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BG Deal to Test Shell’s Integration Skills

Article by JUSTIN SCHECK And SARAH KENT published April 26, 2015 by The Wall Street Journal BG Deal to Test Shell’s Integration Skills LONDON—With its $70 billion deal to buy BG Group PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC will attempt something altogether new for the 108-year-old energy giant: absorbing a huge company. FULL ARTICLE Like this:Like Loading…

UK government would oppose any takeover of BP says FT

UK government would oppose any takeover of BP -FT (Reuters) – Britain’s outgoing government has told BP Plc that it wants the company to remain a British industrial champion and it would oppose any takeover of the oil producer, the Financial Times reported. The message follows the $70 billion deal to acquire rival producer BG […]

Earnings slide at BP and Royal Dutch Shell as oil giants slash spending

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 27 April 2015 Crude oil prices hit a 2015 high this month but it is not enough to prevent disastrous first quarter results from BP and Royal Dutch Shell this week. The price of oil is still well below last summer’s highs of $115 a barrel at around $65 […]

Shell to suffer profits plunge on oil price collapse

An article by Christopher Williams published 26 April 2015 by The Sunday Telegraph Shell to suffer profits plunge on oil price collapse Dutch earthquake fears also trim gas production Shell is expected to reveal this week that the collapse in the price of oil has wiped off two thirds of its first quarter profits. The […]

Predators circle with BP still stuck in deep water

By Nick Fletcher published Sunday 26 April 2015 by The Observer/Guardian Predators circle with BP still stuck in deep water Meanwhile, BP could also be put on the spot about its commitment to being more open about its impact on climate change, after 98% of shareholders at its recent annual meeting called for more transparency. The company agreed […]

Oil firms face further cuts as low prices linger

Oil firms face further cuts as low prices linger Commodities | Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:23pm BST * Big oil using spending cuts to increase efficiency * Q1 earnings set to drop by more than 50 pct, tracking oil price * Strong refining margins set to continue By Ron Bousso LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – […]

SHELL’S COPS

EMAIL SENT TODAY BY FORMER SHELL E&P IRELAND SUPPLIER OSSL, TO THE IRISH POLICE ( THE GARDA) AND SENIOR SHELL EXECUTIVES, INCLUDING BEN VAN BEURDEN. OSSL HAS BLOWN THE WHISTLE ON SHELL CORRUPTION OF SENIOR IRISH COPS NAMED BELOW AND IS NOW BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE SAME POLICE FORCE ON BEHALF OF THE IRISH DIRECTOR […]

Royal Dutch Shell Oil Platform ‘Polar Pioneer’

My name is Michael McNerney and I am retired Coast Guard having worked in Marine Safety. I’ve worked in the Puget Sound AOR and enjoyed working around the Maritime Environment and the ships that pass through. I also take photo’s and this is just amazing to me to have this engineering marvel stop off in […]

Shell Sees Petrobras Emerging Stronger From Corruption Scandal

By Mario Sergio Lima and Rachel Gamarski published by Bloomberg.com 23 April 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc, poised to become Brazil’s biggest oil producer after Petroleo Brasileiro SA, said the state-run driller will emerge strengthened from a corruption scandal and the industry’s biggest debt load. Speaking to reporters in Brasilia after meeting with President Dilma Rousseff, Chief Executive […]

Shell’s Brazil strategy factors in Petrobras scandal -CEO

Shell’s Brazil strategy factors in Petrobras scandal -CEO Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:04pm BST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has taken into account the risks presented by the Petrobras graft scandal to its expanding operations in Brazil and is confident the Brazilian state-run oil company will emerge stronger, Shell’s CEO said on Thursday. Chief […]

Shell to lay off staff, contractors in Norway

Shell to lay off staff, contractors in Norway Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:29pm GMT OSLO, April 23 (Reuters) – Oil producer Royal Dutch Shell will lay off 120 of its 900 workers in Norway and reduce its contractor force by 140 from 350, as low oil prices force it to cut costs, it said on […]

How The Majors Are Playing The Oil Price Slump

Article by Nick Cunningham published 22 April 2015 by OilPrice.com How The Majors Are Playing The Oil Price Slump The largest oil and gas companies are employing different strategies to weather the downturn and plan for the future. Each strategy has its risks, and not all may work out. Which companies will emerge stronger after […]

Shell Oil sued for allegedly firing woman on maternity leave

By Annie Cosby: Published 31 March 2014 by The South East Texas Record A Harris County woman is suing over claims her employment was unfairly terminated. Nicole L. Ryder filed a lawsuit March 21 in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division) against Shell Oil Co. and Shell Exploration & Production […]

