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In defence of Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

By a regular contributor Only one member of the EC is directly involved in North American activities, Marvin Odum.  Perhaps worth noting is that investment decisions on the scale of the recent Shell write-offs would have required approval by the entire EC in the Hague long before BvB was around. Few of the EC members […]

Even as it walks away from Arctic drilling, Shell keeps door open for future work

Posted on October 29, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell is walking away from oil exploration in Arctic waters north of Alaska, but it isn’t ready to close the door completely. Disappointing results from a critical test well at the company’s Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, combined with the high costs […]

Royal Dutch Shell’s share price tumbles as group posts dramatic loss as falling oil prices take toll

by Catherine Neilan: 29 Oct 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s share price tumbled this morning after it revealed a third quarter loss of $7.4bn (£4.8bn) as the company gets to grips with the falling oil price.  The figures The Anglo-Dutch oil giant posted its dramatic loss on the back of nearly $8bn-worth of exceptional items. Adjusted net income […]

Shell Makes Biggest Net Loss in at Least a Decade on Price Slump

Rakteem Katakey: 29 October 2015 Company reports net loss after taking $7.9 billion charge Third-quarter adjusted profit drops 70% to $1.8 billion Royal Dutch Shell Plc reported its biggest net loss in at least a decade as it wrote down the value of assets and lowered its oil-price expectations. The company, which is buying BG […]

Shell share price: Company’s problems extend beyond oil prices, analyst says

Big bets on shale “destroyed huge amounts of capital” and the company has few growth assets…the firm is far more likely to remain a laggard than become a leader among the oil majors for the rest of this decade… by Veselin Valchev: Tuesday, 27 Oct 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSA) carries hefty baggage and even […]

BP and Shell slip up on Crude bottom

ROYAL Dutch Shell and BP are set to blame the weak oil price for dramatic falls in third-quarter pre-tax profits and revenues, analysts say. By GEOFF HO: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 The price of crude oil has nearly halved over the past 12 months because of a Saudi Arabia-led effort by the Opec cartel to crush […]

New Concern Over Quakes in Oklahoma Near a Hub of U.S. Oil

By MICHAEL WINES: OCT. 14, 2015 A sharp earthquake in central Oklahoma last weekend has raised fresh concern about the security of a vast crude oil storage complex, close to the quake’s center, that sits at the crossroads of the nation’s oil pipeline network. The magnitude 4.5 quake struck Saturday afternoon about three miles northwest of […]

Shell had to write-down some of its shale assets in the U.S., after spending $24 billion on a bet that failed to pay off, with company executives regretting ever having made the investment. By James Stafford: Wed, 14 October 2015 A new report finds that the largest oil companies are set to cut spending on exploration […]

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 […]

Alaska mulls extra oil drilling to cope with climate change

By Matt McGrath: Environment correspondent, BBC News, Alaska: 12 Oct 2015 Expanding the search for oil is necessary to pay for the damage caused by climate change, the Governor of Alaska has told the BBC. The state is suffering significant climate impacts from rising seas forcing the relocation of remote villages. Governor Bill Walker says that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell expects oil price recovery to take several years

Ron Bousso, Karolin Schaps and Dmitry Zhdannikov, Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell expects oil prices to recover gradually over the next five years, with progress slowed by persistent global oversupply and receding Chinese demand growth. The Anglo-Dutch energy giant is betting on crude rising to $90 a barrel by 2020, a key assumption […]

Shell Chief says U.S. shale producers under pressure from Saudi Arabia -FT

Wed Jul 1, 2015 OPEC’s decision, led by Saudi Arabia, to not cut oil production has put pressure on U.S. shale gas producers which in turn has put brakes on America’s energy boom, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Wednesday. Ben van Beurden […]

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 […]

BP sees ‘tectonic shift’ in world energy production

BP sees ‘tectonic shift’ in world energy production Oil giant’s chief economist says energy consumption slowed dramatically last year as China cutback and Opec battled US shale drillers for supremacy of world markets By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor:10:00AM BST 10 Jun 2015 Global energy consumption slowed to its slowest rate of growth since the late […]

Saudi Arabia Lets The World Drown In Oil

Article by Nathan Vardi: Forbes Staff: Friday 5 June 2015 To the surprise of nobody, Saudi Arabia and the other OPEC member states decided in Vienna on Friday to maintain production targets of 30 million barrels a day, making sure the world remains flooded with oil. The fact that OPEC—particularly the core countries of Saudi Arabia, […]

Shell CFO Expects Oil Rebound as Shale Fails to Fill Supply Gap

Article by Firat Kayakiran and Jonathan Ferro published 3 June 2015 by Royal Dutch Shell Plc sees oil prices increasing because supply from shale drilling in the U.S. won’t be enough to meet increasing global demand. The industry needs to find an additional 4 million barrels to 5 million barrels a day of supply every year to […]

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

by Grant Smith and Maher Chmaytelli: 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 […]

