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Combustible pioneering behemoths – the Hindenburg and Shell Prelude

By John Donovan I am not sure that directly comparing the explosive potential arising from the Hindenburg and the Shell Prelude is strictly appropriate. However, what is beyond doubt is that these pioneering ventures both captured the attention of the worlds media and a loss of containment on the Prelude could potentially create another catastrophic […]

Sad faces at Shell?

Last month, the suits over at Shell put on their sad faces and went to the White House to ask for more time to burn through another billion or two. I tell ya, these guys are gluttons for punishment. After eight years and more than $6 billion, Shell has come up completely empty on its […]

Drilling in Alaskan Arctic relatively easy said Shell VP before being fired

By John Donovan According to a recent article published by Bloomberg – Shell Seeks to Drill in Arctic in 2015, Defying Green Activists – Shell CFO Simon Henry, calling on all his vast experience as an accountant, voiced the opinion that it is not difficult to drill in the Arctic. His assessment is surprisingly similar […]

Shell Oil and Motiva Enterprises $4.5M Settlement after U.S. DOL Investigation

SETTLEMENT DOCUMENTS SUPPLIED BY AN INSIDER SOURCE Shell reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor for failure to pay overtime in the USA. Shell required Production Department Operators to make shift relief in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) but, the company would not pay individuals for the time necessary for donning or doffing […]

SpaceShipTwo Explosion: Shell Prelude another pioneering venture fraught with risk

The New York Times magazine has published an informative article by Robert Sullivan about Prelude, under the appropriate headline: “The Biggest Ship in the World (Though It Isn’t Exactly a Ship)” The dangers associated with innovative  technology, with potentially disastrous consequences, are heightened following the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket ship explosion in the US. To obtain […]

Shell running out of steam

By John Donovan Styrene prices have shot up following a steam leak at Shell’s steam crackers at Moerdijk in the Netherlands.  Shell has declared force majeure on ethylene and propylene at the unit.  A Shell spokesman admitted that the steam leak resulted in flaring activity.  News of the incident was posted on our Shell Blog early on 7 […]

Shell evacuates workers from Brent Alpha and Bravo

By John Donovan  After all the Royal Dutch Shell senior management promises to improve safety on Shell North Sea platforms, serious incidents continue to occur.  EnergyVoice.com is reporting that Shell workers have today been evacuated from the Brent Alpha and Bravo platforms after a crane dropped a large container into the North Sea.  Extracts The […]

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 […]

Prelude FLNG risks are on par with modern offshore oil and gas facilities say Shell – but are they?

Final article in a series of five articles by Bill Campbell, retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International, about risks relating to the Shell Prelude FLNG project. Prelude FLNG risks are on par with modern offshore oil and gas facilities say Shell – but are they? Let’s discuss  With the implementation of the recommendations post Piper […]

Shell shareholders can only wish that they had never heard of Alaska

By John Donovan Christopher Helman of Forbes has neatly summarised the misadventures of Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska… “Consider for a second the $5 billion misadventure that Royal Dutch Shell has had in Alaska. Here’s a quick recap: In 2008 Shell acquired the rights to exploration blocks in the Beaufort Sea north of the North […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Thursday 11 Sept 2014

By John Donovan The US and EU are ready to impose new sanctions on Russia arising from events in Ukraine. See extract from a fuelfix.com article published under the headline: “Sanctions threaten Putin’s oil deals with Exxon Mobil, Shell” Other vulnerable international operators include Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-largest energy company by market value. Multiple investments […]