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Arctic braced for oil rush as Shell eyes return to Alaska

By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities Editor for publication in The SundayTelegraph 29 Mar 2015 under the headline: Arctic braced for oil rush as Shell eyes return to Alaska When the wreck of Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig washed up on the coast of Alaska in 2012 following a storm at sea, many environmental campaigners hoped […]

Britain’s ties with Abu Dhabi threatened by oil deal deadlock

From an article by Andrew Critchlow published by The Telegraph on 13 Feb 2015 under the headline: “Britain’s ties with Abu Dhabi threatened by oil deal deadlock” Danger of Shell and BP walking away from historic oil agreement which has underpinned Britain’s broader historic relationship with the United Arab Emirates Extracts BP and Royal Dutch […]

Shell chief: oil to stay at current lows for rest of year

From an article by Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor, The Telegraph, published 12 Feb 2015 under the headline:  Shell chief: oil to stay at current lows for rest of year Oil prices are set to remain at the current six-year lows for the rest of 2015, the boss of the country’s largest oil and gas company will […]

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 […]

Can BP and Royal Dutch Shell weather the storm?

From an article by Kyle Caldwell published by The Telegraph on 23 Jan 2015 under the headline: “Oil shares yield 6pc, but are the dividends safe?” Since June the price of Brent Crude has fallen from $116 a barrel to just below $50 last week. The plunge means these companies will generate far lower revenues […]

The continued collapse in oil prices

From an article by Joanne Hart published 18 Jan 2015 by the Financial Mail On Sunday: “Deep trouble: Shell’s share price has fallen 17 per cent since July as falling oil prices have spooked markets” Extracts The market has been spooked on many fronts. Oil prices have more than halved in the past six months. […]

Shell puts the brakes on

By John Donovan In response to the collapse in the price of oil, Shell and Qatar Petroleum have abandoned a $6.4 billion joint venture to build a petrochemical complex in the Ras Laffan Industrial City.  Extract from a Reuters Report:, Prices quoted by companies to build the huge complex showed the project was “commercially unfeasible, […]

Why A BP Shell Merger Is Not A Sensible Option

Why A BP plc (BP) Royal Dutch Shell Merger Is Not A Sensible Option Bidness Etc discusses how lower oil prices have impacted BP’s stock price, and why the merger with Royal Dutch Shell is not on the cards By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Jan 6, 2015 at 9:46 am EST Crude oil prices have declined […]

Tie-Up Between BP and Royal Dutch Shell In 2015?

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm EST Ashley Armstrong, the Telegraph’s merger and acquisition columnist, hinted at the possibilityof a merger between London-based BP plc (NYSE:BP) and Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) in a piece over the weekend. M&A activity during 2014 reached the $3.5 trillion mark, the highest […]

Senior Sources See Merit In Shell BP Mega Merger

“…the tumbling commodities price has meant that takeover chatter has spread to even the fantasy realms of BP and Shell. Once considered unthinkable, senior sources are now saying that there is merit in doing the colossal deal…”; “Companies will not be able to continue with business as usual and must either cut back on expensive exploration […]

Oil majors’ finances strained by price slump

Sunday Telegraph newspaper article by Ben Marlow: Oil majors’ finances strained by price slump The sudden fall in the price of crude oil, from $120 to just $60 a barrel in six months, is the biggest economic shock of 2014 and the fall out is expected to be profound and long-lasting, especially for the oil majors.  […]

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 […]

Opec is finished – the oil crash will continue

The Opec oil cartel no longer exists in any meaningful sense and crude prices will slump to $50 a barrel over the coming months as market forces shake out the weakest producers, Bank of America has warned. The major oil companies will have to cut back on projects with a break-even cost below $80 for Brent […]

BP a sitting duck

The rumours that surfaced earlier this week that Shell might be taking a closer look at BP are not that ridiculous and in the current climate of lower oil prices and falling profits they actually make perfect sense. The first reason is that BP looks like a sitting duck. THE TELEGRAPH Why Shell could buy […]

BP surges on bid speculation

The Telegraph: BP and BG boosted by bid talk Oil and gas majors BP and BG Group were in demand on talk the two companies had been left vulnerable to predators after steep falls in their share prices. BP spiked in afternoon trade and closed 19.35p higher at 433.85p – a 4.7pc gain – amid chatter […]

OPEC IN DISARRAY AS OIL PRICE TUMBLES

Major Opec nations, Russia and US shale oil drillers now appear on the brink of a price war as these three giant producing blocs fight for a greater share of global demand. (Potentially disastrous news for Big Oil – ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and Total) The Telegraph: World on brink of oil price war as Opec […]

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