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How Much Further Do BP plc And Royal Dutch Shell Plc Have To Fall?

By Royston Wild – Thursday, 26 November, 2015 To say that 2015 has represented another ‘annus horribilis’ for the oil industry would be something of a colossal understatement. Of course the year has yet to run its course, and the fossil fuel sector will be pinning their hopes on a ‘Santa Rally’ to put down […]

Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Glencore: Energy companies risk wasting trillions on uneconomic projects

By Jessica Morris: 25 November 2015 Energy companies risk wasting $2.2 trillion (£1.46 trillion) on uneconomic projects over the next 10 years, according to a new report. Think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative’s (CTI) report how fossil fuel firms risk destroying investor returns says energy companies’ focus on fossil fuels at the expense of emerging clean technologies […]

An Oil-Soaked Globe as Production Keeps Climbing and Demand Falls

A version of this article appears in print on November 14, 2015, on page B1 of the New York edition HOUSTON — Such is the state of the oil industry these days that there is sometimes nowhere to put the oil. Off the coast of Texas, a line of roughly 40 tankers has formed, waiting […]

Shell seeks permission for Russian JV

Shell has asked regulators for permission to work with Gazprom Neft on a joint venture, Khanty-Mansi Oil and Gas Union, despite the continuing EU and United States sanctions against Russia. ACCESS TO FULL ARTICLE SUBJECT TO SUBSCRIPTION

Saudi Arabia’s Oil War With Russia

By Leonid Bershidsky: Oct 16, 2015 As President Vladimir Putin tries to restore Russia as a major player in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is starting to attack on Russia’s traditional stomping ground by supplying lower-priced crude oil to Poland. At a recent investment forum, Igor Sechin, chief executive of Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil company, […]

Russia abandons hope of oil price recovery and turns to the plough

Russia has abandoned hopes for a lasting recovery in oil prices, bracing for a new era of abundant crude as US shale production transforms the global energy market. President Vladimir Putin answers questions during an interview for Russian television Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: 14 Oct 2015 The Kremlin has launched a radical shift in strategy, rationing funds […]

Merger of Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group

Published by Joshua Noonan: September 27, 2015 With the declared April 2015 merger of Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group, formerly British Gas, a combination of assets spanning continents is occurring. The completion date of the merger in early 2016 has had some roadblocks. In Kazakhstan’s Karachaganak Field project, the combined group could lead to Shell […]

Russian intelligence ship spotted near American oil vessel

The ship was part of a Shell-contracted ship that is exploring for oil in the Chukchi Sea, which is north of the Bering Strait and lies between Alaska and Russia. By Jake Tapper and Jeremy Diamond, CNN: Sept 7. 2015 Washington (CNN)A Russian intelligence vessel was spotted near a ship contracted by the American Shell […]

Move Over Exxon, Russian Drillers Are Oil World’s Top Performers

By Stephen Bierman and Rakteem Katakey: Sept 8, 2015 At a time when the collapse in crude prices pushes Russia’s economy into a recession, the nation’s oil producers are managing to beat their western counterparts. On measures including cash flow, profit margins and share prices, OAO Rosneft, Lukoil PJSC — Russia’s two largest oil producers — and OAO […]

Russia’s Gazprom, Shell start talks on Baltic LNG project – Interfax

Moscow| Mon Sep 7, 2015 Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) have started commercial talks on Baltic LNG project, Interfax news agency quoted Gazprom Chief Executive Alexei Miller as saying on Monday. The Russian gas producer plans to build a liquefied natural gas plant in the Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga with an […]

Outspoken articles about Shell

Outspoken articles about Shell 2015 I WARNED WIKIPEDIA YEARS AGO THAT ALIAS EDITING WOULD RESULT IN SCANDAL: 7 Sept 2015 OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to Irish Police, Irish Times and Shell on 28 August 2015: 28 Aug 2015 SHELL und DEUTSCHLAND (SHELL AND GERMANY): 18 Aug 2015 BVB Personal Journey? Was it to a bank […]

Melting Ice Isn’t Opening Arctic to Oil Bonanza

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and CLIFFORD KRAUSS: SEPT. 7, 2015 TERIBERKA, Russia — The warming Arctic should already have transformed this impoverished fishing village on the coast of the Barents Sea. The Kremlin spent billions in the last decade in hopes of turning it into a northern hub of its global energy powerhouse, Gazprom. It was […]

