing director.

“All of the executive directors were let go … Buhari wanted a clean slate,” one of the dismissed managers said.

Buhari appointed a former executive of Exxon Mobil, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, to be the new head of NNPC on Tuesday, as part of a crackdown on corruption and mismanagement in Nigeria’s main revenue earner.

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Nigerian government finally sets up fund to clean up Ogoniland oil spills

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09John VidalFriday 7 August 2015 

The long-delayed $1bn clean-up of heavily oil-contaminated Ogoniland in the Niger delta has moved closer with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari setting up a restoration fund four years after a damning UN report advised the government and oil industry to act urgently.

But a spokesman for Shell, which discovered oil in Ogoniland in 1957 and exploited it until it was forced out because of pollution in 1993, said money would not be released until the Nigerian government went further, establishing a satisfactory governing structure and appointing commissioners to oversee the clean-up process.

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Shell Begins The Recovery Of Spilled Crude At Adibawa Oil Fields

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BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK: AUG 06, 2015

After weeks of prolonged rift with host communities and the resulting degradation of the environment, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has commenced the recovery of spilled crude from its Adibawa oil fields.

Mr. Sunny Jacob Ubele, the traditional ruler of Edagberi community, said on Thursday that the oil recovery started on Tuesday after the resolution of a faceoff between the officials of SPDC and the Chairman of Ahoada West Local Government in Rivers State.

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Shell given OK to take 21 days to cap a deep well oil blowout off N.S. coast

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09By Zachary Markan, CBC News Posted: Aug 05, 2015

Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has signed off on Shell Canada’s plan for dealing with a potential deep-well blowout on the Shelburne Basin.

Under its Well Containment Plan, Shell says it can have a primary capping stack in place within 12 to 21 days after a blowout.

Aglukkaq signed off on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s environmental assessment of the Shelburne Basin Venture Exploration Drilling Project on June 15.

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Bayelsa community accuses Shell of abandoning oil spill

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The residents of OrumaYibama, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa, have alleged that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is yet to clean up an oil spill that occurred in the area on June 2.

The Chairman of Oruma-Yibama Community Development Committee, Eliot Igbigikeme, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Oruma-Yibana on Sunday.

He said that the spill flowed from Odau into the community through the natural water channels in the area. He said the community was concerned about the negative impact of continued exposure to crude oil.

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ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court

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Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 14.58.54In the interim, in 2010, the Supreme Court restricted the types of claims that could be heard under the Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case involving allegations of human rights abuses by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria.

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a significant victory for families of Indonesian citizens who were killed or abused by security personnel hired by Exxon Mobil Corporation, a Federal court has ruled the Alien Tort Statute claims against Exxon Mobil for human rights violations can proceed. Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC serves as counsel for the plaintiffs.

In an opinion issued on July 6, Judge Royce C. Lamberth, of the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, held that the plaintiffs’ claims sufficiently “touch and concern” the United States to satisfy the test recently set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum for when suits arising out of injuries inflicted overseas can be heard in U.S. courts.

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Shell Kicks off Grassroots Campaign against Crude Oil Theft in Ogoniland

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has kicked off the second phase of its grassroots campaign against crude oil theft and illegal oil refining activities in Ogoni land, Rivers State. The first phase of the campaign in 2014 reached over 7,000 community people from Eleme, Gokana, Khana, and Tai Local Government Areas.

“The 2015 campaign is targeted at Ogoni youths for whom we have designed some alternative empowerment programmes such as the ‘Ogoni LIVEwire’ which in January trained 105 Ogoni youths in different skills and offered them start-up funds and support,” the Managing Director of SPDC and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, said.

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EFCC quizzes former minister, Etete, over alleged oil deal

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Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 08.49.52EFCC quizzes former minister, Etete, over OPL 245 oil deal

By Abosede Musari, Abuja on June 29, 2015

FORMER Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete, was yesterday quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in continuation of an investigation that had been stalled for several years.

A source told The Guardian that the former minister was granted administrative bail to provide more documents on the alleged $1.1 billion oil deal transfer that was made to Switzerland under his company, Malabu Oil and Gas.

