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Inside Shell’s Extreme Plan to Drill for Oil in the Arctic

by Paul Barrett and Benjamin Elgin: 5 August 2015: BLOOMBERG.COM Protesters near the Polar Pioneer.: Photographer: Keri Coles/Greenpeace In a windowless conference room in Anchorage, a dozen Royal Dutch Shell employees report on the highest-profile oil project in the multinational’s vast global portfolio. Warmed by mid-July temperatures, Arctic ice in the Chukchi Sea, northwest of the Alaskan mainland, […]

Shell Cleared For Exploration Off Nova Scotia

By Andy Tully: Posted on Wed, 17 June 2015 Shell Canada Ltd. is ready to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Nova Scotia now that it has received conditional approval for the project from the country’s environmental minister. Canada’s Environmental Assessment Agency issued the decision the night of June 15 after the environmental minister, Leona […]

Shell gets environmental ok for Canada offshore drilling project

Shell gets environmental ok for Canada offshore drilling project Markets | Mon Jun 15, 2015  Canada’s environment ministry on Monday said it had approved an East Coast offshore drilling project led by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, saying the exploration project was “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.” The approval is contingent on the […]

Oil companies reach $345 million settlement with Quebec train crash victims

Victoria Young; 11 June 2015 A group of oil companies has come to an agreement with victims of the 2013 oil train derailment in Quebec, Canada. The train had been carrying 7.7 million litres of crude oil when it crashed, resulting in a massive spill and an explosion that killed 47 people. Royal Dutch Shell, […]

Saudi Arabia Lets The World Drown In Oil

Article by Nathan Vardi: Forbes Staff: Friday 5 June 2015 To the surprise of nobody, Saudi Arabia and the other OPEC member states decided in Vienna on Friday to maintain production targets of 30 million barrels a day, making sure the world remains flooded with oil. The fact that OPEC—particularly the core countries of Saudi Arabia, […]

BG deal disguises a hole in Shell’s financial projections

The market is having one of its periodic anxiety attacks about Big Oil.  BG deal disguises a hole in Shell’s financial projections and the dividend is not sustainable. Shell shares have slumped by 14%. sort of yield may not come again. FULL FT ARTICLE:  5 June 2015 (WITH WORKING LINKS)

Oil industry rebuts proposed Arctic drilling mandates

Oil industry rebuts proposed Arctic drilling mandates May 28 2015, 18:58 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Oil companies and industry trade groups lash out against the Obama administration plan to require rigs and time to drill relief wells in case of emergencies at their operations in U.S. Arctic waters, claiming the proposed […]

We May Not See Arctic Oil For Decades

We May Not See Arctic Oil For Decades SHELL MAY END UP WITH NOTHING By Nick Cunningham: Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015 Shell’s Arctic campaign this year will be pivotal. If the company cannot find large reserves of oil, it will likely set back Arctic oil development for a generation. The Financial Times reported that […]

Energy groups ax $100B in total spending after oil rout

Article by: Carl Surran, SA News Editor, Seeking Alpha: 18 May 2015 Energy groups ax $100B in total spending after oil rout More than $100B of spending on at least 26 major projects by the world’s energy companies has been slowed, postponed or canceled in the wake of plunging oil prices, including Royal Dutch Shell […]

Shell oil rig arriving Thursday is just the start of Arctic drilling fleet

By Coral Garnick and Hal Bernton: Seattle Times staff reporters: Published 13 May 2015 Shell oil rig arriving Thursday is just the start of Arctic drilling fleet The Polar Pioneer oil rig expected to arrive in Seattle on Thursday is the biggest piece of a 25-vessel fleet Shell Oil has mustered to resume its oil exploration effort in […]

Energy earnings run dry in Americas

FT: Energy earnings run dry in Americas By Ed Crooks, Christopher Adams and David Crouch ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips of the US on Thursday reported that they lost money on oil and gas production in their home country in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Royal Dutch Shell disclosed a $1.1bn loss at its upstream exploration and production […]