Gazprom and Shell Sign Shareholders’ Agreement on the Nord Stream 2 Project

NewswireToday – /newswire/ – Moscow, Russia, 2015/09/04 The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction of two offshore pipelines with the aggregate annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas to be constructed from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. Today at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the […]

Gazprom Seals Two Big European Deals

Russia’s Gazprom has bolstered its industrial presence in the heart of Europe with two major gas deals that were announced on Friday despite ongoing tensions with Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The first of the deals, an asset swap with German chemicals group BASF that gives Russia greater access to gas trading and […]

Mr. Obama’s Urgent Arctic Message

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD SEPT. 1, 2015 A version of this editorial appears in print on September 2, 2015, on page A24 of the New York edition A presidential trip has enormous power to focus attention on a place and an issue, and President Obama’s trip to Alaska has been minutely choreographed with visits to glaciers, […]

Obama on Climate Change: Act Now or Condemn World to a Nightmare

by HALIMAH ABDULLAH and M. ALEX JOHNSON: NEWS SEP 1 2015 In a forceful address, Obama opened the “GLACIER” conference in Anchorage, Alaska, by declaring: “We are not moving fast enough. None of the nations represented here are moving fast enough.” Just weeks ago, Obama gave final approval to Shell Oil’s drilling in the Alaskan Arctic […]

Obama’s Alaska Visit Puts Climate, Not Energy, in Forefront

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS: AUG. 31, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element […]

U.S. Is Seen as Laggard as Russia Asserts Itself in Warming Arctic

Sources: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, IBRU at Durham University, Bordermap Consulting, KlimaCampus Integrated Climate Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey: By The New York Times By STEVEN LEE MYERSAUG. 29, 2015 ABOARD COAST GUARD CUTTER ALEX HALEY, in the Chukchi Sea — With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top […]

Opec powerless to halt oil price slide, warns former group president

Opec veteran says that current oil prices slump has exceeded the worst expectations of the group By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor: 24 Aug 2015 Opec is powerless to arrest the slide in oil prices unless producers outside the group such as Russia match any cuts in output, according to a former president of the group. ‘Black […]

Shell begins ‘high-risk’ drilling for Arctic oil

Robin Pagnamenta Energy Editor: August 22, 2015 Shell has begun the final stage of its $7 billion attempt to drill for oil in Alaska’s remote Chukchi Sea. Despite tumbling oil prices and opposition from Hillary Clinton and conservationists, this weekend a steel drill bit was grinding its way through rocks deep beneath the icy waves. […]


English translation below of the text shown on the centre section of the above German road map published by Shell in Nazi Germany after Hitler came to power in January 1933. Shell boasted about its contribution to the German economy stretching back to 1924. We assume the map provided directions to the Polish border. In […]

The New Cold War: The Arctic

It could set major oil companies against each other but also superpower against superpower as they scramble to exploit the last untapped giant reserves in a part of the world where territorial boundaries remain unclear. No wonder some fear a new cold war. FULL ARTICLE WELL WORTH READING

Can Shell afford Arctic oil?

Karl Mathiesen: Wednesday 12 August 2015 This is the first time the Anglo-Dutch giant’s star-crossed Arctic programme will drill deep enough to hit oil. The company has reportedly spent $7bn (£4.5bn) on getting to this point, including replacing its prize Kulluk rig after it ran aground off Alaska in 2012. For them to gain any […]

BVB Personal Journey? Was it to a bank or a casino?

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden claims that he has been on a personal journey in relation to authorising Shell’s latest Arctic gamble. All due credit for the courage needed to take such a huge risk. The same applies to Shell’s takeover of the BG Group and the alliance with the corrupt […]

U.S. sanctions put Gazprom-Shell alliance plans in jeopardy

MOSCOW | BY DENIS PINCHUK AND KATYA GOLUBKOVA: Mon 10 August 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) plans to build a strategic alliance with Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) could be in jeopardy after the United States added one of Gazprom’s biggest gas fields to its list of Russian sanctions on Friday. Shell and Gazprom signed an agreement […]

U.S. Puts Russian Gas Field Off Limits as Sanctions Tighten

The U.S. declared one of Russia’s largest offshore oil and natural gas fields off limits to American tools and expertise, potentially disrupting Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s plans… Stephen Bierman, Elena Mazneva and Joe CarrollL BLOOMBERG.COM: 7 AUGUST 2015 The U.S. declared one of Russia’s largest offshore oil and natural gas fields off limits to American tools […]

