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Australia Defers Decision on Shell’s Takeover of BG

Australia and China are the two regulatory hurdles yet to be cleared after Europe’s highest antitrust regulator approved the deal unconditionally on Wednesday By ROBB STEWART: Sept. 2, 2015 MELBOURNE, Australia–Australia’s antitrust regulator has given itself more time to consider Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s planned takeover of U.K.-based oil-and-gas firm BG Group PLC. FULL ARTICLE

ACCC defers decision on Royal Dutch Shell’s $US70b BG Group takeover

BG’s Queensland Curtis LNG plant would be owned by Shell if the merger is approved. Photo: Bechtel Royal Dutch Shell Group will have to wait a bit longer for Australian regulatory clearance of its proposed $US70 billion ($99.4 billion) takeover of BG Group after the national competition authority delayed its decision on the deal. The decision, […]

Exclusive : BG puts Thai gas field stake worth $1.2 billion on sale – sources

HONG KONG/LONDON | BY DENNY THOMAS AND RON BOUSSO: TUESDAY Sept 1, 2015 BG Group plc, which is being acquired by Royal Dutch Shell plc, has put up for sale its 22.2 percent stake valued at around $1.2 billion in Thailand’s huge Bongkot offshore gas field, people familiar with the matter said. The move represents […]

How Chevron, Exxon and Shell Will Be Impacted By Australian Tax Legislation

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Aug 17, 2015 In the past, Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) have managed to charge high interest rates from their Australian subsidiaries for the funding of their $54 billion Gorgon project. The high interest payments allowed the oil majors to enjoy massive tax-free […]

Shell pumped $20 billion a year from motorists but paid no company tax

Michael West: 9 August 2015 For the third year on the trot, Shell service stations generated billions of dollars and revenue but not a cent in company tax. In fact the owners of the sunny yellow servos reported tax benefits in all three years despite total sales which may be in excess of $60 billion. This is an […]

Shell toughens local project hurdles

Matt Chambers: Resources Reporter: Melbourne: 31 July 2015 Oil major Shell has laid down tougher hurdles for its Australian projects including Browse LNG off Western Australia and Arrow coal-seam gas in Queensland. It has cut the oil price at which new projects need to go ahead and flagged a major LNG project ­pipeline overhaul if its planned […]

Royal Dutch Shell signals Browse FLNG go-ahead far from certain for 2016

By Angela Macdonald-Smith: Jul 30 2015 Royal Dutch Shell has signalled that a final go-ahead next year for the Browse floating liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia is far from a certainty given the cost challenges of the venture in the depressed oil price environment. Chief financial officer Simon Henry listed Browse among several large international […]

Not Deterred By Huge Risks, Shell Opts For Megaprojects

It is curious then that Royal Dutch Shell is not ready to give up on the huge complex oil project. It is only a few weeks away from starting to drill in the Chukchi Sea, a campaign that has cost the company somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 billion so far, with very little results […]

Logistics and Lizards Disrupt Chevron’s Project Off Australia

Chevron agreed to share the cost with Exxon Mobil, Shell and three Japanese power companies, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas and Chubu Electric Power. “This is probably the last of the megaprojects for the oil companies for a while…” By A. ODYSSEUS PATRICK: JULY 3, 2015 SYDNEY, Australia — Getting anything to Chevron’s gas-processing plant on Barrow Island […]

Shell awards contracts for its $40bn Browse project

Written by Rita Brown – 03/07/2015 Shell has awarded the Technip Samsung Consortium two contracts for its $40billion natural gas project in Australia. Shell’s Browse project covers the installation of three FLNG units to develop the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields in the Browse Basin. Shell, which has a 27% interest in the scheme, will […]

Warning on Shell megadeal

JOHN DAGGE: HERALD SUN: MELBOURNE: JUNE 24, 2015 ONE of Australia’s biggest plastic makers has added its voice to concerns about Shell’s planned takeover of BG Group, saying further consolidation in the gas industry will likely harm manufacturers.  Melbourne-based Qenos has also attacked Victoria’s ban on onshore oil and gas drilling, saying the restriction put at risk a […]

Gazprom set to build global strategic alliance with Shell

A Gazprom logo is displayed above its headquarters in Moscow. Gazprom is building a global strategic alliance with energy major Royal Dutch Shell that will include asset swaps and allow the Russian gas giant to penetrate new markets. The deal with Shell is a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies are […]

Exclusive – Gazprom building global alliance with expanded Shell

  Exclusive – Gazprom building global alliance with expanded Shell The deal with Shell is a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies are reducing their exposure to Russia because of Western sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Gazprom, which is under U.S. but not EU sanctions… Fri Jun 19, 2015 Gazprom […]

