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Nigerian rights group files suit to revoke Malabu oilfield license

Chijioke Ohuocha: MAY 8, 2018

LAGOS, May 8 (Reuters) – A Nigerian civil rights group launched a legal case on Tuesday aimed at forcing the government to revoke a disputed 2011 oilfield deal at the centre of a string of international corruption investigations.

The case, heard at a court in the commercial hub Lagos, relates to the purchase of the offshore OPL 245 oilfield in Nigeria by oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in 2011. The field has estimated reserves of 9 billion barrels.

At the core of the case is a $1.3 billion payment from Shell and Eni to secure the block from Malabu Oil and Gas, allegedly controlled by former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete. read more

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Exxon Shell Earthquake Fallout

Incidentally, the cancellation of Shell’s investment in the Groninger gas field to zero does not mean that there can not be any more burdens. The company expects to have to write off part of the gas reserves in Groningen at the end of this year as well.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele DagbladRoyal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil each own a 50% share in NAM, the company responsible for the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field and consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages to effected residences.

NAM and Shell write ‘Groningen’ to zero, ExxonMobil not yet

Bert van Dijk • Entrepreneurship

Oil companies Shell and ExxonMobil differ from each other about the value of the large gas field in Groningen. Shell and ExxonMobil are the shareholders of the Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM), which operates the Groninger gas field.

The British-Dutch Shell has written off its investment in the NAM’s Groningen gas field in the past quarter, whereas the American ExxonMobil has not adjusted the value of its investment in ‘Groningen’. This is evident from the first quarter results that both companies recently announced. read more

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Oil Companies Ask Judge to Kill NYC’s Global Warming Lawsuit

By Bob Van Voris: 4 May 2018, 23:09 BST Updated on 5 May 2018, 02:09 BST

♦Case affects global economy, national security, companies say

♦New York argues oil companies denied climate change science

This lawsuit is based upon the fundamental principle that a corporation that makes a product causing severe harm when used exactly as intended should shoulder the costs of abating that harm. Defendants here produced, marketed, and sold massive quantities of fossil fuels—primarily oil and natural gas—despite knowing that the combustion and use of fossil fuels emit greenhouse gases (“GHG pollution” or “GHGs”), primarily carbon dioxide (“CO2”). Defendants have also known for decades that GHG pollution accumulates and remains in the atmosphere for up to hundreds of years, where it traps heat, a process commonly referred to as “climate change” or “global warming,” and that this process would cause grave harm.

Five of the world’s biggest oil companies asked a judge to throw out New York City’s lawsuit seeking to hold them responsible for costs related to the environmental changes caused by their products. BP Plc, Chevron Corp.ConocoPhillipsExxon Mobil Corp., and Royal Dutch Shell Plc argued that the court lacks the authority to resolve broad policy questions with “profound implications for the global economy, international relations and America’s national security.” FULL ARTICLE read more

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Investors press Shell for tougher carbon emissions cuts

Church of England funds back AGM resolution calling for more aggressive targets read more

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Protestors smear Van Gogh museum with oil in anti-Shell protest

Friday 4 May 2018

Protesters placed oily black hand prints on several windows at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum on Thursday afternoon because of its sponsorship by Shell, the Parool said.

The protest group Free Fossil Culture said the demonstration was to show its solidarity with environmentalist group Milieudefensie which said on 4 April it would take Shell to court over its climate change strategy.

The museum was not alerted to Thursday’s action ahead of time. In the meantime the windows have been cleaned. The museum said it will not take steps against the protesters. read more

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‘We need to change, and that is what Shell is going to do’, says UK chair

Sinead Lynch, UK country chair for Shell, said yesterday that the oil giant knows that it “needs to change” in the coming energy transition, and “that is what Shell is going to do”.

