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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 […]

Shell Will Struggle to Overcome Oil Price Crash, say Analysts

Stephen Simko, CFA: 26 October 2015 Even when oil prices were $100 a barrel, Shell’s (RDSB) portfolio was strewn with problems. Huge bets on shale destroyed huge amounts of capital, and the company’s upstream resource base has few growth options with strong economics, the low-cost Brazilian oil it is acquiring from BG (BG.) is the […]


By John Donovan A posting today on our Shell Blog… When Peter Voser’s departure as CEO was announced, it was explained that Peter wanted time for his family, hobbies and to give back to society. Today it was announced that he’s being proposed as Chairman of ABB (his previous employer) and he also took a […]

Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?

By John Donovan According to an insider source, the Irish Police Garda Ombudsman Commission has reopened and expanded an investigation into evidence of corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland. I understand that this development was prompted by new evidence published on this website in relation to the whistleblower Irish company OSSL. Its directors […]

Shell’s disdain for its governing constitution, Shell Business Principles

By John Donovan A few days ago I published an article pointing out that the Shell Business Principles document, proclaiming Shell’s core values and setting out the ethical platform on which Royal Dutch Shell supposedly operates, is conspicuously out of date. The version published on still bears the name of Peter Voser who resigned […]


To its credit Shell has not given in to the subsequent money demands, but neither has it apparently reported the matter to the Irish Police. One can see the difficulty. How do you go about asking the Irish police to investigate a blackmail plot over free alcohol worth over €35,000 given to the Irish Police […]

OSSL Blackmail Plot Against Shell?

By John Donovan Since 22 October 2014 I have been updating an article posing the question: “Shell being blackmailed?” Top people at Royal Dutch Shell  have all spoken directly to a director of a former Shell “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, which has bombarded Shell with money demands to settle a dispute that Shell […]

Objection to Divestment of Shell Oil Blocks in Ogoniland

National Union of Ogoni Students’ USA 3747 W. 138TH Street, Crestwood Illinois 60445, Tel. 1-(888) 610-5590, email – [email protected] Press Release 10/25/2014 CAVERT EMPTOR: Divestment of Shell Oil Blocks: Oil Mining License 11 not for sale We, the Ogoni students in Diaspora under the National Union of Ogoni Students’ (NUOS INTL), USA on behalf of the […]

Shell being blackmailed?

UPDATED FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 2014 – SEE BLUE TEXT BELOW ORIGINAL ARTICLE PUBLISHED 22 OCTOBER 2014 By John Donovan There is evidence, some of it covertly obtained, that Royal Dutch Shell Plc may be the victim of a sustained blackmail operation. Shell has not called in the police to investigate. Why not? Because certain information […]

Shell 15 page confidential statement about OSSL allegations

By John Donovan I have provided a link to a 15 page document dated 3 October 2014, which Shell supplied to OSSL, the Irish company that has made serious allegations against Shell. The information in the document may be of interest to some readers who have followed the long running saga and likewise newspapers and […]


The article printed below was supplied to the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., Mr Michiel Brandjes, on Monday 15 Sept 2014. I asked Mr Brandjes to also bring the article to the attention of Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden and the Shell-Motiva Security Supervisor named in the […]

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: Ice buckets, rust buckets and superbuckets

By John  Donovan According to the the Vancouver Observer, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, has accepted the ice bucket challenge from Leonardo DiCaprio to oil sands executives.  The reputation of his predecessor as Shell CEO, Peter Voser, sunk after he faced and failed a challenge in the Arctic. Voser came spectacularly unstuck as a result of […]

Shell Profit Rises on Higher U.S. Oil and Gas Prices

Extracts from a Bloomberg News article by Eduard Gismatullin published 31 July 2014 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, said second-quarter earnings rose 33 percent on higher U.S. energy prices and increased production. Profit excluding one-time items and inventory changes gained to $6.1 billion from $4.6 billion a year earlier, The Hague-based […]


By John Donovan Shell CEO Ben van Beurden was straightforward in what he publicly stated at the 2014 AGM of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. He said that Shell puts the interests of its shareholders first, above any geopolitical considerations. That is his excuse for Shell’s dealings with evil regimes in Iran and Russia, irrespective of […]


We consider it a very unwise move by Shell that Mr. Osagie Okunbor, who was said to be the former Vice President (VP) Human Resources, Shell (SPDC), is currently being considered/prepared to assume the position of the Managing Director (MD) and Country Chair of Shell (SPDC) Nigeria. We strongly advise that relevant authorities of Royal Dutch Shell and Shell (SPDC) Nigeria should give this issue raised the needed attention.

