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Shell Forced to Scale Back Ambitions

By James Stafford: Thu, 26 November 2015 As with most oil companies, 2015 has been a rough year for Royal Dutch Shell. The Anglo-Dutch company reported a third quarter loss of $6 billion, which included $7.9 billion in impairment charges. During its third quarter earnings call, Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden summed up the company’s strategy, […]

Lorraine Mitchelmore is stepping down as the head of Shell Canada. But she’s not going quietly.

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 10:20 AM Extracts Shell has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent per barrel from its oilsands business in the past five years, through many small efforts, including making more efficient use of its trucks. Yet that hasn’t stopped Shell from being a target and paying a high price for the […]

Shell share price: Canada boss leaves company

by Veselin Valchev: Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015, 11:18 GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSA) announced yesterday that the boss of the firm’s Canada division, Lorraine Mitchelmore, is stepping down from the company at the end of 2015, following six years at the helm. The move comes less than a month after the Anglo-Dutch oil major abandoned its […]

HERE FIRST TEN DAYS AGO: Lorraine Mitchelmore Fired

Michael Crothers at Shell E&P Ireland Limited By John Donovan On 7 November, we published the first news of the firing of Lorraine Mitchelmore, the President and Country Chair of Shell Canada. The information, which came from a Shell insider source, was posted on our Shell Blog under the alias of “Manny” The departure of Lorraine Mitchelmore has been confirmed […]

Lorraine Mitchelmore, head of Shell’s Canadian division, stepping down

The Canadian Press Published Monday, November 16, 2015 4:00PM EST CALGARY — The head of Royal Dutch Shell’s Canadian operations is leaving her job at the end of this year. Lorraine Mitchelmore has been Shell Canada’s president and country chair for past six years and has led the global energy giant’s heavy oil business for […]

Are the Oil Sands Going Bust?

Written by Keith Kohl: Posted November 12, 2015 at 6:51PM After backing out of an Arctic drilling program, Shell is taking yet another hit by leaving the Canadian oil-sands in Alberta. To put it simply: the losses were too great. There was no way Shell would have been able to stay competitive, so it decided to […]

Shell share price: Company not giving up on oil sands

by Veselin Valchev: Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSA) boss Ben van Beurden said last week that the withdrawal from the Carmon Creek thermal oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, does not mean that the Anglo-Dutch oil major has given up on oil sands in general. Shell’s chief executive noted that the company […]

Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

“President Obama is the first world leader to reject a project because of its effect on the climate,” said Bill McKibben, founder of the activist group, which led the campaign against the pipeline. “That gives him new stature as an environmental leader, and it eloquently confirms the five years and millions of hours of […]

Shell Canada carbon capture likely last to get Alberta subsidies

CALGARY, ALBERTA | BY MIKE DE SOUZA: Commodities | Thu Nov 5, 2015 9:01pm GMT Royal Dutch Shell’s launch on Friday of Canada’s first oil sands project to capture and bury carbon emissions – assisted by generous public subsidies – will likely be the last to get such funding, the Alberta government said this week. The […]

Shell update on BG takeover stokes fears for North Sea jobs

The update fuelled fears about the implications for the North Sea, where Shell and BG have around 2,800 staff and contractors working in total. Both have big operations centres in Aberdeen. The company has shed 7,500 posts globally this year in response to the crude price plunge. It has cut 500 North Sea jobs since […]

Shell’s boss fights to keep BG deal alive as he attempts to calm jittery investors

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR DAILY MAIL: 3 November 2015 Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden is the oil industry’s equivalent of a swan – below his calm demeanour he is furiously paddling to keep his planned £40billion mega-deal afloat. Shell is buying rival BG Group and, to get the deal away and for […]

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 […]

Shell share price: Oil major sells downstream assets

by Veselin Valchev: Monday, 02 Nov 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSA) announced today that it has completed the sale of two assets from its downstream portfolio as part of its strategy to divest lower-margin businesses, as profits wane amid the depressed oil price. The Hague-based oil major has completed the sale of its Butagaz liquefied […]