Shell, Exxon set the scene for future oil-price shock after $US114 billion cuts

Article by Bradley Olson published 22 April 2015 by The Sydney Morning Herald Shell, Exxon set the scene for future oil-price shock after $US114 billion cuts As the oil patch grows accustomed to a new world of $US50 to $US60 crude, it’s now looking ahead to a different but equally daunting sort of cliff. Oil companies […]

ABRUPT EXIT OF SHELL TREASURER ANDY LONGDEN

POSTING ON OUR SHELL BLOG BY “ANONYMOUS SOURCE” ABRUPT EXIT OF SHELL TREASURER ANDY LONGDEN I believe that high profile gaps in Andy’s broad scope of his roles & responsibilities (R&R), 12 years in the same role, (too long for a senior executive), loss of key sponsor(s), and the perceived need for a game changer […]

Shell Pensioners Revolt

By John Donovan Trouble is brewing for Shell in the UK as Shell pensioners revolt against the proposed change of name of their association. The “Shell Pensioners’ Association” (SPA) is open to all Shell pensioners in the UK and arranges a raft of social and other events through its Branch network. It also publishes a […]

Whistleblower news relevant to Shell USA employees

SEC Hits Back At KBR And Other Corporate Bullies Who Threaten Whistleblowers By John Donovan If a Shell employee, contractor or supplier wants to blow the whistle on alleged misdeeds, they can contact the Shell Global Helpline and risk retaliation, or go to the appropriate external authority. In either event, there may be protection under whistleblower law in some countries, […]

NAM apologizes for Groningen earthquakes

CAUTION: NON-PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF EXTRACTS FROM A DUTCH ARTICLE The Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) has apologized for the earthquakes in Groningen and the problems caused by these earthquakes. This is evident from the reaction of Gerald Schotman, Managing Director of NAM, on the report of the Safety Board (OvV) about the earthquake risks in […]

Another can of worms for Shell

By John Donovan The lid on the corruption scandal in Ireland involving a “Mr Fix” company OSSL, its client Shell E&P Ireland, and various recipients of Shell’s generous bribes distributed by OSSL, keeps coming off.  Recipients have included senior Irish Police Officers, who took delivery of £30,000 of free alcohol kindly supplied by Shell.  One […]

BG Group prioritizes Australia, Brazil

By Daniel J. Graeber published 21 April 2015 by UPI BG Group prioritizes Australia, Brazil READING, England, April 21 (UPI) — British energy company BG Group said Tuesday it would change how it discloses financial data to reflect the importance of Brazilian and Australian assets. BG Group said, starting May 8, it would unveil a number […]

BP Readies Defenses as Oil Industry Responds to Shell’s BG Raid

Article by Rakteem Katakey, Matthew Campbell and Dinesh Nair published 21 April 2015 by Bloomberg.com As the oil industry takes stock of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s $70 billion move for BG Group Plc, one company has more to chew on than most. BP Plc, the U.K.’s most storied oil producer and prime mover in previous rounds of consolidation, is […]

Shell Learned Some ‘Expensive Lessons’ in Arctic, Jewell Says

Article by Harry Weber published April 20, 2015 by Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc learned “some very painful and expensive lessons about contractors” from its mishaps drilling in the Arctic in 2012, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said. Shell learned how to better manage companies it relies on for critical aspects of its offshore drilling programs, Jewell […]

BP, Shell ship Canada crude cargoes from Texas to Europe: ClipperData

(Reuters) – BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell each have shipped cargoes of Canadian crude oil out of the Texas coast this month, according to industry firm ClipperData, highlighting a once-rare journey that is expected to become more common. The two Aframax tankers loaded from Enterprise Products Partners LP’s export terminal in Freeport, Texas, according to the […]

What the BP Oil Disaster Tells Us About Arctic Drilling: Keep Out!

BY CAROL BROWNER AND MICHAEL CONATHAN 4/20/15 Five years ago today, an explosion on board the oil rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 men and unleashed one of the largest and costliest offshore oil disaster this nation has ever experienced. By the end of 2014, BP, the company primarily responsible for the disaster, estimated the overall […]

A Dutch can of worms for Shell and Exxon

By John Donovan The financial repercussions from the Shell/Exxon induced earthquakes in the Groningen area of the Netherlands,  which are increasing in strength and frequency, is getting even more serious. Reuters is reporting that the estimated cost to reinforce more than 150,000 Dutch homes to withstand the earthquakes caused by extracting gas in the Groningen gas field has […]

Groningen quake zone: another shaker

Reinforcing homes in Dutch gas extraction quake zone estimated at 30 bln euros Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:01am EDT (Reuters) – The estimated cost to reinforce more than 150,000 Dutch homes to withstand earthquakes caused by extracting gas in the massive Groningen field was increased to at least 30 billion euros ($32 billion), the province […]