ACCC kicks of inquiry into Shell’s BG Group takeover

ACCC kicks of inquiry into Shell’s BG Group takeover Angela Macdonald-Smith: Energy Reporter:Published 12 June 2015 The national competition watchdog has kicked off an examination of Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed $90 billion takeover of BG Group, with the focus set to land on the impact of further consolidation on the east coast market where manufacturers are already struggling […]

Woodside muscling onto BG-Shell turf with global LNG push

Woodside muscling onto BG-Shell turf with global LNG push PARIS, JUNE 4 | BY OLEG VUKMANOVIC Australia’s Woodside Petroleum is expanding its liquefied natural gas (LNG) business and aims to build a global supply network ahead of an expected surge in trading of the fuel, its chief executive said in an interview. Peter Coleman said […]

Shell CFO Expects Oil Rebound as Shale Fails to Fill Supply Gap

Article by Firat Kayakiran and Jonathan Ferro published 3 June 2015 by Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc sees oil prices increasing because supply from shale drilling in the U.S. won’t be enough to meet increasing global demand. The industry needs to find an additional 4 million barrels to 5 million barrels a day of supply every year to […]

Shell takeover deal may face local resistance

Article by Matt Chambers, published 3 June 2015 by The Australian Business Review under the headline: Shell takeover deal may face local resistance Australian regulators are shaping up as one of the major hurdles for Royal Dutch Shell’s friendly $91 billion takeover of BG Group, with analysts tipping coal-seam gas sales may be needed for Shell’s […]

Shell-BG Group Deal Faces Hurdle From Chinese ‘Black Box’ Regulator

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 29, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) deal to acquire the UK-based BG Group (OTCMKTS:BRGYY) that is already at a risk of facing numerous obstacles, including volatility in the crude oil prices and a risk of a competitor outbidding Shell’s bid. Meanwhile, when the deal is already hovering around such […]

Shell faces what amounts to an almost existential crisis

Analysts Downgrade Troubled Shell Given Mornigstar’s view that long-term oil prices will be well below $100 going forward, we don’t believe Shell’s has a lasting competitive advantage over its peers Stephen Simko, CFA 27 May, 2015 Shell (RDSB) faces what amounts to an almost existential crisis: even when oil prices were $100 its portfolio was […]

Rotten Growth Prospect: Royal Dutch Shell Plc

3 Stocks With Rotten Growth Prospects: Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Tesco PLC And Centrica PLC By Royston Wild – Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 Today I am looking at three stock market terrors poised to endure extended earnings woe. Royal Dutch Shell Fossil fuel colossus Shell (LSE: RDSB) (NYSE: RDS-B.US) has grabbed the headlines again over […]

Energy groups ax $100B in total spending after oil rout

Article by: Carl Surran, SA News Editor, Seeking Alpha: 18 May 2015 Energy groups ax $100B in total spending after oil rout More than $100B of spending on at least 26 major projects by the world’s energy companies has been slowed, postponed or canceled in the wake of plunging oil prices, including Royal Dutch Shell […]

Petrobras scandal looms large in Shell’s plan to buy BG Group

As Royal Dutch Shell seeks to finalise its £55bn takeover of smaller UK-based rival BG Group, it will be closely watching the situation at Petrobras, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company that is engulfed in scandal. FULL ARTICLE WITH WORKING LINKS

Shell braves a return to its Arctic ordeals: But, with oil at such a low price, why now?

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 13 May 2015 New Year’s Eve 2012 is a date Lieutenant Commander Jim Cooley will never forget. As part of the rescue team from the US Coast Guard he flew out in treacherous, stormy conditions to rescue 18 men aboard Royal Dutch Shell’s stranded Kulluk oil rig. Earlier that […]

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

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 […]

WA inquiry shines spotlight on floating LNG safety fears

Article by Angela Macdonald-Smith published by The Sydney Morning Herald: 8 May 2015 WA inquiry shines spotlight on floating LNG safety fears Royal Dutch Shell and Woodside Petroleum have insisted that workers to be stationed on vast floating liquefied natural gas plants far off the Western Australian coast will be safe despite serious concerns having been raised in […]

Shell share price: boss to present BG merger case to China regulators

Article by Veselin Valchev published Wednesday, 06 May 2015 by invezz.com Shell share price: boss to present BG merger case to China regulators Ben van Beurden on tour to win authorities’ approval for £47bn deal Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (LON:RDSA) chief executive Ben van Beurden is scheduled to visit China this week, in what analysts say is […]

Shell Chief Visits China to Win Backing for $70 Billion BG Deal

Article by Rakteem Katakey published 6 May 2015 by Bloomberg.com The biggest obstacle to Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s $70 billion offer for BG Group Plc probably lies in China. Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben Van Beurden visits the country this week to convince officials that the combination of two large oil and gas producers poses little risk […]

