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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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell Shareholders Beware

The news that BP may be fined up to $18bn for the oil spill in the Gulf-of-Mexico as a result of a ruling by a US federal court that BP acted with “conscious disregard of known risks” and that BP’s “conduct was reckless,” may have very serious implications for other oil companies. By John Donovan […]

This article is of great concern to Shell employees in Nigeria

Ebola situation in Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Issued by World Health Organization Situation assessment – 3 September 2014 The Commissioner of Health, Rivers State, Nigeria, has now reported 3 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in Port Harcourt, the country’s oil hub. Additional suspected cases are being investigated. Background on the Port Harcourt index case Ebola virus […]

Ebola in Nigeria: Royal Dutch Shell issues warning to employees

By John Donovan I received an email from a regular contributor at noon today advising that “Ebola has reached Port Harcourt now. No doubt you are aware Shell has ‘some’ operations there…” The contact also supplied a BBC News article: Ebola spreads to Nigeria oil hub Port Harcourt Before I had time to decide whether to […]

Royal Dutch Shell Files Arctic Drilling Plans

A Shell spokesperson claims that the company’s latest Arctic exploration plan takes into account lessons learned from the 2012 operation (which turned into a dangerous farce after Shell engaged in reckless machinations in an effort to evade tax). By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell has filed a plan with US federal regulators that could result […]

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL ‘TOUCH F*** ALL’ APPROACH TO OFFSHORE DRILLING

A safety audit on the Brent Bravo platform in 1999 led by Bill Campbell exposed a “Touch F*** All” culture with safety records routinely falsified. The damning audit report was passed to then Shell EP director Malcolm Brinded, who made promises to remedy the situation that were not kept. Instead Brinded decided to put profits […]