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Royal Dutch Shell bets on LNG, on an epic scale

By John Donovan The comments below are from a Motley Fool article that draws attention to the fact that Shell’s Prelude FLNG project represents a bet “on an epic scale.”  The author is right. The project is an uninsured, uninsurable risk, which like Shell’s Alaskan ambitions, could potentially destroy Shell.  As to the likelihood of […]

Shell committed to Russia expansion despite sanctions

Extract from an article by Alexei Anishchuk published by Reuters on Friday 18 April 2014 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is committed to expansion in Russia, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on Friday amid sanctions imposed on the country after its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Shell […]

Breakthrough Technology Unlocks Hidden Natural Gas Reserves

Extracts from an article by Tim Maverick published 17 April 2014 by The recognized leader in FLNG technology globally is Royal Dutch Shell PLC. FLNG vessels, which dwarf aircraft carriers in size, serve as floating liquefaction, storage and offtake facilities. And they certainly come with a host of advantages. You see, a floating project is […]

Big Oil Bets on LNG For Emerging Market Growth

Extracts from an article by Bob Ciura published 16 April 2014 by The Motley Fool Chevron, Anadarko, and Royal Dutch Shell each have huge LNG operations that are ideally suited to supply the emerging markets. Royal Dutch Shell announced it had reached a five or six year agreement to supply Kuwait with its own LNG. […]

The world has enough natural gas to last nearly 400 years

Extracts from an article by Michelle Wheeler published Friday 11 April 2014 by The world has enough natural gas to last nearly 400 years at the current rate of consumption or 110 years if production increases at a rate of two per cent a year, according to a Curtin University study. Curtin University adjunct […]

Ride to lower costs for LNG-run trucks rockier than expected

Extracts from a Reuters article by JULIE GORDON published Wed 9 April 2014 While the lack of fueling infrastructure remains the largest hurdle, other operational teething pains are now tempering some of the growth in LNG use that was expected to further reduce oil demand in North America, as well as carbon emissions, according to […]

Shell, CNPC to cooperate in deep-sea exploration, shale gas

Extracts from a Reuters article published Wednesday 9 April 2014 BEIJING, April 9 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell and the China National Petroleum Corp(CNPC) have signed a deal to boost cooperation in sectors like deep sea exploration as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and unconventional gas sources like shale, CNPC said on Wednesday. The […]

Shell Prelude: Tales of the Unexpected – When the party ended with a bang!

Tales of the Unexpected – When the party ended with a bang!: 3rd in a series of articles by Bill Campbell (right), retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International, about safety issues relating to the Shell Prelude FLNG project Thus methane-air explosions are unpredictable, and by definition unpredictable events take you by surprise and can occur […]

Shell’s LNG fuel retreat

Extract from an article published by LNG Industry on 2 April 2014 under the headline: Lessons from Shell’s LNG fuel retreat On 26th March, just after Shell cancelled the 300 000 tpa Jumping Pound, Alberta, project, the company announced it would also abandon its two remaining 250 000 gall. /d LNG projects in Louisiana, and […]

Tales of the Unexpected and Royal Dutch Shell Prelude FLNG

Tales of the Unexpected – 2nd in a series of articles by Bill Campbell, retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International, about safety issues relating to the Shell Prelude FLNG project A Prelude to disaster? Introduction by John Donovan On 28 December I broke the news that a whistleblower had supplied me with photographic evidence to […]

BP and Shell peril on the Russian front

“While BP is the biggest of Britain’s oil giants exposed to Russia, it is not alone. Royal Dutch Shell has a stake in the huge Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off the Psacific coast of Russia, and is also working with gas giant Gazprom to drill for oil in the Russian Arttic shelf. The […]

Pipelines and welding risks for Shell: Kashagan and Prelude

…customers of certain Far Eastern shipyards have found that in spite of vessels being delivered with all of the necessary certification, unsurveyed welds have not always been up to the standards of the specific “randomly selected” welds on which the certification had been based. This may have interesting implications for the Prelude vessel…. Since Shell […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project Developments

Extracts from an article by Mary Carolan published on 11 March 2014 by The Irish Times under the headline: “Judge fast-tracks hearing of Corrib gas challenge” A High Court judge yesterday granted an application from Shell E&P Ireland to fast- track the hearing of the latest legal action against the Corrib project and fixed a […]

Shell shelves Hume LNG plan

Extracts from an article published by THE AUSTRALIAN on 26 Feb 2014 Royal Dutch Shell’s pullback from Australia is set to continue as the oil and gas giant aborts a plan to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain for trucks, according to The Australian. “The project has been put on hold by Shell, […]