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As part of a panel at the All-Energy conference in Glasgow, Ms Lynch said that Shell was part of a movement within the industry which was recognising the energy transition and that Shell was “beginning that change”. She said: “Shell has a deep history and deep roots across Scotland, in our upstream business where we have been investing in and producing from the North Sea for 50 years. But also in our downstream business where we have been producing a number of downstream products to our customers here for almost a 100 years, and that’s a range of products that’s beginning to change. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Dirty Shell

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele DagbladRoyal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil each own a 50% share in NAM, the company responsible for the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field and consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages to effected residences.

We thank scarce technical talent for a career at ‘dirty’ Shell

Van Beurden emphasizes time and time again that Shell wants to be a company that not only pleases its shareholders, but also has an eye for a changing society. But at the same time it has to do with green activism among shareholders, a climate law case of Milieudefensie, allegations of corruption in Nigeria and, through NAM, co-responsibility for the Groningen earthquakes.

Johan Leupen: Bert van Dijk • Economics & Politics

The status of Shell as a favorite employer for technical students is a thing of the past. Young, highly educated technicians often prefer sustainable companies. They do not want to work for a company that uses old energy sources such as oil and gas.

This is evident from a tour of technical students and headhunters. ‘We see that companies such as Shell have been particularly troublesome,’ says Joost Fortuin, director of recruitment and headhunting agency Page Group Nederland. ‘Many technicians from Delft do not want to identify themselves with this type of companies anymore. You do not contribute to a better, more sustainable world. ‘ read more

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Shell Isn’t Worried About Peak Demand But Asset Managers Are

: April 30, 2018

Summary

  • Royal Dutch Shell’s latest Energy Transition Report contains a demand outlook for oil and gas that is quite conservative compared to its industry peers.
  • The company’s demand outlook is higher than what will likely be possible if the Paris Climate Agreement’s emissions targets are to be achieved, however.
  • Almost 90% of respondents in a recent survey of major asset managers believe that climate risks will have a “significant” impact on oil and gas company valuations in the near-term.
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    HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE OGONI CRISIS BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

    On 10 November 1995, nine men from Ogoniland, a small area within Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta region, were hanged by the military authorities, after a blatantly unfair trial. Their bodies were then dumped in unmarked graves. One of them was the outspoken and acclaimed writer Kenule (Ken) Saro-Wiwa… The other men executed that day were Dr Barinem Kiobel, a former government official, and seven members and supporters of MOSOP… 

    Extracts from pages 17, 18 & 19 of an Amnesty International document headed: “A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE? SHELL’S INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA IN THE 1990s”

    EXTRACT BEGINS

    On 10 November 1995, nine men from Ogoniland, a small area within Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta region, were hanged by the military authorities, after a blatantly unfair trial. Their bodies were then dumped in unmarked graves. One of them was the outspoken and acclaimed writer Kenule (Ken) Saro-Wiwa, who had gained worldwide recognition for his leadership of a campaigning organization, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). This had drawn attention to the ecological devastation caused by decades of oil production, and the lack of economic development, in Nigeria’s oil-producing areas. The other men executed that day were Dr Barinem Kiobel, a former government official, and seven members and supporters of MOSOP: Saturday Dobee, Paul Levula, Nordu Eawo, Felix Nuate, Daniel Gbokoo, John Kpuinen and Baribor Bera. read more

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    Shell writes off entire investment in troubled gas venture NAM

    Thursday 26 April 2018

    Shell has written off its entire $244m investment in gas production company NAM in a move seen as a further attempt to distance itself from the troubled company.

    NAM is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil and faces huge damages claims because of the earthquakes in Groningen province which have been caused by the extraction of natural gas.

    The one-off charge was booked in first-quarter earnings published on Thursday, according to the Financieele Dagblad. read more

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    SHELL WRITES OFF NAM SHARES OVER GRONINGEN GAS EXTRACTION REDUCTION

    By Janene Pieters on April 26, 2018 – 12:20

    In its bookkeeping, Shell is reducing the value of its interest in NAM to zero in response to the Dutch government deciding to cin the coming years, RTL Nieuws reports.

