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Shell unveils plan to replace union workers 2 days before talks

(Bloomberg) — Two days before contract negotiations are scheduled to resume between Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the United Steelworkers’ oil union, the company announced plans to run its second-largest U.S. refinery without union labor. Shell will have trained and deployed enough “relief workers” by mid-summer to keep the 327,000-barrel-a-day Deer Park refinery in Texas […]

New safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling proposed to avoid repeat of Shell disaster

New safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling proposed to avoid repeat of Shell disaster US officials want to make sure companies can handle a blow-out in remote and icy conditions – without inflicting an environmental disaster Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington The Obama administration proposed new rules for Arctic oil drilling on Friday in an attempt […]

Arctic Oil On Life Support

From an OilPrice.com article by Nick Cunningham published 1 Feb 2015 under the headline: “Arctic Oil On LifeSupport” Oil companies have eyed the Arctic for years. With an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil lying north of the Arctic Circle, the circumpolar north is arguably the last corner of the globe that is still almost […]

Shell’s Draugen field at risk of being scrapped

Bloomberg article by Dinesh Nair and Jillian Ward published 2 Feb 2015 under the headline: “North Sea Oil Turns Buyer’s Market as Apache, BG Group Want Out” (Bloomberg) — Want to buy an oil well in U.K.’s North Sea? There are plenty available as some of the industry’s largest names try to sell aging, costly wells […]

Oil Workers in U.S. Begin First Large-Scale Strike Since 1980

From an article by Lynn Doan and Barbara Powell published on 1 Feb 2015 by Bloomberg under the headline: “Oil Workers in U.S. Begin First Large-Scale Strike Since 1980″ Shell activated a “contingency plan” (Bloomberg) — The United Steelworkers union, which represents employees at more than 200 U.S. oil refineries, terminals, pipelines and chemical plants, began […]

Shell, Exxon Sell North Sea Field to ONE After Oil-Price Rout

Article by Jillian Ward published 29 Jan 2015 by Bloomberg under the headline: “Shell, Exxon Sell North Sea Field to ONE After Oil-Price Rout” Extracts (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. have sold their stakes in the Sean field to Oranje-Nassau Energie BV for an undisclosed sum as drillers seek to […]

Shell Chief Pledges Everything to Maintain Its ‘Iconic’ Dividend

BLOOMBERG: Shell Chief Pledges Everything to Maintain Its ‘Iconic’ Dividend by Nidaa Bakhsh and Mark Barton (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden pledged to do all he can to maintain payments to shareholders of Europe’s largest oil company after crude prices fell by more than half in the past six months. […]

Crude at $49: The New Reality for Big Oil Companies

FROM BLOOMBERG Crude at $49: The New Reality for Big Oil Companies by Joe Carroll (Bloomberg) — Financial results from a fourth quarter that saw the collapse of the crude market will provide a window into how the world’s biggest oil companies are adjusting to a new reality of slowing growth and low prices. Oil that […]

U.S. Seen Limiting Oil Drilling in Arctic, May Open Atlantic

26 JAN 2015 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Interior Department will lay a framework as soon as Tuesday for oil exploration in the nation’s coastal waters in a five-year plan that is expected to withdraw areas off Alaska while possibly adding parts of the Atlantic. Republican Lisa Murkowski said the head of the offshore energy office […]

Shell stokes up its fire sale

Introduction by John Donovan Bloomberg is reporting that Shell has agreed to sell its stake in the Bijupira and Salema fields in Brazil. This development is no doubt in response to the collapse in oil prices and is stoking up the fire sale instituted by CEO Ben van Beurden when Shell announced a profits warning […]

The dramatic consequences of plunging oil prices

“Brent futures are set to fall to as low as $31 a barrel by the end of the first quarter from about $48 now.”; “People know these prices are unsustainable,” he said, and they will lead to large-scale layoffs and cuts in maintenance spending, which will eventually sharply reduce overall output. BP’s announcement of layoffs was […]

Arctic Explorers Retreat From Hostile Waters With Oil Prices Low

From an article by Mikael Holter published 14 Jan 2015 by Bloomberg under the headline: “Arctic Explorers Retreat From Hostile Waters With Oil Prices Low” When Statoil ASA (STL) acquired the last of three licenses off Greenland’s west coast in January 2012, oil at more than $110 a barrel made exploring the iceberg-ridden waters an […]

Brace for $40-a-barrel oil

FROM AN ARTICLE BY GRANT SMITH PUBLISHED BY BLOOMBERG.COM ON 14 JAN 2015 UNDER THE HEADLINE: Oil at $40, and Below, Gaining Traction on Wall Street Extracts Brace for $40-a-barrel oil. The U.S. benchmark crude price, down more than $60 since June to below $45 yesterday, is on the way to this next threshold, said […]

Shell puts the brakes on

By John Donovan In response to the collapse in the price of oil, Shell and Qatar Petroleum have abandoned a $6.4 billion joint venture to build a petrochemical complex in the Ras Laffan Industrial City.  Extract from a Reuters Report:, Prices quoted by companies to build the huge complex showed the project was “commercially unfeasible, […]

Shell, Total Lead Energy Shares Lower – $45 a barrel

From an article by Alan Soughley published by BloombergBusinessweek 13 Jan 2015 under the headline:  “European Stocks Decline; Shell, Total Lead Energy Shares Lower” Extracts Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA led energy-related companies lower… A gauge of energy stocks slid 1 percent today, for the worst performance of the 19 industry groups on […]

Oil prices renewed their declines on Monday, dropping below $49 a barrel

Article by Ron Bousso published 12 Jan 2015 by Reuters under the headline: “Oil prices extend falls; Goldman Sachs slashes forecasts” LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices renewed their declines on Monday, dropping below $49 a barrel as Goldman Sachs slashed its short-term forecasts and Gulf producers showed no signs of cutting production. Both Brent and […]

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