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9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup

…not only could Shell and Eni lose the block, but they could also face billions of dollars in fines for allegedly bribing corrupt public officials and private citizens. By Julianne Geiger: Jan. 29, 2016 Supermajors Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Italian Eni (NYSE:E) could be facing the loss of one of the biggest offshore […]

Nigerian President Steps Up Fight Against Shell/ENI Corruption

By Andrew Oota, Bayo Oladeji, Bode Gbadebo, By George Agba, By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah:— Jan 28, 2016  In his quest for more potent laws against money laundering and to rev up the fight against corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday presented two bills before the Senate for amendment. They are the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill 2016 […]

9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup

9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup By Julianne Geiger: 27 January 2016  Supermajors Shell and Italian Eni could be facing the loss of one of the biggest offshore oil exploration blocks in Nigeria, putting an estimated 9 billion barrels of crude oil at risk. As the new Nigerian government launches […]

Blundering Shell E&P Ireland Director John Egan Resigns

By John Donovan I am aware of speculation over the claimed resignation of John Egan, as a director of Shell E&P Ireland. It is, in fact, true. The proof is provided below. For a number of years, Egan has been the Communications supremo at Shell E&P Ireland, the main partner in the Corrib Gas Project, which has […]

Corrib gas a ‘template’ for ‘how not to undertake a development’

Lorna Siggins: 26 JAN 2016 The Corrib gas project is a template for “how not to undertake a development”, according to a new planning approach published by the British Institution of Civil Engineers. Although the gas project has secured its final Government approval from Minister for Energy Alex White, the prospect of further legal challenges […]

Shell, Eni In Fresh Trouble As Nigeria Begins Moves To Withdraw OPL 245

The retrieval of the controversial oil bloc, estimated to contain about 9 billion barrels of crude, as well as placing heavy fines on the oil giants, is contained in a far-reaching recommendation by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mohammed Diri. The recommendation was at the instance of the Attorney General of […]

Shell, Eni in fresh trouble as Nigeria begins moves to withdraw OPL 245 from Malabu, Dan Etete

By Idris Akinbajo and Joshua Olufemi: 25 JAN 2016 The Nigerian government is set to retrieve one of Africa’s richest oil blocs from oil giants, Shell and Eni, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Not only will the two oil giants lose OPL 245, should President Muhammadu Buhari approve the recommendations, they will also be fined billions of […]

20 years after gas discovery, Corrib opens in north Mayo

Lorna Siggins: 24 JAN 2016 The €3.5 billion Corrib gas development is due to be opened by Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh on Monday, almost 20 years after the gas discovery was reported off the north Mayo coast. Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been earmarked for the invitation-only event, but will be at […]

Shell in bed with the President of Argentina?

Dear John, It has taken some time to send you my promised request for information, but I’m now fulfilling my commitment.  I’m an Argentinian independent journalist. Usually, I write on international Politics, and in this job I regularly check your site. In recent times, however, I note the absence of references to the enormous political […]

Extract from an email sent by OSSL today to Ben van Beurden concerning Shell bribery and corruption in Ireland

Extract from an email sent by OSSL today to Ben van Beurden concerning Shell bribery and corruption in Ireland, as admitted by OSSL, the firm that worked for Shell. This is stated as a fact not an allegation.

…already local people are alarmed by intense levels of gas flaring – burning off flammable gas and potentially producing dangerous emissions… ANDY STOREY: JANUARY 6, 2016 Erris, County Mayo, is a long way from Dublin. But events there have huge economic significance for the country as a whole, including the capital city. Gas is finally flowing […]

Ethical BG …is Shell a good fit …given that The Corrib Project stinks all the way to the top

EMAIL RECIPIENTS AT BG GROUP AND ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC ARE AS LISTED From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Subject: Ethical BG …is Shell a good fit …given that The Corrib Project stinks all the way to the top Date: 6 January 2016 at 14:22:57 GMT To: [email protected], [email protected], tobybates <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]>, “<[email protected]>” […]

Gas flaring at Corrib plant ‘frightening’, says resident

Lorna Siggins: Friday 1st January 2016 Residents living close to the Corrib gas plant in north Mayo have expressed alarm over the intensity of gas flaring during New Year’s Eve. Shell E&P Ireland acknowledged on Friday evening that the flaring level was “exceptional”. “As the start up process continues, there may be further intermittent flaring […]

