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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. […]

SHELL und DEUTSCHLAND (SHELL AND GERMANY)

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 Bloomberg.com 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 […]

Shell-BG Group Deal Faces Hurdle From Chinese ‘Black Box’ Regulator

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 29, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) deal to acquire the UK-based BG Group (OTCMKTS:BRGYY) that is already at a risk of facing numerous obstacles, including volatility in the crude oil prices and a risk of a competitor outbidding Shell’s bid. Meanwhile, when the deal is already hovering around such […]

OPEC Seen Backing Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Keep Supplies Elevated

by Grant Smith and Maher Chmaytelli: Bloomberg.com: 27 May 2015 When Saudi Arabia argues next week that OPEC should keep up production to fight the rise in U.S. shale oil, prices will be on its side. Crude plunged for eight of nine weeks prior to the group’s November gathering, when the kingdom faced down opposition from the […]

Shell drilling may spur Arctic resource race

Colin Chilcoat, Oilprice.com: May 27, 2015 In a few short months Shell will (re)enter the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Russia. The oil and gas major still awaits approval from a number of state and federal agencies, but in early May the company received the consent of the Obama administration to explore the remote Arctic sea […]

Oil Majors Falling Out Favor With This Hedgefund Boss

By Andy Tully: Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015 Huge oil companies, among the largest businesses in the world, don’t excite hedge fund manager Jim Chanos because today they have to work harder and more inefficiently than ever to bring their products to market. “[W]e’re just seeing that … these guys like Exxon and Chevron and […]

National Security, The Seattle Oil Rig, And Greenpeace’s Dirty Money

By Ron Arnold, Executive Vice President, Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise: 25 May 2015 National Security, The Seattle Oil Rig, And Greenpeace’s Dirty Money President Obama had it all wrong in his commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He warned that climate change “deniers” endanger our national […]

Obama Seeks Oil Demand, Climate Balance With Shell Arctic Permit

Article by Rakteem Katakey published 18 May 2015 by Bloomberg.com U.S. President Barack Obama is balancing the need to meet oil demand and concerns about climate change as his government considers final approvals for Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Arctic drilling plans, according to a state department official. “If you go up to Alaska and speak to many […]

Shell’s Arctic voyage marks beginning of peak oil era

Shell’s Arctic voyage marks beginning of peak oil era Anglo-Dutch company’s search for resources in the Arctic is a sign that the world is running out of options for new oil reserves By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor In his critically acclaimed 2005 book ‘Twilight in the Desert’, the prominent oil economist Matthew R. Simmons predicted […]

Shell braves a return to its Arctic ordeals: But, with oil at such a low price, why now?

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 13 May 2015 New Year’s Eve 2012 is a date Lieutenant Commander Jim Cooley will never forget. As part of the rescue team from the US Coast Guard he flew out in treacherous, stormy conditions to rescue 18 men aboard Royal Dutch Shell’s stranded Kulluk oil rig. Earlier that […]