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Montepeque of Platts Caught in Battle Over Oil Assessments: Bloomberg: The oil-market investigation became public in May when European … Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), three of Europe’s largest oil companies, …

Shell will keep oil shale R&D, sell its other Colorado assets: Denver Business Journal (blog)-Aug 23, 2013; Royal Dutch Shell’s U.S. subsidiary will keep its oil shale research project going in Colorado, but the company’s other assets in the … read more

Shell ‘shuts down £8.3bn project in China’

Royal Dutch Shell is likely to face questions over the future of its operations in China after sources claimed an £8.3bn project in the country had been quietly shelved. The cancellation of the project in the eastern city of Taizhou will raise doubts about Shell’s bold push into China and its partnership with CNPC. Shell has assiduously courted the state-owned giant, only to see CNPC swept up in a political purge which has seen at least five current or former executives investigated by the Communist party.

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The news raises questions about Shell’s position in China Photo: GETTY

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By , in Beijing: 8:30PM BST 10 Sep 2013

The tie-up with China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the country’s largest energy producer, and Qatar Petroleum to build a refinery and petrochemical plant is believed to have been suspended after losing political support.

The cancellation of the project in the eastern city of Taizhou will raise doubts about Shell’s bold push into China and its partnership with CNPC.

Shell has assiduously courted the state-owned giant, only to see CNPC swept up in a political purge which has seen at least five current or former executives investigated by the Communist party. read more

Blaze hits Shell plant in Texas

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL has shut down parts of a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after a fire broke out following a £6.4billion expansion scheme.

Shell closed units at the Motiva refinery, which is run by a joint venture of the oil giant and Saudi Refining, after the second blaze in a week is said to have started near the biggest of the plant’s three crude oil units.

The first attempt to start the unit, at the end of a five year upgrade of the refinery, was hampered by a chemical leak in June 2012.

The unit has been running at reduced rates since it began production early this year.

The company may shut the crude unit in the autumn of 2014 to fix the problems. read more

Shell shock as new boss is appointed

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL sprang another surprise on the City yesterday by naming its head of refining Ben van Beurden as its new chief executive to succeed Peter Voser next January.

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Published: Wed, July 10, 2013

Dutchman Van Beurden, 55, who has been with the Anglo-Dutch oil giant for 30 years but only appointed to the board in January as boss of its downstream operations, had not been touted as a likely contender to replace Voser, whose decision to stand down after less than five years in the top job had stunned investors.

Analysts had focused on chief financial officer Simon Henry and other divisional heads including Marvin Odum and Andy Brown as potential successors, although Shell also reviewed outside candidates. read more

All the worst Shell traits – secrecy, haughtiness, inertia

 From our Shell News Archive Sunday 31 October, 2004

The fallout from the Shell reserves fraud continues…

The Independent On Sunday (UK): Business View: Shell’s real location problem is finding more black stuff: “The misreporting of reserves scandal showed all the worst Shell traits – secrecy, haughtiness, inertia.”: “So what’s the hurry? Was it because Shell had to admit that it had uncovered another 900 million barrels of doubtful crude in its reserves and was likely to uncover 600 million more?”

Sunday Express (UK): Shell boardroom changes backfire on reserves news: “ONE OF the world’s most influential financial firms has given the thumbs down to an announcement from Shell it is to end its 97-year-old dual board structure.”: “…financial ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said it had adjusted Shell’s investment rating downwards to “creditwatch negative”, a status which implies there may be more bad news to come from the company.”

Mail on Sunday (UK):  Shell bosses in a charm offensive: “The Board, headed by Jeroen van der Veer, will see thousands of staff to explain the proposed changes and shore up the mood of the employees damaged by scandals over Shell’s inflated oil reserves.”: “Last week, Shell was forced to downgrade its estimates of proven oil reserves for the fifth time this year. Reserves are now a third lower than originally thought” read more

A DREADFUL DAY FOR SHELL SHAREHOLDERS, ESPECIALLY UK SHELL SHAREHOLDERS

FROM OUR OCTOBER 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE

Friday 29 October, 2004 – A DREADFUL DAY FOR SHAREHOLDERS IN SHELL TRANSPORT AND TRADING COMPANY PLC

The Times (UK): The Hague for head office: “ALTHOUGH it maintains otherwise, Shell is effectively going Dutch…”: “From May, the big decisions will be taken by a new board in The Hague, which has seven Dutch members and only four Britons.”: “…from 2006 it will hold AGMs only in The Hague.”

The Times (UK): Fear of new Shell reserves downgrade: “ROYAL Dutch/Shell yesterday raised fears that it may have to write down its reserves by more than 1.5 billion barrels…”: “With less than 60 per cent of its reservoir audit completed, Shell was unable yesterday to put a ceiling on the potential downgrade of its reserves…”

Daily Telegraph (UK): Dutch chiefs take helm of merged Shell: “The radical move, which needs to be approved by shareholders, is likely to be seen as a Dutch takeover of the energy giant…”: “The news was overshadowed by yet more revelations about the company’s “proven” reserves…” read more

OIL GIANTS BACK IN BLACK AS CRUDE RISES

By Geoff Ho: Sunday October 28,2012

OIL giant BP is expected to return to profit this week when it reports its third-quarter results thanks to the rising oil price, while arch-rival Royal Dutch Shell is also set to announce improved profits.

BP is expected to make a net profit of $4 billion (£2.5 billion) for the three months to September 30, which would return it to profitability after registering a $1.3 billion loss in the preceding quarter. The oil giant will unveil its third-quarter results on Tuesday.