Oil firms face further cuts as low prices linger

Oil firms face further cuts as low prices linger Commodities | Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:23pm BST * Big oil using spending cuts to increase efficiency * Q1 earnings set to drop by more than 50 pct, tracking oil price * Strong refining margins set to continue By Ron Bousso LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – […]

How The Majors Are Playing The Oil Price Slump

Article by Nick Cunningham published 22 April 2015 by OilPrice.com How The Majors Are Playing The Oil Price Slump The largest oil and gas companies are employing different strategies to weather the downturn and plan for the future. Each strategy has its risks, and not all may work out. Which companies will emerge stronger after […]

‘Big Oil’ poring over troubled waters

‘Big Oil’ poring over troubled waters By Mark Robinson, 17 April 2015 The severity of crude oil’s collapse meant that its effects were always likely to be felt far beyond petrol station forecourts. Reduced assumptions on future pricing convinced oil and gas majors, already given over to renewed capital discipline, to also accelerate the reduction in […]

Oil price down, coffers full: now Big Petroleum is in the mood for mergers

The energy sector looks set for a round of mergers and acquisitions. Illustration: David Simonds for the Observer The world of Big Oil looks set for another round of mega-mergers and acquisitions after Shell set the ball rolling this week with its $70bn agreement to take over BG. FULL ARTICLE

Iran riches coveted by big oil after decades of conflict

Extracts from a Bloomberg article published 31 March 2015 Iran riches coveted by big oil after decades of conflict Now, as Iran and the US enter 11th hour negotiations to reach a nuclear deal and ease sanctions, the West Asian country is emerging again as a potential prize for western oil companies such as BP, […]

Why Stocks Of Chevron Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, And ConocoPhillips Should Be Avoided

Why Stocks Of Chevron Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, And ConocoPhillips Should Be Avoided Bidness Etc looks at why Barron’s Asia advises new investors against buying stocks of the four Big Oil companies, namely, Exxon, Chevron, Shell, and ConocoPhillips By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Feb 18, 2015 at 6:36 am EST Extracts Crude oil price […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oil crashes below $50 – Big Oil loses $200 billion

The meltdown in oil prices has wiped out more than $200 billion in market valuation among the 10 largest oil and natural gas companies in the S&P 500. To combat depressed prices, oil companies are hitting the brakes on spending and laying off workers. Investors are saying “enough.” They are dumping their energy stocks as the outlook […]

Shell’s future in the Arctic looks doubtful

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm EST There is a large question mark on whether Royal Dutch Shell (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) will continue a new round of drilling in the Chukchi Sea and the Beufort Sea in the Arctic or not. The company earlier filed a lawsuit against a group of environmentalists […]

Tumbling crude prices will lay waste to countries and companies alike

By John Donovan The oil industry is leaving 2014 on a low note as far as oil prices are concerned.  A financial earthquake has hit ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, Conocophillips and Total.  The Sunday Times devoted a whole page article by Danny Fortson to the turmoil resulting from the collapse in the price […]

Why Shell Is Facing Problems In The Arctic

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 19, 2014 at 11:21 am EST Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is uncertain over its plans to drill in the US Arctic. The final decision regarding the company is expected to come in March, 2015. During this time the company is likely to consider various factors before taking a […]

Shell may abandon Arctic drilling indefinitely

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell is expected to announce by March if it will go forward with plans to drill for oil in Arctic waters offshore Alaska in 2015, a decision which may have more to do with the outcome of court cases and U.S. government reviews than global market fundamentals. Shell’s decision is […]

Talk of Shell BP tie-up to create £200bn world leader

After a solid 10 hours locked in secret briefings at the Langham Hotel in London this week, 100 of BP’s top investors emerged into the crisp winter evening air to the grim news that oil prices had sunk to a new five-year low. From an article in The Sunday Telegraph 14 December 2014 by Andrew […]

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 […]

Judge suspends Arctic drilling, orders new environmental report

Extracts from a Los Angeles Times article by Paresh Dave published 24 April 2014 In the ongoing battle over offshore drilling, a federal judge in Alaska told regulators Thursday to redo an environmental impact study that underestimated the amount of recoverable oil and, potentially, the risks to delicate Arctic habitat. The decision by U.S. District […]