It was reported in the media last week that the EFCC has revived investigations into the Malabu oil deal when Etete was questioned and released to report back last Monday.

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Shell’s Secret Sale of Oil, Gas Reserves In Bayelsa State, Nigeria

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Shell’s Secret Sale of Oil, Gas Reserves In Bayelsa State, Nigeria

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“We just woke up one morning and started reading in the newspapers and the electronic media that our oil fields have been sold by Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) and acquired by an unknown company – Aiteo Eastern Exploration and production company limited…”

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK: JUN 26, 2015

The Elders and Traditional Rulers of Nembe Kingdom, in Nembe Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State, have sent a protest letter to President Muhammad Buhari. The letter exposes secret sales of oil and gas reserves from the Area by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) without the involvement of the indigenes. The Nembe kingdom is one of the biggest on-shore oil producing communities in the Niger Delta, with the oil mining lease (OML) 29 producing over 150, 000 barrels of crude oil per day. The oil block covers an area of 983 square kilometres.

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Ijaw Communities Head to S’Court Over $1.5 bn Oil Spillage Suit

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Leaders of an Ijaw communities in Bayelsa state have headed to the Supreme Court over the $1.5b oil spillage and environmental degradation suit against Shell Petroleum Development of Nigeria, which was struck out by the Federal Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The leader of the Ijaw group, Mr. Pere Ajuwa,  disclosed this in Abuja at the weekend during a press briefing on the court judgment.

Ajuwa alleged that the judges were bought over by Shell in order to deliver a favourable judgement for them “despite the overwhelming and convincing evidences of death, oil spillages and environmental pollution which shell activities in the land have brought”.

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Nigerian auditors find NNPC failed to remit $11.6 bil in LNG export revenue

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Nigerian auditors find NNPC failed to remit $11.6 bil in LNG export revenue

NNPC holds 49% equity in NLNG on behalf of the Nigerian government, with partners Shell (25.6%), Total (15%) and ENI (10.4%.)

11 June 2015

State-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has not remitted $11.6 billion in dividends and loan and interest repayments earned from exports from the Bonny LNG plant from 1999-2012, the country’s oil industry auditors said late Tuesday.

NNPC could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

The Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, or NEITI, said in a statement that the earnings represent NNPC’s share of 49% equity ownership in Nigeria LNG Ltd., owner of the six-train, 22 million mt/year Bonny LNG plant.

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Oil Spillage: Nigerian High Court Orders Shell to Pay N30m

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Oil Spillage: S-Court Orders Shell to Pay N30m to Four Communities

The Supreme Court, yesterday, ordered Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited to pay the sum of N30,288,681 to four communities in Delta State.

The apex court found the company culpable for the oil spillage that adversely affected the communities about 32 years ago.

The communities to benefit from the judgment of the court yesterday are Obotobo, Sokebolo, Ofogbene (Ezon Burutu) and Ekeremor Zion (Ezon Asa).

Some leaders of the communities had in 1983, dragged the oil company before a High Court of the then Bendel State.

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Article about Corruption including Investigation into ENI Corruption in Nigeria

Centre for Public Integrity: 11 MAY 2015

EXTRACT FROM: Fighting Corruption in Mozambique’s Extractive Sector – Can Foreign Laws Work Where Mozambique’s Laws Fail?

SECTION: Investigation into ENI Corruption in Nigeria

The CEO of the Italian oil company ENI and one of his top lieutenants are currently under investigation for international bribery over the company’s acquisition of an offshore oil block in Nigeria.

The massive oil concession encompasses two deep-water fields estimated to hold up to 9.23 billion barrels of crude oil – the equivalent to nearly one quarter of Nigeria’s total proven reserves. In 1998, the then-Nigerian oil minister awarded OPL 245 to Malabu Oil for a reported $2 million. In fact, the Oil Minister himself was a part owner of Malibu Oil.

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Fuel crisis worsens Nigeria’s power problems

WE UNDERSTAND FROM INSIDER SOURCES THAT THE INTERNAL NIGERIAN FUEL CRISIS DESCRIBED IN THIS PUNCH ARTICLE IS SEVERELY AFFECTING SHELL OPERATIONS, WITH POWER CUTS AND A LACK OF FUEL FOR VEHICLES.