Despite Western Sanctions Shell Agrees Asset Swop With Putin Regime

Shell Game: Anglo-Dutch Firm Deals Asset Swap, Shell Assets for Sakhalin III Piece By Kostis Geropoulos: 7 August 2015 Despite Western sanctions against the Russian government and businesses, Europe’s biggest oil company Anglo-Dutch Shell has agreed to swap a stake in one of its international energy assets in exchange for a piece of Gazprom’s Sakhalin […]

Russia Stakes New Claim to Expanse in the Arctic

By ANDREW E. KRAMER AUG. 4, 2015 MOSCOW — Russia formally staked a claim on Tuesday to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole. If the United Nations committee that arbitrates sea boundaries accepts Russia’s claim, the waters will be subject to Moscow’s oversight on economic matters, including fishing and oil and […]

August Off To A Shaky Start For Oil Markets

By Evan Kelly: Tue, 04 August 2015 August started off on a dour note for crude oil, with prices tanking by around 5 percent on August 3. A slew of negative news from around the world weighed on prices. The Greek stock market plummeted on the first day of trading after being closed for five weeks. […]

Shell to Strengthen Russian Hand Through Gazprom Asset Swap

by Rakteem Katakey: August 3, 2015: BLOOMBERG.COM Royal Dutch Shell Plc will swap a stake in one of its international energy assets for part of Gazprom PJSC’s Sakhalin-3 project as Europe’s biggest oil company extends ties with Russia. The companies are discussing which asset would be offered to Gazprom, Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben Van Beurden […]

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Shell’s Positioning For Better Russia And Iran Relations Is Part Of Its Global Gas Strategy

Zoltan Ban: 23 July 2015 Summary Shell has been showing long-term interest in moving more towards natural gas for a while, with natural gas production surpassing its oil production in 2013. Aside from its major acquisition of BG group, it is forming an alliance with Gazprom and is looking to be among the first in […]

Investors Are Underestimating Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Deal To Buy BG Group plc

By Rupert Hargreaves – Monday, 20 July, 2015 Large-cap FTSE 100 blue chips like Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) are considered to be relatively safe investments. Unfortunately, Shell has been trying to go against this belief over the past year. During the past 12 months Shell has taken on three high-risk projects, all of which could cripple the company if […]

Royal Dutch Shell plc Confirms Deal With Morgan Stanley: Shares Up 2%

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Jul 11, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) plans to establish a strong footing in the natural gas sector. In April 2015, the company finalized its $70-billion deal with BG Group plc (OTCMKTS:BRGYY). If approved by the regulatory authorities, the merger will give Shell access to BG Group’s valuable assets in Brazil and […]

Putin to blame for MH17 shootdown, but Dutch oil interests (SHELL) will thwart any prosecution

“The Dutch have a company that everybody knows, called Royal Dutch Shell, and Russia has some projects that Shell could make lots of money from,” Koshiw says. Royal Dutch Shell is teaming up with Russian Gazprom on several projects despite Western sanction on Russia, and at the beginning of 2015 they signed a memorandum to build […]

In the Race to Control the Arctic, the U.S. Lags Behind

BY BOB REISS 7/6/15 It was just after Christmas 2012, and the Kulluk, a 250-foot-high, floating oil-drill rig, swung like a metronome in gale-force winds blowing through the Gulf of Alaska. The tug that had been towing the rig bobbed helplessly in 50-foot waves, her four diesel engines flooded with seawater as the rig’s skeleton […]

Gazprom lays bare West’s vulnerability

Royal-Dutch Shell is teaming up with Gazprom on several projects despite Western sanctions on Russia. The expanded partnerships fly in the face of European and American sanctions which ban joint ventures with Russian energy companies. 23 June 2015 Europe’s efforts to reduce dependence on the Russian energy have been dealt a new blow after reports […]

Gazprom-Shell Partnership Flies In The Face Of Sanctions

Charles Kennedy: Mon, 22 June 2015 Russian energy giant Gazprom is building up a global portfolio with a western oil major. Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell are teaming up on several energy projects that will benefit both. The two energy companies have agreed to build an expansion of the Nord Stream Pipeline, a major natural gas […]

Are European Companies Ignoring E.U. Sanctions On Russia?

