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Shell hit with HSE improvement notice at St Fergus

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Energy giant Shell has been ordered to improve its safety procedures at the St Fergus plant near Peterhead.

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the company had failed to made “adequate arrangements” to ensure that “emergency shutdown and emergency depressurisation valve actuators” were maintained in an “efficient state and effective working order”.

HSE initially gave Shell until December 21 to comply with the improvement notice, but the deadline has now been extended to February 28.

A spokeswoman for Shell said: “We can confirm that we have been issued with an improvement notice on 23rd November 2017 in relation to the maintenance of emergency shutdown valves at our St Fergus plant in North East Scotland. read more

Shell North Sea Lifeboats Dangerous Farce No. 3 

By John Donovan

A lifeboat has fallen off the Shell Brent Alpha platform in the North Sea Brent field. See EnergyVoice.com article below: “Shell launches investigation after lifeboat plunges from platform”.

In March 2008, Shell made itself the object of derision when it was discovered that two lifeboats on the Brent Bravo platform in the Brent field were unseaworthy. The problem was similar in nature to the latest dangerous fiasco, involving faulty lifeboat clutches and how the lifeboats were secured on the platform.  read more

Shell shuts down Shearwater, Nelson platforms amid Forties closure

Oil major Shell said today that it had suspended production on two of its North Sea platforms due to the Forties pipeline shutdown.

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Owner Ineos has said it will take “weeks rather than days” to fix the leak, which was detected during a routine inspection at Netherley last week.

The 235-mile pipeline system links more than 80 North Sea field to the UK mainland and the Ineos site in Grangemouth. It delivers almost 40% of the UK’s North Sea oil and gas production.

Ineos completed a deal to buy the system from BP for up to £190million ($250million) at the end of October. read more

EnergyVoice.com Shell news articles 6 Dec 2017

Shell Midstream buying pipelines, terminals for $825m

Houston’s Shell Midstream Partners is going on a buying spree, acquiring $825 million worth of pipelines and terminals from its Royal Dutch Shell parent.

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The deals designed to beef up the three-year-old Shell Midstream business give the Houston pipelines firm more ownership in Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico pipelines, as well as a slew of terminals from the Houston area to Washington state.

The drop-down acquisitions from the parent Shell and other Shell subsidiaries give Shell Midstream majority ownership of the Mars and Odyssey oil pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell Midstream already owned 49 percent stakes in the pipelines and the deal ups those stakes to at least 71 percent. read more

Shell coffee collaboration brewing on biofuel to help power London buses

Oil giant Shell has announced that it is working in collaboration with bio-bean and the coffee drinkers of London to power some of the city’s buses.

The B20 biofuel is partly made from waste coffee grounds and has been added to the London bus fuel supply chain without any great need for vehicle modification. The fuel provides a cleaner, sustainable energy solution which will lower bus emissions in the UK capitol. FULL ARTICLE

Shell standing down emergency response over Gulf fire

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Shell has stood down its emergency response activities over a fire on its Enchilada platform in the Gulf of Mexico. On Saturday an assessment team confirmed the isolation of the platform from the 30-inch gas export pipeline which was thought to be at the centre of the blaze which broke out last week. The team also found no presence of ‘uncontained’ hydrocarbons. The supermajor is in the process of developing a plan for repairing the damaged portions of the asset and re-deploying personnel. There is no timeline to resume normal operations. More than 70 people from Shell and the United States Coast Guard worked together to respond to the incident. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Shell confirmed to Reuters it had sought the change… Shell spokesman Frank van Hoorn said there was nothing secret or nefarious about Shell’s lobbying for the change…

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Oil majors BP and Shell are closing in on realising key objectives for production and fundraising, an analyst has said.

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Shell has no timeline for restarting normal operations on a platform which was shut down in the US Gulf of Mexico due to a fire, a news report said.

