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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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Extracts from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally)
(BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT SHELL’S EPIC 25 YEAR FEUD WITH JOHN DONOVAN – which puts the extracts below in overall context.)

Extracts from pages 53, 54 & 55

Shell Legal Director Richard Wiseman “personally” kept senior Shell directors informed of progress in the SMART case.

This included the then Royal Dutch Shell Group Chairman, Mr. Cor Herkstroter and two titled Shell Transport directors. Namely, Sir William Purves and Sir Peter Holmes (now deceased) – a former Group Chairman of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. The significance of the two latter names will become apparent.

Shell’s machinations during the run-up to the SMART trial (the breach of confidence case), destroyed any prospect of a fair trial.

SHELL CORRUPTED THE DISCOVERY PROCESS

Shell buried evidence in a mountain of mainly irrelevant documentation. Furthermore, due to incompetence or design, Shell delayed until days before the trial, the supply of vitally important handwritten discovery material – the diaries of AJL. Other relevant items only came to light years later, when I made an application to Shell under the UK Data Protection Act. For example, the aforementioned article by Richard Wiseman published in a Shell internal magazine.

The Judge never had sight or knowledge of this materially important activity by Shell.

Shell’s lawyer Colin Joseph (left), the then senior partner of a London law firm DJ Freeman, asked me to substantiate my claim, made in my letter published by Marketing Week magazine, that my family had been bombarded by threats. I supplied a 7-page letter listing the threats up to that point.

A brief extract is shown in the oblong box.

 

However, worse was to come when Shell resorted to corporate espionage.

ASSURANCE OF OUR PHYSICAL SAFETY BY SHELL

Because of sinister threats and associated events, including a series of highly suspicious burglaries in the run up to the Smart High Court trial, which commenced in June 1999, Mr. Wiseman felt it appropriate to provide the following assurance on behalf of Shell in a faxed letter dated 9 July 1996 (link to the whole letter):

Extract

Neither you, your family, nor any potential witness, has any cause for physical fear as a result of your prosecuting this case with all the vigour we have come to expect.

The mere fact that a Shell director had felt that he should make such an assurance was itself somewhat disconcerting.

Apart from Police investigations, at one point, because of apparent anxiety in some quarters at Shell about the cloak and dagger activity, Shell held an internal investigation.

Colin Joseph confirmed in a letter dated 26 October 1998, that an internal investigation had taken place at Shell. The results were not shared with us.

The feint-hearted might decide to back off in the face of such sinister developments, irrespective of the merits of a claim or grievance. The threats and sinister events had a reverse effect on my family and me.

Since there were two distinct bouts of espionage activity, I have divided the relevant information into two parts: (1) “Shell corporate espionage in the run-up to the Smart trial” and (2) “Shell corporate espionage in more recent years” – covered in a later chapter.

My account of what occurred during the litigation years is based on my own memory of events, together with contemporaneous correspondence, documents, published news articles, and an extensive draft article prepared at the time by a journalist representing the Guardian newspaper, Mr. Simon Rines.

Extracts from the John Donovan ebook end.

RELATED

While the dramatic cross-examination of Shell executive AJL was in progress and reaching a climax, Shell suddenly settled the high court litigation brought by John Donovan in relation to SHELL SMART and related libel actions. Shell paid all legal costs said to be over £1 million pounds and John Donovan received a secret payment as part of the settlement, the full terms of which were deliberately withheld by Shell from the Judge, the late Mr Justice Laddie. The judge made comments at the end of the trial unaware of the full terms of settlement, a fact later confirmed to John Donovan in writing by Shell Legal Director Richard Wiseman, now retired. The comments made by the judge later triggered a repudiation of the settlement by Shell.