Corrib Gas Controversy: Minister White’s Christmas Message to the People of Mayo & the High Court

Gives High Court the two-fingered salute. Uses Christmas to sign off on Corrib gas despite pending judicial review of EPA licence. 31 Dec 2015 In an extraordinary, near clandestine decision in the middle of the Christmas holiday period, Alex White signed off on the final consent needed by Shell to operate the Corrib gas refinery […]

Shell producing Irish natural gas after decade of project delays

December 30, 2015 | By Collin Eaton HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell has started extracting natural gas off the coast of Ireland after more than a decade of project delays and an estimated $3.1 billion in unexpected cost overruns. The Anglo-Dutch oil major on Wednesday said it aims to pump enough gas from the Corrib […]

Natural gas begins flowing from controversial Corrib field

Peter Murtagh: 30 Dec 2015 Natural gas is flowing into the national supply grid from the Corrib gas field off Co Mayo for the first time since it was discovered in 1996. One of six wellheads, drilled in 350m of water 84km off the west coast, was opened on Wednesday by the field developer, Shell […]

Ireland’s Corrib Field Now Producing Natural Gas

By SARAH KENT: Dec. 30, 2015 2:59 p.m. ET LONDON—After nearly two decades of development, one of Ireland’s largest-ever energy projects is now producing natural gas, Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Wednesday. …the Anglo-Dutch firm’s plans to build an onshore pipeline to transport the Corrib field’s gas to a terminal it would construct at Bellanaboy in […]

Desperate measures for a desperate Corrib project

New Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – December 30th 2015 – For immediate release —  Minister White slips consent to Shell during Christmas period — Shell to Sea have called the granting by Alex White of consent to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline – desperate and disgraceful. Permission was granted despite Shell’s EPA […]

Concern over Shell gas flow delay

Concern over Shell gas flow delay Saturday, 26th December, 2015 A MAYO TD has expressed concern over the delay in issuing the final regulatory approval to Shell E&P Ireland that will enable the company to start producing gas from the Corrib Gas Field in north Mayo. Deputy Michelle Mulherin said it is the interest of […]

Shell To Sea JR Legal Fund

Four local residents have initiated a legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision granting Shell E&P Ireland an INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS LICENCE P0738-03 for the Corrib gas refinery in Co Mayo. THIS IS THE FINAL DECISION TO PUMP THE GAS In proceedings before the High Court, four residents argue THAT the decision to grant the […]

$1.1bn Malabu Scam: Leaked emails show Shell, Eni, Jonathan’s aides conspired to divert money to Etete

The director of Global Witness, Simon Taylor, said, “We now know beyond all possible doubt or denial that Shell and Eni knew exactly where their payment was going. Nicholas Ibekwe: Dec 19, 2015 Despite repeated denial by oil giants, Shell and Eni, that they did not know that the $1.1 billion they paid for OPL […]

COURT REFUSES TO UNFREEZE FUNDS FROM “SMASH AND GRAB” RAID ON NIGERIAN OIL BLOCK

Prosecutors allege that “fronts for President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria” received US$523m in proceeds of “smash and grab” OPL 245 deal. Press release / 15 Dec 2015 Southwark Crown Court today rejected an attempt by a company owned by the former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete to unfreeze US$85m in proceeds of the corrupt deal […]

Mayo locals bring legal challenge to Shell Corrib Gas licence

4 December 2015 Four local residents have initiated a legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision granting Shell E&P Ireland an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Licence (IPPC)for the Corrib gas refinery in Co Mayo. The EPA granted the IPPC licence for the Bellanaboy Bridge gas terminal, a gas refinery and large combustion plant […]

Corrib gas project spend to top €3.6bn as Shell await Government approval

The costs of the Corrib gas project are set to top €3.6bn by the end of this year, more than four times the original estimate of €800m. Gordon Deegan: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Yesterday, operator Shell E&P Ltd confirmed that the 2015 spend by the Corrib partners on the field will be €260m. Some €320m […]

Shell racks up nearly €100m loss as it waits on go-ahead for first Corrib gas

Corrib Gas Project mired in corruption allegations and a related cover-up led by Michael Crothers Paul O’Donoghue: 18 November 2015 The company behind the controversial Corrib gas project racked up losses of over €98m last year as it awaits a final government permit to begin flowing gas at the site. Accounts just filed for Shell […]