BG Deal May Leave Shell’s Arctic Ambitions In Limbo

By Nick Cunningham: Sun, 19 April 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s purchase of BG will turn the combined company into a natural gas behemoth. But one casualty of the merger could be one of Shell’s iconic drilling campaigns: the Arctic. The Arctic is thought to hold 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil reserves, and 30 percent […]

‘Big Oil’ poring over troubled waters

‘Big Oil’ poring over troubled waters By Mark Robinson, 17 April 2015 The severity of crude oil’s collapse meant that its effects were always likely to be felt far beyond petrol station forecourts. Reduced assumptions on future pricing convinced oil and gas majors, already given over to renewed capital discipline, to also accelerate the reduction in […]

Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters take to waters off Ediz Hook

Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters take to waters off Ediz Hook By Chris McDaniel and Paul Gottlieb: Peninsula Daily News PORT ANGELES — A 355-foot-tall offshore oil rig entered Port Angeles Harbor at 7:10 a.m. for a two-week stay, and it was met with protesters in kayaks and inflatable boats obeying a […]

Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor

Associated Press article published by The Houston Chronicle 17 April 2015 Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that included […]

Another sudden high level departure from Shell surrounded by intrigue

By John Donovan Another sudden high level departure from Royal Dutch Shell PLC surrounded by intrigue Andrew Longden,  Executive VP of Treasury and Corporate Finance of Royal Dutch Shell Plc is departing the company in June, in unexplained circumstances.  *In November 2003, Mr. Longden joined Shell as its Group Treasurer, with overall responsibility for treasury, risk […]

Shell Said to Hire Barclays to Arrange $15 Billion BG Loan

Article by Stephen Morris published 17 April 2015 by Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc hired Barclays Plc to help arrange a 10 billion pound ($15 billion) loan to help fund its purchase of BG Group Plc, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The short-term bridge facility will replace an existing 3 billion-pound loan provided […]

Landmark Deal Curbs Flaring Pollution

Top oil-producing nations and companies pledge to eliminate the waste of natural gas that also exacerbates global warming April 17, 2015 |By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire Top oil-producing nations, including the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Angola, as well as Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other companies say they will stop flaring natural gas by 2030 […]

Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters gather on Ediz Hook

By Chris McDaniel and Paul Gottlieb published 17 April 2015 by Peninsula Daily News Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters gather on Ediz Hook PORT ANGELES — A 400-foot-tall offshore oil rig that is expected to be the focus of nonviolent protests later this morning entered Port Angeles Harbor at 7:10 a.m. for […]

Total, BP say feel no M&A pressures after Shell deal

PARIS/LONDON | BY MICHEL ROSE AND DMITRY ZHDANNIKOV: Thursday 16 April 2015 (Reuters) – French oil major Total (TOTF.PA) and British rival BP (BP.L) are under no pressure to make acquisitions after the recent takeover of BG Group by Anglo-Dutch rival Shell (RDSa.L), they said on Thursday. Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) unveiled plans last week […]

Shell plan is out: Company hopes for Chukchi drilling this year; BOEM says plan complete

By Alan Bailey of Petroleum News: Week of April 19, 2015 Shell plan is out: Company hopes for Chukchi drilling this year; BOEM says plan complete The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has deemed Shell’s Chukchi Sea exploration plan complete, has published the plan on the BOEM website and is inviting public comments on the document. Shell […]

A Halt to Groningen Production Could Significantly Impact on Shell’s Remaining Reserves

POSTING ON SHELL BLOG: 17 APRIL 2015 RELATES TO ARTICLE: Shell/Exxon Induced Earthquakes undermine Dutch Gov Revenues According to figures published on this site, Shell replaced just 26% of the reserves that it produced in 2014. The Groningen field represents a significant fraction of Shell’s remaining reserves. If Groningen production is halted to reduce the […]

Do you have grounds for a lawsuit against Shell? Have you, your firm or family been cheated or injured by Shell?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you may find this article by John Donovan to be of interest… The first difficulty faced by potential litigants considering suing Shell, is finding a law firm with the required resources which does not have a conflict of interest and is willing to […]

Shell/Exxon Induced Earthquakes undermine Dutch Gov Revenues

By John Donovan The Groningen gas field is a giant natural gas field located near Slochteren in Groningen province in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. Discovered in 1959, it is the largest natural gas field in Europe. It is operated by the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell […]

Shell, Greenpeace tussle in court over Arctic oil drilling

BY BARBARA LISTON: Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:03am EDT (Reuters) – Greenpeace volunteers who occupied a Shell Offshore oil drilling vessel en route to the Arctic Ocean last week acted dangerously and jeopardized company property and human life, according to arguments filed in Alaska federal court by Shell lawyers Jeffrey Leppo and Ryan Steen of Seattle. […]