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Big Oil Could Be In Big Trouble

By John Donovan A number of current articles warn of falling oil prices. A zacks.com article says that oil prices have fallen below $100 to the lowest level this year and that natural gas has fared even worse. Nas.daq.com reports that the price of oil has plummeted, and that the fall is accelerating. It also points […]

Oil prospectors shifting focus back to wealthy, more predictable countries

Extracts from a Seeking Alpha article published 28 July 2014 Companies including Shell, Chevron and Exxon are diverting more and more funds to the world’s richest economies, as they grow tired of the risks of working in violent and corrupt places for the reward of finding oil and gas reserves that can be profitably exploited… The […]

Oil majors BP and Shell may be ready for more mergers

Some of Shell’s big shareholders are said to be frustrated by the company’s continued spending on expensive far-flung projects that fail to yield healthy returns. Alongside its profit warning at the start of this year, Shell announced that it was halting a controversial exploration programme off the coast of Alaska because the costs had far outweighed […]

Shell leaves its peers behind on big gas-to-liquids plants

Reuters article by Alex Lawler published 10 July 2014 LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) – Shell will press on with new plants to convert gas to liquid fuels, its investment and technical edge leaving its peers behind in the process once seen as a radical game changer. The company has seen costs overrun at its flagship […]

Oil explorers hit rock bottom

Extract from an extensive FT article by Guy Chazan published 2 July 2014 International exploration and production companies – or E&Ps – were once stock market darlings. But E&Ps have lost their lustre. That is partly because they seem to have lost the knack of discovering oil. FULL FT ARTICLE

Ukraine Discomfort for Shell and Chevron

Shell entered into the deal in 2013 with then Putin puppet President Viktor Yanukovych, before he was ousted. As can be seen in the FT article, Shell and Chevron are now both trying to hide behind claimed business principles. Its a bit late for that. By John Donovan The Financial Times has published an article […]

Chevron Cancels Bulgaria Fracking, Shell Postpones Ukraine Plans

Extracts from a CorpWatch article by Richard Smallteacher publish 12 June 2014 Fracking for oil and gas across Europe has suffered a series of setbacks with Chevron closing its offices in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Shell postponing fracking plans in the Ukraine by at least two years. Meanwhile the French government is standing firm in its […]

Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron illicit payments

Extracts from a Thomson Reuters Foundation article by Alia Dharssi published Thu, 29 May 2014 US oil firm prosecutions show need for transparency – activists TORONTO – Oil and gas companies with major US operations have been the subject of at least 30 prosecutions related to bribes paid to foreign governments under the US Foreign […]

BG Group Bid Speculation: Chris Finlayson, Shell’s secret weapon?

Leads me to speculate whether Chris Finlayson was infiltrated into BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell for surreptitious purposes, including dragging the company down. If so, he appears to have done a magnificent job. By John Donovan BG Group has been the subject of bid speculation for a long time. e.g. BG Group shares rise […]

Big Oil Bets on LNG For Emerging Market Growth

Extracts from an article by Bob Ciura published 16 April 2014 by The Motley Fool Chevron, Anadarko, and Royal Dutch Shell each have huge LNG operations that are ideally suited to supply the emerging markets. Royal Dutch Shell announced it had reached a five or six year agreement to supply Kuwait with its own LNG. […]

Extractive industries: will they ever publish what they pay?

Extracts from an article by Oliver Balch published by The Guardian Tuesday 15 April 2014 Though corrupt regimes may be reluctant to disclose payments, progressive voices from the oil industry are making change happen. Oil giants such as Shell and Chevron have signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s pro-disclosure guidelines, requiring them to […]