HERE FIRST TEN DAYS AGO: Lorraine Mitchelmore Fired

Michael Crothers at Shell E&P Ireland Limited By John Donovan On 7 November, we published the first news of the firing of Lorraine Mitchelmore, the President and Country Chair of Shell Canada. The information, which came from a Shell insider source, was posted on our Shell Blog under the alias of “Manny” The departure of Lorraine Mitchelmore has been confirmed […]

Nigerian Probes Uncover $12bn Oil Fraud

In 2012, the Senate investigated the contentious Malabu Oil Field transaction. The Upper House re-opened investigation into an allegation of $1.1 billion round-tripping involving the federal government and two international oil companies – Shell and Eni (Agip) – over the sale of a contentious OPL 245 oil block. BY EDEGBE ODEMWINGIE AND BODE GBADEBO: Nov 10, […]

Kola Aluko reveals why he paid rent for ex-minister’s mother

Alison-Madueke was detained in London on October 2, 2015, by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) over allegations that she laundered billions of dollars from her country’s treasury. Nigerian oil tycoon, Kola Aluko has admitted paying rent for Mrs Beatrice Agama, the mother of former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Alison-Madueke was detained in London […]

Fugitive Oil Tycoon Kola Aluko Admits Paying UK Rent For Alison-Madueke’s Mother

BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK: NOV 01, 2015 Kola Aluko, a Nigerian oil magnate now wanted in the UK for money laundering, has admitted that he paid rent for a high-end apartment for the mother of a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Mr. Aluko told the British Sunday Times newspaper that he was responsible for […]

Oil tycoon faces quiz over lost billions

Article involving Diezani Alison-Madueke, former executive director of Shell in Nigeria read more

Nigeria President Escalates Campaign to Stem Corruption

In recent days, the campaign escalated with the arrest of two high-profile figures: Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former oil minister whose five-year tenure was marred by recurring accusations of widespread theft; and Olajide Omokore, the chairman of a Nigerian oil company. Both were held as part of inquiries into corruption and money laundering. By NORIMITSU ONISHI: OCT. […]

Is Cameron’s campaign against corrupt cash starting to bite?

The arrest of Nigeria’s glamorous former oil minister suggests it is, says Clementine Wallop 13 October 2015 Like many others, I was sceptical when in July, Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech in Singapore he was planning to crack down on corrupt foreigners who own luxury properties in London and use the capital […]

Nigeria’s President Enlists the West to Help Recover Stolen Money

Benoît Faucon in London: Oct. 12, 2015  U.S., U.K. act quickly at behest of Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in May on a pledge to stamp out corruption; ex-oil minister detained in London London police this month briefly detained Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.  Following a summer meeting in Washington between British and American investigators, […]

Nigeria: The Morality and Mortality in Alamieyeseigha’s Death and Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Illness

Nigeria: The Morality and Mortality in Alamieyeseigha’s Death and Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Illness OPINION By Adeolu Ademoyo Depending on the context, death and illness are two occurrences, which are often difficult to write and talk about. This broad challenge is made more complicated in a contemporary African context-in this case Nigerian context- that is disposed to […]

Alison-Madueke family reacts, says Diezani was never arrested

October 09, 2015 * Says she completed months of cancer chemotherapy in London, to undergo surgery next week * Urges Nigerians to pray for her recovery to face allegations, give stewardship account Following the ongoing travails of Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, over allegations of money laundering and bribery brought against her […]

Diezani Alison-Madueke: Behind the ‘reformer’ of the Nigerian oil industry’s arrest

Mrs Alison-Madueke, 54, part of a prominent Nigerian family and a former Shell executive, was appointed as Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources in March 2010 by now former president Goodluck Jonathan Cahal Milmo§ @cahalmilmo Wednesday 7 October 2015 18:29 Until last Friday, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s position as one of the most prominent women on the global stage […]

Diezani In London By Michael Egbejumi-David

…just last Friday, the ex-minister was collared in London along with four other people.  They were all charged with bribery, corruption and money laundering.  Already, money is being taken off her. BY MICHAEL EGBEJUMI-DAVID: OCT 06, 2015 I have met the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke before.  It was about three years ago in […]

How Nigeria’s Ex-Minister Of Petroleum Madueke Laundered Looted Money, Her Accomplices Revealed

