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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 Like this:Like Loading…

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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell To Delay Drilling Of Australian Well

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Mar 31, 2015 at 1:57 pm EST Royal Dutch Shell plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) has postponed its $100 million-plus exploration well in Australia’s north-east cost. The Den Haag-based energy company’s project known as the Cronus-1 was initially scheduled to start drilling in the first quarter of 2015 in the Browse basin. However, […]

Shell delays Australian drilling plans as crude oil prices dive

From an article by Angela Macdonald-Smith published Monday 30 March 2015 in the Sydney Morning Herald: Royal Dutch Shell delays WA drilling plans as crude oil price dives Extracts Royal Dutch Shell’s delay of the drilling of a $100 million-plus exploration well off Australia’s north-west coast is the latest example of modified plans in the wake […]

Ben van Beurden: Proposed Arrow LNG Project with PetroChina cancelled

From an article by The Australian Pipeliner published 3 Feb 2015 under the headline: VIDEO: Arrow LNG Project “off the table” Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden has confirmed the company’s proposed Arrow LNG Project with PetroChina has been cancelled, but the Arrow Bowen Pipeline will not be affected. Arrow Energy, which is jointly […]

Shell shelves Arrow LNG project in Queensland

From an article by Angela Macdonald-Smith published 30 Jan 2015 by The Sydney Morning Herald under the headline: “Shell shelves Arrow LNG project in Queensland” Royal Dutch Shell has finally ditched plans for a new $US20 billion-plus liquefied natural gas project in Queensland,making it the latest casualty of the oil price slump. Global chief executive […]

Why Shell Is Selling Its Norwegian Downstream Business

Royal Dutch Shell has decided to sell off of its Norwegian downstream business to Finland’s ST1 in order to improve profitability and achieve its divestment targets By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm EST Royal Dutch Shell plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) has decided to sell its Norwegian downstream business comprising commercial fuels, retail […]

BP a sitting duck

The rumours that surfaced earlier this week that Shell might be taking a closer look at BP are not that ridiculous and in the current climate of lower oil prices and falling profits they actually make perfect sense. The first reason is that BP looks like a sitting duck. THE TELEGRAPH Why Shell could buy […]

Oil price slump: fire sale of Shell assets gathers pace

*Royal Dutch Shell Plc has sold a $600 million stake in a Nigerian oil lease as part of its plan to sell off $15bn worth of assets around the world. The fire sale no doubt has added momentum in view of the collapse in the price of oil. Shell has already disposed of under-performing assets […]

Prelude a giant production and processing barge masquerading as a ship

By John Donovan A parliamentary inquiry into the safety of floating LNG (FLNG) processing plants is underway in Western Australia this week. On 28 December 2013, I published an article revealing that a whistleblower inside the Shell Prelude project – the first of these gigantic processing plants, had contacted me.  The person in question supplied me […]

Declining coal production in the U.S.

From a Regular Contributor The following link is about the approaching end of cheap and easy coal from the surface mines in the Western part of the US, specifically Wyoming. These reserves are approaching depletion. That is good for the planet but not necessarily good for electricity consumers in the US, China, and Europe. The […]

Shell’s own goals in the Arctic: Over to you, Ann

US authorities say a desire to avoid taxes lead Shell to move an oil rig in rough seas in 2012, which lead to its grounding. Extract from an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 November 2014 When Ann Pickard says how sorry she is to be leaving the Westpac board after its shareholder […]

Royal Dutch Shell News 23 Sept 2014

By John Donovan Nigeria FROM THE DAILY MAIL Shell has overhauled its security procedures in Nigeria to prevent oil theft that is costing it hundreds of millions of pounds. The Anglo-Dutch oil giant said it had stopped paying private security contractors to monitor its pipelines and oil facilities.  Carbon Pricing Forbes.com has published an article […]

Royal Dutch Shell Fire Sale Continues

According to a Financial Times article, “Royal Dutch Shell has revived plans to dispose of its European liquefied petroleum gas business four years after a second failed attempt to sell the assets.”  Shell has already disposed of under-performing assets around the globe, including Australia,  the USA and in the North Sea. The latest move is part of […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup 25 August 2014

RUSSIA Jeroen van der Veer, the former Royal Dutch Shell CEO who evaded responsibility for his role in the cover-up of the Shell reserves fraud, claims that the sanctions against Russia are not working and are counter-productive. This analysis comes from the man who badly misjudged the Putin regime in 2006 and as a result, ended up meekly surrendering […]

Shell smashed to bits across Adelaide, South Australia?

“Printed below is an email received from a Mr Bruce Hubbard. Does Shell wish to comment? If you tell me that its is all false, or contains false information, then I will not publish it. If I receive no response within 7 days I will assume Shell does not take issue with the allegations and […]

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 Plc .com News Round-up 12 August 2014

A frosty reception for Shell sponsorship; Oil and Gas company debt soars to danger level; Shell a gigantic flea By John Donovan UK The Telegraph City Diary column has commented on Shell’s embarrassment at arts sponsorship monies being returned to the  company in Ireland. “First the Antarctic, now Ireland. The list of countries where Royal […]

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 […]

Woodside’s Buyback Deal With Shell at Risk of Being Blocked

Extracts from a Bloomberg News article by James Paton dated 31 July 2014 Woodside Petroleum Ltd plan to buy back shares from Royal Dutch Shell Plc for $2.7 billion is at risk of being rejected by shareholders as it falls short of the votes needed to proceed. The buyback is part of Shell’s deal last month […]

Woodside Chairman Defends $2.7 Billion Buyback Deal With Shell

Extracts from a BloombergBusinessweek article by James Paton and Rebecca Keenan published 23 July 2014 Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL), Australia’s second-largest oil and gas producer, defended a plan to buyback about $2.7 billion of stock from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) amid concern investors may reject the deal. Woodside’s buyback is part of last month’s […]