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John Donovan 2017, still Shell’s nightmare

John Donovan in 2009. On its website, this former adman has posted more than 25,000 items on oil giant Shell. Reuters

My website royaldutchshellplc.com has been described by the FT as an open wound for Shell. That remains the case five years after the article extracts featured above and below. We still publish and feed to the mainstream media information leaked to us by Shell insiders. Most recently, an 88 page consultative document containing nothing less than Shell’s Global Transformation plans. We also regularly publish legal documents involving Shell that would otherwise be hidden was from preying eyes behind a paywall. read more

Warning of US sanctions ‘disaster’ for Russia energy projects

By: Henry Foy in Moscow and Andrew Ward in London

International energy investments in Russia will suffer from new US sanctions imposed on Moscow, executives have warned… A senior executive at a western oil group with a large presence in Russia told the Financial Times that the new sanctions “could be a disaster” given its current business in the country. Mr van Beurden said Shell had authorisation from Dutch authorities to press ahead with financing of Nord Stream 2, but was waiting to see how the US situation “evolves.” FULL FT ARTICLE read more

EU Divided on How to Answer New U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

BRUSSELS — European Commission preparations to retaliate against proposed new U.S. sanctions on Russia that could affect European firms are likely to face resistance within a bloc divided on how to deal with Moscow, diplomats, officials and experts say.

A bill agreed by U.S. Senate and House leaders foresees fines for companies aiding Russia to build energy export pipelines. EU firms involved in Nord Stream 2, a 9.5 billion euro ($11.1 billion) project to carry Russian gas across the Baltic, are likely to be affected. read more

US and EU on collision course over Russia pipeline sanctions

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: 

Araft of top European companies will be forced to pull out of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russia or face crippling sanctions under draconian legislation racing through the US Congress.

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Shell News 11 July 2017

Energy transition chatter should go beyond Western viewpoints, says Shell CEO: International Business Times: 11 July 2017

Discussions over the global energy mix and the transition to a low carbon global economy should not only focus on Western perspectives, according to Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive officer Ben van Beurden. READ MORE

Shell Mulls LNG-Hub Network as Use by Ships and Trucks Expands: Bloomberg: 11 July 2017

Shell is studying developing a global network of liquefied natural gas supply hubs for vehicles including ships, Steve Hill, executive vice president for gas and energy marketing and trading, said Monday at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. READ MORE

Oil majors among top contributors to greenhouse emissions, report says: EnergyVoice.com: 11 July 2017

More than half of global industrial emissions can be traced back to just 25 corporate and state producing entities, the report says. China, India and Russia’s coal industries and major oil and gas players like Saudi Aramco, Gazprom, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell are among those named in the paper from CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project. READ MORE read more

Shell News 10 July 2017

After Iran move, Total seen in pole position to snap up Qatar gas deals: Reuters: 10 July 2017

Total is well placed to take a lead role in helping Qatar expand output from the world’s largest gas field, largely thanks to its involvement in the Iranian side of the shared deposit, two sources familiar with Doha’s thinking said. That puts the French oil major ahead of rivals like Exxon and Shell… Read More

Native corporation makes move toward exploring for oil in Arctic Ocean, where Shell failed: Alaska Dispatch News: 10 July 2017

A subsidiary of Alaska’s wealthiest regional Native corporation is moving ahead with plans to follow in the footsteps of Shell and explore for oil in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. Read More read more

More Shell News 27 June 2017

Shell Signs Agreement for Biofuel Technology: CISION: 27 June 2017

CALGARY, June 27, 2017 /CNW/ – Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V. (“Shell”), and SBI BioEnergy Inc. have reached an agreement granting Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI’s biofuel technology. Edmonton-based SBI has a patented process that can convert a wide range of waste oils, greases and sustainable vegetable oils into lower carbon drop-ins for diesel, jet fuel and gasoline.

Russia’s Pipeline Play Has Eastern Europe On Edge: OilPrice.com: 27 June 2017

If completed, the pipeline would give Russia more than fifty percent of the Germany gas market and potentially increase its share of markets throughout Central and Western Europe. The pipeline is set to be completed in 2019 and is supported by joint-funding from five European energy companies, including Royal Dutch/Shell, Uniper and ENGIE. read more

Shell News Update 23 June 2017

Ben van Beurden bows to Putin at an earlier meeting (On 18 April 2014) See article below – Shell firmly integrated in Russia…

Shell’s $1 Billion New Zealand Sale Said to Draw OMV, Vermilion: Bloomberg: 23 June 2017

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s sale of its remaining New Zealand energy assets has drawn interest from companies including OMV AG and Vermilion Energy Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.

Shell ‘shells out’ $75 a foot for pipeline easements: 23 June 2017

Court records suggest that Shell’s latest pipeline easement agreements in Pennsylvania will cost $75 a foot to carry ethane to its new ethane cracker facility.