Mr. Osagie Okunbor is said to be on cross-posting to The Hague, in other for him to be ‘groomed’ to occupy the said exalted position and take over from Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, who will soon go on retirement.

Motiva Port Arthur refinery reaches throughput milestone – sources

“If it had been built better, if it had been designed better, it could be running more crude…” Extracts from a Reuters article by Erwin Seba published by The Chicago Tribune on 3 July 2014 HOUSTON (Reuters) – The nation’s largest refinery hit a throughput milestone last week, processing 615,000 barrels in one day for […]

The Real Reason Shell Halted Its Ukrainian Shale Operations

Extract from an article by Igor Alexeev published 19 June 2014 Royal Dutch Shell has blamed air strikes by the government in Kiev against its own citizens in southern Ukraine as the reason it decided to declare a halt to its shale oil projects in the troubled region. In reality, the truth may be […]

Leaving a sinking ship: Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Bichsel will undoubtedly leave shortly, joining Ollila, Rees, Brown, Brinded, Voser, Finlayson, Carne… And when everything starts to collapse, he will at least now have the satisfaction of saying “I told you so”. This is typical for a coward… By John Donovan Earlier today Reuters published comments attributed to Royal Dutch Shell Plc Executive Director, Matthias […]

Peter Voser spending more time with his family

By John Donovan When the surprise announcement was made by Peter Voser that he would be stepping down early from his position as Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, it was claimed that his early exit was prompted by a sudden desire to spend more time with his family. It supposedly had nothing to […]

Insiders Perspective on Shell VP Arjen Dorland

One of few respected IT-illuminati, shortly before he retired, suggested that Dorland was a bit of an animal if not held on a tight leash… From a Shell Source Amusing to see Arjen Dorland extolling the virtues of technological enablement of exploration within Shell especially given his limited engagement with and knowledge of this part […]

Shell’s new pay structure criticised

Extract from a Financial Times article by Michael Kavanagh published 20 May 1014 A sharp fall in the pay of outgoing chief executive Peter Voser last year failed to quell discontent among some investors at Royal Dutch Shell over rewards offered to its top staff. FULL ARTICLE

Convulsions in Irish Justice Dept and Policing

The creators of the mould-breaking TV comedy Seinfeld adopted two rules: no hugging, no learning. We need to apply those rules to our current episode of the dark farce of Irish “reform”. Of course, the details should be properly investigated but on the larger scale, there is nothing new to be learned here. The new […]

Bowing to Putin

By John Donovan I have checked and thus far have been unable to find any photographs of Rex Tillerson (ExxonMobil) or Robert Dudley (BP) bowing in the slightest to Putin. It seems that only Royal Dutch Shell executives, Jeroen van der Veer, Peter Voser, and Ben van Beurden, have been prepared to stoop that low.

Ben van Beurden dragged into Irish Cops Bribery Scandal

By John Donovan Printed below are self-explanatory extracts from an email I sent on 16 April to Johan Groenewald, the senior officer at the Garda Ombudsman Commission investigating allegations made by OSSL about Shell corrupting the Irish police force. I am arranging  for OSSL directors to attend the Royal Dutch Shell Plc Annual General Meeting […]

Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbles

Extracts from an article by ROB DAVIES published 9 April 2014 by This is under the headline: “Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbles by nearly 90 per cent as company invests more in North Sea and production declines” Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbled by nearly 90 per cent to just £55.5m last year, […]

