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Malcolm Brinded suffers fall out from OPL 245 scandal

By John Donovan

Former Royal Dutch Shell boss Malcolm Brinded has been replaced as a director of BBHP Billiton. His departure is a direct result of his key role in the OPL 245 corruption scandal and the consequential criminal prosecution underway in the Italian Courts. Brinded was involved in a string of scandals at Shell but thus far, has managed to escape retribution. 

A shake-up at the board of mining company BHP Billiton has been announced this morning. But it is the departures that are more interesting. The firm says that, “given his involvement in ongoing legal proceedings in Italy relating to his prior employment with Shell”, Malcolm Brinded has decided not to stand for re-election as a non-exec. FULL ARTICLE (RELATED: OPL 245: Shell email intercepts) read more

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Shell to Mull Buying Israeli, Cyprus Gas for Egypt Plant

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is seeking creative solutions to bring gas from Israel and Cyprus to market, a step that could help turn the Mediterranean region into a major gas-producing hub. Shell is in talks to buy natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan field, combine it with output from Cyprus’s Aphrodite field, in which it owns a 35 percent stake, and pump it to a liquefied natural gas plant in Egypt, according to people with knowledge of the matter. BG Group Plc had signed a non-binding, 15-year deal in 2014 to buy gas from Leviathan, but the accord was stalled by regulatory issues in Israel and by Shell’s purchase of BG. Shell is now considering buying about 5 billion cubic meters of gas a year from the field, one of the people said. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Shell Loads Oil in Libya for the First Time in Five Years

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the world’s largest oil trader, is said to have loaded its first crude from Libya in five years over the weekend, adding to evidence of the OPEC nation’s comeback. The cargo on Saturday is for 600,000 barrels of crude from the Zueitina port, according to two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the information is private. A Shell spokesperson declined to comment on the shipment, but said the company’s Shell International Trading & Shipping “has a history marketing Libyan crudes. We welcome new business opportunities with Libya’s National Oil Corp.” FULL ARTICLE read more

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Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms

Major oil companies are joining Silicon Valley in backing energy-technology start-ups, a signal that that those with the deepest pockets in the industry are casting around for a new strategy. From Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Total SA and Exxon Mobil Corp., the biggest investor-owned oil companies are dribbling money into ventures probing the edge of energy technologies. The investments go beyond wind and solar power into projects that improve electricity grids and brew new fuels from renewable resources. read more

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Shell Is Said to Aim for Full Restart of Pernis by End of August

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is aiming to return its Pernis refinery in Rotterdam to full operations by the end of this month, according to a local resident who was briefed on the matter by the company. The company held a meeting for about 200 local residents late Wednesday, giving a first indication of when Europe’s largest refinery would resume normal operations after a fire in late July halted both crude units. The company said earlier this week that the first supporting units had been brought back online, without elaborating on the resumption of operations. READ MORE read more

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Shell restarting Europe’s biggest oil refinery

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European diesel prices slumped as traders anticipated more fuel supply. Shell is trying to restart a crude distillation unit at the Pernis refinery in Rotterdam. A Shell spokesperson said: “Shell Pernis shut down most of its units on July 30 due to a power outage. We are currently restarting a number of units as part of the phased restart of the full complex. Complete restart will take place in a structured and controlled way. Flaring and noise will be part of recommissioning. We will do our utmost to minimize impact for residents. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Europe’s Biggest Oil Refinery Plans to Restart Key Unit

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Shell and BP’s commitment to North Sea oil ‘rock solid’

Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Shell, has signalled that he too is once again viewing the North Sea as an investment opportunity, despite selling more than half of the group’s UK production to Chrysaor, a small UK company backed by US private equity funds, for up to $3.8bn in January. Last month, Mr van Beurden identified the Penguins field in the northern North Sea as among a handful of projects around the world that Shell would consider giving the green light to in the next 18 months. FULL FT ARTICLE read more

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OPEC’s Existential Sucker Punch

Julian Lee: July 30, 2017 3:00 AM EDT

You wait decades for an existential crisis, then two come along at once. At least that’s how it must feel for OPEC’s beleaguered ministers. In the short term the market for their oil is being eroded by rising production outside their control. Looking further ahead, oil demand itself is under threat from the electrification of road transport. OPEC may not yet be dead, but its days are surely numbered. The most obvious short-term threat to the group comes from the rapid rise in U.S. shale oil, but the risks have expanded to include other areas like Brazil’s prolific sub-salt discoveries and more recent finds further north along the east coast of South America. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Shell Still Thinks Canadian LNG Project Could Be a Go

