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Workers injured in Shell platform fire in Gulf of Mexico file suit

Shell’s Enchilada platform, sitting atop Garden Banks Block 128 in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, caught fire early Wednesday (Nov. 8), injuring two workers. This map shows the location, outlined in yellow.

The lawsuit claims Shell and the pipeline operator were negligent or grossly negligent, failing to maintain a safe work environment…

Three workers injured in a November fire on Shell’s Enchilada platform in the Gulf of Mexico are suing the oil and gas company in a Texas county court. The suit claims Shell, its Gulf of Mexico subsidiary and a pipeline operator “acted with flagrant and malicious disregard” for the health and safety of the workers leading up to the incident. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and more than $1 million in damage payments for the three men, who “sustained severe injuries” to the head, neck, back and other parts of their bodies. Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., Shell Offshore Inc. and Garden Banks Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Enbridge Pipelines, are named as defendants in the lawsuit. FULL ARTICLE read more

Malabu Scandal: UK court rules in favour of Nigerian govt

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A British judge ruled on Friday that up to $85 million from the notorious Malabu oil deal should be returned to the Nigerian government. This is the first money to be successfully recovered from the $1.1 billion sale of the fantastically rich offshore oil block, OPL245, that has been mired in corruption allegations and legal trench warfare for years. The sale, which was brokered by the then-government of Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, supposedly resolved a long running contest for the block between oil giant Shell and shelf company Malabu, beneficially owned by former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete. FULL ARTICLE read more

Oil stable on tighter market, but rising US output looms for 2018

BY HENNING GLOYSTEIN: DECEMBER 15, 2017

* OPEC-led supply cuts, Forties pipeline outage support crude

* But rising U.S. output, driven by shale, weighs on market

SINGAPORE, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Oil markets were stable on Friday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and the ongoing OPEC-led production cuts supported prices, while rising output from the United States kept crude from rising further. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $57.13 a barrel at 0119 GMT, up 9 cents from their last settlement. read more

1.6 million Bonga oil spill victims battle Shell in court

By Jimitota Onoyume: 14 Dec 2017

WARRI—No fewer than  1,686,000 victims of Bonga oil field spillage in Rivers State have  dragged oil giant, Shell Nigeria Exploration Company, SNEPCO, before a United Kingdom court over its alleged failure  to pay $3,600,191,206  as compensation to them and communities affected by the incident. FULL ARTICLE

Shell’s 1991 film warned of the catastrophic risks of climate change

POSTING BY CHRISTOPHER IVES COMMENTING ON THE ARTICLE BY SHELL CEO BEN VAN BEURDEN, “A DECISIVE STEP TO A CLEANER ENERGY FUTURE

Why does it take so damn long to make meaningful changes?

I’m a 1965 Cambridge engineering graduate with an apprenticeship in thermal and nuclear plant manufacture/operation, followed by UK & Canadian experience in gas transmission & coal-slurry pipelines.

By 1973 I saw the need for renewable & demand side technologies – even tried to move Esso/Exxon towards integrated solar & building systems. I’ve demonstrated 4 solar/healthy houses, one with containerised onsite utilities, now being built for Canada’s military, and for areas with failing or no infrastructure. read more

World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration

The World Bank will end its financial support for oil and gas exploration within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change. In a statement that delighted campaigners opposed to fossil fuels, the Bank used a conference in Paris to announce that it “will no longer finance upstream oil and gas” after 2019. FULL ARTICLE

Shell shuts down Shearwater, Nelson platforms amid Forties closure

Oil major Shell said today that it had suspended production on two of its North Sea platforms due to the Forties pipeline shutdown.

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Owner Ineos has said it will take “weeks rather than days” to fix the leak, which was detected during a routine inspection at Netherley last week.

The 235-mile pipeline system links more than 80 North Sea field to the UK mainland and the Ineos site in Grangemouth. It delivers almost 40% of the UK’s North Sea oil and gas production.

Ineos completed a deal to buy the system from BP for up to £190million ($250million) at the end of October. read more

Royal Dutch Shell Suspends Production on Two Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms

By Neanda Salvaterra:  Dow Jones Newswires

Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Tuesday it has suspended production on two offshore oil and gas platforms following the shutdown of a major European oil transport node. The British-Dutch oil giant confirmed that it has halted the flow of oil and gas from its Shearwater and Nelson platforms in the central North Sea as a result of the shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System owned by Ineos, a refining and chemicals company. Ineos closed down the Forties Pipeline after a hairline crack worsened following its discovery Wednesday, south of Aberdeen, Scotland. The company said pipeline repairs could take a “matter of weeks,” during which Forties would remain out of commission. FULL ARTICLE read more

A decisive step to a cleaner energy future

 Chief Executive Officer at Shell

It’s time for Shell to accelerate its efforts in the transition to a lower-carbon world. This is how I plan to drive change through the company.