Shell Oil Boss Marvin Odum Should Resign after Alaskan Debacle

Now we have further confirmation that Shell was trying to dodge a multimillion tax bill. This time confirmation comes from the findings of an investigation by the Coast Guard division of US Homeland Security. There are going to be more Royal Dutch Shell executives looking for alternative employment… And Marvin Odum, Shell’s boss in the […]

Peter Voser regrets on unconventional oil and gas

Peter Voser said the failure of Royal Dutch Shell’s huge bet on US shale was a big regret of his time as chief executive of the company. Shell has invested at least $24bn in so-called unconventional oil and gas in North America. But it is a bet that has yet to pay off. “Unconventionals did […]

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 […]

Ben Van Beurden’s plans overshadowed by Peter Voser’s £22m pay deal

Extracts from an article by ROB DAVIES published on 14 March 2014 by The Daily Mail newspaper under the headline: “Shell boss Ben Van Beurden’s plans for the company are overshadowed by former boss Peter Voser’s £22m pay deal” Shell boss Ben van Beurden’s grand plan to spruce up the oil giant has been overshadowed […]

Former Shell boss’s pay halved after poor performance

Extracts from a Reuters articled published Thursday 13 March 2014 (Reuters) – The pay of Royal Dutch Shell’s former chief executive, Peter Voser, halved to $11.24 million last year following what the company described as a disappointing performance. Shell suspended its controversial Arctic drilling programme earlier this year and pledged to cut spending and streamline […]

Former Shell chief paid £22m over two years despite profit warning

Article by Terry Macalister published by Thursday 13 March 2014 Annual report reveals how Peter Voser made enormous gains through share awards and other performance-related bonuses Former chief executive Peter Voser left Shell at the turn of the year. Photograph: Guido Benschop/AFP/Getty Images Shell paid former chief executive Peter Voser £22m over two years […]

Royal Dutch Shell Uncertainty in Ukraine

*Three days after Russian diplomats assured the West that Russia will not invade Ukraine, Russia … invaded Ukraine. Photo Credit By John Donovan In 2012 Shell won a license to start commercial production at the Yuzivska gas field in eastern Ukraine. A year ago then Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser signed a contract to […]

Intrigue over unexplained sudden exit of Shell legal chief Peter Rees QC

Extract from article published 24 Feb 2014 by Legal Week under the headline: “Former Shell legal chief Peter Rees QC to return to private practice” One source close to the matter said: “Only three people at Shell know the reason behind his exit: Peter, Ben and (chief human resources and corporate officer) Hugh Mitchell. read […]

Sinister Events In Ireland

OSSL and their allegations of Police corruption by Shell in relation to the Corrib Gas Project seems to have become entangled is an extraordinary situation involving the Irish Police Force (The Garda) and the authority responsible for independently investigating such allegations, the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission. In November Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan issued an astonishing […]

What you don’t know about Royal Dutch Shell’s Profit Warning

I can exclusively reveal today that the question of whether Shell was legally obliged to issue a profits warning did not first arise in relation to the final quarter. It was raised at the highest levels of Shell and of the Financial Conduct Authority some months earlier, in between the announcement of Peter Voser’s early […]

Shell’s fall from grace

In May 2013, when Voser’s retirement was announced, he was described by Reuters as having been Shell’s “renaissance CEO”. Fast-forward eight months and Voser’s successor stunned the market with a profits warning. It was a remarkably quick fall from grace for both the former chief and the company… …the company’s misstatement of its proven reserves […]

Ben van Beurden: Surely Shell could have chosen a leader untainted by scandal?

Ben van Beurden was private assistant and adviser to Sir Philip Watts during the two years prior to the shock announcement of the reserves scandal in January 2004, which resulted in a firestorm of devastating news coverage that still reverberates today, 10 years later. This was during the period when false information was routinely given to […]

Ben van Beurden will need more than PR skills to navigate Shell’s choppy seas

Ben van Beurden gave a flawless performance last week as he stepped onto the public stage for the first time as chief executive of Shell and sought to explain how the company had cut its annual profits in half despite a year of sky-high oil prices. He should have been torn limb from limb, but […]

Royal Dutch Shell leadership: Bring back Sir Henri Deterding

If only it was possible to resurrect Sir Henri Deterding at his best, the extraordinary Dutchman who built the Royal Dutch Shell Group. In his first couple of decades at Shell he was a brilliant decisive leader brimming with ambition, ideas and incredible determination. He would have acted to exploit BP’s self-inflicted misfortunes, whereas Van […]

Shareholders have grounds to bring lawsuits against Royal Dutch Shell Plc?

