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Taylor: Will SEC give oil companies the green light on secrecy?

In the event that Shell and Eni’s handling of the deal is found to be in breach of U.S. anti-bribery laws, investors, who were not given the opportunity to assess these payments, could also be on the hook for penalties that could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. By Simon Taylor | December […]

Shell awards contract for world’s deepest floating production facility

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Emily Pickrell A Dutch offshore services company will provide a floating production platform for  Royal Dutch Shell’s  Stones field project in the Gulf of Mexico, which the companies say will be the deepest-water field served by such a vessel. Shell will lease the Floating Production Storage and […]

An ancient desert, a modern sea, and lots of oil

HOUSTON — A drilling hunch with its roots in the Jurassic period is paying off for Royal Dutch Shell, with a potential 100 million-barrel oil find adding to its bounty in the Gulf of Mexico. By Emily Pickrell, Houston Chronicle : July 3, 2013 : Updated: July 3, 2013 7:20pm HOUSTON — A drilling hunch […]

Shell’s Olympus platform prepares for Gulf journey

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm by Emily Pickrell INGLESIDE — Royal Dutch Shell is about to move a mountain, towing its new state-of-the-art Olympus platform for duty in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep water. The Olympus, designed to operate in water depths of 3,000 to 5,000 feet, will be Shell’s sixth tension […]

Shell will be under closer watch

Government’s report on Arctic woes too mild, activists argue By Jennifer A. Dlouhy | March 14, 2013 WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Thursday vowed to keep a closer watch on all areas of Shell’s Arctic drilling operations – from deployment to demobilization – before allowing the company to hunt for oil in the region […]

Shell opening new Arctic frontier

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 3:42 am by Jennifer A. Dlouhy Donald LeCourt, Shell Alaska’s wells HSE team leader, and other workers take a helicopter ride to the Noble Discoverer during a crew change on Oct. 9, 2012. In preparation for the hour-long flights over frigid Arctic waters, crew members must complete helicopter underwater […]

Motiva may restart Port Arthur unit in December

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm by Bloomberg Motiva Enterprises plans to restart a damaged 325,000-barrel-a-day crude unit at its Port Arthur refinery as early as the first week in December, according to people familiar with refinery operations. Motiva expects to complete repairs on the unit this month and conduct test runs and […]

Shell sues Greenpeace to stop Artic protests

COMMENT BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR SHELL’S MADNESS… Has anyone thought about the implications of a 500m exclusion zone around Shell property in Holland?   This would prevent Greenpeace members from entering a large proportion of the Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, from using motorways and most major roads, or from going near any of the thousands […]

Shell gets OK from Feds to drill in Beaufort Sea

The Kulluk conical drilling rig is docked in the Vigor shipyard in Seattle, where it has undergone refurbishments meant to ready the 1980s-era conical drilling rig for Arctic drilling this summer. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle) Posted on September 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy Although federal regulators today gave […]

Interior chief says Shell equipment behind Arctic drilling delays

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Updated 9:48 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2012 WASHINGTON – Neither thick Arctic ice nor government red tape is holding back Shell’s plans to search for oil in waters north of Alaska this summer, a top Obama administration official said Monday. Instead, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters, the delays are Shell’s own […]

Activists fire volley at Shell over coral in Arctic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Published 09:56 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012 WASHINGTON – Environmental activists are keeping the pressure on Shell Oil Co. as it inches closer to launching exploratory drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska. Greenpeace activists and marine biologists conducting research in the area documented thick accumulations of soft coral in the Chukchi […]

Shell to scale back Arctic drilling plans

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Updated 07:33 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2012 Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser addresses the audience during the opening ceremonies for Motiva’s Crude Expansion Project in Port Arthur on Thursday. Photo taken Thursday, May 31, 2012 Guiseppe Barranco/The Enterprise Photo: Guiseppe Barranco / The Beaumont Enterprise Shell is scaling back plans to […]

Motiva to restart damaged unit in early 2013

Motiva to restart damaged unit in early 2013 By Simone Sebastian: Published 07:31 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012 Motiva Enterprises plans to restart the new crude distillation unit at its Port Arthur refinery early next year, after damage from a chemical leak shut it down last month, the company said Thursday. Weeks after the May 31 […]

Shell ordered to fix ship going to Arctic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Published 10:53 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2012 WASHINGTON – Shell’s plans to search for oil under Arctic waters this summer – already delayed by thick ice clinging to Alaska’s shores – may face another setback as the company makes Coast Guard-ordered improvements to a barge designed to carry emergency response equipment. During […]