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MAY 25, 2015 : AKINPELU DADA, STANLEY OPARA, FEMI ASU AND GODWIN ISENYO 

The current nationwide scarcity of refined petroleum products has reached a crisis point with a litre of petrol selling for between N200 and N600 in many parts of the country, while diesel, household kerosene and liquefied natural gas have also become elusive.

Also, with power generation dropping to an all-time low of 1,327 megawatts, most Nigerian households are now living without electricity as they have also run out of fuel to power their generators.

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Sultan of Oman Spying On Shell Oil Oman

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Spy-tech firms Gamma and Trovicor target Shell Oil in Oman

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The Sultan of Oman’s intelligence services are spying on the local operations of British oil company Shell with the aid of controversial European tech companies, the Register has learned.

Documents seen by el Reg reveal that the internal phone systems at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) – a joint venture between the Omani government and various Western energy companies including Shell – have been tapped on behalf of the Sultan’s intelligence service. The work was carried out by two notorious European firms specialising in “lawful interception” of communications: Gamma International and Trovicor.

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Shell to Add Firepower to BG Assets in East Africa LNG Race

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Article by Paul Burkhardt published 12 May 2015 by Bloomberg.com

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s $70 billion takeover of BG Group Plc will put Europe’s largest energy company in the middle of East Africa’s race to export natural gas and is set to boost the chances of Tanzania becoming a major supplier.

The acquisition would include stakes in three blocks off the coast that contain one-third of Tanzania’s estimated resource. This may give the East African nation an edge in the race to first exports of liquefied natural gas from the region over neighboring Mozambique, where discoveries could make it the world’s biggest producer of LNG after Qatar and Australia.

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Shell agrees to start cleaning polluted area

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Under a compensation deal hammered out in London in January, Shell’s Nigerian arm agreed to pay $55m to people in Bodo following a three-year legal battle over the 2008 spills that devastated their environment.

3 May 2015

Lagos – Shell has agreed with Nigerian fishing community of Bodo in the Niger Delta to start the clean-up of two devastating oil spills in 2008, activists and locals say.

Steven Obodekwe of the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development lobby said: “Shell officials met representatives of Bodo community in Port Harcourt and the meeting was attended by officials of the Dutch embassy, Unep (United Nations Environment Programme), Amnesty International and local activists.

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Nigeria: Shell Rules Out Divestment in Nigeria, Others This Year

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Article by Daniel Adugbo published 1 May 2015 by AllAfrica.com

Shell Rules Out Divestment in Nigeria, Others This Year

Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday it had reduced its expected 2015 capital expenditure (capex) to $33 billion from $35 billion as the company continues to adjust its business to the lower oil-price.

Releasing its first-quarter results yesterday, Shell’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Simon Henry said the capex this year would be $33 billion, or “potentially less,” a reduction of at least $2 billion compared with guidance given by Shell three months ago.

Henry said that it had highlighted a number of projects where it could reduce its financial exposure, including the Majnoon project in Iraq and Carmon Creek in Canada.

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Can Shell Afford To Drill In The Arctic?

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By Charles KennedyWed, 29 April 2015

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Royal Dutch Shell is set to report its first quarter earnings, and by all accounts, it will be a doozy. Analysts predict a 60 percent decline in earnings from a year earlier, including a massive 7 percent fall in production.

But the price tag for BG will be $70 billion, a colossal sum in a period of low oil prices. Shell has already said that it would undertake a major divestment campaign to rid itself of assets it does not see as integral to its future. Purchasing BG is a sign that Shell sees itself as a company that will be increasingly a producer of LNG and offshore oil.

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Oil Prices Decline Forces Royal Dutch Shell And Total To Postpone West Africa Offshore Projects

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Bidness Etc looks at Royal Dutch Shell and Total SA’s West Africa projects and why the projects are facing delays

By: MICHEAL KAUFMANApr 28, 2015

The decline in global oil prices has led to a downturn in the energy industry, with oil companies being forced to take drastic steps to address the situation. One of the steps that they have had to carry out is announcing project delays. Hence, it comes as no surprise that Total SA (ADR) (NYSE:TOT) and Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) have put their West Africa offshore oil projects on hold for the time being, reports the Financial Times (FT).