Shell Company Firmly Integrated in Russian Economy, PM Medvedev Says: Sputnik: 22 June 2017

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden to discuss the plans regarding the company’s future work in Russia, including the construction and financing of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. 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

Role of a hapless Ann Pickard in OPL 245

By John Donovan

During the period that Shell was conniving in setting up the OPL 245 deal, the company had a vice-like grip on the oil wealth of Nigeria and more power than the Nigerian government. This information comes from an analysis of leaked secret US embassy cables.

Ann Pickard, a then senior Shell executive, was directly involved in the OPL 245 deal, and the primary indiscreet source of the secret information.

Extracts below from various publications provide evidence of her role in OPL 245. They are followed by astonishing related extracts from a Guardian newspaper article about the leaked classified cables. read more

Shell News Updated Saturday 3rd June 2017

Shell fears ‘backlash’ from Paris deal exit: The Times: Saturday 3 June 2017

The Anglo-Dutch company has been one of the most outspoken oil industry supporters of the 2015 accord, telling Mr Trump that withdrawal would weaken America’s position globally.

Shell still working to reduce emissions despite U.S. pullout from Paris agreement: The Times: Saturday 3 June 2017

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement Thursday, but one of the largest companies in the world said it will still do its part to provide clean energy.

Big payout for Shell and ExxonMobil from NAM holding: DutchNews.nl: 2 June 2017

NAM has €3.4bn earmarked for provisions on its balance sheet. A small portion of this, 15% or €495m, is reserved for claims made against the company for earthquake damage. read more

Shell News Update 29 May 2017

Leave oil rigs in the North Sea, say conservationists: The Guardian: Monday 29 May 2017

Conservationists want oil companies and regulators to consider leaving more old rigs in the North Sea rather than removing them, with the savings paid into a fund to protect sealife.

Gazprom and Shell discuss joint prospects under Agreement of Strategic Cooperation: EIN News: 29 May 2017

In 2015, Gazprom and Shell signed the Memorandum to construct the third production train of the LNG plant, as well as the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation providing for the expansion of the companies’ joint project portfolio, including a potential asset swap.

Shell, partners start deepwater production at new FPSO in Brazil: 29 May 2017

KUALA LUMPUR (May 29): Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has given the greenlight to Royal Dutch Shell PLC for the sale of the latter’s 50% stake in the 2011 North Sabah enhanced oil recovery production sharing contract (PSC) to Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd’s indirect unit SEA Hibiscus Sdn Bhd. read more

No response from Shell to allegations of defective Pearl GTL gasifiers

Pearl GTL is the world’s largest plant to turn natural gas into cleaner-burning fuels and lubricants

By John Donovan

No response from Shell to my emails on 28 December concerning insider allegations that “Pearl’s gasifiers are crippled because of water-side corrosion on the syngas effluent cooler (SEC) tubes. The shells of all of Pearl’s SECs will have to be cut apart so the tubes can be replaced. Somebody made a massive design error.” 

Since there is no confirmation or denial, I can only assume no one is available to deal with such trifling matters in the holiday period.

No doubt the Qatar authorities will press for an answer, as did the Russian government when we passed on insider allegations in respect of the Sakhalin2 project 10 years ago. That episode cost Shell its majority stake in Sakhalin Energy and ended with the resignation of Shell exec General David Greer OBE.  read more

Opec bends the markets

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In 451 CE, the great Roman general Flavius Aetius rallied a motley army of imperial troops and barbarian allies, and halted the advance of Attila’s Huns at the Catalaunian Plains in Gaul, buying the empire some time and temporarily interrupting its long-term decline. This week’s Opec meeting in Vienna had something of the same feel about it.

Opec’s power peaked in the 1970s, and the US shale oil revolution of the past half-decade has threatened to consign the cartel’s influence to history. But by agreeing a deal to cut production on Wednesday, the Opec ministers showed that if they all acted together they could still bend the oil markets to their will, at least for a while. read more

OPEC agrees first output cut since 2008, Saudis to take ‘big hit’

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By Ahmad Ghaddar, Alex Lawler and Rania El Gamal | VIENNA

OPEC has agreed its first limit on oil output since 2008, sources in the producer group told Reuters, with Saudi Arabia accepting “a big hit” on its production and agreeing to arch-rival Iran freezing output at pre-sanctions levels.

Brent crude futures jumped 8 percent to more than $50 a barrel after Riyadh signaled it had finally reached a compromise with Iran after insisting in recent weeks that Tehran fully participate in any cut. read more

Opec cuts neither dead nor alive

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By Ed Crooks November 28, 2016

Opec’s possible production cut is the oil market equivalent of Schrödinger’s cat: neither dead nor alive. When they met in Algiers in late September, Opec ministers agreed the need to reduce output, but left the allocation of the cuts between individual members to be finalised later. If they cannot agree on that, the deal will die. At their meeting in Vienna on Wednesday, the ministers will have to open the box, and we will find out whether or not the agreement is still breathing. read more

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