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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SAYS SHELL KNEW ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN OGONILAND

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. read more

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Shell invests more than other oil multinationals in sustainable energy

Shell took a stake in the US solar developer Silicon Ranch this week. It is already the fifth major investment of the New Energies component in more than six months.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

Shell took a stake in the US solar developer Silicon Ranch this week. Photo: Silicon Ranch

Shell is stealthily getting a bit green

Gert van der Have Bert van Dijk • Entrepreneurship

Shell took a stake in the US solar developer Silicon Ranch this week. It is already the fifth major investment of the New Energies component in more than six months.

Shell is synonymous with oil tankers, refineries, drilling platforms, gas installations and petrol pumps for most Dutch people. Not surprising, because that was and is Shell and Shell will still be for a time. But at the same time, the Dutch-British group is investing faster in new, cleaner forms of energy; it sees that societies, politicians and climate agreements limit the margin of maneuver of fossil fuels ever further. read more

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Shell reprimanded over Brent Bravo leak

The UK’s workplace safety watchdog has reprimanded Shell following a gas leak on the Brent Bravo platform in November.

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said Shell has failed to “prevent the uncontrolled release of flammable or explosive substances”.

Its inspector accused the oil major of failing to ensure valves on the rig were kept in “efficient working order and in good repair”.

Shell has been given until March 8 to comply with the improvement notice.

A spokesman for Shell UK said: “Shell UK can confirm that we were issued with an HSE improvement notice on 8th December 2017 in relation to a small hydrocarbon release on our Brent Bravo platform in the North Sea. read more

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Dutch Minister says Groningen discussions with Shell/Exxon (NAM) may become ‘messy and bloody’

The minister did not want to reveal anything about the discussions about the claims handling with the owners of NAM, Shell and ExxonMobil. Wiebes fears that this will damage the State’s negotiating position. Those conversations may become ‘messy and bloody’, Wiebes said.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

Minister Wiebes is not chased with claims protocol for Groningen

Louis Hoeks • Economics & Politics

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate (VVD) is not keen on drafting a protocol for the claims handling of gas extraction in Groningen. That turned out to be Tuesday during a noisy and sometimes emotional debate with the House of Representatives.

Wiebes: ‘It should be as soon as possible and not as fast as impossible.’ However, he said he would have to come up with a plan in the coming quarter to reduce gas use in industry, in homes and for export. read more

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Why the Dutch are Missing Out on the Global Natural Gas Glut

The world may never have produced more natural gas, but that’s little comfort for the Dutch government as it seeks to replace flows from Europe’s biggest field.

Lawmakers in the Netherlands on Tuesday will discuss options to supply their pipeline network, which was built around the relatively poor-quality gas from the Groningen deposit. More than a half century of production there triggered earthquakes, forcing the scaling back of output.

Progressive Decline

Annual gas output from the Groningen gas field under new rules read more

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Shell delivers ‘significant boost’ with Penguins call, Scottish Government says

Shell’s redevelopment of a North Sea field will deliver a “significant boost” to north-east communities, the Scottish Government said. read more

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Shell OKs first UK North Sea project in six years

Ron Rousso: JAN 15, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell gave the green light on Monday for an expansion of the Penguins oil and gas field in the UK North Sea, its first major new project in the ageing basin in six years. Shell said the development, which includes the construction of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, reaffirmed the Anglo-Dutch company’s commitment to the region after it sold around half of its assets there last year. “Penguins demonstrates the importance of Shell’s North Sea assets to the company’s upstream portfolio,” said Andy Brown, director of Shell’s oil and gas production, known as upstream. FULL ARTICLE read more

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DUTCH PRIME MINISTER RUTTE BLAMES HIMSELF FOR DELAY IN A DAMAGE PROTOCOL FOR GRONINGEN GAS SEEPAGE VICTIMS  

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

DUTCH PRIME MINISTER RUTTE BLAMES HIMSELF FOR DELAY IN A DAMAGE PROTOCOL FOR GRONINGEN GAS SEEPAGE VICTIMS

From our editor • Economics & Politics

Dutch Prime Minister Rutte: ‘Time taken to form new cabinet is the cause of delay in new damage protocol for Groningen gas field’

The long time taken for cabinet formation has ensured that there is still no damage protocol for the victims of the gas seepage in Groningen Prime Minister Rutte said in the Buitenhof program on Sunday.

Because Rutte is ultimately responsible as prime minister, he also blames himself for the delay. “As prime minister, I am the first person to speak.” read more

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What happens to Europe’s biggest gas field?

Bloomberg/London: January 13 2018 10:31 PM

Flows from the Groningen field in the Netherlands has fallen gradually in a bid to stop earthquakes triggered by extracting the fuel.

While the current annual production cap of 21.6bn cubic meters remains, the Council of State, the nation’s highest administrative court, in November gave the government a year to come up with a new plan.

More quakes could spur more drastic measures. On January 8, Groningen was hit by the region’s biggest tremor in more than five years. read more

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NAM €265 BILLION REVENUE FROM GRONINGEN GAS: THEN THE EARTHQUAKES CAME

Once good for 20% of the government revenue and extra influence in Europe, now a national blight: the natural gas extraction in Groningen. The crane is getting closer and closer. But when the earth stops shaking, nobody knows.