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Shell partially downmans Brent Bravo due to weather

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Oil major Shell has taken 60 people off the Brent Bravo platform in the North Sea.

The firm said that “poor weather” was impacting delivery of diesel.

This resulted in a partial downmanning as a “precautionary measure”, the operator said.

A spokesperson for Shell UK said: “Shell UK can confirm that 60 personnel from the Brent Bravo platform have returned to shore as a precautionary measure.

“Poor weather has impacted the delivery of diesel and we are working to reinstate supplies as soon as possible, weather permitting.” read more

News stories on Royaldutchshellgroup.com 6 November 2017

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Shell completes North Sea sale, creates new basin heavyweight

Shell this morning finalised its $3.8billion North Sea deal with Harbour Energy-backed Chrysaor Holdings.

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The package of assets consists of Shell’s interests in Buzzard, Beryl, Bressay, Elgin-Franklin, J-Area, the Greater Armada cluster, Everest, Lomond and Erskine, plus a 10% stake in Schiehallion. The deal includes an initial consideration of $3billion and a payment of up to $600m between 2018-2021 subject to commodity price, with potential further payments of up to $180m for future discoveries.

The transaction was backed by private equity fund EIG Global Energy Partners, through its Harbour Energy joint venture with Asian commodity group Noble. Through the acquisition, Chrysaor becomes the leading independent oil and gas company in the UK North Sea. read more

Shell completes onshore sell-off

Shell today completed its sale of Gabon onshore interests for $628million.

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The deal is the latest in a string of divestments as the oil major zeroes in on its target of $30billion worth of divestments. The deal with Assala Energy will see the new owner assume debt of $285million. The transaction will result in a total post-tax impairment for Shell of $151million. Of this impairment, $53million was taken in Q1 2017, $98million will be taken in Q3 2017 with a final reconciliation to be reflected in Q4 2017. FULL ARTICLE read more

Clock ticking down on deadline for Shell Springboard entries

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Entrants will be competing for a green cash pot containing £350,000, with the national winner to receive £150,000. A further five regional winners will each get £40,000 of no-strings attached funding.

They will also be given access to academics and investors whose advice can help grow their enterprises. The cut-off date for applications falls on November 6.

Former winners include Edinburgh-based tidal energy technology developer Nova Innovation. Shell UK country chair Sinead Lynch said: “Since 2005, Shell Springboard has provided £4million of equity-free funding to almost 100 innovative low-carbon enterprises in the UK. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell submits new plans for Fram field development

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Shell is targeting first gas from the field, which lies 136miles east of Aberdeen, in the second quarter of 2020. The company intends to develop the gas and gas condensate field via a tie-back to the Shearwater platform 20 miles away. The submission of the plans comes about two months after Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden said the company was committed to the North Sea, despite agreeing to sell a package of assets in the basin to Chrysaor earlier this year. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell served improvement notice over gas leak blunder

Offshore workers were exposed to the risk of fire and explosion after blunder led to a gas leak on a southern North Sea installation.

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The uncontrolled release took place on the Barque PB, a normally unmanned platform, on July 19.

Around 138kg of flammable hydrocarbon gas was released from pipework connected to the vessel V2000, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

A subsequent probe found that flammable gas had been used to leak test the pipework instead of inert nitrogen gas – which was available.

Failings were found in the arrangements for the effective planning, organising and control for the reinstatement of the pipework. read more

Shell’s Ben van Beurden: Oil vs Uber in the battle of reputations

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But it wasn’t oil price, or strategy that landed him prime time interviews. Instead, it was the comment that his next car would be electric. “It wasn’t a planned remark, it just came out,” he said. “But it shows how charismatic renewables and electricity is at the moment, much more charismatic than gas and definitely much more charismatic than oil.” A perception that oil and gas have a shrinking role to play is one the industry needs to address head-on. “If you really want to be charismatic about what needs to happen in a big way you would focus on gas,” he said. And that includes an education around renewables. FULL ARTICLE read more

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