No Shell Arctic Oil Until 2030’s

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 26, 2015  Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) head of oil and gas production in Americas, Marvin Odum has told the Financial Times (FT) in an interview that the company’s Arctic drilling operations would take at least a decade to extract oil reserves, which would then be sent to production. The […]

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 […]

Energy earnings run dry in Americas

FT: Energy earnings run dry in Americas By Ed Crooks, Christopher Adams and David Crouch ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips of the US on Thursday reported that they lost money on oil and gas production in their home country in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Royal Dutch Shell disclosed a $1.1bn loss at its upstream exploration and production […]

Fracking lobby calls the tune on commission shale-gas panel

An article by PASCOE SABIDO, PUBLISHED BRUSSELS, TODAY, BY EUOBSERVER.COM 2015 is a big year for climate in Europe: the UN talks in Paris, this December; the implementation of the EU’s 2030 climate targets; mapping out the Energy Union. Judging by the European Commission’s public statements, one would think the EU was firmly on its […]

Shell, Exxon set the scene for future oil-price shock after $US114 billion cuts

Article by Bradley Olson published 22 April 2015 by The Sydney Morning Herald Shell, Exxon set the scene for future oil-price shock after $US114 billion cuts As the oil patch grows accustomed to a new world of $US50 to $US60 crude, it’s now looking ahead to a different but equally daunting sort of cliff. Oil companies […]

Chevron A Safer Bet Than Shell article published 13 April 2015 Chevron A Safer Bet Than Shell Shell has lost a huge amount of money in its shale bets in North America to the tune of $900 million alone in 2014. As a result, Shell is cutting spending by 20% to lower its North American shale exposure to try and […]

Shell Betting Its Future On LNG

Article By Nick Cunningham published Sun, 12 April 2015 by Shell Betting Its Future On LNG Could the largest energy deal in over a decade begin a new wave of mergers and acquisitions? Is LNG really the future? How Will ExxonMobil Respond? And perhaps more importantly, does the mega-deal between Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and BG […]

Shell paid too much to buy BG Group

ARTICLE BY STEPHEN SIMKO, MORNINGSTAR PUBLISHED APR. 11, 2015 BY BUSINESS INSIDER On April 8, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) (RDS.B) (RDSA) (RDSB) announced its intention to acquire BG Group (BRGYY) (BG.) in a $70 billion cash-and-stock deal that values BG’s equity at GBX 1,350 per share, or 11% above our GBX 1,200 fair value estimate for BG at […]

Shell’s Huge Gas Bet Underscores Big Oil’s Push to Replace Coal

Article by Javier Blas and Rakteem Katakey published 10 April 2015 by BP Plc coined the slogan “Beyond Petroleum.” The new industry mantra might be “Beyond Oil and Into Gas.” Oh, and while we’re at it, “Down With Coal.” Consider Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s recent $70 billion acquisition of BG Group Plc — clearly a huge bet […]

Motiva to integrate Norco, Convent refineries in Louisiana

26 March 2015 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises said on Thursday that operations at its Convent and Norco, Louisiana, refineries will be integrated to take advantage of increased production of lower-cost U.S. shale oil. Motiva, which is co-owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Saudi Aramco, said the first step in the integration project is the […]

New Federal Rules Are Set for Fracking

FROM AN ARTICLE BY CORAL DAVENPORT PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK EDITION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES ON 21 MARCH 2015 New Federal Rules Are Set for Fracking Extracts WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday unveiled the nation’s first major federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing, a technique for oil and gas drilling that has […]

Non-U.S. Shales Prove Difficult to Crack

By JUSTIN SCHECK and SELINA WILLIAMS: WALL STREET JOURNAL March 18, 2015 11:20 p.m. ET Exxon, Shell and others are pulling back from once-promising shale finds in Europe, Asia After spending more than five years and billions of dollars trying to re-create the U.S. shale boom overseas, some of the world’s biggest oil companies are starting […]

Prices Fall to a Six-Year Low for U.S. Oil

Article by Stanley Reed published 17 March 2015 in the New York edition of the New York Times Prices Fall to a Six-Year Low for U.S. Oil Oil prices fell to six-year lows on Monday in the face of concerns that a glut in the United States was outpacing already-brimming storage facilities. Additionally, the Organization […]

Price of crude oil resumes its descent

Article by Stanley Reed published New York Times New York Edition 14 March 2015under the headline: Oil Prices Drop as Production Hums Along Despite a Brimming Supply LONDON — Just as the oil market appeared to be stabilizing, the price of crude resumed its descent on Friday. The drop, of about 4 percent, came after […]

Keystone and the Riddle of the Tar Sands

BY MARK DOWIE 2/25/15 AT 10:49 PM Late 21st-century graduate students of business studying the growing problem of stranded assets will almost certainly focus on the history of Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands (a.k.a. the tar sands). The case studies they read will either describe the gradual abandonment of the world’s largest reserve of bituminous crude […]

The credibility of Royal Dutch Shell oil demand forecasts

By John Donovan Forecasts of future oil demand and oil prices made by Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden have been widely reported. See syndicated Reuters article. He is not exactly a disinterested independent observer, as his personal income and the well-being and profitability of the oil company he leads, depends on these issues. […]