…another avenue of money laundering by the former minister was the controversial Malabu deal in which she, former Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, and President Goodluck Jonathan may have pocketed close to $2 billion between them. Charing Cross Police Station in London where former Shell Executive Director and subsequently Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani […]

Premium Times: Former Shell Executive Director Arrested in London on Corruption Allegations Involving Over $20bn

  …former board member of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria… By Bassey Udo: 4 Oct 2015 The Nigerian presidency has confirmed the arrest of a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in London, over allegations of corruption and money laundering. “The government is aware of the arrest and all the government investigative agencies are working very […]

Nigeria’s ex-oil minister ‘arrested in London’

…one of five people as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering. $20bn of oil money had gone missing… 2 Oct 2015 Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been arrested in London, her family has said. She is believed to be one of five people the UK National Crime Agency said […]

Outspoken articles about Shell

Outspoken articles about Shell 2015 HERE FIRST TEN DAYS AGO: Lorraine Mitchelmore Fired: 17 November 2015 Shell/Exxon NAM JV cuts 2000 jobs due to low oil price and liability for Dutch earthquakes: 19 Sept 2015 I WARNED WIKIPEDIA YEARS AGO THAT ALIAS EDITING WOULD RESULT IN SCANDAL: 7 Sept 2015 OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to […]

OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to Irish Police, Irish Times and Shell on 28 August 2015

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Date: 28 August 2015 08:10:45 BST To: Pearse_Street_DS <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], Commissioner <[email protected]>, “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>, [email protected] Subject: Corrib CEO ..a Shell man …the day the nightmare began …top cop Gannon. The Shell CEO appointed to Corrib, accompanied by his Local liaison officer unannounced arrived in the premises of […]

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Shell remains one of the dirtiest, corrupt and dangerous companies ever known, and no amount of green-washing can hide that simple fact. Derrick Crowe: 27 August, 2015 Earlier this month, Royal Dutch Shell announced it would allow its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to expire. ALEC is a major force behind […]

Shell seeks permission to operate Corrib gas pipeline

by Joe Leogue: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Shell Ireland has officially applied to the Government for permission to operate the controversial pipeline from the Corrib gas field off the coast of Mayo. The application is the first to be made under the Gas Act since the completion of its construction. The pipeline is a joint […]

Shell denies greasing ANC palms

By Tony Carnie: 20 August 2015 Durban – Oil giant Shell has denied suggestions that it exercises “improper influence” over government officials or makes financial payments to the ANC to pave the way for shale gas fracking. The company’s local subsidiary, Shell South Africa, was responding on Wednesday to fears raised by local anti-fracking groups […]

BVB Personal Journey? Was it to a bank or a casino?

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden claims that he has been on a personal journey in relation to authorising Shell’s latest Arctic gamble. All due credit for the courage needed to take such a huge risk. The same applies to Shell’s takeover of the BG Group and the alliance with the corrupt […]

New head of Nigeria’s state oil company sacks top management

By Julia Payne Aug 5 (Reuters) – The new head of Nigeria’s state oil firm dismissed senior managers after a government directive, the company said on Wednesday, barely a day after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as managing director. “All of the executive directors were let go … Buhari wanted a clean slate,” one of […]

Shell accused of providing £25,000 in alcohol to police

Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Metro.co.uk Wednesday 22 Jul 2015 Shell has been accused of supplying £25,000 in alcohol to Irish police officers by two suppliers to an Irish gas project. Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney both claimed in court that they were told by someone from Shell E&P Ireland to buy the alcohol, according to the Irish Journal. […]

Shell asked for £25,000 worth of alcohol to be delivered to gardaí in Mayo, court told

The detailed claims were made in a Mayo court last week. TWO FORMER SUPPLIERS to the Corrib gas project told a jury they supplied £25,000-worth of alcohol to gardaí in 2007 on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland. The allegations were made by Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney, co-owners of OSSL, which had previously supplied personal […]

Men tell court they supplied alcohol to Belmullet Gardaí for Shell

EXTRACTS Under oath, Mr Neil Rooney claimed that the first delivery of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station was made in 2005, and that in 2007, he was asked by Conor Byrne, a Senior Pipeline Engineer with Shell, to make a large delivery. Mr Rooney, from Downpatrick, Co Down, said he went to the north and […]

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