Oil firms’ cost cuts may jeopardise worker safety – Norway watchdog

Shell oil rig Kulluk seen grounded off the coast of an Alaskan island. Extract from a Reuters article by Gwladys Fouche published 24 April 2014 OSLO, April 24 (Reuters) – Cost-cutting by oil companies could jeopardise the safety of workers in the future, Norway’s safety watchdog warned on Thursday. The regulator said it was concerned […]

Shell Discovers Oil at Limbayong Field in Offshore Sabah

Extract from an article by Petroliam Nasional Berhad published by RIGZONE on Monday 17 March 2014 Malaysia’s national oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) and Royal Dutch Shell plc announced Monday an oil discovery offshore Sabah, Malaysia. The drilling of the Limbayong-2 appraisal well was carried out by the consortium of Shell Malaysia […]

Big Oil’s troubles

Big Oil’s troubles will lead to the next huge advance in energy technology By Steve LeVine They spent too much And they discovered that their technology was inferior Survival and industry culture will trigger a big leap FULL ARTICLE

Why Royal Dutch Shell’s Fire Sale May be Cause for Concern

…both BP’s and ConocoPhillips’ asset sales look downright modest in comparison to the outright fire sale Royal Dutch Shell will soon embark on. Royal Dutch Shell unloaded billions last year, with even greater amounts to be sold off over the next two years. That’s why investors may have legitimate cause for concern about the fate […]

Oil Profits Slump as Higher Spending Fails to Lift Output

Investors are shunning the world’s biggest oil companies as drilling costs surge, major projects are delayed and energy prices stagnate. Shell, the second-largest oil company by market value, will report its lowest fourth-quarter profit since 2009 after The Hague-based explorer was socked with cost overruns on some of its most important new fields. Ben van […]

Alaska Coastal Oil Drilling Challenge Revived by U.S. Court

Alaskan coastal drilling by oil companies including ConocoPhillips (COP:US) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) may be further delayed after a U.S. court revived conservation group claims that the government acted illegally in opening almost 30 million acres on the continental shelf to energy exploration. By Karen Gullo January 22, 2014 Alaskan coastal drilling by […]

Selection of article links relating to Royal Dutch Shell 17 Jan 2014

Selection of article links relating to Royal Dutch Shell kindly provided by a regular contributor How Royal Dutch Shell Will Soon Become a Major Player in Natural … DailyFinance-2013 was a difficult year for integrated major Royal Dutch Shell due to … disruptions in Nigeria, one of its major oil-producting geographies. Federal Reserve: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Is What Scares Us …: Huffington Post-Jan 14, 2014: That expansion, plus […]

Western energy companies flocking to China to unlock shale reserves

FINANCIAL TIMES ExxonMobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips of the US, and Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Eni from Europe, are among the international oil companies that have signed deals to explore shale resources in China. Yet for all the excitement, the future of China’s shale remains cloudy.  FULL FT ARTICLE

Greenland explores Arctic mineral riches amid fears for pristine region

The move comes as BP and Shell join others exploring for oil and gas in the pristine waters off Greenland, as concerns grow that the wave of industrialisation in the region will damage the pristine environment. London Mining’s £1.5bn iron ore mine and new oil drilling licences for BP and Shell spark concern for environment Terry Macalister […]

Big Oil sits out lobbying on Iran as Congress stands firm

The companies that have lobbied Congress this year have largely been U.S. divisions of larger international oil companies, such as BP America, part of London-based BP Plc and Shell Oil Co, the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. By Timothy Gardner and Andy Sullivan: WASHINGTON Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:24am EST (Reuters) – As […]

Taylor: Will SEC give oil companies the green light on secrecy?

In the event that Shell and Eni’s handling of the deal is found to be in breach of U.S. anti-bribery laws, investors, who were not given the opportunity to assess these payments, could also be on the hook for penalties that could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. By Simon Taylor | December […]