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SHELL OIL TRADING INTRIGUE?: ANDREW SMITH IN, MIKE MULLER OUT

Robert Miller: November 18 2017 

Oil prices rose 2.2 per cent yesterday amid expectations that Opec will agree to extend curbs on production at its meeting this month.

Brent crude, the international benchmark, was trading at $62.72 a barrel, reversing four consecutive days of losses.

Separately, it emerged that the world’s most powerful oil trader, Mike Muller, of Royal Dutch Shell, would step down after 29 years with the company.

Mr Muller, known for handling as many as eight million barrels of oil per day, left after the appointment of Andrew Smith as Shell’s new head of supply and trading. He is set to leave at the end of the year. read more

Shell Gears Up For Peak Gasoline

By Jon LeSage – Nov 07, 2017, 3:00 PM CST

Royal Dutch Shell is hedging its bets over the next two decades with expectations that motor fuel consumption will be diminishing and other markets rising.

Since the oil price plummet it 2014, Shell has transitioned its business model over to refining oil, offering other refined oil products, and producing petrochemicals. The oil giant will produce well beyond gasoline to serve other growing economic sectors, and to offset the role EVs will play by the 2030s. FULL ARTICLE read more

Oil prices head towards $70 in the wake of Saudi purge

Jillian Ambrose: 

Global oil prices broke above two year highs and could climb higher to hit $70 a barrel in the wake of a shock anti-corruption purge of Saudi royals and senior officials.

Oil prices bounded to highs not seen since July 2015 at over $64 a barrel on Monday following a sweep of arrests targeting ministers, investors and members of the Saudi royal family on corruption charges over the weekend.

The shock crackdown also helped drive shares in Royal Dutch Shell to within a breath of its highest ever share price at £24.89 following the company’s rosy financial results last week. Before the oil price crash in late 2014 the company’s shares traded at a peak of £25.76. FULL ARTICLE read more

Royal Dutch Shell: The Cash Machine

 Nov. 6, 2017 12:35 PM ET

Summary

  • Royal Dutch Shell has reported nearly 50% increase in profits following improvement in energy prices which fueled a turnaround of its upstream division.
  • In the first three quarters of 2017, Royal Dutch Shell generated $15.42 billion of free cash flows (ex. working cap. changes), surpassing even the industry’s cash flow king Exxon Mobil.
  • Oil prices have climbed to almost $61 a barrel and could stay at this level in the future, which could give a major boost to Shell’s earnings and cash flows.
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    Shell seeks buyers for Oman field stake – sources

    The sale process is led by investment bank Rothschild, the sources said. Shell and Rothschild did not respond to requests for comment. The Mukhaizna heavy oil field, operated by Occidental Petroleum (OXY.N), reached an average oil production rate of 127,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2016, according to Occidental’s annual report. Shell is not selling its 34 percent interest in Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) which operated more than 160 oil fields mostly in the centre and south of the Middle East sultanate, according to the sources. FULL ARTICLE read more

    Shell CEO van Beurden says oil prices will be around $60 by the end of the decade

     | : 27 Sept 2017

    It’s “not unreasonable” to expect oil prices at $60 a barrel by the end of the decade, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told CNBC’s “Managing Asia.”

    To be sure, that’s not a large rise from current levels.

    Brent crude rose 0.38 percent to trade at $58.66 a barrel in Wednesday Asia trade, after hitting a 26-month high on Tuesday, while U.S. crudewas higher by 0.5 percent at $52.14 at 12:00 p.m. HK/SIN.

    Van Beurden said forecasting oil prices in the short term was “very difficult,” but he still expected gains. read more

    Iran Says OPEC Action on Output Cuts Must Address Libya, Nigeria

    OPEC’s commitment to cutting production to clear a global glut is working, but the group needs to address rising output from Libya and Nigeria, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said. 

    Compliance with the output cuts is “acceptable,” Zanganeh told reporters in Tehran. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries should focus on “the situation with Libya and Nigeria,” he said, referring to the two countries exempted from capping production due to their internal strife. read more

    Why $55 Brent Is Big News For Shell

    In light of material increases in realized upstream prices and an improving downstream sector, Royal Dutch Shell plc’s (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) financials have shown tremendous improvement this year. The worst of the downturn is behind the oil sector, but keep in mind crude prices remain range-bound. That being said, with Brent (global oil benchmark) back over $55/barrel (high end of the range), things are looking brighter and brighter for Royal Dutch Shell every day. Especially when it comes to fully covering Royal Dutch Shell plc Class A and Class B shares’ lofty 6+% yields. Let’s dig in. read more

    Shell set to draw line under a century of Iraqi oil

    Ron Bousso: SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

    LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is set to end a century of oil production in Iraq by withdrawing from two of the Arab state’s flagship fields to focus on more profitable gas development.