However, one positive aspect of the delay in the two companies’ respective projects is that they will get time for contractors’ costs to come down. Large oil companies are eyeing the waters off the West-African coast as one of the key sources of crude oil production in the times to come, FT reports. The multi-billion dollar projects include Shell’s offshore Bonga South West project in Nigeria. Bonga South West is Nigeria’s first Deepwater Development that is over 1,000 meters deep.

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Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Assessment Understated, Say Environmental Groups

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Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Assessment Understated, Say Environmental Groups

Bidness Etc discusses why environmental groups want Shell to reassess the risks for drilling in the Arctic, and that the previous report undermined the drilling risks involved

By: MICHEAL KAUFMANApr 28, 2015

Major oil companies to safeguard themselves from the lower crude oil prices are cutting back on investments and spending. Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is no different and is planning to undertake similar spending plans when it announces earnings on Thursday.

Cuts in capital spending are vital for Shell. Shell recently acquired BG Group plc (ADR) (OTCMKTS:BRGYY) for $70 billion. In addition, the company plans on spending $1 billion for drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. These investments mean that the company would need to make substantial cuts in order to sustain a favorable cash position.

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SHELL TO ACQUIRE BG: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NORTH SEA

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Nigeria: Govt Receives $48 billion From Shell in Four Years

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By Roseline Okere: 14 April 2015

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) paid $48 billion (N9.6 trillion) revenues to the Nigerian government from 2010 to 2014.

Also, the company paid $3 billion (N600 billion) share of royalties and taxes to the Nigerian government in 2014, with $1.8 billion from SPDC and $1.2 billion from Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company SNEPCo in the year under review.

Shell, which made this disclosure in its 2014 sustainability report released at the weekend, stated that 95 per cent share of revenue after cost went to the Nigerian government from each barrel of oil that SPDC produces.

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Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities

John Donovan, Co-Founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com

By John Donovan

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities spanning more than two decades – much of it directed against me 

SHELL ALSO

  • Infiltrated spies into the Nigerian government 
  • Was responsible for covert operations against Greenpeace and other perceived enemies, using a serving secret service agent freelancing for a private spy firm closely connected with Shell
  • Employed private security contractors on the Corrib Gas Project to carry out surveillance operations in Ireland against the public and the press
  • Secretly applied pressure to The Sunday Times and The Financial Times in an attempt to suppress news coverage about me

In a recent Daily Mail article about Shell’s takeover bid for the BG Group, reference was made to a  ‘cloak and dagger’ meeting between Shell’s chief executive Ben van Beurden and the chairman of BG Group, Andrew Gould, at The Dorchester Hotel.

It was obviously an important commercially sensitive meeting, but it hardly compares with the real ‘cloak and dagger’ activity for which Shell has been responsible over the decades, some of it directed at me and my late father, Alfred Donovan.

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Nigeria: President-Elect pledges to fight the evil of corruption

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President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader, vowed to fight the scourges of corruption and Boko Haram militants. Sunday Alamba/Associated Press

From an article Adam Nossiter published 1 April 2015 by The New York Times under the headline:

Nigerian President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari Sets Out His Agenda

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KANO, Nigeria — Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, did not smile while making his acceptance speech on Wednesday — understandably, as terrorism and corruption were his main talking points.

A day after piling up substantial vote totals against the incumbent president, Mr. Buhari, a former general who once rose to power in a military coup, further consolidated something extraordinary for Nigeria: the peaceful passing of power from one political party to another through the ballot box.

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Goodluck Jonathan and the missing $20bn

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ARTICLE BY TIM COCKS AND JOE BROCK PUBLISHED 1 April 2015 BY THE RAND DAILY MAIL OF SOUTH AFRICA

Between $10.8-billion and $20-billion of oil revenue was unaccounted for over a period of 19 months

“Sanusi’s concerns around the first of these mechanisms centre on the 2011 sale by Royal Dutch Shell of its interests in five oil fields.” 

