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Gazprom lays bare West’s vulnerability

Royal-Dutch Shell is teaming up with Gazprom on several projects despite Western sanctions on Russia. The expanded partnerships fly in the face of European and American sanctions which ban joint ventures with Russian energy companies. 23 June 2015 Europe’s efforts to reduce dependence on the Russian energy have been dealt a new blow after reports […]

Gazprom-Shell Partnership Flies In The Face Of Sanctions

Charles Kennedy: Mon, 22 June 2015 Russian energy giant Gazprom is building up a global portfolio with a western oil major. Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell are teaming up on several energy projects that will benefit both. The two energy companies have agreed to build an expansion of the Nord Stream Pipeline, a major natural gas […]

Are European Companies Ignoring E.U. Sanctions On Russia?

Are European Companies Ignoring E.U. Sanctions On Russia? Kenneth Rapoza: 22 June 2015 …some very powerful entities in the E.U. have had it with sanctions. For example, Gazprom, Shell, E.ON and Austria’s OMV Group signed a memorandum last Thursday… It’s been nearly a year since sectoral sanctions were slapped on Russia for its involvement in helping […]

Gazprom set to build global strategic alliance with Shell

A Gazprom logo is displayed above its headquarters in Moscow. Gazprom is building a global strategic alliance with energy major Royal Dutch Shell that will include asset swaps and allow the Russian gas giant to penetrate new markets. The deal with Shell is a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies are […]

Gazprom, Shell agree to expand Sakhalin-2 project

Gazprom, Shell agree to expand Sakhalin-2 project Thu Jun 18, 2015 (Reuters) – Russian gas producer Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell have signed an agreement to expand the Sakhalin-2 LNG project, Gazprom said in a statement on Thursday. The Sakhalin-2 project, Russia’s sole LNG plant, has a current annual capacity of around 10 million tonnes. […]

Shell, Japan firms may get stake in Gazprom’s Baltic LNG: Report

Shell, Japan firms may get stake in Gazprom’s Baltic LNG: Report By Reuters | 17 Jun, 2015 MOSCOW:Russian gas company Gazprom may offer up to 49 percent in its Baltic LNG project to a strategic partner and the most likely candidates are Royal Dutch Shell or a consortium of Japanese firms, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper said […]

Shell Expects Russia’s Sakhalin-2 Project to be Expanded — CEO

Shell Expects Russia’s Sakhalin-2 Project to be Expanded — CEO June 3, 2015 Shell expects that the Sakhalin-2 project will be expanded, its CEO Ben van Beurden said Wednesday, writes TASS. “This is what we will be working at, we’re very interested in developing business in Russia,” he said, adding that he will be discussing […]

Shell drilling may spur Arctic resource race

Colin Chilcoat, Oilprice.com: May 27, 2015 In a few short months Shell will (re)enter the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Russia. The oil and gas major still awaits approval from a number of state and federal agencies, but in early May the company received the consent of the Obama administration to explore the remote Arctic sea […]

Why we all should care about the oil platform explosion that just happened in Mexico

This image, one of several that were made available to Greenpeace by anonymous workers, shows smoke and fire on the shallow-water Abkatun, a permanent platform in the Campeche Sound in the Gulf of Mexico. Early Wednesday morning the Pemex oil platform, Abkatun Alpha blew up off the West coast of the Yucatan peninsula. The explosion […]

SAKHALIN2: How many billions of dollars did Shell lose in Russian annexation?

Chris Finlayson representing Shell and Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Vice Chairman By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell executive Chris Finlayson held a leadership position in Shell’s Sakhalin II project in Russia from September 2005 to September 2009. The venture was described as “the Mother of all Projects” by the Financial Times. When Finlayson joined the Sakhalin […]

Salym Shell development in Siberia

By Olga Ivshina, BBC News, Western Siberia, published 27 Nov 2014 under the headline: Russian oil industry facing deep freeze Without visiting a well in Western Siberia, you would never realise just how hard it is to extract oil in Russia. Two hours’ drive from the nearest village of Salym, the snow banks are huge and […]

Arctic Explorers Retreat From Hostile Waters With Oil Prices Low

From an article by Mikael Holter published 14 Jan 2015 by Bloomberg under the headline: “Arctic Explorers Retreat From Hostile Waters With Oil Prices Low” When Statoil ASA (STL) acquired the last of three licenses off Greenland’s west coast in January 2012, oil at more than $110 a barrel made exploring the iceberg-ridden waters an […]

Potential serious impact on Shell from new Sanctions on Russia

American and European explorers such as Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell Plc , which is drilling in Siberian shale rock formations, will have to act fast to avoid violating the bans. “Those new sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and Europe on Friday will, among other things, force Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell… and […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup Monday 11 Aug 2014