Shell boss confident of ‘good’ ruling from ACCC on BG takeover

Angela Macdonald-Smith: 30 October 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s global chief executive Ben van Beurden says there is “massive support” from Australian federal and state governments for the oil giant’s $US70 billion ($98.6 billion) takeover of BG Group and is confident the national competition regulator will wave the deal through. Mr van Beurden said even though the decision from the Australian Competition and […]

In defence of Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

By a regular contributor Only one member of the EC is directly involved in North American activities, Marvin Odum.  Perhaps worth noting is that investment decisions on the scale of the recent Shell write-offs would have required approval by the entire EC in the Hague long before BvB was around. Few of the EC members […]

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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell’s share price tumbles as group posts dramatic loss as falling oil prices take toll

by Catherine Neilan: 29 Oct 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s share price tumbled this morning after it revealed a third quarter loss of $7.4bn (£4.8bn) as the company gets to grips with the falling oil price.  The figures The Anglo-Dutch oil giant posted its dramatic loss on the back of nearly $8bn-worth of exceptional items. Adjusted net income […]

Low Oil Prices Take a Toll on Royal Dutch Shell in Quarter

By STANLEY REED: OCT. 29, 2015 LONDON — Lower petroleum prices took a big toll on Royal Dutch Shell in the third quarter. The company reported a loss of $7.4 billion, compared with a profit of $4.5 billion in the quarter a year earlier. Adjusted for inventory changes and one-time items — a more closely watched […]

Shell halts construction on new Alberta oil sands project

CALGARY, ALBERTA: Tue Oct 27, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc will not continue construction of its 80,000 barrel per day Carmon Creek thermal oil sands project in northern Alberta because of the lack of infrastructure to move Canadian crude to market, the company said on Tuesday. Shell said the decision to halt the project was […]

Shell cancels big Canadian oil sands project

Posted on October 27, 2015 | By Collin Eaton HOUSTON – Royal Dutch Shell says it will stop building a large Canadian oil sands project after low crude prices pushed it out of the company’s shortlist of profitable projects. It’s the second large project Shell has canceled since August, when it ditched a $7 billion […]

Energy giant will take a $2 billion write-down; cites uncertain business environment “We are making changes to Shell’s portfolio mix by reviewing our longer-term upstream options world-wide, and managing affordability and exposure in the current world of lower oil prices. This is forcing tough choices at Shell,” Ben van Beurden, Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive, […]

Shell Takes $2 Billion Charge to Quit Oil-Sands Project

David Marino: 27 October 2015 Company stops work at Carmon Creek facility in Alberta Halted oil-sands work follows Shell’s Arctic drilling exit Royal Dutch Shell Plc made its second major strategic change in two months, announcing it will take a $2 billion charge to exit an oil-sands project in Alberta. Shell is stopping construction on […]

Oil Sands Boom Dries Up in Alberta, Taking Thousands of Jobs With it

By IAN AUSTEN: OCT. 12, 2015 FORT McMURRAY, Alberta — At a camp for oil workers here, a collection of 16 three-story buildings that once housed 2,000 workers sits empty. A parking lot at a neighboring camp is now dotted with abandoned cars. With oil prices falling precipitously, capital-intensive projects rooted in the heavy crude mined […]

Shell will despoil the Arctic. But Barack Obama is the real villain here

Clinton nailed Obama this week: “The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling,” she wrote. Others put it more strongly: “It’s perplexing and depressing to hear President Obama say he wants to fix climate change but then approve Arctic drilling. FULL ARTICLE

Here’s How Shell Can Restart Its Tar Sands Projects In Canada

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Exploring for new oil has now become a difficult task for the oil majors. Oil and gas are now mostly situated in the deep-waters, Canadian tar sands and the Arctic waters where the cost of exploration and production is very high. These high costs coupled with the lower crude oil prices make […]

Shell Arctic Drill Rig Confronted at Sea by Indigenous Activists and Greenpeace Canada

Press release from Greenpeace June 17, 2015 – 4:51pm – By The Arctic Journal Indigenous artist and activist Audrey Siegl today approached the 300-foot-tall Polar Pioneer drill rig in an inflatable boat launched from the MY Esperanza, while two Greenpeace Canada swimmers spread out in the water behind her to put their bodies in the […]

Shell braves a return to its Arctic ordeals: But, with oil at such a low price, why now?

