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Sunday Times Article: Shell Prelude a potential white elephant

By John Donovan According to an article by Dominic O’Connell published in a whole page article in The Sunday Times on 9 November 2014, Prelude is in danger of becoming a white elephant. (See page 5 of the Business Section) The article correctly describes Prelude as the brainchild of Royal Dutch Shell (unless it turns […]

UK News Reports Royal Dutch Shell Quarterly Result

DAILY EXPRESS: Oil giant Shell floats as prices sink Extracts ROYAL Dutch Shell unleashed an industry-beating rise in quarterly profit yesterday, despite falling oil prices, and vowed to keep slashing less-lucrative projects. Finance chief Simon Henry said: “It’s quite likely we’ll take a very close look at investment levels where we have flexibility if we […]

Big oil is exposed to falling prices who can survive?

BRENT CRUDE PRICES HAVE SLUMPED SINCE PEAKING AT $115 IN JUNE By John Donovan The news media is waking up to the potential seismic impact on big oil from falling oil prices. Our headline – “Big oil is exposed to falling prices who can survive?” – is taken from an article by John Ficenec published […]

Mixed Signals between China National Petroleum Corp and Shell

The comment refuted media reports that Shell senior executives had showed signs of wanting to cut the company’s expenditures on the project many times… China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said it was not informed that its Dutch partner would downsize the investment on their jointly explored shale gas project in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Shanghai-based […]

Oil Price Slump

By John Donovan I have already highlighted the recent wishful prediction by Shell CEO Ben van Beurden that oil will return to “very robust” pricing in the long-term. We have all witnessed the subsequent slump in oil prices. Some extracts from a current Bloomberg article: The global crash in crude prices is reverberating through the oil […]

Royal Dutch Shell News 15 Oct 2014

By John Donovan WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGES ROYAL DUTCH SHELL TAX EVASION IN NIGERIA  A former manager of Shell Production Development Company in Nigeria has accused Shell of massive tax evasion. He also alleges that the Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission demanded a bribe from him as part of a related cover-up plan for Shell. The […]

Shell CEO dubious prediction on oil prices

Today we have another forecast from a Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, no doubt based on an assessment by the crystal ball gazers at Shell, the famed Scenarios team. Is it a case of wishful thinking on the part of Shell? Can we have faith in the prediction made by the current CEO? By […]

Shale Fracking is a ‘Ponzi Scheme’

“Shale Fracking is a “Ponzi Scheme” … “This Decade’s Version of the Dotcom Bubble” By John Donovan A regular contributor has very kindly drawn my attention to an article published by GlobalResearch under the headline: “Shale Fracking is a “Ponzi Scheme” … “This Decade’s Version of the Dotcom Bubble” In making the case to support […]

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC NEWS FRIDAY 19 SEPT 2014

By John Donovan Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans  fuelfix.com has published an article about Shell’s latest plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea, north of Alaska. The detailed article contains links to a document Shell has filed with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a related federal court document and an exploration plan.  A lawyer […]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc News Roundup Sat 4 Sept 2014

Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO Ben van Beurden says he can’t deny returns are too low By John Donovan Mixed fortunes for Shell in the last few days.  Ben van Beurden says he can’t deny returns are too low Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden has admitted to the Wall Street Journal that he […]

Shell not abandoning its US shale ambitions

By John Donovan Shell CEO Ben van Beurden claims that despite a series of asset sales and costly write-downs, the oil giant is not abandoning the prospect of North American oil and gas shales.   Shell’s recent reappraisal resulted in a $2bn write-down in book value and plans for Shell to sell hundreds of thousand […]