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John Donovan, Shell’s nightmare: Süddeutsche Zeitung article

GERMAN TV: John Donovan’s revelations cost Shell billions

ARGUS FSU ENERGY INTERVIEW WITH KREMLIN ATTACK DOG, OLEG MITVOL

How Shell lost its majority stake in Sakhalin II

John Donovan, Group Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell PLC companies

Donovan family relationship with Shell

Long association with the Royal Dutch Shell

Since the 1990s, Shell has been at war with John Donovan

An unscrupulous Shell executive

SHELL PROJECT HERCULES RIGGED TENDER PROCESS

Secret Shell Writ Losses

Shell caught red-handed in Make Money deception

Donovan Defamation Actions Against Shell

Shell in legal row over Smart Card

Defamatory Posters on Display at Shell HQ

SHELL DEFAMATION PROCEEDINGS AGAINST SHELL WHISTLEBLOWER DR JOHN HUONG 

399 Former Shell Malaysia Employees Sued Shell for Misappropriation of Retirement Funds

Don Marketing posts legal warning about Shell

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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.

Shell follows what it calls itself New Energies, a two-track policy: fossil and sustainable. The fossil track is based on the conviction that the world cannot do without fossil fuels in the coming decades. Despite all investments in cleaner forms of energy worldwide, the demand for oil and gas is increasing every year. That is why Shell will continue to invest billions of dollars in existing and new oil and gas fields in the deep sea and in shale, in chemical plants and in refineries.

Investments in renewable energy are doubled

The second track, that of renewable energy, consists of investments in wind farms, solar power plants, hydrogen and biofuels. CEO Ben van Beurden announced at the end of last year that the investments for the business unit would be doubled to $ 2 billion per year until 2020. With this, Shell invests more than other oil multinationals in sustainable energy, even though Shell’s total investment budget of $ 25 billion per still modest.

In 2016, Shell gave a first impulse to expand its New Energies. In 2016, the oil and gas company won the tender for a large offshore wind farm off the coast of Borssele with partners Eneco, Van Oord and MHI Vestas.

Then the sustainable transfer machine really went up. A string of companies has been taken over by stringing beads and essential interests have been taken in green companies. This gradually gives the fossil face of Shell a green glow.

Electric charging points

For example, in June 2017, the company purchased the American MP2 Energy, which manages a number of gas-fired power plants and solar and wind farms from which it supplies electricity to private individuals and companies. In the same month, through the business unit investing in young companies, Shell acquired an interest in Singapore’s Sunseap, which supplies solar power to large customers in Singapore, including Apple, and wants to expand with Shell in the rest of Asia.

In October followed the acquisition by Shell of the Dutch company NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest suppliers of electric charging points. Just like Sunseap, Shell wants to expand the company substantially in the coming years. The Amsterdam company has a lot of charging points and customers, especially in the Netherlands, but the company also wants to gain a foothold in other countries. With Shell as owner, the company gets more means to expand, for example for investments.

Contact with the user

Another two months later, Shell struck again through the acquisition of First Utility. The company, founded in 2008, supplies gas, electricity and broadband services to 825,000 British households. Shell says through First Utility, which employs 1,500 people, that it can expand the existing energy supply to commercial and industrial customers with the domestic sector.

With the increasing electrification and decentralization of the energy sector, large power plants are being replaced by small units working for a local group of customers. Shell must pass by the door of the user, as it were. It does this with charging stations for electric cars in Europe and an extensive network of gas stations for hydrogen in Germany.

‘Increasing electrification and digitization offers new opportunities for Shell to be able to develop electricity and gas for people at home (appliances and heating) and on the road (charging stations) to their consumption,’ wrote Mark Gainsborough, the top boss of New Energies at Shell, end last year on his blog. According to him, that electrification of the economy requires a combination of renewable energy and more natural gas.

Where is the money to be made?

Gainsborough knows that he is not working at the largest part of Shell, but perhaps the most exciting, he writes: “Although it may take decades before New Energies is Shell’s main activity, it is one of the most exciting parts to to be within Shell ‘.