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 13 May 2015 New Year’s Eve 2012 is a date Lieutenant Commander Jim Cooley will never forget. As part of the rescue team from the US Coast Guard he flew out in treacherous, stormy conditions to rescue 18 men aboard Royal Dutch Shell’s stranded Kulluk oil rig. Earlier that […]

Shell Canada: Carmon Creek oilsands project faces two-year delay

DAN HEALING, CALGARY HERALD: Published on: May 8, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell says first oil production from its 80,000-barrel-per-day Carmon Creek thermal oilsands project northeast of Peace River in northern Alberta will be delayed for two years until 2019. The project was sanctioned by the company in October 2013 and estimated by analysts at the time […]

Shell takes hit of £3.2bn amid weak oil price as UK companies’ profit warnings go up

By JON REES, FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY: 26 April 2015 Shell is expected to report this week that the weak oil price wiped two-thirds off its earnings in the first three months of the year. The Anglo-Dutch oil giant, which has tabled a £46billion cash-and-shares deal to buy British gas explorer BG Group, is poised to […]

Massive Layoffs Occurring in the Oil Industry

From an article by Wall Street Sector Selector Staff published 19 March 2015 read more

Prices Fall to a Six-Year Low for U.S. Oil

Article by Stanley Reed published 17 March 2015 in the New York edition of the New York Times Prices Fall to a Six-Year Low for U.S. Oil Oil prices fell to six-year lows on Monday in the face of concerns that a glut in the United States was outpacing already-brimming storage facilities. Additionally, the Organization […]

Keystone and the Riddle of the Tar Sands

BY MARK DOWIE 2/25/15 AT 10:49 PM Late 21st-century graduate students of business studying the growing problem of stranded assets will almost certainly focus on the history of Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands (a.k.a. the tar sands). The case studies they read will either describe the gradual abandonment of the world’s largest reserve of bituminous crude […]

Canada’s energy slump to wipe out $23-billion over two years

From an article by Jeff Lewis published 24 Feb 2015 by The Globe and Mail under the headline: Canada’s energy slump to wipe out $23-billion over two years Extracts The slump in Alberta’s energy sector is set to wipe out billions more in corporate earnings, complicating growth plans and putting investor dividends at greater risk. […]

Another nail in the coffin of tar sands

BBC NEWS: Obama vetoes Keystone oil pipeline bill: 24 Feb 2015 US President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Republican-led Congress sent the bill to the president on Tuesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama vetoed the bill “without any drama or […]

Why Shell Withdrew Application For Pierre River Oil Sands Project

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Feb 24, 2015 at 7:48 am EST Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) indicated on Monday that it has withdrawn the application to develop Pierre River Oil Sands in northern Alberta. The oil sands mine was first proposed by Shell Canada in 2007. The Pierre River oil sands are estimated to […]

Shell Canada withdraws oilsands mine application as a cost-cutting measure

By Dan Healing of the Calgary Herald Extracts The Pierre River oilsands mine proposed by Shell Canada in 2007, split out of a joint application in 2009 and delayed indefinitely last year has been withdrawn entirely from the regulatory approval process. “The Pierre River mine remains a very long-term opportunity for us but it’s not currently […]

Slump in Oil Prices Brings Pressure, and Investment Opportunity

An article by Michael Corkery and Peter Eavis published 2 Feb 2015 by The New York Times under the headline:  “Slump in Oil Prices Brings Pressure, and Investment Opportunity” American history is littered with oil busts that created big winners and losers. Now, as the cracks appear in the latest energy boom, the forces of […]

Who Will Rule the Oil Market?

OPINION ARTICLE BY DANIEL YERGIN PUBLISHED IN PRINT BY THE NEW YORK TIMES ON SATURDAY 25 JAN 2015 WASHINGTON — A HISTORIC change of roles is at the heart of the clamor and turmoil over the collapse of oil prices, which have plummeted by 50 percent since September. For decades, Saudi Arabia, backed by the […]

Market Collapse: 5 percent of Shell’s capital invested in money-losing projects?

