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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

SAKHALIN2: How many billions of dollars did Shell lose in Russian annexation?

Chris Finlayson representing Shell and Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Vice Chairman By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell executive Chris Finlayson held a leadership position in Shell’s Sakhalin II project in Russia from September 2005 to September 2009. The venture was described as “the Mother of all Projects” by the Financial Times. When Finlayson joined the Sakhalin […]

News suppression allegations made by Peter Oborne

By John Donovan The Sunday Times has today published a whole page news story under the headline: “READ ALL ABOUT IT” The article is focused on sensational allegations by Peter Oborne, who has just resigned as the Chief Political Commentator of The Daily Telegraph. The Sunday Times is understandably delighted to have a poke at […]

Shell backs out of Russian oil projects

In April 2014, following the Russian Annexation of Crimea, Shell COE, Ben van Beurden, was still bowing to Putin and full of ambition for Russian oil and gas projects.  By John Donovan In April 2014, Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben Van Beurden claimed that the company had no plans to change its work with its […]

Royal Dutch Shell Prelude Project ‘A Step Too Far’

By John Donovan I have received a comment about the most recent Bill Campbell Prelude article from another expert, a former Shell executive.  I refer to Hans Bouman, the retired Groningen Gas Field Asset Manager for NAM, a joint Royal Dutch Shell/ExxonMobil operation. Mr Bouman is the expert who in 2002 warned Shell/Sakhalin Energy internally of his concerns […]

Potential serious impact on Shell from new Sanctions on Russia

American and European explorers such as Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell Plc , which is drilling in Siberian shale rock formations, will have to act fast to avoid violating the bans. “Those new sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and Europe on Friday will, among other things, force Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell… and […]

Potential Bad News for Royal Dutch Shell and BP

By John Donovan An article by Matthew Smith published by Seeking Alpha warns about the potential adverse impact on the share value of companies with “exposure” in Russia, such as BP and Royal Dutch Shell. The CEO of Shell, Ben van Beurden, is well aware of the risk to Shell’s Russian assets and future prospects, […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup 25 August 2014

RUSSIA Jeroen van der Veer, the former Royal Dutch Shell CEO who evaded responsibility for his role in the cover-up of the Shell reserves fraud, claims that the sanctions against Russia are not working and are counter-productive. This analysis comes from the man who badly misjudged the Putin regime in 2006 and as a result, ended up meekly surrendering […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup Monday 11 Aug 2014

Rejection in Australia, Oil Spill Fire in Nigeria, Fire sale in the USA, Asbestos lawsuit in the UK By John Donovan AUSTRALIA The Australian reports that a fortnight after Woodside Petroleum shareholders scuttled a $2.7 billion plan to remove Royal Dutch Shell from the company’s share register, Woodside has bought a 40% stake in a […]

Russia Sanctions Failing to Stanch Energy Deals With Japan

By John Donovan Nato says that Russia has amassed 20,000 combat-ready troops on the border of eastern Ukraine. The US and the EU have stepped up sanction measures on Russia moving from targeted to sector sanctions.  Unfortunately for Royal Dutch Shell its current business and future prospects depend on maintaining good relations with Putin. Hence […]

FT: 12 Shell staff and family members killed on flight MH17

Extract from FT “Week in review” published 2 August 2014 Majors brace as sanctions against Russia tighten read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Shell has declared force majeure on gas exploration in eastern Ukraine: CEO

Extracts from a PLATTS article published 31 July 2014 Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said Thursday, July 31 that the recent events around the Ukraine crisis, including the crash of flight MH17 and the subsequent US and EU sanctions against Moscow, were a “game-changer” from an international political, economic and trade point of view. Shell, […]

The grief of Ben van Beurden

Extracts from a Daily Mail/This is MONEY” article by Rob Davies published 31 July 2014 under the headline: “Energy lift boosts shares in Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group after both post strong second quarter results” Boss Ben van Beurden has vowed to sell underperforming assets and be more selective about spending, after beginning his […]

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC AND RUSSIA: BUSINESS AS USUAL

By John Donovan Shell CEO Ben van Beurden was straightforward in what he publicly stated at the 2014 AGM of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. He said that Shell puts the interests of its shareholders first, above any geopolitical considerations. That is his excuse for Shell’s dealings with evil regimes in Iran and Russia, irrespective of […]

Shell Leaves Business Strategy for Russia Unchanged Despite Sanctions

British oil giant is determined to continue its work in Russia and will not change its business strategy in the country, despite the sanctions imposed against Moscow by the United States and European Union, representative of Shell’s press service told RIA Novosti on Friday. MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – British oil giant is determined […]

The world is being held hostage

Extract from a NewsDay article by MARTIN SCHRAM published 23 July 2014 by McClatchy-Tribune News Service under the headline: “Schram: The world is being held hostage” read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Europe fails to impose tough sanctions on Russia