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it hasn’t written off its Canadian liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, British Columbia, yet as a global supply glut killed off a competing project earlier this week. LNG Canada, which is also backed by Mitsubishi Corp., PetroChina Co. and Korea Gas Corp., is still weighing an investment decision that’s expected by early 2019, Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Ben Van Beurden said on a conference call Thursday. “We need to get the timing properly right — we think we can,” he said. “If we look at an investment decision in the next 18 months or so, this is going to be a project that could start producing right at the moment when the spot market, the short-term market is getting very tight again.” FULL ARTICLE read more

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Shell Wakes Up and Smells the Coffee (and Burgers)

July 27, 2017 12:23 PM EDT

The image of a driver slurping an iced latte while pulling a Mustang up to the drive-in window of a fast-food joint is either your idea of a capitalist apotheosis or civilization’s decadent demise.

Or … it’s what flashed through your mind as you listened to Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s earnings call on Thursday.

Jessica Uhl, Shell’s chief financial officer, at one point talked up the oil major’s marketing business:

We’re the world’s largest fuel retailer. Every day, Shell serves more than 30 million customers across our 43,000 sites in close to 80 countries. That is more sites than Starbucks; it is more than McDonald’s. read more

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Nigeria Oil Thieves Keep a Lid on Output Even as Bombs Abate

As much as 30 percent of the oil sent by pipelines through the swampy Niger River delta is stolen… The 60,000-barrel-a-day flow station, owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Nigerian unit and idle for most of June, illustrates the nation’s struggle to restore deliveries of its most vital resource. Even after the government quelled a militant uprising that sent production to a 30-year low last August, smaller-scale sabotage caused by people trying to steal oil remains rife.

FULL ARTICLE BY PAUL WALLACE read more

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Shell News 12 July 2017

Oil Majors Face Ratings Cuts Amid Weak Recovery, S&P Global Says: Bloomberg 12 July 2017

Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and other oil majors could see their credit ratings slashed again if they fail to cut costs and reduce their growing debt loads in the next year, according to an S&P Global Ratings report. READ MORE

Shell and other supermajors say ‘no plans’ for return of Super Pumas: EnergyVoice.com: 12 July 2017

The Anglo Dutch giant has confirmed that the aircraft, which were subject to a lengthy grounding following a fatal crash off Norway last year, does not feature in the future of the firm’s UK operations despite aviation watchdogs making moves to lift the flight ban. READ MORE read more

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More Shell News 10 July 2017

Shell Plans to Spend $1 Billion a Year on Clean Energy by 2020: Bloomberg: 10 July 2017

Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to spend as much as $1 billion a year on its New Energies division as the transition toward renewable power and electric cars accelerates. READ MORE

Shell No.9 in Top 100 greenhouse gas emitters since 1988 read more

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OIL PRICE NEWS

Crude Slump Wipes $113 Billion From Oil Drillers: Bloomberg: 30 June 2017

Oil companies have spent three years slashing spending and firing workers to protect profits, only to find their hard work blown away as prices entered another bear market.

Big Oil’s Costly Love Affair With the British Pensioner: Bloomberg 29 June 2017

Now, with oil prices falling back into a bear market, the dividend yields of several European integrated oil stocks have widened again.

Oil Snaps Longest Gain in a Month on Signs U.S. Supplies Rose: 28 June 2017 read more

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Further Shell News Update 27 June 2017

Canada M&A Hits Decade-High as Foreign Owners Flee Oil Sands: Bloomberg: 27 June 2017

Mergers and acquisitions in Canada are set for the strongest start in a decade as foreigners sell their oil sands investments. ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell Plc are leading the exodus amid a bear market for crude.

Big Oil: Surviving at $40, Thriving at $60: Barron’s: 26 June 2017

The price of oil is rising today, but that hasn’t helped oil stocks like ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), Total (TOT), and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), which remain little changed or under pressure. We expect companies to continue pulling on all operational and financial levers in order to adjust to the oil price reality… read more

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