From an article by Joe Carroll and Tara Patel published 6 Jan 2015 by BloombergBusinessweek under the headline: “Oilfield Writedowns Loom as Market Collapse Guts Drilling Values”  Shell, Europe’s largest energy producer, may have as much as 5 percent of its capital tied up in money-losing projects. Extracts Tumbling crude prices will trigger a flood […]

Jesse Colombo, the economic analyst who predicted the oil prices bust 

FULL CREDIT TO THE EXPERT WHO CORRECTLY PREDICTED THE OIL PRICE CRASH By John Donovan In June of this year published an extensive prescient article by Jesse Colombo, an economic analyst, under the headline: “9 Reasons Why Oil Prices May Be Headed For A Bust” His prediction made 6 months ago: “There are a growing number […]

Shell and the National Gallery: welcome to a Moral Maze

Spotted this article on the website of the former Royal Dutch Shell executive, Paddy Briggs.  By Paddy Briggs I went to the superb exhibition “Rembrandt: The Late Works” at the National Gallery yesterday. The exhibition is sponsored by Shell – quite strongly as it happens. There are a couple of prominent Shell promotional displays and […]

Opec is finished – the oil crash will continue

The Opec oil cartel no longer exists in any meaningful sense and crude prices will slump to $50 a barrel over the coming months as market forces shake out the weakest producers, Bank of America has warned. The major oil companies will have to cut back on projects with a break-even cost below $80 for Brent […]

Shell Arts Sponsorship Protest at the National Gallery

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell has suffered a string of PR debacles.  In October 2013, Shell Out Sounds, a group of singers, musicians and activists who opposed Shell’s sponsorship of Southbank Centre, staged an unsanctioned performance from the Royal Festival Hall’s choir seats in protest of a Shell Classic International concert.  The campaigners condemned […]

Shell one of 5 Companies Al Gore Says Are Doomed

“Royal Dutch Shell is another company with a doomed oil sands project, according to the Carbon Tracker Initiative. Its Carmon Creek project needs oil prices to hit $157 per barrel in order to be profitable. On top of that, Royal Dutch Shell is seeking to drill for oil in the Arctic, which has already wasted […]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com News Roundup: 18 August 2014

THE CORRUPT SULTAN OF BRUNEI – RECIPIENT OF SHELL WEDDING GIFT BRIBERY Firstbiz. has published an article setting out 5 things it says you should know about the Sultan. See “Meet Sultan of Brunei, the man willing to shell out more than $2 bn for Sahara’s hotels” Extract: “Ironically, the Sultan’s Beverly Hills Hotel and […]

BP a better investment than Shell right now

Extracts from an article by David Thorpe published 22 July 2014 by What Investment under the headline: “M&G: BP is a better investment than Shell right now” Felton’s reason for not investing in Shell at present is that he believes the company has made a significant strategic blunder. ‘Shell has always been the high cost, […]

Construction hits midway point on Shell’s Quest carbon-capture project

Extract from an article by David Howell by the Edmonton Journal on 17 April 2014 FORT SASKATCHEWAN — Construction on Shell Canada’s Quest carbon capture and storage project is at the midway point and the facility should be ready to start operating in late 2015, company officials said Thursday. Quest will be the world’s first […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor Shell starts commercial US output of new motor oil made from … Hydrocarbon Processing-21 hours ago Shell refers to its novel motor oil process as PurePlus technology, a patented process of converting natural gas into a clear base oil, which is … Back in oil shale Grand Junction Sentinel-10 hours ago Shell, Chevron […]

Major oilsands project put on hold by Shell

JOURNAL of COMMERCE Article by Richard Gilbert: 19 Feb 2014 Royal Dutch Shell has asked federal regulators to halt the environmental assessment for a proposed mine in northeastern Alberta, as part of a plan to re-evaluate the timing of developments. The proposed PRM project involves the construction of an oilsands surface mine and bitumen extraction […]

Shell halts work on Pierre River oil sands mine in northern Alberta

Jeff Lewis | February 12, 2014 5:18 PM ET CALGARY – Royal Dutch Shell PLC told regulators it is halting work on its Pierre River mine in northern Alberta’s oil sands and that it has no idea when it may revive the blueprints. The Hague-based company this year cancelled plans to drill in Alaska’s Arctic and […]