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In late 2013, Nigeria’s then central bank governor Lamido Sanusi wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan claiming that the state oil company had failed to remit tens of billions of oil revenues it owed the state.

After the letter was leaked to Reuters and a local news site, Jonathan publicly dismissed the claim and replaced Sanusi, saying the banker had mismanaged the central bank’s budget. A Senate committee later found Sanusi’s account lacked substance.

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Shell takes further steps away from Nigeria

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Shell takes further steps away from Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, March 26 (UPI) — The Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell said it made further progress in its divestment strategy by selling Niger Delta assets from $1.7 billion.

Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria said it completed the sale of oil mining lease 29 and the 62-mile long Nembe Creek pipeline to Aiteo Eastern E&P Co., a Nigerian company.

“This divestment is part of the strategic review of SPDC’s onshore portfolio and is in line with the federal government of Nigeria’s aim of developing Nigerian companies in the country’s upstream oil and gas business,” the Dutch supermajor said in a Wednesday statement.

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Nigeria: Shell completes $1.7 billion sale of Nigerian assets to Aiteo

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ABUJA (Reuters) – Oil major Shell said on Wendesday it completed the sale of its 30 percent stake in the Nigerian oil block 29 and the Nembe Creek trunk line to Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Co for $1.7 billion.

Total and Eni’s Nigerian arms also assigned their interests of 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively, to Aiteo, which ended up with a 45 percent interest in total for both assets.

(Reporting By Julia Payne; Editing by Tim Cocks)

© Thomson Reuters 2015 All rights reserved

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Nigeria: Oil Spill – Era/FoEN Accuses Shell of Denying Communities JIV Reports

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“THE NIGER DELTA, Nigeria—Oil is so cheap these days that for people around here, it isn’t even worth stealing anymore.”

An article by Igoniko Oduma published 24 March 2015 by AllAfrica.com/Daily Independent (Lagos):

Nigeria: Oil Spill – Era/FoEN Accuses Shell of Denying Communities JIV Reports

Yenagoa — The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) has raised the alarm that Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has been denying host communities in the Niger Delta access to Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) reports indicting the company over oil spill incidents.

The group, in a statement on Monday by Alagoa Morris, Project Officer and Head, Niger Delta Resource Centre,Yenagoa, also accused Shell of deploying security operatives “to intimidate and deny communities of the JIV reports”.

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Shell Gives Conditions for More Investments in Nigeria

An article by Ejiofor Alike published 24 March 2015 by ThisDayLive.com

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Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has given conditions for it to invest in Nigeria, saying that though it has divested assets, it is also ready to invest more than it has divested if the operating environment is right.

Speaking at a special panel session of the recently concluded Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) conference in Abuja, the new Managing Director of SPDC and Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Osunbor said his company was committed to long-term presence in Nigeria.

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Joint Investigation Visit Reports Indict Shell On Oil Spills In Bayelsa

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From an article by Fyneface Aaron published 23 March 2015 by The Tide

Joint Investigation Visit Reports Indict Shell On Oil Spills In Bayelsa, Nigeria

(JIV) report on Seibou and several other oil wells that are spilling its contents into the environments in Bayelsa State operated by Shell Development Company has been attributed to equipment failure.

The reports estimated that some 549 barrels of SPDC,s crude stream was discharged into Ogboinbiri River in Southern Ijaw Local government area and impacted several other communities living along the coast.

The JIV report obtained on Monday, indicated that the visit was concluded on March 13,  2015, and traced the spills to raptured pipes which were fast ageing.

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A sad situation in Rhodesia 50 yrs ago: Even worse now. 

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Robert Mugabe was a “key player” campaigning against the white settler regime in Rhodesia nearly 50 years ago, and remains the key player today, but considerably richer.  Some of this information, including the anti-Apartheid poster, comes from “A History of Royal Dutch Shell Volume 3. 