Big Oil Unable To Increase Reserves To Counter Declining Production

Bidness Etc discusses why major oil firms have been unable to replace their new reserves, despite crude production level falling since last year amid tumbling crude price By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Feb 8, 2015 at 8:40 am EST According to the quarterly results announced during the past few weeks, major oil companies have reported a mediocre […]

Fracking failures lead to environmental harm

Comment: These events appear to have happened on Paul Goodfellow’s watch?: According to his current Linked-in profile Goodfellow was Shell VP Unconventionals from 2012-2013 FROM AN ARTICLE BY SUSY KELLY PUBLISHED 28 JAN 2015 BY THE HERALD-STANDARD UNDER THE HEADLINE: “Report: Fracking failures lead to environmental harm in area and state” Extract A report released […]

Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and Petrobras In Trouble?

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Jan 20, 2015 James Chanos is a renowned short-seller, hedge fund manager, and the founder of Kynikos Associates – an investment firm which specializes in short-selling. In an interview with CNBC last Friday, Mr. Chanos cited serious problems for some of the largest oil producers, leading him to short some major oil […]

Goodfellow or Badfellow?

By John Donovan There have been a number of posts on our Shell Blog by insiders welcoming the apparent departure of Paul Goodfellow, Vice President US Unconventionals for Upstream Americas. e.g. POSTING BY “F-150” So, Christmas has finally arrived in The States with the announcement that Goodfellow is finally leaving. After seeing the havoc he […]

BP sees $50 oil for three years

BP can’t be immune to the upheaval. Today its job announcement is focused on the UK. But it won’t be long till it announces staff reductions in Houston, another of its important centres. Robert Peston article published by BBC News 15 Jan 2015 BP sees $50 oil for three years BP’s job announcement later today, […]

Shell, Total Lead Energy Shares Lower – $45 a barrel

From an article by Alan Soughley published by BloombergBusinessweek 13 Jan 2015 under the headline:  “European Stocks Decline; Shell, Total Lead Energy Shares Lower” Extracts Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA led energy-related companies lower… A gauge of energy stocks slid 1 percent today, for the worst performance of the 19 industry groups on […]

High Noon on oil prices: OPEC vs U.S. Shale

From an article by Catherine Ngai published on 6 Jan 2015 by Reuters under the headline:  “High Noon on the Gulf Coast: Canada, Saudi oil set for showdown” NEW YORK (Reuters) – As a test of wills between OPEC nations and U.S. shale drillers fuels a global oil market slump, a brewing battle between Canadian […]

Investors Freak: Oil on its way down to $20 A Barrel?

From an article by Christopher Helman published by on 6 Jan 2015 under the headline: “Investors Freak As Saudi Inaction Could Sink Oil To $20 A Barrel. Time To Buy? OPEC is not going to come to the rescue. It is up to American producers to cut oil supplies. The world freaked out over oil […]

Jesse Colombo, the economic analyst who predicted the oil prices bust 

FULL CREDIT TO THE EXPERT WHO CORRECTLY PREDICTED THE OIL PRICE CRASH By John Donovan In June of this year published an extensive prescient article by Jesse Colombo, an economic analyst, under the headline: “9 Reasons Why Oil Prices May Be Headed For A Bust” His prediction made 6 months ago: “There are a growing number […]


By John Donovan A posting today on our Shell Blog… When Peter Voser’s departure as CEO was announced, it was explained that Peter wanted time for his family, hobbies and to give back to society. Today it was announced that he’s being proposed as Chairman of ABB (his previous employer) and he also took a […]

How could Shell have got it so wrong on oil? 

In October of this year, just 9 weeks ago, when oil was at over $90 a barrel, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden expressed his confidence that oil would return to what he described as “very robust” pricing. He said that the oil price had been remarkably stable and that in the short term, Shell has […]

Will falling oil prices curb America’s shale boom?

This time some of the pain will be taken by the big integrated energy firms, such as Exxon Mobil and Shell. After a decade of throwing shareholders’ cash at prospects in the Arctic and deep tropical waters to little effect, they began cutting budgets in 2013. Extracts from an article published by The Economist on […]

Oil company shares slumped

OPEC’s decision on Thursday not to cut production in order to prop up oil prices sent markets reeling. Oil company shares slumped, wiping billions off firms’ market value… As they come to terms with the new oil regime, companies will cut spending by up to 10 percent in 2015… and delay new project approvals. LONDON, […]

Oil prices continue to fall

Shell, BP and Petrofac shares close down as Opec decides not to cut oil production. Stocks of major oil producers were in the firing line as their profits are hugely dependent on the price of oil they extract. Royal Dutch Shell, for example, fell 4.3 percent while Total SA dropped 4.1 percent. LONDON — Oil […]


Major Opec nations, Russia and US shale oil drillers now appear on the brink of a price war as these three giant producing blocs fight for a greater share of global demand. (Potentially disastrous news for Big Oil – ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and Total) The Telegraph: World on brink of oil price war as Opec […]