    Shell’s retreat highlights the challenges foreign operators face with low-margin oil contracts in Iraq, an OPEC member that sits on some of the world’s biggest oil reserves and wants to boost production after years of conflict hindered development.

    The Anglo-Dutch firm said on Wednesday it had agreed with Iraq’s oil ministry to relinquish operations at Majnoon field to the government after unfavorable changes to fiscal terms. The announcement confirmed an earlier Reuters report. read more

    Exclusive: Shell’s CEO – Oil slide is “biggest blessing”

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    Ben van Beurden’s rise to the top coincided with the oil price riding the crest of a wave.

    But for a man who assumed Shell’s chief executive role just months before it all came crashing down, he sums up the last three years as “a blessing”.

    “Less than a year into my new role, the oil price started going down and it’s been quite a journey, but if I look back on it I think this is probably the biggest blessing that I’ve had,” he said.

    “It has done two things. First of all it provided a tremendous amount of focus on the things that needed doing. I mean, there’s nothing like a crisis to focus on cost efficiency. read more

    Canada’s Oil Industry Doomed If Prices Fall Lower

    By Nick Cunningham – Aug 20, 2017, 6:00 PM CDT

    Canada’s oil industry has faced a lot of strain lately. The list of oil majors selling off assets and withdrawing from high-cost oil sands is long. ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell, Marathon Oil, Murphy Oil and Statoil have sold upwards of $25 billion worth of oil sands assets this year. ExxonMobil also wrote down more than 3.5 billion barrels of oil reserves in Canada at the beginning of 2017. The companies viewed Alberta’s bitumen and heavy oil as no longer competitive in a $50 market, and many of them are focusing on other types of production, such as shale. FULL ARTICLE read more

    OPEC’s Existential Sucker Punch

    Julian Lee: July 30, 2017 3:00 AM EDT

    You wait decades for an existential crisis, then two come along at once. At least that’s how it must feel for OPEC’s beleaguered ministers. In the short term the market for their oil is being eroded by rising production outside their control. Looking further ahead, oil demand itself is under threat from the electrification of road transport. OPEC may not yet be dead, but its days are surely numbered. The most obvious short-term threat to the group comes from the rapid rise in U.S. shale oil, but the risks have expanded to include other areas like Brazil’s prolific sub-salt discoveries and more recent finds further north along the east coast of South America. FULL ARTICLE read more

    After false dawn, Big Oil to double down on cost cuts

    The majors, often dubbed Big Oil, have already been through tough spending cuts since a collapse in crude prices since mid-2014 from above $100. They have shed thousands of jobs, scrapped projects, sold assets and squeezed service costs.

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    Shell Executive Director Who Stole Nigeria’s Oil Money

    By John Donovan

    Nigerian Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke is back in the news. She must have Shell oil running through her veins.

    Both of her parents worked for Shell. She joined Shell and went to the top becoming an executive director of Shell in Nigeria. She was subsequently appointed Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources in March 2010 by the corrupt Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, later implicated with Shell in the OPL 245 scandal. 

    Her elevation continued. She became the first female president of the OPEC – the oil price fixing cartel. read more

    Abandon ship in a world of sub-$50 oil?

    By   Saturday 

    At the end of last year, when it looked as if OPEC was making a concerted effort to rein-in oil market oversupply, shares in Royal Dutch Shell(LSE: RDSB) charged to a 52-week high of just under 2,400p. Unfortunately, this rally didn’t last long. By the end of the first quarter, the shares had fallen by nearly 10% and have continued to slide as worries about a new oil glut have continued to grow. The falling oil price has reignited the argument about the sustainability of Shell’s dividend payout. FULL ARTICLE read more

    Shell News Update 21 June 2017

    Oil firms could waste trillions if climate targets reached: report: Reuters: 20 June 2017

    Oil giants including Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell risk spending more than a third of their budgets by 2025 on oil and gas projects that will not be feasible if international climate targets are to be met, a thinktank says.

    Global oil price falls to nine-month low as oversupply fears mount: The Independent: 21 June 2017

    A number of producers – notably Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Russia – have aggressively ramped up output…

    Norway opens up record 93 blocks for Arctic oil exploration: Financial Times: 21 June 2017

    Norway has infuriated environmental groups by opening up a record number of blocks in the Arctic for oil exploration. Environmental groups, emboldened by their success ending Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling off Alaska, are stepping up protests against Oslo. read more

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