Shell’s Simon Henry won’t rule out write-down on Arrow LNG in Queensland

Article by Angela Macdonald-Smith: Energy Reporter, The Sydney Morning Herald: 1 May 2015 Royal Dutch Shell has declined to rule out a write-down of its multibillion-dollar investment in its Arrow Energy natural gas venture in Queensland, depending on decisions taken to develop the gas after the oil major’s $US92 billion ($116.62 billion) takeover of BG Group. Chief […]

Shell cuts 2015 capex, sees downstream downturn

Shell cuts 2015 capex, sees downstream downturn London (Platts)–30 Apr 2015 * Capex reduced by more than $2 billion * Decision on Majnoon development pushed back to 2017 * CFO says refining margins already worsening Shell said Thursday it had reduced its expected 2015 capital expenditure to $33 billion from previous guidance of a little […]

Can Shell Afford To Drill In The Arctic?

By Charles Kennedy: Wed, 29 April 2015 How can Shell possibly finance the purchase of BG? 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. […]

Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Assessment Understated, Say Environmental Groups

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 KAUFMAN: Apr 28, 2015 Major oil companies to safeguard themselves from the lower crude oil prices are cutting […]

Shell Faces Pressure to Disclose Priorities

Article by JUSTIN SCHECK published April 28, 2015 by The Wall Street Journal Investors this week will seek answers on cost-cutting, BG deal, Arctic drilling LONDON—When Royal Dutch Shell PLC reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, investors will be hoping for some detail on how the company plans to cut spending to weather today’s low oil prices—and simultaneously […]

Shell, Exxon set the scene for future oil-price shock after $US114 billion cuts

Article by Bradley Olson published 22 April 2015 by The Sydney Morning Herald Shell, Exxon set the scene for future oil-price shock after $US114 billion cuts As the oil patch grows accustomed to a new world of $US50 to $US60 crude, it’s now looking ahead to a different but equally daunting sort of cliff. Oil companies […]

BG Group prioritizes Australia, Brazil

By Daniel J. Graeber published 21 April 2015 by UPI BG Group prioritizes Australia, Brazil READING, England, April 21 (UPI) — British energy company BG Group said Tuesday it would change how it discloses financial data to reflect the importance of Brazilian and Australian assets. BG Group said, starting May 8, it would unveil a number […]

SHELL TO ACQUIRE BG: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NORTH SEA

14 April 2015 Shell announced an offer of a £47bn ($70bn) acquisition of BG in the second biggest oil and gas deal on record after Exxon and Mobil’s £51bn ($75.3bn) merger in 1998.  Shell and BG expect to make annual savings of £1.7bn ($2.5bn) and the combined company is estimated to be worth £180bn ($266bn). […]

Shell Betting Its Future On LNG

Article By Nick Cunningham published Sun, 12 April 2015 by OilPrice.com Shell Betting Its Future On LNG Could the largest energy deal in over a decade begin a new wave of mergers and acquisitions? Is LNG really the future? How Will ExxonMobil Respond? And perhaps more importantly, does the mega-deal between Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and BG […]

Funds circle for spin-off gains from Shell deal

Article by Ashley Armstrong published 12 April by The Sunday Telegraph Funds circle for spin-off gains from Shell deal The world’s largest private equity firms are already circling the $30bn (£20bn) of assets that could be spun off by Shell following its acquisition of BG Group, the largest ever merger between two UK companies. Warburg […]

Shell Will Buy BG for $70 Billion in Push for Gas Dominance

by Javier BlasRakteem Katakey for Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc agreed to buy BG Group Plc for about 47 billion pounds ($70 billion), making Europe’s largest oil company the pre-eminent player in global natural gas and adding fields in Brazil. The deal, the industry’s biggest in at least a decade, will push Shell further into producing, […]

Shell, With $70B Deal For BG Group, Becomes World LNG Giant

Christopher Helman So this is how the consolidation starts. Royal Dutch Shell is making a smart move in its $70 billion acquisition of BG Group . The deal will gain Shell access to the most exciting deepwater oil projects in the world, in Brazil. While adding in BG Group’s fast-growing liquefied natural gas business will soon make […]

Buying BG Would Give Shell Answer to Stranded Australian Gas

Article by James Paton published 8 April 2015 by Bloomberg Royal Dutch Shell Plc is seeking an outlet for its natural gas reserves in Australia’s Queensland state. The proposed acquisition of BG Group Plc could provide one. If Shell buys BG, the combined company would surpass Chevron Corp. as the world’s second-largest oil and gas […]