€ 265 billion: Total revenue from Dutch natural gas revenues in the period 1960-2013 amounted to approximately € 265 billion.

The Groningen field was a jewel in the Shell portfolio.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad under the headline: 

If you produce gas, you do not actually have to do anything

By Carel Grol

Harry Klevering (68) can still remember the arrival of the gas. About eight years old, he was the youngest of a family of thirteen from the Groningen village of Spijk, when the gas bubble was discovered in Slochteren in the late 1950s. Soon after, the Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) visited his house, the company that still lives a life later on gas. To install free gas pipes. Tightly over the plinth, even though the tubes were plastic.

This Tuesday afternoon Klevering is in the office of Centrum Veilig Wonen in Loppersum. He just reported damage. He has lived in the same house for 24 years. Red bricks with a pointed roof, on the water. It is the second time that he has suffered damage. On Tuesday there were two explosions and then it felt like the house was falling. read more

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Shell Braces for Change by Expanding Its Foothold in Electricity

“The era of oil and gas and petrochemicals is not over, but the era of electric transport is also coming in,” van Beurden said.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is taking small steps toward a future dominated by electric cars, renewable energy and carbon constraints, demonstrating its intent not to remain solely an oil and gas company.

The energy giant agreed last month to purchase First Utility Ltd., the U.K.’s seventh-largest power provider. Its offshore-wind partnership with Eneco may expand further, with newspaper Telegraaf reporting on Friday that Shell is considering buying the Dutch utility outright.

Big Oil entering the heavily regulated European power market isn’t a natural fit today. Yet it makes sense for a future in which consumers want charging points alongside gasoline pumps at fueling stations, and iPhone apps and smart home devices generate vast amounts of energy-use data that itself becomes a valuable commodity. read more

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‘Shell is considering bidding for Dutch green energy group Eneco’

Anglo-Dutch oil and gas group Shell is making preparations to bid for green energy firm Eneco whose owners, made up of 53 local councils, are divided about its future, the Telegraaf said on Friday. At the same time, a dispute between the local authority shareholders and the company’s board is threatening to slow down the sale process, the paper said. FULL ARTICLE

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NIGER DELTA FISHERMEN ORGANIZATION ACCUSE SHELL OF ILLEGAL BUNKERING CONSPIRACY

There is great anger in Bonny that SPDC is taking the silence of Bonny people for cowardice, a good number of indigenes are gearing up to confront the multinational oil and gas giant…

The Organization of Fishermen Seafood Dealers and Farmers in Niger Delta (OFSDF/ND) have accused multinational oil giant Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC of playing a fundamental role in encouraging and aiding the high spate of illegal bunkering around the Oloma axis of Bonny in Rivers state. Following the shoddy pipeline clamping job and company’s refusal to destroy or evacuate illegal bunkering equipment within their pipeline facilities sabotaged by local refiners

Spokesperson for the OFSDF/ND, Mrs Preye Okosi, made this assertion in a letter written to the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, His Majesty King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple, demanding that Shell must return to the site and complete the inconclusive clamping jobs and ensure the destruction/clearance of illegal bunkering equipment within the Oloma, Ogbonga and Berger axis, or risk stoppage of all her activities in the area. read more

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Earthquake Shaker: Groningen Gas Field is on the highest alert level, code red

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate has arrived in the village of Zeerijp in Groningen, where an earthquake occurred on Monday.

On Thursday, the State Supervision of Mines (SSM) stated that Groningen is in the highest alert level, code red, and that therefore a ‘considerable production reduction’ is necessary.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad.

Accelerated reduction of Groningen gas production is expensive and time-consuming

Gert van der Have Louis Hoeks Economy & Politics

The politicians want to close the gas tap further, but that is not possible. ‘I’m going to do everything I can to reduce the costs’, Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate promised this week during his visit to the province of Groningen. He has to make that happen now.

According to the coalition agreement, Groningen gas production in 2021 must be reduced to 20.1 billion cubic meters. Wiebes wants to continue. The Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) also indicated this week, without mentioning volumes, that the gas production will be substantially reduced again. On Thursday, the State Supervision of Mines (SSM) stated that Groningen is in the highest alert level, code red, and that therefore a ‘considerable production reduction’ is necessary. read more

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Shell/Exxon (NAM) has delivered an urgent report to the Dutch State Supervision of Mines about the Zeerijp earthquake

TRANSLATED INFORMATION PUBLISHED 11 JAN 2018 IN DUTCH BY NAM

The Zeerijp quake

As a result of the recent earthquake at Zeerijp, NAM delivered a report to the State Supervision of Mines Supervisor (SSM) within 48 hours.
 
The report proposes measures for the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate to ultimately decide on in the context of safety, safety perception and other assessment frameworks. In addition to primary safety, the safety experience of the citizens of Groningen is central to this.

Gerald Schotman emphasized in various interviews to national and regional media that NAM is not concerned about the level of gas production. That is a decision that politics must take. read more

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Too hot to handle? Shell’s Gaza gas field sale hits problems

Ron Bousso: JAN 11, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – It may prove to be Royal Dutch Shell’s hardest sell. The Anglo-Dutch group is struggling to find a buyer for its gas field off the Gaza Strip, even among energy companies long used to dealing with projects fraught with political and security risks. FULL ARTICLE

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