Extract from a Seeking Alpha article published 23 July 2014 EU foreign ministers failed to impose any tough sanctions against Russia during a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers yesterday, NYT reports. Dependent on Russia’s energy and wary of confrontation, Europe’s leaders have largely decided they will have to live with a newly assertive Russia. […]

‘Shell will try to prevent any sanctions against Russia’

Extracts from a New York Times article by Thomas Erdbrink published 23 July 2014 in the New York edition under the headline: “Despite Anger Over Downed Jetliner, Europe Shies Away From Sanctions on Russia” Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, which has its head office in The Hague, is one of the largest foreign investors in […]

Death of 193 Dutch Strains Russian Relations for Shell, Heineken

At one point the largest foreign investor in Russia, Shell declined to comment on whether its business would be affected after the downing of the plane. The company lost four employees in the incident, it said yesterday. BloombergBusinessweek article by Celeste Perri, Maud van Gaal and Fred Pals published 22 July 2014 For centuries, the fortunes […]

A Horrified Netherlands May Rethink Its Economic Ties With Russia

Extract from a BloombergBusinessweek article by Carol Matlack published 21 July 2014 The Netherlands, a nation of traders, generally doesn’t like to let politics interfere with business. The death of 193 Dutch nationals in the Malaysia Airlines  jet crash could change that. Major Dutch companies with business interests in Russia also are drawing fire for […]

Will Royal Dutch Shell Be Forced to Skedaddle From Russia?

Extract from a Motley Fool article by David Smith published 21 July 2014 under the headline: “Will ExxonMobil, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell Be Forced to Skedaddle From Russia?” Amid a crescendo of calls in Washington for the imposition of severely tightened sanctions on Moscow, following last week’s tragic shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over […]

Royal Dutch Shell and U.S. Sanctions on Russia

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden bows to President Putin during a meeting held on 18 April 2014 By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell directors must be feeling anxious again. For some years Shell continued to trade with Iran despite U.S. sanctions and engaged in machinations in an attempt to disguise what was going on.  Today, President […]

China gets into bed with Putin

Extract from an Investors Chronicle article published 29 May 2014 In the week in which Prince Charles demonstrated that he had inherited his father’s gift for diplomacy, Russia and China finally signed a $400bn (£238bn) gas supply deal that had been a decade in the making. The timing couldn’t have been better, at least from […]

Shell to expand investment in Russia

By John Donovan Russian energy minister Alexander Novak boasted earlier today that Shell (and ExxonMobil) are expanding operations in Russia and the Russian Foreign Ministry has said energy cooperation should not be damaged by political tensions. See extracts below from a RIA Novosti article. What the Putin regime is claiming is in absolute accordance with what […]

Shell’s exposure to Russia is a meaningful risk

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Arjun Sreekumar published 19 May 2014 under the headline: Which Oil Majors Have the Greatest Exposure to Russia? BP, Exxon, and Shell all have significant exposure to Russia. If the U.S. and its allies were to impose a ban on the export of Western oil and gas technology to […]

Royal Dutch Shell shameful record of appeasement

By John Donovan For nearly a hundred years the Royal Dutch Shell Group has appeased and collaborated with evil regimes including Nazi Germany, Nigeria, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Apartheid South Africa and with Putin of Russia, despite his annexation of Sakhalin2 and Crimea. Anything to earn a buck irrespective of ethics, […]

Is Russia’s Hostility Exposing Royal Dutch Shell?

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Arjun Sreekumar published 17 May 2014 Shell clearly has significant exposure to Russia. The worst-case scenario for the company, as well as for BP and other companies operating in the nation, would be if the U.S. and European Union sanctioned Russia’s energy sector. Such economic penalties would make it problematic […]

Shell: not entering new Russia investments

Extracts from an article by AP Business Writer TOBY STERLING published 30 April 2014 AMSTERDAM (AP) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will not be entering new investments in Russia anytime soon as tensions rise over the country’s confrontation with Ukraine. Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said the company, Europe’s largest oil company, will […]

Bowing to Putin

By John Donovan I have checked and thus far have been unable to find any photographs of Rex Tillerson (ExxonMobil) or Robert Dudley (BP) bowing in the slightest to Putin. It seems that only Royal Dutch Shell executives, Jeroen van der Veer, Peter Voser, and Ben van Beurden, have been prepared to stoop that low. […]

BP and Shell to be exposed as G7 plans for sectoral sanctions against Russia

Extract from Forex Live article by Mike Paterson published 28 April 2014 …part of the US plans looks likely to have a serious impact on UK energy giants BP and Shell The US Treasury is also eyeing some form of sanction against Gazprombank, the financial arm of the gas monopoly Gazprom. This would greatly complicate […]

We warned BG Group about Chris Finlayson

“BG Group chief executive Chris Finlayson has been ousted by the oil and gas explorer’s board following a disastrous 16 months in the job….” No one can say that we did not repeatedly warn BG Group about the competence and ethics of Chris Finlayson… By John Donovan The news media is reporting that former Royal […]