Are European Companies Ignoring E.U. Sanctions On Russia? Kenneth Rapoza: 22 June 2015 …some very powerful entities in the E.U. have had it with sanctions. For example, Gazprom, Shell, E.ON and Austria’s OMV Group signed a memorandum last Thursday… It’s been nearly a year since sectoral sanctions were slapped on Russia for its involvement in helping […]

Gazprom set to build global strategic alliance with Shell

A Gazprom logo is displayed above its headquarters in Moscow. Gazprom is building a global strategic alliance with energy major Royal Dutch Shell that will include asset swaps and allow the Russian gas giant to penetrate new markets. The deal with Shell is a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies are […]

Exclusive – Gazprom building global alliance with expanded Shell

  Exclusive – Gazprom building global alliance with expanded Shell The deal with Shell is a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies are reducing their exposure to Russia because of Western sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Gazprom, which is under U.S. but not EU sanctions… Fri Jun 19, 2015 Gazprom […]

Gazprom, Shell agree to expand Sakhalin-2 project

Gazprom, Shell agree to expand Sakhalin-2 project Thu Jun 18, 2015 (Reuters) – Russian gas producer Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell have signed an agreement to expand the Sakhalin-2 LNG project, Gazprom said in a statement on Thursday. The Sakhalin-2 project, Russia’s sole LNG plant, has a current annual capacity of around 10 million tonnes. […]

Shell, Japan firms may get stake in Gazprom’s Baltic LNG: Report

Shell, Japan firms may get stake in Gazprom’s Baltic LNG: Report By Reuters | 17 Jun, 2015 MOSCOW:Russian gas company Gazprom may offer up to 49 percent in its Baltic LNG project to a strategic partner and the most likely candidates are Royal Dutch Shell or a consortium of Japanese firms, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper said […]

Iran Welcomes Shell, BP, Total and American Oil Companies

Iran Welcomes Shell, BP, Total and American Oil Companies Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Become a fan: President of the International American Council: 14 June 2015 “Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which owes the Islamic Republic an outstanding debt of more than $2 billion, has been talking about repaying Iran after the nuclear deal is signed, and consequently the […]

Royal Dutch Shell Delivers Latest Blow To European Shale

Royal Dutch Shell may be looking to exit Ukrainian shale as conditions in the region have prompted a delay Royal Dutch Shell Plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) has delivered the latest blow to European shale, as it considers withdrawal from its last Ukrainian exploration well. With Nadra Yuzivska as its partner, the European oil major signed a […]

Shell considers pulling plug on final Ukraine exploration well

Shell considers pulling plug on final Ukraine exploration well Commodities | Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:11pm BST Oil major Shell is considering withdrawing from its last exploration well in Ukraine as the project has been on hold for nearly a year due to the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. Shell said it has […]

Shell calls ‘Force-Majeure’ on Ukraine project

Shell calls ‘Force-Majeure’ on Ukraine project Sources familiar with the situation said Ukraine’s government received a “Notice of Withdrawal” from Shell on a project that they had hoped could raise up to $10bn of investment and further diversify gas imports away from Russia, Roman Olearchyk reports from Kiev. Shell said it “has been prevented from […]

U.S. Ousts Russia as Top World Oil, Gas Producer

Article by Rakteem Katakey published 10 June 2015 by The U.S. has taken Russia’s crown as the biggest oil and natural-gas producer in a demonstration of the seismic shifts in the world energy landscape emanating from America’s shale fields. U.S. oil production rose to a record last year, gaining 1.6 million barrels a day, according […]

Russia’s Novatek agrees to sell Shell 0.9 mln T of LNG per year

Russia’s Novatek agrees to sell Shell 0.9 mln T of LNG per year MOSCOW, JUNE 4, 2015 Russia‘s second largest gas producer, Novatek, said on Thursday it had signed a long-term contract with Royal Dutch Shell to supply around 0.9 million tonnes of LNG annually for more than 20 years. “We are currently finalising Novatek’s […]

Shell Expects Russia’s Sakhalin-2 Project to be Expanded — CEO

Shell Expects Russia’s Sakhalin-2 Project to be Expanded — CEO June 3, 2015 Shell expects that the Sakhalin-2 project will be expanded, its CEO Ben van Beurden said Wednesday, writes TASS. “This is what we will be working at, we’re very interested in developing business in Russia,” he said, adding that he will be discussing […]