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Shell lays out its Arctic plans

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published May 21, 2015 by The Houston Chronicle Shell lays out its Arctic plans Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle SEATTLE – The executive leading Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Thursday outlined ambitions to drill new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, instead of returning to the one the company started three […]

Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor

Associated Press article published by The Houston Chronicle 17 April 2015 Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that included […]

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 worlds 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 […]

Protesters say Shell can’t freeze them out

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Published 11:02 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2012 WASHINGTON – An aggressive legal strategy by Shell Oil Co. that aims to keep environmentalists from interfering with its drilling rigs has only emboldened activists who plan to protest and closely scrutinize the company’s Arctic drilling operations this summer. Greenpeace activists have set sail in an […]

Shell moves to pre-empt Arctic drilling challenges

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Published 11:06 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2012 SEATTLE – During Shell’s seven-year, $4.5 billion quest to search for oil under Arctic waters, environmentalists have put the company on the defensive by challenging government-issued drilling approvals and permits in federal court. The strategy has been so successful that in 2011, Shell was forced to […]

Arctic approval ‘probable’ for Shell

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy Published 09:55 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012 United States secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, speaks during a conference in Trondheim, Norway, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The conference is centered on the management and use of natural resources in arctic areas. (AP Photo/Ned Alley / NTB scanpix) NORWAY OUT Photo: Alley, Ned […]

Outside auditors could go offshore for drilling safety

By Emily Pickerell Updated 10:33 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012 An industry safety clearinghouse formed after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is about to kick off a program for certifying outside auditors that the government soon may require to examine offshore operators’ safety plans. Charlie Williams, executive director of the Houston-based Center for Offshore Safety, […]

Regulator vows close watch on Shell in Arctic

Regulator vows close watch on Shell in Arctic By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Updated 07:37 p.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012 WASHINGTON – Federal inspectors will be stationed around the clock on rigs that Shell plans to use in drilling up to five wells in Arctic waters near Alaska this summer, a top U.S. regulator promised Thursday. Director James […]

Shell trains oil spill responders in Alaska

Against the backdrop of Alaska’s snow-topped Chugach Mountains and in the same waters that were spoiled by the Exxon Valdez oil spill more than two decades ago, Shell is training recruits in skills it hopes they never have to use. The company is putting scores of people through oil spill response training in the Valdez […]

Shell expands LNG option for 18-wheelers

By Simone Sebastian: Updated 07:21 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012 The nation’s slow roll toward cheap natural gas fuel for commercial fleets took another step Thursday as Shell Oil Co.said it’s gearing up to supply liquefied natural gas to 100 interstate highway fueling stations across the nation beginning in 2013. Under the tentative terms of the agreement, […]

Motiva upgrade makes it largest U.S. refinery

Replacing the traditional ribbon cutting, officials turn a symbolic valve to signal the opening of Motiva’s expansion project in Port Arthur. It’s a joint venture of Shell and Saudi Aramco. Photo: Guiseppe Barranco / The Beaumont Enterprise Motiva upgrade makes it largest U.S. refinery By Emily Pickrell,By Emily Pickrell: Houston Chronicle Published 08:23 p.m., Thursday, May […]

Eni, Exxon, Shell to Fund $986 Million Kazakh Share for Kashagan

By Svetlana Antoncheva and Nariman Gizitdinov – May 28, 2012 6:48 AM GMT+0100 Eni SpA (ENI), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) agreed to fund the $986 million costs owed by Kazakhstan’s state energy producer for one of the world’s biggest oil fields, Oil and Gas Minister Sauat Mynbayev said. The […]

Natural gas revolution is a safe, abundant force for good

By Peter Voser: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 The natural gas revolution is by far the most significant energy development in decades. Thanks to new technology and innovation, today we can affordably tap into vast fields of natural gas embedded in rocks deep in the earth, recovering a resource that just a few years ago was […]

