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Extraction from the Groningen field, one of Europe’s richest sources of gas, is operated in a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, but has been capped in recent years by ministers due to seismic activity in the area. Following a quake two weeks ago which registered at 3.4 on the Richter scale – the second-strongest recorded above the gas fields and the biggest in five years – the country’s minister for economic affairs, Eric Wiebes, put major corporations on notice this week.

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Shell and ITM power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/01/23/shell-and-itm-power-to-build-worlds-largest-hydrogen-electrolysis-plant-in-germany/ http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/01/23/shell-and-itm-power-to-build-worlds-largest-hydrogen-electrolysis-plant-in-germany/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:11:24 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=95326 Shell and ITM power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany was first posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:11 pm.
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Tuesday 23 Jan 2018

Companies come together to develop large-scale hydrogen production project

The world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant is set to be built in Germany. The plant will be built at a refinery in Rhineland, Germany, by ITM Power, a leading developer of fuel cells, and Shell. The two companies will also be working with SINTEF, thinkstep, and Element Energy to develop the new electrolysis plant. The project has received some $10 million in funding from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, adding onto another $10 million in investments the project had already attracted.

Facility to be fully operational by 2020

The plant has been dubbed “Refhyne” and technical planning has already begun. The project must still go through the approval process, but ITM power and Shell believe that the facility will be fully operational at some point in 2020. The plant will make use of the world’s first industrial-scale polymer electrolyte membrane, which will be responsible for the production of hydrogen. The facility will be able to use surplus electricity to produce this fuel rather than making use of fossil-fuels such as natural gas.

Plant will generate 1,300 tons of hydrogen annually

The new plant is expected to be a boon for the Rhineland refinery. Currently, the refinery requires some 180,000 tons of hydrogen annually to operate effectively. The vast majority of this fuel comes from the reformation of natural gas. The new plant will initially be able to produce approximately 1,300 tons of hydrogen a year. Eventually, this production will be increased as the plant is equipped with better technology.

Shell is working to embrace renewable energy

Shell has become eager to partner with companies like ITM Power in order to break into the clean energy space. While the company is still heavily focused on oil, it has become committed to embracing renewable power more aggressively. Hydrogen has captured Shell’s attention, as the fuel has a wide range of uses, particularly where transportation and industrial power are concerned.

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Reuters Staff: JANUARY 22, 2018

SAO PAULO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has hired a former executive of U.S.-based First Solar to lead its solar energy business in Latin America, a source said on Monday, as the industry invests in renewable energy to address global concerns about carbon emissions.

Maria Gabriela da Rocha Oliveira, First Solar’s former senior manager of business development for Brazil and South America, will take on a similar role at Shell’s New Energies unit for the region, said the source, requesting anonymity to discuss the confidential matter.

Shell declined to comment and da Rocha could not be reached for comment. 

Reporting by Luciano Costa; Editing by Richard Chang

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SAYS SHELL KNEW ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN OGONILAND http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/01/20/amnesty-international-says-shell-knew-about-human-rights-violations-in-ogoniland/ http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/01/20/amnesty-international-says-shell-knew-about-human-rights-violations-in-ogoniland/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:27:59 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=95317 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SAYS SHELL KNEW ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN OGONILAND was first posted on January 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm.
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Throughout 1994 and 1995 when many of the events described in this report occurred, Shell and the government were also in negotiations over a $4 billion dollar liquefied natural gas project, at the time one of the largest investments in Africa. Shell announced that this joint venture project was going ahead just five days after the execution of the Ogoni Nine. 

Extract from page 9 of an Amnesty International document headed: “A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE? SHELL’S INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA IN THE 1990s”

Under Executive Summary.

SHELL KNEW ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN OGONILAND

From mid-1993, as the violence increased in Ogoniland, it is inconceivable that Shell was not aware of the worsening human rights situation. The involvement of the armed forces was widely reported on at the time, both in Nigeria and internationally. Organizations, including Amnesty International, published numerous documents, drawing attention to specific incidents, such as the detention of Ken Saro-Wiwa and extrajudicial executions of Ogoni residents by the security forces.

Shell’s knowledge went beyond widely reported events. Executives met regularly with top government officials, and discussed the government strategy for dealing with the Ogoni protests. Shell had close links with Nigeria’s internal security agency. Shell’s former head of security for the region gave a witness statement saying that he shared information with the agency on a daily basis.

SHELL MOTIVATED THE GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE OGONI PROTESTS

Internal Shell documents reveal that company executives repeatedly underlined to government officials the economic impact of the Ogoni protests and requested they resolve the “problem.”

For example, on 19 March 1993 Shell sent a letter to the governor of Rivers State, where Ogoniland is located, requesting his “intervention to enable us carry out our operations given the strategic nature of our business to the economy of the nation.” After General Sani Abacha seized power in November 1993, Shell wrote almost immediately to the newly appointed military administrator of Rivers State (on 13 December) saying that “community disturbances, blockade and sabotage” had led to a drop in production of almost nine million barrels during the course of the year and asked for help to “minimize the disruptions.” In the letter, Shell named the communities, including those in Ogoniland, where these “community disturbances” had taken place. Shortly afterwards, the military administrator created the military force, the ISTF.

Shell then had other opportunities to lobby the government for action. The then chairperson of Shell Nigeria, Brian Anderson, had at least three meetings with Sani Abacha during the height of the Ogoni crisis from 1994-5. During their first discussion (which took place on 30 April 1994), Anderson said he raised, “the problem of the Ogonis and Ken Saro-Wiwa, pointing out that Shell had not been in the area for almost a year. We told him of the destruction that they had created at our sites of which he was apparently unaware.”

Throughout 1994 and 1995 when many of the events described in this report occurred, Shell and the government were also in negotiations over a $4 billion dollar liquefied natural gas project, at the time one of the largest investments in Africa. Shell announced that this joint venture project was going ahead just five days after the execution of the Ogoni Nine.

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By Irina Slav – Jan 18, 2018, 9:00 AM CST

Just a couple of days after it acquired a hefty stake in a U.S. solar company, Shell has made another solar move, closing a power supply deal with British Solar Renewables. Shell Energy Europe, the regional marketing and trading unit of the supermajor, will receive the whole output of the Bradenstoke solar power plant—the second-largest in Britain—for a period of five years. On Monday, Shell said it will buy a 43.8-percent stake in Silicon Ranch Corp, a solar energy company currently part of the Partners Group’s energy portfolio. A second agreement signed by Shell also gives it an opportunity to increase its stake in Silicon Ranch after the year 2021. The deal should officially close by March. FULL ARTICLE

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