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Big oil is exposed to falling prices who can survive?

BRENT CRUDE PRICES HAVE SLUMPED SINCE PEAKING AT $115 IN JUNE By John Donovan The news media is waking up to the potential seismic impact on big oil from falling oil prices. Our headline – “Big oil is exposed to falling prices who can survive?” – is taken from an article by John Ficenec published […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup 25 August 2014

RUSSIA Jeroen van der Veer, the former Royal Dutch Shell CEO who evaded responsibility for his role in the cover-up of the Shell reserves fraud, claims that the sanctions against Russia are not working and are counter-productive. This analysis comes from the man who badly misjudged the Putin regime in 2006 and as a result, ended up meekly surrendering […]

Upstream and Downstream – always oil and water

When I retired I was presented with a small silver Shell emblem which I still wear with pride from time to time. It once stood for excellence in marketing and was one of the world’s most familiar brand symbols. Now it’s a bit of a collectors item symbolising a world that has long gone… By […]

The scandal of Corporate bonuses, and why they continue:

Extract from an informative article by former Royal Dutch Shell senior executive, Paddy Briggs, published 27 Feb 2014 Seven-figure bonuses are common across the corporate world – at the very top of course! Here, for example, is what “The Guardian” reported about the remuneration of Peter Voser the then top man in Shell just under […]

The Miners’ strike – a personal story I haven’t told before

An article I found on the website of Paddy Briggs… By Paddy Briggs The Miners’ strike – a personal story I haven’t told before  I was the Commercial Manager for Shell in Scotland from 1983-1986. In this job I had the overall responsibility for serving the needs of our customers in (inter alia) the Road […]

Jeroen van der Veer: Hypocrite Supreme

Mr Van der Veer (shown right) is no fan of this website. In January 2008, as was reported in The Times, we published a leaked email from him in which he forecast that world demand for oil and gas would outstrip supply within 7 years. Events has shown that he was talking nonsense on that […]

Ruthless and bad behaviour at the top of Royal Dutch Shell

The foot soldiers, of whom I was one in Shell, often took their leads from what they saw as ruthless and bad behaviour at the top – and, unsurprisingly, sometimes behaved badly themselves. (Disgraced Shell Chairman Sir Philip Watts shown right) Article by retired Royal Dutch Shell executive Paddy Briggs. I received my first monthly […]

Jeroen van der Veer exit from Shell

I am only surprised that an ex CEO of Shell leaves the board at a young age. Is Jeroen washing his hands in innocence or trying to put light between him and Shell?? In the past they used to hang in there for long periods until they had to get up too often to take […]

How Shell’s Move To Revamp Culture Ended in Scandal

FROM OUR NOVEMBER 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE How Shell’s Move To Revamp Culture Ended in Scandal: “The root of the problem, however, goes significantly further back than Sir Philip’s reign, which began in 2001”: “These deeper roots are significant because the company has yet to make a full break with its past. Mr. van der […]

How Shell’s Move To Revamp Culture Ended in Scandal

FROM OUR NOVEMBER 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE How Shell’s Move To Revamp Culture Ended in Scandal Paddy Briggs, a retired Shell communications executive, recalls one event where he and about 40 executives were issued shovels and pick-axes and dispatched to a Dutch village to help it restore an old playground. The oilmen gave up around […]

Can Shell survive reserves affair?

FROM OUR SEPT 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE PRWeek.com: News Analysis: Can Shell survive reserves affair? Last week, the FSA imposed the largest fine in its history on Shell for market abuse over the oil reserves scandal. A Shell PR veteran traces the firm’s reputational demise.: “the reputation of Shell has been destroyed by hypocrisy, mendacity […]