Royal Dutch Shell plc .com Rotating Header Image

Posts under ‘Saudi Aramco’

Woodside may ditch Shell stake

Melbourne Herald Sun Article by John Dagge: 19 Feb 2014 WOODSIDE Petroleum says it has not consulted major shareholder Shell about its foray into Israel — an international push which analysts say complicates the oil giant’s relations with key Arabic customers. Woodside’s move to take a slice of Israel’s Leviathan field — one of the […]

Royal Dutch Shell selling off its petrol stations in Australia?

By John Donovan THE BEN VAN BEURDEN FIRESALE RETRENCHMENT AFTER AN ERA OF OVER-PROMISE AND UNDER-DELIVERY I published over the weekend Shell insider rumours that Royal Dutch Shell may be considering selling off Shell Oil Company, perhaps to its 50-50 jv partner in Motiva Enterprises, Saudi Aramco. In what might be a related move, news has […]

Insider rumours circulating that Shell may divest Shell Oil Co

By John Donovan: According to a Shell insider source, rumours are circulating that Royal Dutch Shell Plc may divest Shell Oil Company in order to generate money. And presumably to get rid of the difficult USA influence.  Since Saudi Aramco are joint owners on a 50-50 basis with Shell in Motiva Enterprises, operating three US refineries and 7,700 […]

Motiva Convent Plant Said to Mothball Catalytic Cracker by 2016

Motiva Enterprises LLC plans to shut the fluid catalytic cracker at the Convent, Louisiana, refinery, by October 2016 because it’s unprofitable to operate… By Barbara Powell Dec 18, 2013 6:07 PM GMT Motiva Enterprises LLC plans to shut the fluid catalytic cracker at the Convent, Louisiana, refinery, by October 2016 because it’s unprofitable to operate, […]

Company town: One woman’s fight to save her town

Her concerns grew stronger after an explosion at Shell’s refinery in 1988. (The plant is now owned by Motiva, a joint-venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco, the Saudi national oil company). The explosion toppled a 16-story tower, and cracked walls and ceilings in houses and ceilings around Norco. It set off alarms 25 miles away […]

Problems at Motiva plant

Petrodollars: A lot of smart oil people caught up in problems at a Motiva plant By News Desk: September 16, 2013 A big expansion project at the Port Arthur, Texas refinery owned by Motiva–the Shell-Saudi joint venture–has been far from the success story envisioned by the two partners. In this week’s Oilgram News column Petrodollars, […]

SHAMBLES AT MOTIVA PORT ARTHUR REFINERY

By John Donovan Anyone who has read the postings made on this website in recent years by insiders working on the Motiva Refinery expansion project should not be in the least surprised by the series of serious mishaps following the restart, which taken together, can only be described as a complete and utter shambles. Troubled […]

Troubled Motiva refinery, biggest in U.S., faces lengthy 2014 work: sources

The biggest U.S. oil refinery could shut its main crude distillation unit for up to three months next year to replace a vibrating pipe that prevents the 325,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) unit from running at full capacity, sources familiar with operations said. That would be another blow to the Motiva Enterprises, 600,000-bpd plant since the $10-billion (U.S.)refinery, […]

Fire hobbles Motiva oil refinery, biggest in U.S.

Sources said refinery managers spoke of their frustration on Monday with problems that have plagued the expanded plant.  “It was a bad weekend for us,” said one source. “We’re all feeling snake-bit. It just seems like we get up and going and then something else goes wrong.” Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:28am IST * ‘Feeling […]

Blaze hits Shell plant in Texas

Published: Tue, August 20, 2013 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL has shut down parts of a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after a fire broke out following a £6.4billion expansion scheme. Shell closed units at the Motiva refinery, which is run by a joint venture of the oil giant and Saudi Refining, after the second blaze in […]

The Dark Side of Energy Independence

By BENJAMIN ALTER and EDWARD FISHMAN A version of this op-ed appeared in print on April 28, 2013, on page SR5 of the New York edition JUST as the world was writing off America as a declining power, the country now finds itself on the cusp of realizing one of its longstanding goals: energy independence. […]

Shell: Motiva’s Port Arthur Refinery Restart to Take ‘Several Days’

Published April 16, 2013 by Dow Jones Newswires Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery is in the early process of preparing units for restart, following an unexpected loss of power Sunday from its utility provider, said Kimberly Windon of Shell Oil Co., spokeswoman for the joint venture that operates the refinery. “The refinery is […]

Motiva Port Arthur refinery shuts down after power outage

By Barbara Powell Bloomberg News Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery is completely shut down after losing power yesterday, a person familiar with operations said. There isn’t a timeline for restarting the plant, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The refinery is the largest in the […]

Is Shell STILL anti-Semitic?

“So is Shell STILL anti-Semitic, or is it simply because doing business with Israel would upset the rulers of Saudi Arabia, yet another tyrannical regime in bed with Shell? One Country swims in oil. The other doesn’t. Perhaps that has something to do with it?” By John Donovan In March 2011 we published an article […]