Shell leader expects Arctic offshore drilling this year

By Emily Pickrell, HOUSTON CHRONICLE Published Thursday, January 12, 2012 Shell Oil Co. expects to clear remaining regulatory hurdles and begin drilling later this year in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, company President Marvin Odum said at a scientific conference on Thursday. Shell received conditional federal approval last month to drill six exploratory wells in the […]

Departing regulator hopes offshore reforms stick

By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY, WASHINGTON BUREAU Published 12:25 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2011 WASHINGTON – When Michael Bromwich took over the helm of the agency overseeing offshore drilling 17 months ago, oil was still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a handful of ethical lapses had shattered public confidence in the ability of federal regulators […]

Shell hopes to break the ice on Arctic drilling

Energy giant has $200 million in new anchor-handling vessel By SIMONE SEBASTIAN, HOUSTON CHRONICLE LAROSE, La. — A ship taking shape along the balmy Gulf Coast will have to sail a long way to do what it does best. The vessel has the power to break through thick sheets of ice. It can operate at temperatures […]

Shell plans to remove oil from damaged North Sea pipe, U.K. says

Houston Chronicle: August 22, 2011 at 12.31 pm by Bloomberg Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, plans to remove crude remaining in a North Sea pipeline that leaked this month, the U.K. government said. “Shell now plans to continue to secure the pipeline to protect it from the threat of storm or tidal […]

Shell deep-water Gulf plan wins OK, but challenge is likely

…the decision faces an almost-certain legal challenge from conservationists who say the government’s review was weak and that it is acting prematurely by not waiting until it completes a lengthy post-spill environmental study of the Gulf of Mexico that could take until next year.

Shell seeks to drill off Alaska

Beaufort Sea plan includes improved oil spill response system By TOM FOWLER Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle Oct. 6, 2010, 10:08PM Royal Dutch Shell has applied for a permit to drill in the shallow waters of Alaska’s Beaufort Sea next year and unveiled plans for an improved oil spill response system for the Arctic. The well, […]

King-size platform to rise in Gulf

“The outlook for deep water remains positive, despite the current drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico,” the Dutch oil giant said in a prepared statement.

A real-time vigil at Shell

Eric Kayne For the Chronicle: Matt Allen, an engineer, works at Shell’s real-time operations center this month in Houston. The center monitors data from wells around the clock. Shore-based engineers for Shell monitor offshore rigs 24/7 from high-tech centers By BRETT CLANTON HOUSTON CHRONICLE Sept. 18, 2010, 8:18PM In the months since the Deepwater Horizon […]

America’s petro-state

EXTRACTS: Americans may be torn up by the BP oil spill and its destruction of the Gulf of Mexico’s natural habitat – and torn up we should be – but that habitat has not been pristine for decades. In many ways, Louisiana made its deal with the devil long ago. “big oil plays an unnatural […]

Well design may be hampering spill efforts

Deepwater Horizon Reduction in thickness of casing raises concern about well’s integrity By TOM FOWLER and ERIC NALDER HOUSTON CHRONICLE June 21, 2010, 10:59PM Kari Gooodnough Bloomberg: Seaweed covered in oil from the Macondo well sits on a public beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., earlier this month. Money-saving measures BP took while designing the Macondo […]

U.S. and BP slow to accept Dutch expertise

Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.

Are BP’s days numbered?

BP’s stock price may make it takeover bait By LOREN STEFFY Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle June 1, 2010, 10:39PM Are BP’s days numbered? That question bubbles up from beneath new cost estimates and growing market skepticism as the company’s latest attempt to cap a runaway well a mile below the Gulf of Mexico failed last […]

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Blazing a trail far out at sea

A view from a helicopter shows a supply vessel near the massive Perdido hub, which is temporarily burning off natural gas until production begins. Blazing a trail far out at sea By BRETT CLANTON Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle April 17, 2010, 12:24AM Astronauts just had to get to the moon. They didn’t have to figure […]

Shell raises natural gas stake with S. Texas lease

Royal Dutch Shell has quietly expanded its position in an emerging natural gas field in South Texas as part of a broader bid to become a bigger player in the North American gas business in coming years, the company’s top U.S. executive said Friday.