Shell and Eni Struggle To Control Oil Spills In Nigeria

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By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN
Published: Mar 20, 2015 at 9:35 am EST

As reported by Bloomberg, Amnesty International has indicated that Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) and Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE:E) are finding it difficult to control the oil spills in Nigeria. Amnesty International asserted that both companies have been involved in over 550 oil spills in the Southern Niger Delta River. This is much higher than the average of ten oil spills per year in Europe from 1971 to 2011.

Nigeria is regarded as one of the major crude oil producers. According to Bloomberg, the country records daily production of two million barrels. Hence, it has attracted the attention of many major energy companies. The oil spills are a major source of concern for the residents of the country. The Nigerian community believes that oil spills lead to serious environmental concerns. The fisherman community, in particular, feels that the spills are damaging the fishing villages in the Niger Delta.

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SPDC Completes Sale of Oil Mining Lease 18 in Nigeria

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 08.17.47Cautionary note: Shell has a track record in Nigeria of repeated oil spills; toxic gas flaring without end; arming police thugs; hiring militant gang leaders; hanging Nigerian campaigners while in bed with one particularly despotic regime; paying bribes to corrupt Nigerian government ministers and infiltrating spies into the Nigerian government.

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B), has completed the assignment of its 30% interest in oil mining lease (OML) 18 and related facilities in the Eastern Niger Delta. Its interests in OML18 were assigned to Eroton Exploration & Production Company Limited. Total cash proceeds for Shell amount to $737 million.

This divestment is part of the strategic review of SPDC’s onshore portfolio and is in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s aim of developing Nigerian companies in the country’s upstream oil and gas business.

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Africa: Statoil’s Historic Disclosures Blow Holes in Exxon and Shell’s Campaign for Secrecy

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 08.17.47Statoil’s disclosures deal a major blow to efforts by a small number of backward looking oil firms, including ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP, to weaken the U.S. transparency rule. Unless transparency rules include these elements, they will give companies a licence to continue making corrupt payments.

Extracts from a Press Release by Global Witness published 19 March 2015

Transparency campaigners call on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to follow Norway’s lead

The Norwegian energy giant Statoil today became the first major oil company to publish its payments to governments under a new, mandatory transparency standard being rolled out across the world. As the Securities and Exchange Commission works to create a similar transparency rule for US-listed oil and mining companies, campaigners in the Publish What You Pay coalition are calling on U.S. regulators to follow Norway’s lead. (1)

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Shell, Eni Making No Progress on Nigeria Oil Spills: Amnesty

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(Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc is making no progress curbing oil spills in Nigeria and Eni SpA’s operations in the West African country are out of control, according to Amnesty International.

The two companies reported more than 550 spills in the southern oil-rich Niger River delta last year, compared with an average of 10 spills a year in Europe between 1971 and 2011, said Amnesty.

“These figures are seriously alarming,” Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty’s global issues director, said in a statement on Thursday. “In any other country, this would be a national emergency. In Nigeria it appears to be standard operating procedure for the oil industry.”

Nigeria produces about 2 million barrels of oil a day, more than any other African country. Spills are blamed for damaging the environment and fishing villages in the delta. Oil companies often blame sabotage and theft, a claim which local people contest.

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Shell to divest from three more oil blocks in Nigeria

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Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43By Roseline Okere on March 18, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has signed agreements for the divestment of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) interests in three more onshore Oil Mining Leases (OMLs), which completion is subject to the consent of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Besides, the company has concluded plans to stake about $35 billion on organic capital investment.

The company, which made this disclosure in its yearly company report for 2014 released on Monday, stated that additional divestments might occur as a result of the company’s strategic review.

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NIGERIA: Oil Spill From Shell’s Seibou Well In Bayelsa Traced To Equipment Failure

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Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 18.29.05The oil spills from Seibou oil well operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Bayelsa State has been traced to a ruptured and dilapidated pipeline.

A joint investigation visit (JIV) report on the incident obtained by SaharaReporters estimated that some 549 barrels of SPDC’s crude was discharged into Ogboinbiri River in Southern Ijaw local government area. The spill has affected several communities in the area.

The spill impacted 300,000 square meters of water surface, an area roughly the size of 42 football pitches, in Bayelsa State. 