Topman Van Beurden emphasizes time and time again to act cautiously and to take time to learn how different new forms of energy will relate to each other in the future. And more importantly, where there is money to be made with new revenue models. Shell will not do a takeover of a manufacturer of windmills or solar panels, but perhaps from developers with extensive ‘green’ energy interests and direct contact with large industrial customers and private individuals.

For example, Shell is invariably mentioned in the corridors as one of the candidates to take over the Dutch energy company Eneco. Eneco prides itself on its far-reaching greening, including through wind farms. With an estimated enterprise value of almost $ 3 billion, the Rotterdam-based company is easy to handle for Shell, but the company does not want to indicate whether it is actually interested.

Hello customer

Large power plants are replaced by small units working for a local group of customers. Shell must pass by the door of the user, as it were.

 

‘New Energies is een van de meest opwindende onderdelen binnen Shell aan het worden’

• Mark Gainsborough, topman Shell New Energies

DUTCH SOURCE ARTICLE WITH GRAPHICS

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

(BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT SHELL’S EPIC 25 YEAR FEUD WITH JOHN DONOVAN – which puts the extracts below in overall context.)

Extract from pages 52 & 53

Extract Begins

THE SHELL SMART BREACH OF CONFIDENCE LITIGATION 1997 TO 1999

In 1997, I confronted Shell about their launch in the UK of the SHELL SMART multi-brand loyalty card. This was long before the advent of the similar NECTOR scheme in the UK. Nearly twenty years later variations of the concept are still being run by Shell in numerous countries.

I devised the original concept and had disclosed the idea to Shell (via AJL) in strictest confidence.

Since it was a long-term promotion, which could be introduced into many countries, the Shell SMART case was by far the most important High Court action in terms of potential damages.

I also placed prominent announcements in various marketing and gasoline trade magazines directed at potential partners in the Shell SMART scheme, threatening to bring legal proceedings against them.

The announcements themselves became the subject of media coverage.

Article published by Marketing Week 26 May 1998 (Scroll down the linked pages to see examples of published warning notices):

EXTRACT

Don Marketing posts warning about Shell

Don Marketing, the sales promotion agency alleging Shell breached copyright on the idea it used to create the Shell Smart card scheme, has placed an advertisement in this week’s Marketing Week warning businesses they may face legal action if they join the scheme.

Under the headline “Shell Smart Legal Notice”, the ad sets out the details of the court case and warns potential partners that participation in the scheme “may involve an infringement of rights, rendering it liable to legal action”.

Don Marketing Managing Director John Donovan has been forced by Shell’s legal department to revise a letter he planned to send to Shell’s 1,700 service stations (MWMay 21).

The revised “letter before action” will be sent to all Gulf stations which have not been rebranded as Shell and are not yet contracted into the Smart scheme with Shell.

Donovan says: “There is a problem with interfering with existing contracts, but we are setting our approach out in the letter.”

The letter will also be sent to Shell service stations to warn managers they will be liable to legal proceedings when the Smart card scheme ends, and also to dealers to warn they will be liable if they switch to another franchise brand.

Shell UK is adamant it will win the case when it reaches the High Court. Mike Harle, retail development manager for UK and Ireland, says: “We think the case is clear that the Shell Smart card scheme out there is not John Donovan’s, but ours. We believe we can prove this in court.”

Shell UK will keep its station owners informed of the legal proceedings.

Extracts from the John Donovan ebook end.

RELATED

(While the dramatic cross-examination of Shell executive AJL was in progress and reaching a climax, Shell suddenly settled the high court litigation brought by John Donovan in relation to SHELL SMART and related libel actions. Shell paid all legal costs said to be over £1 million pounds and John Donovan received a secret payment as part of the settlement, the full terms of which were deliberately withheld by Shell from the Judge, the late Mr Justice Laddie. The judge made comments at the end of the trial unaware of the terms of settlement. The comments made by the judge later triggered a repudiation of the settlement by Shell.)