How will a future CEO of Shell judge what I have just announced? Will they look back to the end of 2017 and consider it a turning point? In 20 years? 30 years? If things move as I expect, they probably will. By then, I believe Shell will be at least as profitable and successful as today but it will be a very different company.We will still have plenty of oil and gas in our energy mix but other areas of the business, which are small today, will have grown. That means Shell is likely to be highly involved in the generation, trading and distribution of renewable and low-carbon power. FULL ARTICLE read more

Norway parties inclined to back fund’s plan to slash oil exposure -report

REUTERS STAFF: DECEMBER 12, 2017

OSLO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, will probably win backing from parliament for its proposal to cut most oil and gas stocks from its portfolio, business daily Dagens Naeringsliv reported on Tuesday. If adopted by parliament, the fund would over time divest billions of dollars from oil and gas stocks, which now represent 6 percent – or around $37 billion – of its benchmark equity index. The fund is among the top investors in a wide range of oil companies. At the end of 2016 it held 2.3 percent of Royal Dutch Shell, 1.7 percent of BP, 0.9 percent of Chevron and 0.8 percent of Exxon Mobil. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell probing claims of unethical freight dealings in Singapore, say sources

Singapore (Platts)–12 Dec 2017 202 am EST/702 GMT

Global energy major Shell is investigating claims of unethical dealings including charges of corruption in its tanker chartering team in Singapore and at least one employee has been asked to take leave pending further investigation, sources familiar with the developments have told S&P Global Platts.

It all started a few weeks ago when one member of the chartering team, acting as a whistleblower, made a complaint against a colleague for allegedly channeling a large part of the chartering business through a specific brokerage for pecuniary gains, sources said. read more

Dutch law firm Prakken d’Oliveira Target of Shell Spying?

Email Sent To Prakken d’Oliveira by John Donovan, Sunday 10 December 2017

Be Warned: Your Law Firm is Almost Certainly Under Surveillance Again!

As Prakken d’Oliveira is aware, for more than two decades I have operated websites focussed on the *global misdeeds of Royal Dutch Shell. In more recent years, mainly via my websites royaldutchshellplc.com and royaldutchshellgroup.com. I make the above warning based on my own experience during a long drawn out acrimonious relationship with Shell.

Perceived as an arch-enemy, I have been the target of multiple spying operations carried out over many years at the behest of Shell senior management. I have irrefutable proof in the form of letters of admission by Shell and confidential Shell internal communications obtained in response to SAR applications under the Data Protection Act. UK police have carried out  investigations covering burglaries, threats of violence and repeated cyber attacks. read more

Fire breaks out at Shell’s Pulau Bukom site; no reported injuries

SINGAPORE – A fire broke out at oil giant Shell’s manufacturing site on Pulau Bukom on Sunday morning (Dec 10), with thick smoke seen billowing from the island for about an hour.

There were no reported injuries, a Shell spokesman told The Straits Times, adding that the fire occurred at one of Shell’s units at the site at around 10am.

“The fire has been extinguished by the site’s firefighters … The relevant authorities have been notified. We are investigating the cause of the incident,” the spokesman said. read more

Shell director calls himself ‘proud’ of controversial Nigerian operations at Cambridge talk

Footage has emerged of a Shell director saying that he was “fundamentally proud” of the company’s actions in Nigeria, only a week before Amnesty International accused the company of being closely involved with human rights abuses in the country.

The remarks were made by Andrew Brown, a member of the Royal Dutch Shell executive committee, at the Shell annual lecture, an event affiliated with the University, at Emmanuel College on the 20th November.

When asked by host Stephen Sackur, a former BBC foreign correspondent, whether he was proud of what Shell had “done over the years in Nigeria”, Brown replied that “I am, I’m fundamentally proud of what happened in Nigeria”.

The comments are likely to raise eyebrows given the controversial nature of Shell’s involvement in Nigeria. On November 28th, Amnesty International called on the British, Dutch, and Nigerian governments to investigate, with a view to prosecution, the role of Shell in human rights abuses in the 1990s. read more

Study: Oil Spills Double Risk of Baby Deaths in Nigeria

7 December 2017

A new study has found that babies have a higher chance of dying in their first few weeks of life if their mothers live close to an oil spill.

Researchers studied information about babies dying and oil spills in the Niger Delta area of southern Nigeria. The researchers described their results as ‘shocking.’

The study comes from scientists from the University of Saint Gallen in Switzerland. They found that babies born in the Niger Delta were two times as likely to die in the first month of life if their mothers lived close to an oil spill before they became pregnant. read more

Shell Idles Six Nigerian Power Plants After Gas Shortage

By Tsvetana Paraskova – Dec 07, 2017, 11:00 AM CST

Nigeria’s lack of infrastructure is hampering the transportation of gas to power plants, and six plants are currently sitting idle in the country because they lack gas, according to Shell’s Nigerian unit, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). “The reason is because we have about six power plants in this country that are standing idle that are not getting gas. The reason why they are not getting gas, even though we are flaring 800million scuf per day is that we don’t have enough pipelines to deliver the gas to the power plants,” SPDC Senior Commercial Adviser, Upstream Gas, Emmanuel Anyaeto, said at a gas forum. FULL ARTICLE read more

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