In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Joseph Obari, Shell said the leakage was reported on January 23, 2015, and that the company subsequently shut the facility 15 hours afterwards when it became safe to do so.

However, SaharaReporters discovered that Shell failed to report the incident on its own oil spills incident website even though the facts were available to the company. 

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Shell gets cold feet on SA shale-gas

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 14.07.51FROM TIMES LIVE – SUNDAY TIME SA: ARTICLE BY LONI PRINSLOO 15 March 2015

Shell gets cold feet on SA shale-gas

Multinational oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell is pulling its top shale-gas man out of South Africa, an indication that companies are growing increasingly frustrated with government delays over shale-gas legislation.

This week, Business Times was told that Jan-Willem Eggink – whom Shell sent to South Africa from Libya to monitor South Africa’s shale gas opportunity – would be pulled out of the country in coming weeks. Other highly skilled staff would follow him.

“While government is sitting around farting, these companies are shifting their money away from South Africa and our economy will lose billions,” said a member of parliament, who declined to be named.

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The fall in oil price could be a turning point for Nigeria’s economy

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Canadian Firm Welcomes Nigerian High Court Decision on Shell Oil Block

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Canadian Firm Welcomes Nigerian High Court Decision on Shell Oil Block

A Canadian firm and member of Crestar Consortium that won the bid for Shell’s Oil Mining Lease (OML) 25, James Bay Resources Limited, has welcomed the decision of a Federal High Court restraining the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from acquiring the 45 per cent interest of Shell, Total and Agip in the disputed oil block.

James Bay is a part-owner of Crestar Integrated Natural Resources Limited, which was the winning bidder in May 2014 for the Shell’s 45 per cent participating interest in OML 25, and had deposited 100 per cent of the purchase consideration into an escrow account with JP Morgan in London.

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Shell has no timeline for Nigeria oil well restart after leak

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LONDON (Reuters) – Shell has no timeline to restart the Seibou 2 wellhead in Nigeria that it closed in January after it leaked 550 barrels of crude oil, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

The company said it closed the well, which is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), roughly 15 hours after the leak was detected.

The spill impacted 300,000 square metres of water surface, an area roughly the size of 42 football pitches, in Bayelsa State.

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Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production

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Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production

KEGBARA DERE, NIGERIA—

Oil once flowed in Ogoniland, as it does from wells throughout the creeks and swamps of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

But in 1993, the Ogoni people said enough. Leaking pipelines were polluting the fields they farmed and the waterways they fished.

Oil giant Shell was forced to pull out of Ogoniland that year in the face of protests led by the charismatic Ken Saro-Wiwa, head of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, or MOSOP. He was hanged two years later by the military dictatorship that ran Nigeria, in a move widely seen as retaliation for his activism.

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Shell Nigeria: Allegations of insider trading and sharp practices

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38From an article published by ThisDayLive on 6 March 2015 under the headline:

House Summons Alison-Madueke, Shell over Divestment from Oil Block

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The Nigerian House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over allegations of sharp practices in the divestment of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11 by the Anglo-Dutch oil multinational.

Prompted by a motion sponsored by Hon. Uzoma Nkem Abonta (PDP, Abia), the House would probe the circumstances surrounding Shell’s exit from the said oil block and host communities knowing how interested it was in the build-up to the acquisition process.

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Shell confirms oil leak from underwater facility in Bayelsa

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Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38From an article published in the Premium Times on 5 March 2015:

Shell confirms oil leak from underwater facility in Bayelsa

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Thursday confirmed an oil leak incident from its underwater line within its oil fields in Bayelsa.

According to a statement issued by Joesph Obari, Spokesperson for the oil firm, the leakage was reported on January 23, 2015, and the company subsequently shut the facility.

A site visit however showed that residual leak from Seibou Deep facility operated by SPDC, has been discharging crude into Ogboinbiri River in Bayelsa.

“A spill was detected from an underwater flow line riser at the Seibou 2 Wellhead in the night of January 23, 2015,” the statement said.

“The well was closed-in about fifteen hours later, once it was safe to do so and the impacted area boomed off to prevent further spread of the spill.

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