City analysts expect Royal Dutch Shell to report a net profit of $7.3bn, an increase of 79.7 per cent on the second quarter, when it announces its third-quarter results on Thursday. read more

SHELL’S ANNUS HORRIBILIS

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2004

Daily Express (UK): SHELL’S ANNUS HORRIBILIS

Published 23 Sept 2004

Jan 9, 2004: Reserves downgraded; shares slump

Mar 7: Chairman Sir Philip Watts ousted

Apr 19: E-mails about ‘lying’ revealed

Apr 24: FSA launches probe

Jun 6: Shell forced to speed up structural reform

Jul 29: Fined £84m by US and UK watchdogs

Sep 22: New investment strategy

SCOTTISH OIL RIGS IN DIRE STRAITS

Mr Campbell insisted it is only a matter of time before there is another major tragedy in the North Sea. He said: “According to public domain data there were 85 gas releases and 443 dangerous occurrences last year. If you are getting 85 gas leaks that’s one and a half, or two, leaks a week. The probability of an undesirable event is very high.”


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By John Donovan

The Sunday Express has today published an article under the headline: “Rusting rigs spark fears of oil tragedy” (above newspaper article) and “SCOTTISH OIL RIGS IN DIRE STRAITS” (online version).

The newspaper approached us for assistance and we were happy to supply extensive information, including the revealing letter we obtained from the Health & Safety Executive that is mentioned in the article.

We also put the Sunday Express journalist Paula Murray into contact with Bill Campbell, the retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International to led the safety audit team on Shell North Sea platforms in 1999 which exposed a “Touch F*** All” maintenance culture with bodged repairs and falsified safety records. A more recent report (in 2008) by upstreamonline revealed that even the oil rig lifeboats were not seaworthy.
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BOSSES’ SOARING PAY IS SLAMMED

Shell is often at odds with institutional investors over the generous pay packages it gives to its executives, such as boss Peter Voser, who last year took home £4.6 million in pay and bonuses.

By Tracey Boles and Geoff Ho: Sunday May 15,2011

THE pay of top earners is spiralling out of control, a high-level report will warn tomorrow, as investors prepare to tackle three of Britain’s biggest companies over excessive remuneration.

The independent inquiry into high pay across both the public and private sectors, says that it is climbing “at an alarming rate”.

The High Pay Commission will also warn in its report, out tomorrow, that Britain is on course for levels of inequality not seen since Victorian times. read more

SHELL SURGES BUT BP FAILS TO CASH IN ON OIL PRICES

Sunday April 24,2011
By Tracey Boles

A DIP in production is expected to stop BP reaping the full benefit of the high oil price in its first-quarter results, out this week.

But arch-rival Royal Dutch Shell is forecast to enjoy a surge in first-quarter earnings on the back of the oil price which averaged $105 (£64) per barrel in the three-month period.

First-quarter profits at crisis-hit BP are expected to be broadly flat at $5.6 billion (£3.4 billion).

Analysts at Charles Stanley said: “Production volumes could be some 7 per cent lower and as a result, BP will have less leverage from higher oil prices which are some 32 per cent higher than a year ago.” read more

The Times: Shell chief fears oil shortage in seven years

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THE TIMES

Carl Mortished, World Business Editor

January 25, 2008

World demand for oil and gas will outstrip supply within seven years, according to Royal Dutch Shell.

The oil multinational is predicting that conventional supplies will not keep pace with soaring population growth and the rapid pace of economic development.

Jeroen van der Veer, Shell’s chief executive, said in an e-mail to the company’s staff this week that output of conventional oil and gas was close to peaking. He wrote: “Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand.” read more

Daily Express: Boss in Shell scandal starts legal fightback

Daily Express (UK): Boss in Shell scandal starts legal fightback

“… Watts’ counsel, David Pannick, claimed Watts could be easily identified by any “reasonable reader”. This was because the notice referred to Shell’s annual report, signed off by Watts, which contained false reserves statements, and to a Shell-commissioned report into the scandal, naming him among others. This had led to “contemptuous press coverage”.

Published by Daily Express 26 July 2005

By Andrew Johnson

SIR PHILIP WATTS, ousted as Shell’s boss in the oil reserves scandal, yesterday fired the opening shot against the Financial Services Authority in the fight to clear his name.

His lawyers told a preliminary hearing of the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal the City watchdog had infringed his rights by identifying him in a potentially damaging way when explaining why it had fined Shell £17million for market abuse. He should have been given an advance look at the notice to answer criticisms, they said. read more

Daily Express: Shell pays £52m to help settle reserves actions

Daily Express: Shell pays £52m to help settle reserves actions

Posted Tuesday 19 July 2005

By Andrew Johnson

Published 13 July 2005

SHELL is close to settling one of the three major class actions it was facing in the US in the wake of last year’s reserves scandal.

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant has agreed to pay, subject to court approval, $90 million (£52 million) to a clutch of pension funds run for its US staff.

It is the latest move by the group to draw a line under the affair which saw nearly 6 billion barrels wiped from its reserves which had been artificially inflated. read more

Daily Express: Shell Chief’s scientific outlook

Daily Express: Shell Chief’s scientific outlook

Friday 24 June 2005

City & Business Editor: Stephen Kahn: email: [email protected]

Article by Andrew Johnson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE Jeroen van der Veer is to beef up Shell’s science and technology work as part of moves to show there is life after the oil giant’s disastrous recent past.

Outlining where he would like the company to be in 1o years, van der Veer said innovation would play a crucial role in giving it a competitive edge.

The move comes ahead of the company’s annual meeting on Tuesday, when shareholders are expected to rubber-stamp a revamp of Shell’s three-board, two company structure to a single board and company. read more

Shell News Wednesday, 2 February 2005