EARLIER EXTRACTS

John Donovan, Shell’s nightmare: Genesis

John Donovan, Shell’s nightmare: Süddeutsche Zeitung article

GERMAN TV: John Donovan’s revelations cost Shell billions

ARGUS FSU ENERGY INTERVIEW WITH KREMLIN ATTACK DOG, OLEG MITVOL

How Shell lost its majority stake in Sakhalin II

John Donovan, Group Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell PLC companies

Donovan family relationship with Shell

Long association with the Royal Dutch Shell

Since the 1990s, Shell has been at war with John Donovan

An unscrupulous Shell executive

SHELL PROJECT HERCULES RIGGED TENDER PROCESS

Secret Shell Writ Losses

Shell caught red-handed in Make Money deception

Donovan Defamation Actions Against Shell

Shell in legal row over Smart Card

Defamatory Posters on Display at Shell HQ

SHELL DEFAMATION PROCEEDINGS AGAINST SHELL WHISTLEBLOWER DR JOHN HUONG 

399 Former Shell Malaysia Employees Sued Shell for Misappropriation of Retirement Funds

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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.

Wiebes is busy setting up a facility where victims of the earthquakes caused by gas production can report their damage. To this end, he negotiates with the province and civil society organizations: the Gas Consultation and the Groningen Soil Movement. They left the consultation on Tuesday because they do not agree with the draft protocol. Wiebes plans to go to table with them on Wednesday.

Large consumers and foreign customers

The minister wants the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) to no longer interfere with the claims desk, which must be ‘under public control’. With that he is referring to the newly established Institute Mining Damage. He also repeated the institution of a damage fund announced in the coalition agreement, which must be filled by NAM.

A motion supported by almost all the groups present, which only missed the signatures of the Forum for Democracy and Think, called for ‘within a few weeks’ to bring down gas production ‘as quickly and as realistic as possible’ and with the damage fund and a new damage protocol. ‘Negotiated and legally anchored’, according to Liesbeth van Tongeren (GroenLinks).

Create fog

The minister is prepared to reduce gas extraction as much as possible during this cabinet period without putting the financial consequences first. Wiebes said the gas tap could not close as quickly because large consumers and foreign buyers are ‘physically dependent on Groningen gas’. In the long term, the Netherlands has to get rid of natural gas altogether, he says.

According to the coalition agreement, Groningen gas production in 2021 must be reduced to 20.1 billion cubic meters. Wiebes said after the heavy quake at Zeerijp last week to want to reduce Monday more drastically.

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.

Constitutionally legal

The left-wing opposition yesterday stated that gas production should be limited to 12 billion cubic meters. SP, GroenLinks, PvdA and the Party for the Animals also accused Prime Minister Rutte of ‘missing out on’ in the absence of a damage protocol. They also blamed him for not attending the debate.

Rutte wrote last Friday the long wait for a damage protocol to ‘regional parties’ in Groningen. Two days later he came back to this and he blamed the long formation. In June last year he had correctly argued that the formation should not be a hindrance to decide on the reduction of gas production. ‘Constitutional joke’, he called it then.

‘In the outgoing period, the Cabinet was not very receptive to proposals and did not feel the mandate’, said Wiebes.

Applause on the stands

The debate took place with great public interest and was regularly interrupted by applause from the stands. The start was postponed for three quarters of an hour, because about 150 Groningers, who had traveled to The Hague in two double-deckers, were in a traffic jam. On entering the Chamber Building and leaving the meeting room, a number of them sang the Groningen national anthem.

SOURCE

TEXT BOX IN THE ARTICLE

‘The conversations might become messy and bloody’

• Minister Eric Wiebes about the negotiations with NAM owners Shell and ExxonMobil.

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate (VVD) in the House of Representatives during the debate on Gas production in Groningen.Foto: Phil Nijhuis / Hollandse Hoogte

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