    Dutch petroleum company NAM is responsible for gas extraction in Groningen. NAM is owned half by Shell and half by ExxonMobil. Depreciating its shares in NAM is costing Shell 244 million dollars, according to RTL.  

    The Dutch government concluded that safety in Groningen can only be guaranteed if the cause of the gas extraction earthquakes in the province is completely removed. The government therefore plans to reduce gas extraction in the province to 12 billion cubic meters by 2022 at the latest. From October 2022 gas extraction will be reduced to 7.5 billion cubic meters “and possibly considerably less”. And after that it will gradually be reduced to zero. read more

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    Shell writes off Groningen gas field on Dutch phase-out

    Reuters Staff: APRIL 26, 2018 / 4:02 PM

    LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it would write down its reserves in the Groningen gas field, one of Europe’s largest, following the Dutch government’s decision to phase out production by 2030.

    The Anglo-Dutch company holds a 50 percent stake in the field, which has seen production reduced in recent years following a series of damaging earthquakes. 

    Shell said it expects to write off an estimated 0.5 to 0.65 billion barrels of oil equivalent in 2018. read more

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    Royal Dutch Shell Group .com Rotating Header Image Oil price rise sets up Shell for big profit

    Shell reported underlying profits of $16 billion last yearDANIEL KALISZ/GETTY IMAGES

    Emily Gosden, Energy Editor: April 23 2018

    Royal Dutch Shell is expected to report its strongest quarterly results since 2014 this week.

    Boosted by the rebound in oil prices, the Anglo-Dutch energy company is expected to announce underlying profits of $5.3 billion for the three months up to March, compared with $3.8 billion in the same period last year.

    Such a result would be the first time that profits have topped $5 billion since the third quarter of 2014, when crude prices were just beginning to fall below $100 a barrel. read more

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    Dutch King dumps Shell shares out of reputational concern?

    This implies that the King does not own shares in Shell, which has seen lots of negative publicity in the Netherlands and abroad over the past years…

    King Willem-Alexander has no shares in companies that have the ‘Royal’ predicate, according to a message that appeared on the Koninklijk Huis website on Thursday. This implies that the King does not own shares in Shell, which has seen lots of negativeover the past years, ANP reports.

    “The predicated does not mean that the company involved is a supplier or has a different relationship with the Royal Family”, the message reads. It does not state whether any other members of the Royal Family have or had shares in Royal companies.   read more

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    NAM carries out Japan lab experiment to measure earthquake impact on Groningen homes

    Printed below is an English translation of information published on 18 April by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil each owning a 50% share in the company responsible for the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field and consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages to effected residences.

    Experiment with Groningen earthquake in Japan

    2018-04-18

    In Japan, an earthquake is imitated in the week of 7-11 May in the laboratory of NIED, the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience. It is a large-scale scientific experiment of NAM with pulvarised rock, which has the same composition as the underground of the Groningen gas field.

    Four men prepare the experiment in the Japanese laboratory of NIED

    The experiment takes place in Tsukuba Science City, the science city about 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. Prof. dr. Chris Spiers of the University of Utrecht is in charge. Spiers is an authority in the field of laboratory experiments into compaction and earthquakes. read more

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    Big Oil Bids to Burnish Credentials in War on Climate Change

    The world’s biggest oil companies, for long typecast as villains of climate change, are seeking to reinvent themselves as environmental pioneers. “We’re not going to be sitting back and say let’s see what society does and we’ll follow that,” said Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. “We’re more than prepared to be assertive and lean forward and say: ‘This is what it takes.”’ Irked by a shareholder resolution that would force Europe’s largest oil company to create specific emissions targets, the CEO took the unusual step of engaging with five reporters on Monday about Shell’s vision for a decarbonized world. Not only is Shell implementing its own, much stronger, measures to manage the energy transition, according to Van Beurden, but it can also drag the rest of the world along with it. read more

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