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Worst oil bust in 45 years brings US crude below $31 a barrel

HOUSTON — The oil bust that has cost the United States roughly 70,000 energy jobs has become more severe than any downturn in 45 years, Morgan Stanley said Monday, as crude prices fell a sixth day. Crude prices tumbled below $32 a barrel on Monday, and over the past 19 months have plunged further and […]

Shell producing Irish natural gas after decade of project delays

December 30, 2015 | By Collin Eaton HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell has started extracting natural gas off the coast of Ireland after more than a decade of project delays and an estimated $3.1 billion in unexpected cost overruns. The Anglo-Dutch oil major on Wednesday said it aims to pump enough gas from the Corrib […]

Shell finds 100 million oil barrels in deep-water Gulf discovery

Posted on November 18, 2015 | By Collin Eaton HOUSTON — Probing one of its recent discoveries in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Royal Dutch Shell found 100 million barrels of oil equivalent buried at its Kaikias field, nearby three of its massive production facilities and a network of subsea pipes, the company […]

Shell affiliates are buyers, sellers in $390 million midstream transaction

Posted on November 11, 2015 | By Joshua Cain A pipeline subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has sold a crude terminal in Illinois and a pipeline system in the Gulf of Mexico for $390 million to a master limited partnership affiliated with Shell. Shell Midstream Partners, the Houston-based MLP that Shell formed in 2014, said on Wednesday […]

Shell Oil Co. president touts carbon tax over piecemeal regulations

Posted on November 10, 2015 | By Jordan Blum A carbon tax or cap-and-trade system in the U.S. — and globally — would serve the energy industry better than the current slate of piecemeal state and federal regulations, Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum  said Tuesday. He acknowledged that Congress won’t take action soon in […]

Shell carves more savings from BG Group deal, expects further job cuts

Posted on November 3, 2015 | By Collin Eaton HOUSTON — Shell has found another $1 billion in costs it could shake free after it buys BG Group, company officials said Tuesday, partly in response to critics of the huge acquisition Shell announced when crude was more expensive in the spring. The cuts would mean […]

Even as it walks away from Arctic drilling, Shell keeps door open for future work

Posted on October 29, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell is walking away from oil exploration in Arctic waters north of Alaska, but it isn’t ready to close the door completely. Disappointing results from a critical test well at the company’s Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, combined with the high costs […]

Transocean, Shell delay delivery of two new drillships

By Rhiannon Meyers: October 26, 2015 Transocean and Royal Dutch Shell struck an agreement to delay the delivery of two new ultradeep-water drillships as the offshore drilling industry cools amid a global downturn in oil prices. The Swiss-based offshore drilling contractor announced early Monday that it would push back the operating and delivery contracts of the […]

Aggressive bidding after reserves scandal put Shell on path to Arctic disappointment

$7 billion bust in the Arctic Ocean By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 5 Oct 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell’s dreams of an Arctic oil bonanza were dashed with disappointing results from a critical exploratory well this summer, but they were in full force seven years ago, when the company aggressively outbid competitors to nab drilling rights in […]

Shell to cut 1,300 jobs in Malaysia over two years

By Collin Eaton: 29 Sept 2015 HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell’s oil unit in Malaysia said it will cut 1,300 jobs, or about 20 percent of its Malaysian workforce, over the next two years as it restructures itself. Shell Malaysia said Tuesday it is trying to become a more efficient company but gave few details beyond […]

Shell’s Arctic oil well comes up dry

September 28, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — After spending $7 billion and seven years searching for oil under Arctic waters, Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said its quest had come up dry. Shell announced that its exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska encountered “indications of oil and gas” […]

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

“The company’s repeated failures in basic readiness tests show that when things go wrong in the Arctic ocean, it will be a disaster…” By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: August 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — Newly released documents reveal the extent of problems with anti-pollution equipment on a Shell-contracted Arctic drillship earlier this year. The records, provided by […]

Shell Oil accidentally spills hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic gas in Deer Park

Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 On Sunday morning, hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic gas were accidentally released from the Shell Oil facility in Deer Park. According to reports from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 326,166 pounds of butadiene escaped through an open valve on a spherical tank between 10:40 am […]

Senate bill would give oil companies a decade more to drill in Arctic leases

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: July 27, 2015 WASHINGTON – Shell and other oil companies with leases in U.S. Arctic waters could get an extra 10 years to develop them under a proposal advancing in the Senate. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, embedded the Arctic lease provisions in a broader bill that also would lift the U.S. crude […]

Environmentalists insist feds must block Shell’s Arctic drilling while icebreaker is away

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 15 July 2015 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration cannot allow Shell to launch exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean — even initial site preparation — without the company’s two contracted icebreakers on site, environmentalists argue. One of those icebreakers, the MSV Fennica, is headed to Oregon for repairs after its […]

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water?

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water? Damaged Arctic icebreaker’s route questioned Posted on July 10, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — New marine tracking data shows a Shell-contracted icebreaker may have crossed through shallow waters that offered little clearance between the vessel’s bottom and the ocean floor before a 3-foot […]

Approval requested for repairs to icebreaker in Shell’s Arctic quest

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 9 July 2015 WASHINGTON – Shell is making plans to repair an icebreaker that plays a pivotal role in its Arctic drilling program, even as clues emerged Thursday about what might have torn a meter-long gash in the vessel. Arctia Offshore, the owner of the Shell-contracted MSV Fennica, has asked the […]

Shell’s Arctic icebreaker damaged in Alaska

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 7 July 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell’s drive to resume Arctic drilling this summer has hit another speed bump, with the discovery of a hole in the hull of an ice management vessel meant to safeguard the company’s operations in the Chukchi Sea. The MSV Fennica was on its way from Dutch […]

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to […]

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July Posted on June 29, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Thick sea ice could clog the site of Shell’s planned oil wells in the Arctic Ocean until late July, potentially shaving a week off the company’s already narrow window for exploratory […]

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag June 23, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell’s plans to bore two wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer may be jeopardized by an obscure permitting requirement that effectively bars drilling operations close to each other in waters off Alaska. The restriction highlighted by […]

Coast Guard clears Shell drillship bound for Arctic

Coast Guard clears Shell drillship bound for Arctic Posted on June 22, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy The drillship Noble Discoverer undergoes sea trials off Singapore in November 2014. WASHINGTON — As one of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs makes its way to Alaska, a second is waiting in the wings. The Noble Discoverer, now […]

Feds say Shell completed test for blow-out well response ahead of Arctic drilling

Feds say Shell completed test for blow-out well response ahead of Arctic drilling Posted on June 18, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell employees and contractors successfully deployed and tested emergency equipment meant to respond to a blown-out well in the Arctic Ocean, federal regulators said Thursday. The exercises, conducted Tuesday and […]

As Shell moves toward Arctic, industry decries regulations

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published June 16, 2015 by The Houston Chronicle As Shell moves toward Arctic, industry decries regulations Industry leaders and allies in Congress say red tape will discourage Arctic exploration WASHINGTON – Even as Shell Oil Co. gets closer to drilling new exploratory wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, industry leaders and their congressional […]

Shell-BG deal gets U.S. antitrust OK

Article by Jordan Blum published June 16, 2015 by The Houston Chronicle Shell-BG deal gets U.S. antitrust OK Federal Trade Commission decides to waive antitrust waiting period; other nations plan to examine deal Photo: Christophe Morin /GT Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday that its planned $70 billion acquisition of British gas giant BG Group has cleared its […]

LNG industry faces short-term glut but long-term opportunity

Article by Chris Tomlinson published May 28, 2015 by The Houston Chronicle under the headline: LNG industry faces short-term glut but long-term opportunity The Methane Nile Eagle liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship, part of of BG Group Plc’s core fleet of LNG vessels. Royal Dutch Shell Plc agreed to buy BG Group Plc for about 47 billion […]

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 […]

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