Rejection in Australia, Oil Spill Fire in Nigeria, Fire sale in the USA, Asbestos lawsuit in the UK By John Donovan AUSTRALIA The Australian reports that a fortnight after Woodside Petroleum shareholders scuttled a $2.7 billion plan to remove Royal Dutch Shell from the company’s share register, Woodside has bought a 40% stake in a […]

Shell Leaves Business Strategy for Russia Unchanged Despite Sanctions

British oil giant is determined to continue its work in Russia and will not change its business strategy in the country, despite the sanctions imposed against Moscow by the United States and European Union, representative of Shell’s press service told RIA Novosti on Friday. MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – British oil giant is determined […]

Death of 193 Dutch Strains Russian Relations for Shell, Heineken

At one point the largest foreign investor in Russia, Shell declined to comment on whether its business would be affected after the downing of the plane. The company lost four employees in the incident, it said yesterday. BloombergBusinessweek article by Celeste Perri, Maud van Gaal and Fred Pals published 22 July 2014 For centuries, the fortunes […]

A Horrified Netherlands May Rethink Its Economic Ties With Russia

Extract from a BloombergBusinessweek article by Carol Matlack published 21 July 2014 The Netherlands, a nation of traders, generally doesn’t like to let politics interfere with business. The death of 193 Dutch nationals in the Malaysia Airlines  jet crash could change that. Major Dutch companies with business interests in Russia also are drawing fire for […]

Will Royal Dutch Shell Be Forced to Skedaddle From Russia?

Extract from a Motley Fool article by David Smith published 21 July 2014 under the headline: “Will ExxonMobil, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell Be Forced to Skedaddle From Russia?” Amid a crescendo of calls in Washington for the imposition of severely tightened sanctions on Moscow, following last week’s tragic shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over […]

Royal Dutch Shell and U.S. Sanctions on Russia

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden bows to President Putin during a meeting held on 18 April 2014 By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell directors must be feeling anxious again. For some years Shell continued to trade with Iran despite U.S. sanctions and engaged in machinations in an attempt to disguise what was going on.  Today, President […]

China gets into bed with Putin

Extract from an Investors Chronicle article published 29 May 2014 In the week in which Prince Charles demonstrated that he had inherited his father’s gift for diplomacy, Russia and China finally signed a $400bn (£238bn) gas supply deal that had been a decade in the making. The timing couldn’t have been better, at least from […]

Is Russia’s Hostility Exposing Royal Dutch Shell?

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Arjun Sreekumar published 17 May 2014 Shell clearly has significant exposure to Russia. The worst-case scenario for the company, as well as for BP and other companies operating in the nation, would be if the U.S. and European Union sanctioned Russia’s energy sector. Such economic penalties would make it problematic […]

Energy sanctions aim to hurt Russia more than the west

Extract from an FT article by Ed Crooks published 14 May 2014 ExxonMobil of the US in 2011 signed a wide-ranging strategic co-operation agreement with Rosneft… Royal Dutch Shell has a similar arrangement with Gazprom, also expanded last year to include exploration in the Arctic and shale development in western Siberia. FULL FT ARTICLE Like this:Like […]

BP And Shell Have Problems, But Manageable Ones, With The Russian Sanctions

Extract from a Forbes article by Tim Worstall published 29 April 2014 The imposition of sanctions on various Russian people and organisations over the Ukraine threatened to pose a number of problems for the big energy companies, especially BP and Shell. If Rosneft itself were placed on the list, for example, or Gazprom, the the […]

BP and Shell to be exposed as G7 plans for sectoral sanctions against Russia

Extract from Forex Live article by Mike Paterson published 28 April 2014 …part of the US plans looks likely to have a serious impact on UK energy giants BP and Shell The US Treasury is also eyeing some form of sanction against Gazprombank, the financial arm of the gas monopoly Gazprom. This would greatly complicate […]

Shell embroiled in Russian oligarch machinations

Extracts from an article by Josh Lewis published 25 April 2014 by upstreamonline.com under the headline: “Rosneft ruffled over Gazprom” Reuters reported that Igor Sechin, at a government meeting, said both Gazprom and Shell, which operate a gas project in the Pacific island of Sakhalin, were denying access to a trunk pipeline for its LNG […]

Sanctions not enough to deter hydrocarbon-hungry firms

Extract from a BusinessDay article published 26 April 2014 Shell also expressed commitment to its expansion projects in Russia. Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell told Russian President, Vladimir Putin at a meeting recently. Shell plans to expand Russia’s only liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant with Russian partner Gazprom. Van Beurden said […]

Leveraging Big Oil to resolve the Ukrainian crisis

Extract from an article published 25 April 2014 by allvoices.com Bloomberg’s Business Week reports that even while Western governments and Russia squared off over Ukraine, relations between the major energy companies — such as ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP — and Russia grew even cozier as they pursued the half a trillion dollar oil […]

