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Shell completes its deal to buy First Utility and puts Colin Crooks at the helm

Courtney Goldsmith: Thursday 1 March 2018 2:35pm

Oil major Royal Dutch Shell has completed its acquisition of one of the UK’s biggest challenger energy suppliers and appointed Colin Crooks as its chief executive.

In December, Shell revealed it would buy First Utility in a deal thought to be worth £200m.

The energy supplier, which serves around 825,000 homes in the UK, will now become a subsidiary of Shell within its new energies division and be led by Crooks, previously Shell’s vice president of downstream strategy and portfolio. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

First hydrogen station opens in Esslingen, Germany

Norbert Barthle (Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport), Thomas Bystry (Project Manager Shell), Michael Reinhardt (Project Manager Air Liquide) and Sybille Riepe (H2 Mobility) at the opening in Wendlingen

By 15 February 2018

H2 Mobility Deutschland, Shell and Air Liquide today jointly opened the first hydrogen (H2) station in the district of Esslingen – the twelfth in Baden-Württemberg, taking another step towards a nationwide H2supply network in Germany. Owned and operated by the joint venture H2 Mobility, which is building a H2 infrastructure in Germany, the location is at the Shell petrol station Heinrich-Otto-Straße. Air Liquide is supplying the H2. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell collaborates with Oath to launch next phase of its “Make the Future” campaign

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 12 February 2018 – Today, Oath announces a global deal with Mediacom and Shell to take the energy brand’s “Make the Future” campaign into its next phase. The new phase brings the content of its “On Top of the World” music video to life through a crafted WebGL “Globe” activation, created by Oath’s RYOT Studio global solutions team in collaboration with UNIT9: allowing people to explore the five cleaner energy projects featured within the music video through its interactive design. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Cartech-one reviews

Warning about

Don’t be misled by the home page for into believing you are dealing with a UK company.

The text is all in English, the prices are all in UK pounds and the website address and trading name give the impression that it is a UK business. Unfortunately that is not the case.

The business is owned and operated by a German company with belligerent arrogant customer service staff. Patrick Kissler in particular seems to be a graduate of the Basil Fawlty charm school. His response to the legitimate complaint was to issue a threat about making the relevant email correspondence public.

The company despatched an order from Germany after it was cancelled when the customer realised that the order was coming from Germany and would take up to 8 days. accepted the cancellation and promised to return the funds already paid. As can be seen in an extract from an email sent to the German company, matters only got worse. Amazon delivered the same product overnight.

I sent an email addressed in BLOCK CAPS to the Managing Director of car I got a threatening response from the person named in the complaint, Mr Patrick Kissler.

EXTRACT BEGINS read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell and ITM power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany

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. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

GERMAN TV: John Donovan’s revelations cost Shell billions

ARD TV in Germany — the German equivalent of BBC TV — on Saturday, 21 April 2012, broadcast a feature about John Donovan and his website ( as part of the EUROPA MAGAZINE programme.

Related extracts from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally) 

FROM PAGES 6, 7, & 8


A professional translation of the German-language narration is printed below in italics:

John Donovan: A lone fighter against Shell

Next to the London Eye, the Shell Centre stands tall. Its enemy stands at the door.

“You might find that interesting,” says John Donovan. He distributes flyers to inform people about the oil company’s drilling projects.

“Shell destroys communities,” is what the banner says. An older gentleman and a handful of like-minded people are aggravating one of the world’s largest oil giants.

“We are putting Shell in a tough spot. What we’re doing is embarrassing them by distributing those leaflets. But they can’t do anything about it, because what we say is true and we can prove it.” read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

John Donovan, Shell’s nightmare: Süddeutsche Zeitung article

Extracts from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally)  


The name of this book is not an ego driven title dreamt up by me, but the headline of an article by an award-winning newspaper journalist, Christoph Giesen published across the EU in ten languages. It was about my unusual relationship with Royal Dutch Shell. Over a decade of spectacular mutual success followed by two decades of hostilities, including sinister episodes of cloak and dagger activity by Shell against my father and me. The article led to a TV documentary feature aired across the EU. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Nord Stream 2 Foreign Partners Want to Stay in Project – Russian Deputy PM

