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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 […]

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 […]

Market Collapse: 5 percent of Shell’s capital invested in money-losing projects?

From an article by Joe Carroll and Tara Patel published 6 Jan 2015 by BloombergBusinessweek under the headline: “Oilfield Writedowns Loom as Market Collapse Guts Drilling Values”  Shell, Europe’s largest energy producer, may have as much as 5 percent of its capital tied up in money-losing projects. Extracts Tumbling crude prices will trigger a flood […]

Shell hypocrisy on climate issues

“I didn’t know Shell was sponsoring this conference when I agreed to do it, but I’m glad for the chance to say in public that Shell is among the most irresponsible companies on earth. When they write the history of our time, the fact that Shell executives watched the Arctic melt and then led the […]

Earthquakes shake NAM, the Shell/Exxon joint venture 

Earthquakes linked to extraction in the area have led to a public backlash and a new production plan for the field will be presented by July 1, 2016. The venture has set aside 100 million euros for claims and has paid out about 50 million euros so far. Extracts from a BloombergBusinessweek article The Slochteren […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Thursday 11 Sept 2014

By John Donovan The US and EU are ready to impose new sanctions on Russia arising from events in Ukraine. See extract from a fuelfix.com article published under the headline: “Sanctions threaten Putin’s oil deals with Exxon Mobil, Shell” Other vulnerable international operators include Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-largest energy company by market value. Multiple investments […]

Royal Dutch Shell Shareholders Beware

The news that BP may be fined up to $18bn for the oil spill in the Gulf-of-Mexico as a result of a ruling by a US federal court that BP acted with “conscious disregard of known risks” and that BP’s “conduct was reckless,” may have very serious implications for other oil companies. By John Donovan […]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc News Roundup Sat 4 Sept 2014

Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO Ben van Beurden says he can’t deny returns are too low By John Donovan Mixed fortunes for Shell in the last few days.  Ben van Beurden says he can’t deny returns are too low Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden has admitted to the Wall Street Journal that he […]

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 […]

Death of 193 Dutch Strains Russian Relations for Shell, Heineken

At one point the largest foreign investor in Russia, Shell declined to comment on whether its business would be affected after the downing of the plane. The company lost four employees in the incident, it said yesterday. BloombergBusinessweek article by Celeste Perri, Maud van Gaal and Fred Pals published 22 July 2014 For centuries, the fortunes […]

A Horrified Netherlands May Rethink Its Economic Ties With Russia

Extract from a BloombergBusinessweek article by Carol Matlack published 21 July 2014 The Netherlands, a nation of traders, generally doesn’t like to let politics interfere with business. The death of 193 Dutch nationals in the Malaysia Airlines  jet crash could change that. Major Dutch companies with business interests in Russia also are drawing fire for […]