Shell sucked in to Russian gas pipeline politics

Extract from a Reuters article published Friday 25 April 2014 under the headline: “Russia’s Rosneft says Gazprom hinders its LNG project” Last week, Putin approved expansion plans for an LNG plant, operated by Royal Dutch Shell and majority-owned by Gazprom, on the Pacific island of Sakhalin. Analysts have said that would hinder implementation of Rosneft […]

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden Bows to Putin

Shell’s Ben van Beurden bows to Putin: Good Friday, 18 April 2014 For over a 100 years, Shell has been driven by unscrupulous greed as its sole motivator. Shell funded Hitler and the Nazis party and has subsequently done business with a string of evil regimes, including General Sani Abacha, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and the […]

Putin, Ukraine and Royal Dutch Shell

Sir Henri was fanatically anti-Soviet as a result of the confiscation of Shell oil fields in Russia. Might be best if Ben does not mention this past history to his new chum, Vlad the Bad, who is rather keen to restore the Soviet empire. “Had Putin asked ‘and now you kiss my ass’, I am sure van Beurden […]

Shell committed to Russia expansion despite sanctions

Extract from an article by Alexei Anishchuk published by Reuters on Friday 18 April 2014 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is committed to expansion in Russia, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on Friday amid sanctions imposed on the country after its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Shell […]

BP and Shell peril on the Russian front

“While BP is the biggest of Britain’s oil giants exposed to Russia, it is not alone. Royal Dutch Shell has a stake in the huge Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off the Psacific coast of Russia, and is also working with gas giant Gazprom to drill for oil in the Russian Arttic shelf. The […]

Exxon’s ‘Bromance’ With The Kremlin

Extracts from a Forbes article by Christopher Helman published on 20 March 2014 under the headline:Will Exxon’s ‘Bromance’ With The Kremlin Help Keep Putin In Check? ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson has a good relationship with Vladimir Putin. If you do a Google image search for the two men, you’ll see a dozen shots of them together, […]

Third time unlucky: why Gazprom wants no new gas war

Extracts from an article by Dmitry Zhdannikov published on 7 March 2014 by Reuters Over the past decade, Gazprom, 51-percent controlled by the state, has twice cut its supplies to Ukraine over pricing disputes with Kiev. That action also cut supplies to the EU, which gets 50 percent of Russian deliveries via Ukraine. Gazprom also […]

Gazprom and Shell Sign for Third Train at Sakhalin II

Extract from an article published by The Maritime Executive 23 Feb 2014 Sochi hosted today the signing of a memorandum-roadmap between Alexey Miller, chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell. The document envisages the preparation of FEED documentation for the third LNG production train within the Sakhalin II project. […]

Russia’s oil giant Rosneft, Shell to eye joint projects

Extract from an article published on 23 Feb 2014 by THE VOICE OF RUSSIA Russian state oil company Rosneft and Royal Dutch Shell will eye joint projects and draw up guidelines for future cooperation, according to Rosneft’s statement issued after a meeting of the companies’ chiefs Igor Sechin and Ben van Beurden on Sunday. The […]

Chris Finlayson’s dreadful first year as chief executive at BG

LONDON EVENING STANDARD TODAY: Chris Finlayson’s dreadful first year as chief executive at BG Group was today capped by the news that profits slumped 37% to $4.16 billion (£2.54 billion) in 2013. The former Royal Dutch Shell executive said he shared shareholders’ “disappointment” at the oil producer’s many problems, which have included four profit warnings […]

Controversy over Shell/Gazprom £4 million gifts to Cambridge University

Graphic from the remarkable Guardian newspaper article: Unloveable Shell, the goddess of oil (Click on image to enlarge): Sub-headline: For a century, Shell has explored the Earth to make our lives more comfortable, But in its wake, says Andrew Rowell, lies a trail of corruption, despoliation and death The University of Cambridge has come under […]

Shell Venture Starts Fracking Giant Russian Shale Oil Formation

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and OAO Gazprom Neft began a drilling campaign to assess the potential of Siberia’s Bazhenov formation, reckoned to be one of the world’s largest deposits of shale oil. By Stephen Bierman Jan 13, 2014 10:56 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and OAO Gazprom Neft began a drilling campaign to […]

Gazprom, Shell Agree on LNG Plant Expansion

Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom approved on Monday an expansion of the Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant it co-runs with Royal Dutch Shell, bending to pressure from its Anglo-Dutch partner. Gazprom said CEO Alexei Miller and Shell’s CEO Peter Voser had met in Moscow last Friday and had agreed to recommend that Sakhalin Energy operational company’s board discuss the design of the […]