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‘Orphan’ oil wells warning for fracking

By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News 24 March 2014 Plans to expand shale gas “fracking” in the UK must learn from leaks and poor monitoring at existing onshore oil and gas sites, scientists say. A review of 2,152 wells drilled from 1902-2013 found up to 100 “orphaned” wells for which no firm is responsible. […]

Ex Shell chief economist Vince Cable says ‘no-one needs to earn £1m a year’

Extracts from a BBC News article published 15 March 2014 under the headline: Vince Cable says ‘no-one needs to earn £1m a year’ Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he does not understand why people need to earn £1m per year. “I’ve asked one or two of the more sympathetic bankers to explain it to […]

Royal Dutch Shell profits hit during ‘challenging’ 2013

Article published by BBC News 13 March 2014 Royal Dutch Shell had a “challenging year” in 2013 in part due to a deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, the company said. Profits from refining operations were hit in Asia and Europe by an oversupply of global capacity and lower demand, the company said. Annual profits at […]

The Scottish play

Extracts from an article by Stephen Wilmot published on 12 March 2014 by investors CHRONICLE Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) became the latest corporate giant to weigh into the Scottish referendum debate last week. “We’d like to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom,” said chief executive Ben van Beurden at the company’s annual reception […]

Scottish independence: Shell boss wants Scotland to ‘remain in UK’

Extract from an article published on 5 March 2014 by BBC News The chief executive of the oil company Shell has said he would like Scotland to “remain part of the UK”. Addressing the company’s annual reception in London on Wednesday, Ben van Beurden said he valued the “continuity and stability” of the UK. Last […]

Shell in $2.6bn Australia asset sale

Extract from BBC News article published 21 Feb 2014 Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell its Australian downstream business to oil trading firm Vitol for $2.6bn (£1.6bn). The sale includes Shell’s refinery in Geelong, 870 service stations, its bulk fuels and chemicals unit and part of its lubricants business. Recent disinvestments by […]

Should have bought his fuel somewhere else?

PHOTO AND CAPTION COURTESY OF THE BBC: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso stands next to the new F14T car after it stopped during Formula 1 Testing at the Ciruito de Jerez, Spain

MPs in Aberdeen to hear helicopter safety evidence

27 January 2014 MPs from the House of Commons transport select committee are visiting Aberdeen to take evidence on helicopter safety. The inquiry was set up after last year’s Super Puma crash off Shetland which killed four people. Since 2009, five serious incidents involving Super Puma helicopters offshore have seen 20 people lose their lives. […]

When expats return home, what’s next?

Shell keeps its expats connected with “global skill pool managers” to help them find their next job. For instance, the skill pool manager for drilling engineers would provide information about the supply and demand outlook for such jobs. BBC Worldwide by Ronald Alsop: 16 January 2014 Returning expats face unforeseen challenges, such as frustration. (Thinkstock) […]

St Fergus gas terminal improvements by Shell after HSE warning

Oil firm Shell has made safety changes after being warned that not all measures had been taken to prevent a major accident at the St Fergus gas terminal in Aberdeenshire. 19 December 2013 Oil firm Shell has made safety changes after being warned that not all measures had been taken to prevent a major accident […]

Greenpeace Arctic 30: A shift in focus for campaigners

By Jasmine Coleman BBC News: 20 November 2013 Greenpeace set out to protest about oil companies drilling in the Arctic Ocean, but now finds itself fighting to free a group of 30 from a Russian jail. What effect is the case having on the group’s environmental aims? “The primary focus is getting the Arctic 30 […]

Royal Dutch Shell and G4S

By John Donovan Earlier this month we published an article revealing that the toubled security firm G4S had signed a five-year deal with Shell. BBC news is now reporting that the government has handed information on security firm Serco to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) following recent disclosures on overcharging. Two months ago, the Ministry of […]

Russia accuses Greenpeace crew of ‘piracy’ in Arctic

The campaigners were detained on Thursday along with their ship after two Greenpeace activists tried to climb onto a Gazprom offshore platform, in a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. The ship was raided by armed Russian men in balaclavas who abseiled down from helicopters. The ship was seized in the Pechora Sea, near […]

Review into North Sea offshore helicopter operations announced by CAA

The operations of helicopters in the North Sea are to be reviewed in the wake of recent accidents, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced. The operations of helicopters in the North Sea are to be reviewed in the wake of recent accidents, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced. The regulator said it would work with […]