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Oil and gas industry in ‘bleak’ 2014, finds survey

FROM A BBC ARTICLE PUBLISHED 24 FEB 2015 Oil and gas industry in ‘bleak’ 2014, finds survey The UK offshore oil and gas industry has reported its worst annual performance for four decades. Industry body Oil & Gas UK said falling oil prices and rising costs meant the sector spent and invested £5.3bn more than […]

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 […]

BP loses bid to cut maximum $13.7 billion Gulf spill fine

BY JONATHAN STEMPEL Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:04pm EST (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected BP Plc’s (BP.L) attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving it potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion under the federal Clean Water Act. […]

BP plc And Royal Dutch Shell Plc Perilous Investment Traps?

From an article by Royston Wild published 18 Feb 2015 by The Motley Fool under the headline: “BP plc And Royal Dutch Shell Plc Are Perilous Investment Traps” Extracts Needless to say, the effect of an eroding oil price has proved catastrophic for the world’s fossil fuel specialists in recent months. Indeed, a 47% decline […]

ExxonMobil could snap up BP in a single bite

Information sourced from an FT article by Energy Editor Christopher Adams published 15 February 2015 under the headline: “BP’s battles leave it vulnerable to major move” Extract If ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson really wanted to, he could snap up BP in a single bite. Of all the UK major’s rivals, Exxon, the world’s biggest […]

Exxon Mobil Preparing to Buy BP? (More Speculation)

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Feb 13, 2015 at 8:00 am EST According to the recent reports from several financial media outlets, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) is in the market to hunt. The multinational oil giant is one of the strongest defensive companies in the energy sector. It performs fairly well in low-price environments. The American […]

Britain’s ties with Abu Dhabi threatened by oil deal deadlock

From an article by Andrew Critchlow published by The Telegraph on 13 Feb 2015 under the headline: “Britain’s ties with Abu Dhabi threatened by oil deal deadlock” Danger of Shell and BP walking away from historic oil agreement which has underpinned Britain’s broader historic relationship with the United Arab Emirates Extracts BP and Royal Dutch […]

Shell chief: oil to stay at current lows for rest of year

From an article by Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor, The Telegraph, published 12 Feb 2015 under the headline:  Shell chief: oil to stay at current lows for rest of year Oil prices are set to remain at the current six-year lows for the rest of 2015, the boss of the country’s largest oil and gas company will […]

Oil company employees should consider quitting their jobs

From an article by Jonathan Porritt published by The Guardian on 10 February 2015 under the headline: “Oil company employees should consider quitting their jobs” Extracts It is becoming morally unacceptable for well-paid employees of Shell and other fossil fuel companies to carry on in their jobs It is impossible for most BP and Shell […]

Big Oil Unable To Increase Reserves To Counter Declining Production

Bidness Etc discusses why major oil firms have been unable to replace their new reserves, despite crude production level falling since last year amid tumbling crude price By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Feb 8, 2015 at 8:40 am EST According to the quarterly results announced during the past few weeks, major oil companies have reported a mediocre […]

Why BP And Shell Have Decided To Maintain Dividends Amid Falling Crude Price

Why BP Plc (ADR) And Royal Dutch Shell Have Decided To Maintain Dividends Amid Falling Crude Price Bidness Etc looks at why BP and Shell have announced to maintain dividends despite tumbling crude price and lower capital spending budgets By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Feb 7, 2015  Crude oil price is a major source of concern for […]

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 […]

BIG OIL: Who will blink first to set the M&A scramble in motion

With more than $110 billion of oil and gas assets on the block as companies big and small count the cost of the collapse in oil prices, it is now a question of who will blink first to set the M&A scramble in motion. Article published by Reuters 30 Jan 2015 under the headline: Buyers […]

Oil rout gives Exxon and Shell reason to buy rival ‘sisters’

…a major deal over the next year that will bring together two of the super majors, or see one of their smaller rivals swallowed up, is highly likely – and almost a certainty if historical precedent is anything to go by. Certainly, if the oil rout of the late 90s is anything to go by, a […]

Ben Van Beurden Ringing NYSE Bell on Monday?

Hi John, I am an ex-Shell employee and appreciate your site very much. I still keep in touch with friends at Shell, and one of them is traveling to New York this weekend ahead of the NYSE bell ringing ceremony on Monday. My friend was told that BVB and Marvin Odum would both be in […]

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. […]

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