04.09.2017: MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Gazprom’s foreign partners for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project say they want to continue participating in the project, despite US sanctions, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told Sputnik Monday.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a joint venture between Russia’s Gazprom, France’s Engie, Austria’s OMV AG, Royal Dutch Shell and Germany’s Uniper, envisages the construction of a pipeline with an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters (1.9 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell to build world’s largest hydrogen plant of its kind in Germany

The project, with ITM Power, will take shape at the Wesseling site of the Rhineland refinery. With a capacity of ten megawatts, it would be the largest plant of its kind in Germany and the largest PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane) electrolysis in the world. Shell represented by Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH and Shell Energy Europe Ltd, together with the European consortium partners ITM Power plc, SINTEF, thinkstep and Element Energy, have been invited by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) to prepare a contract to promote the project. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

John Donovan 2017, still Shell’s nightmare

John Donovan in 2009. On its website, this former adman has posted more than 25,000 items on oil giant Shell. Reuters

My website has been described by the FT as an open wound for Shell. That remains the case five years after the article extracts featured above and below. We still publish and feed to the mainstream media information leaked to us by Shell insiders. Most recently, an 88 page consultative document containing nothing less than Shell’s Global Transformation plans. We also regularly publish legal documents involving Shell that would otherwise be hidden was from preying eyes behind a paywall. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell Prepares For A Different Energy Reality

: 14 August 2017


  • This summer has seen the governments of several of the world’s major economies propose to eliminate internal combustion engine vehicles over the next 10-30 years.
  • At the same time, Royal Dutch Shell announced several major clean energy investments over the summer in anticipation of a drop-off in petroleum demand.
  • This article looks at how Shell’s clean energy investments fit into its energy profile forecasts compared to its peers. MAIN ARTICLE
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    Leaked Shell Transformation Plans: Part 4

    By John Donovan

    Published below is a further multi-page segment from Shell’s leaked internal document mentioned in a Reuters/New York Times article published on Monday: Shell Plans 400 Job Cuts at Dutch Projects and Technology Department. The plans are much greater in scope than suggested by the headline. Their implementation will result in a managerial jobs upheaval and significant job cuts as a consequence of the acquisition of BG Group and the decline in oil prices. This time I have left in the page numbers, which appear at the foot of each page and sometimes interrupt paragraphs. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Warning of US sanctions ‘disaster’ for Russia energy projects

    By: Henry Foy in Moscow and Andrew Ward in London

    International energy investments in Russia will suffer from new US sanctions imposed on Moscow, executives have warned… A senior executive at a western oil group with a large presence in Russia told the Financial Times that the new sanctions “could be a disaster” given its current business in the country. Mr van Beurden said Shell had authorisation from Dutch authorities to press ahead with financing of Nord Stream 2, but was waiting to see how the US situation “evolves.” FULL FT ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Brexit, Trump, Populism and Royal Dutch Shell Plc

    By John Donovan (right)

    Brexit and Trump are the most visible current manifestations of populism – examples of ground-breaking nationalist movements backed by a large proportion of a voting population.

    Populism is on the rise in a number of EU countries including Germany, France and the Netherlands, where there is mounting concern over PVV leader Geert Wilders.

    What is described as “encroaching populism and negativism” is apparently viewed as a serious threat by Dutch multinationals, including Shell, Philips and Unilever. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Shell to Divest its 37.5% Stake in German Refinery

    By Zacks Equity Research   

    Published on December 19, 2016

    Integrated energy major Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.AFree Report) and leading refining firm VARO Energy recently reported that they are in advanced discussions regarding the divestment of Shell’s 37.5% interest in the PCK Refinery in Schwedt, Germany. The PCK Refinery has the capacity to refine 220,000 barrels of oil per day.

    The value of the deal has not been disclosed as yet. However, Shell expects the deal to help it focus its downstream activity on areas where it can be most competitive. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Evidence of Royal Dutch Shell link to I.G. Farben

    In 1938, a year after the retirement of Deterding as chief executive, Royal Dutch Shell had joined a consortium called Catalytic Research Associates (C.R.A.). IG Farben was also a member of that consortium. IG Farben used forced labor and held the patent on Zyklon-B gas used during the Holocaust to exterminate millions of people, including children.


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