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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 Canada says Quest carbon capture and storage project exceeds expectations

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Shell Canada’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in the Alberta oil sands has sequestered over two million tonnes of carbon dioxide underground. Quest, situated at Shell’s Scotford facility, hit the two million tonne target in July 2017, some 21 months after becoming operational. The company said the target was originally expected to be reached after two years, and the project was exceeding expectations.

“This project has just been incredibly exciting because not only are we proving that this technology works, but we are demonstrating that Canadians are at the forefront of carbon capture and technology,” said Shell Canada external relations advisor Conal MacMillan. The CCS project, which is among just a handful throughout the world, captures CO2 emissions from the Shell upgrader in Scotford, a facility which processes crude bitumen from oil sands into a wide range of synthetic crude oils. FULL ARTICLE read more

Analysis: Oil giants unlikely to share coal’s fate, for now

Ron Bousso, Simon Jessop, Susanna Twidale: NOVEMBER 17, 2017

The move by the $1 trillion fund, the world’s largest, rattled stock markets, exposing what is seen as one of the biggest threats to companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP as the world shifts towards renewable energy such as wind and solar. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell’s long-standing head of crude trading Muller quits

Ron Bousso, Dmitry Zhdannikov: NOVEMBER 17, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) head of crude oil trading Mike Muller, has stepped down after 29 years with the company, an internal announcement reviewed by Reuters on Friday showed. Muller, one of the world’s most powerful oil traders, has relinquished his role with immediate effect and will leave at the end of the year “to pursue interests outside of Shell”. His departure follows the appointment of Andrew Smith as Shell’s new head of supply and trading earlier this year. Mark Quartermain, currently head of refined products trading, has been appointed Vice President Trading and Supply Crude with effect from Dec. 1. Under Muller, a Cambridge university graduate, Shell expanded trading aggressively, handling as much as 8 million barrels per day and often taking large position in core markets such as the North Sea, home to benchmark crude Brent. FULL ARTICLE

Norway Idea to Exit Oil Stocks Is ‘Shot Heard Around the World’

Norway’s proposal to sell off $35 billion in oil and natural gas stocks brings sudden and unparalleled heft to a once-grassroots movement to enlist investors in the fight against climate change. read more

Big Oil is under pressure, unloved and on sale

  • Norway wants to dump its stakes in oil and gas companies
  • Proposal adds to doubts over industry’s long-term outlook

Big Oil is under pressure, unloved and on sale.

Energy giants from Exxon Mobil Corp. to Royal Dutch Shell Plc are struggling back to their feet after a three-year oil slump, while also fighting to prove they can survive for decades to come amid an accelerating shift to clean energy. So getting dumped by the world’s biggest investment fund wouldn’t be welcome news.

Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund said on Thursday that it wants to sell about $35 billion of shares in oil and gas companies to make the nation “less vulnerable” to a drop in crude prices. Global energy giants favored by long-term investors including Italy’s Eni SpA, PetroChina Ltd. and Russia’s Gazprom PJSC account for more than $20 billion of that total. read more

Ohio officials visit Beaver County to learn about Shell cracker plant

Officials in Belmont County, Ohio, are eagerly awaiting a final investment decision on a cracker plant that could be built there but, in the meantime, they are learning everything they can from local officials who’ve already been through the process. Officials in Belmont County, Ohio, are eagerly awaiting a final investment decision on a cracker plant that could be built there, but in the meantime, they are learning everything they can from local officials who’ve already been through the process. read more

World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Wants Out of Oil and Gas

The $1 trillion fund that Norway has amassed pumping oil and gas over the past two decades wants out of petroleum stocks.  

Norway, which relies on oil and gas for about a fifth of economic output, would be less vulnerable to declining crude prices without its fund investing in the industry, the central bank said Thursday. The divestment would mark the second major step in scrubbing the world’s biggest wealth fund of climate risk, after it sold most of its coal stocks. The plan would entail the fund, which controls about 1.5 percent of global stocks, dumping as much as $40 billion of shares in international giants such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. The Finance Ministry said it will study the proposal and decide what to do in “fall of 2018” at the earliest. FULL ARTICLE read more

Norway shakes oil world by dumping investments

Norway is western Europe’s biggest oil producer and its giant sovereign wealth fund wants to reduce its exposure to oil which hit shares in BP and Royal Dutch Shell. Oil platforms in the Cromarty Firth, ScotlandANDREW MILLIGAN/PA

Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund has unveiled plans to dump its entire holding in oil and gas companies in a $37 billion sell-off that was welcomed by campaign groups but put downward pressure on share prices. The $1 trillion fund, which manages the assets of the oil-rich nation, signalled its intent to prune its exposure to companies including BP and Royal Dutch Shell in a move aimed at making it less vulnerable to a permanent drop in the price of crude. SOURCE read more

Activist warns of cracker plant consequences

Mark Dixon discussed the hazards of having an ethane cracker plant close to Pittsburgh during a talk in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Wednesday evening. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Staff Photographer)

Remy Samuels: Staff Writer: November 16, 2017

When Mark Dixon found out Shell Oil Company planned to build a petrochemical plant in nearby Beaver County, he immediately thought of the pollution and environmental devastation that would soon take place there. “It really pissed me off,” Dixon said. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell to pay for cost of acquiring buffer property near cracker site

Shell Chemicals is in the process of paying for the acquisition of a piece of property that would serve as a buffer between the $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Potter Township and nearby industrial properties. Jim Palmer, president of the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development, said CED is acquiring about 54 acres that sit between the Shell site and the BASF and NOVA Chemicals properties. The sale of the land, currently owned by the Lyondell Environmental Custodial Trust, is expected to close later this month. Palmer on Tuesday declined to disclose the sale price. FULL ARTICLE read more

One person injured after heavy oil leak at Shell Scotford northeast of Fort Saskatchewan

CATHERINE GRIWKOWSKY: 15 November 2017

One person was injured and the Shell Scotford site was evacuated for several hours after a heavy oil mixture leak on Wednesday afternoon. The “hydrocarbon release” happened around 12:30 p.m. inside a processing unit at the Scotford Facility near Fort Saskatchewan, according to a statement sent by Tara Lemay on behalf of Shell. The all-clear was sounded at 6:30 p.m. One person reported a minor injury and all non-essential personnel were moved off-site as a precaution, the statement said. All personnel were accounted for. FULL ARTICLE read more

Employees relocated after ‘hydrocarbon release’ at Scotford upgrader outside Edmonton

Emergency crews were called to respond to a hydrocarbon release at a Shell Canada’s Scotford upgrader facility northeast of Fort Saskatchewan on Wednesday afternoon. Craig Ryan/ Global News

Emergency crews were called to respond to a hydrocarbon release at a Shell Canada facility northeast of Fort Saskatchewan on Wednesday afternoon. The company said the incident unfolded at its Scotford upgrader facility which processes crude bitumen. Late Wednesday afternoon, Shell confirmed an alarm was sounded and personnel were “relocated away from the incident as a safety precaution.” FULL ARTICLE read more

About 75,000 bpd of Gulf oil output still shut after Shell fire

Bryan Sims: NOVEMBER 15, 2015   HOUSTON (Reuters) – A combined 75,206 barrels per day (bpd) of oil and 215,122 million cubic feet per day of natural gas production are shut-in at four platforms in the wake of a Nov. 8 fire at Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) Enchilada platform, according to U.S. government data. FULL ARTICLE

Shell’s Appomattox production platform

The big picture: The giant of the Gulf

10/12 INDUSTRY REPORT STAFF |

HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD

In October, Ingleside, Texas, welcomed the hull of Shell’s Appomattox production platform, floating aboard a massive heavy-transport vessel, after its journey from halfway around the world. Construction of the host facility for Shell’s pioneering development will be completed in Ingleside after fabrication of the hull in South Korea. Shown here is the departure from South Korea.

BEHEMOTH ON THE SEA

A deepwater oil and gas development that will become Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the sizeable host will tower 20 stories above the sea, float in 7,400 feet-deep waters (that’s five Empire State Buildings), span approximately three football fields across, and weigh more than the world’s largest naval aircraft carrier (125,000 metric tons). FULL ARTICLE read more

Dutch PM to defend tax cut seen benefiting Shell, Unilever, British investors

Toby Sterlng, Bart H. Meijer: NOVEMBER 15, 2017

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte was in parliament on Wednesday for a second time to defend a tax cut that benefits Anglo-Dutch multinationals Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever, as well as British equity investors in general. Shell, which lobbied for the cut, has said it is likely to scrap its dual share structure as a result. [L8N1NF6M6] FULL ARTICLE

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