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German Minister calls for boycott of Shell

“If you went to the Niger Delta and saw the standard of oil extraction, none of you would use the petrol stations of that oil firm,” he said. He said the company prioritized profit over concern for the environment. “That is unacceptable,” Müller added. By John Donovan Germany’s development minister Gerd Müller attacked the production […]

Royal Dutch Shell Implicated in Nigerian OPL245 Corruption Scandal

Can’t help wondering whether Malcolm Brinded will be “helping the police with their enquiries” regarding OPL245 as he was in charge of E&P at Shell at the time. Assuming that Shell/ENI lose the block, I presume there will be a $550 million hole in the Shell accounts to explain… By John Donovan Claudio Descalzi, the […]

Shell prepares pullout from Ogoniland

By John Donovan Ogoniland is back in the news again. According to Africa Energy Intelligence.com: “Shell is highly discreetly working to sell its licenses in the Ogoni region in Rivers state, the theatre of violent clashes between local inhabitants and Nigeria’s security forces in the early 1990s. Since that time the once-prolific area has ceased…” […]

This article is of great concern to Shell employees in Nigeria

Ebola situation in Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Issued by World Health Organization Situation assessment – 3 September 2014 The Commissioner of Health, Rivers State, Nigeria, has now reported 3 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in Port Harcourt, the country’s oil hub. Additional suspected cases are being investigated. Background on the Port Harcourt index case Ebola virus […]

Ebola in Nigeria: Royal Dutch Shell issues warning to employees

By John Donovan I received an email from a regular contributor at noon today advising that “Ebola has reached Port Harcourt now. No doubt you are aware Shell has ‘some’ operations there…” The contact also supplied a BBC News article: Ebola spreads to Nigeria oil hub Port Harcourt Before I had time to decide whether to […]

Royal Dutch Shell Retreat from Nigeria

The FT states: “Shell’s phlegmatic chief executive Ben van Beurden will need to hold his nose when he takes the money…” and in a related article, describes Shell’s actions as a “retreat from the Niger Delta” (triggered in part by militancy, violence and bunkering). By John Donovan The global firesale of Shell assets continues with […]

Robert Writt vs. Shell Oil Company – Update

The litigation relates to a corruption case in which Shell was ordered to pay $48 million (£29.4m) in civil and criminal fines after its contractor (Panalpina Inc.) bribed Nigerian customs officials. It appears Shell decided  to make Robert Writt the fall guy for Shell’s involvement in the massive corruption scheme (targeting officials of a host […]

Roundup of Royal Dutch Shell News 16 August 2014

SHELL’S USA FIRE SALE The New York Times reports that the Blackstone Group, a private equity company, is paying Royal Dutch Shell $1.2 billion for a stake comprising more than 107,000 net acres in Louisiana. MORE A related article by BusinessReport.com features a quote from Marvin Odum, president of Royal Dutch Shell’s U.S. division, Shell […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup Monday 11 Aug 2014

Rejection in Australia, Oil Spill Fire in Nigeria, Fire sale in the USA, Asbestos lawsuit in the UK By John Donovan AUSTRALIA The Australian reports that a fortnight after Woodside Petroleum shareholders scuttled a $2.7 billion plan to remove Royal Dutch Shell from the company’s share register, Woodside has bought a 40% stake in a […]

Shell’s unwelcome sponsorship of the arts

By John Donovan Earlier this year campaigners and climate activists applauded the end of the Shell Classic International series at the South Bank Centre in London.  SEE: Campaigners celebrate end of Shell’s Southbank sponsorship Protestors, including from the Shell OUT SOUNDS organisation and PlatformLondon.org strongly objected to what has been aptly described as “oil-branded concerts.” All take particular […]

First oil produced from SNEPCO-operated Bonga North West deep-water project in Nigeria

VERBATIM FROM A SHELL PRESS RELEASE 6 AUGUST 2014 06 Aug 2014 Shell’s deep-water subsidiary in Nigeria, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) started oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West deep-water development off the Nigerian coast on Tuesday 5 August 2014, another milestone for the country’s energy industry. […]