According to an informed source, there is significant potential for shareholder lawsuits against the directors of Shell on the basis of their failure to control spending, possibly in breach of both their fiduciary obligations and internal corporate procedures. The expenditure of $26 billion on “unconventionals” suggests that in North America spending was completely out of […]

Oil drilling on US Arctic coast put on ice

Oil companies’ rush to find reserves off Alaska’s Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region — and possibly withdraw for good. “We will not drill in Alaska in 2014, and we are reviewing our options there,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told reporters in […]

Shell profit warning – the shock that wasn’t

In a mix and mingle of rational and strange explanations, while distancing himself as the ‘New Man’ from what happened under previous CEO Peter Voser, the new CEO firstly blamed lower oil and gas prices, which for oil is a strange claim. Shell’s supposedly ‘shocking’ admission its profits will be low for several years – […]

Shell Profit Drops 48% as Oil and Gas Production Declines

Shell will need to slash investments and boost cash flow to meet its $130 billion net capital-expenditure target for 2012-2015. By Eduard Gismatullin Jan 30, 2014 7:14 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, said profit plunged 48 percent on exploration expenses and lower production. Profit excluding one-time items and inventory […]

New Shell CEO Ben van Beurden sets agenda for sharper performance and rigorous capital discipline

The recent Ninth Circuit Court decision against the Department of the Interior raises substantial obstacles to Shell’s plans for drilling in offshore Alaska. As a result, Shell has decided to stop its exploration programme for Alaska in 2014. “This is a disappointing outcome, but the lack of a clear path forward means that I am […]

BP back in favour despite spill legacy, Russia doubts

COMMENT RECEIVED:  In this article there is a comment from Peter Voser about a possible need for a rescue of BP by Shell following the Macondo disaster in 2010. Knowing that merger negotiations between Shell and BP also occurred more recently, one possible interpretation of the article is that BP’s own strategy might help Shell […]

Energy giants battle to pump profits

At 55, Van Beurden, who replaced Peter Voser earlier this month, is a 30-year veteran at Shell where his career has mainly been focused on managing downstream businesses such as refining and chemicals. This week, as he announces full-year earnings, City analysts expect him to unveil details of a potential $15bn to $30bn (£9.1bn to […]

CFO Simon Henry: Just how many lives has this Shell fat cat got?

Simon Henry was CFO when the ship was set on its disastrous course of over-promise and under-delivery, beset by project delays and cost overruns, resulting in the recent profits warning and the dramatic advice just issued by Zacks Investment Research that Royal Dutch Shell Plc is “a risky bet that ordinary investors should exit.” He […]

Shell sells £700m of natural gas assets to Kuwait

Chief executive says disposal of stakes in two Australian businesses, which follows shock profit warning last week, is evidence of ‘hard choices’ being taken By James Titcomb: 9:24AM GMT 20 Jan 2014 Royal Dutch Shell has sold its stakes in two Australian natural gas businesses to Kuwait’s state energy giant. The company announced on Monday […]

Shell to Sell Stake in Australian Gas Field

“All too often, Shell’s answer to an issue or problem is that the market is being too short term; that Shell takes the long term view, and that in the long term, the company’s approach will be proved right,” Lucas Herrmann, an analyst at Deutsche Bank in London, wrote in a note to clients on […]

The destabilisation of Royal Dutch Shell gathers pace

While speculation still swirls about the unexpected early exit by Peter Voser and the abrupt departure by Peter Rees, we can now add the name of Andy Brown to the mystery about the seismic developments and uncertainty that has engulfed Royal Dutch Shell Plc.  By John Donovan  Three weeks ago I published an article under the […]