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The firm also drew attention to a number of safety incidents in 2017 which it is working to address and provide support to victims for, including oil spills and theft in Nigeria, earthquakes in Groningen and a road tanker disaster in Pakistan.

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The company has published the findings in a report to accommodate UK regulations requiring transparency on government payments. It includes payments in 29 countries where Shell operates and does not include details related to refining, natural gas liquefaction, or gas-to-liquids activities which are not in the scope of UK regulations. Shell made the largest contribution to Nigeria, paying over £3billion last year, while the smallest sum went to Bulgaria at £109million. FULL ARTICLE

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CRUDE INTENTION – AN INSIDERS EXPLOSIVE REVELATIONS IN A BOOK THAT MAY SHAKE SHELL http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/01/25/crude-intention-an-insiders-explosive-revelations-in-a-book-that-may-shake-shell/ Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:33:40 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=95351 CRUDE INTENTION – AN INSIDERS EXPLOSIVE REVELATIONS IN A BOOK THAT MAY SHAKE SHELL was first posted on January 25, 2018 at 9:33 pm.
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Of particular concern to Shell, the author provides first-hand insight into Shell’s security and intelligence activities in Nigeria, Iraq, Iran, Ireland and other global hot spots and details how Shell worked with US, UK and Dutch Intelligence and military agencies to further their mutual agendas.  The author also discusses Shell’s secret communications with MEND militants in Nigeria through intermediaries. 

By John Donovan 

I suspect that Shell in particular, should be very concerned about a book in the pipeline called “CRUDE INTENTION”. I say this because the author is a former senior manager of Shell Global Security. 

Unlike the MI6 “people” hired by Shell including Guy Colegate, John Copleston and Ian Forbes McCredie, and the FBI officials recruited for their government connections like former FBI Deputy Director Richard Garcia, the author is a career security & business professional in the oil & gas industry whose own principles and ethics often conflicted those of his spymaster bosses and coworkers; including the monitoring of our activities as part of a Shell global surveillance operation. 

Of particular concern to Shell, the author provides first-hand insight into Shell’s security and intelligence activities in Nigeria, Iraq, Iran, Ireland and other global hot spots and details how Shell worked with US, UK and Dutch Intelligence and military agencies to further their mutual agendas.  The author also discusses Shell’s secret communications with MEND militants in Nigeria through intermediaries. 

 In addition to the undeniably intriguing revelations in CRUDE INTENTION, the author interweaves the stories of average people, both employees and those in local communities, who have been impacted by the events he covers, as well as the very private and personal toll taken on himself.  These are the often unheard voices and victims who never make it into the “numbers” oil companies discuss in their annual reports. 

Based on actual events, Crude Intention offers first-hand insight into the depths of the links between oil and government and exposing secret strategies, conversations and communications involved in some of the largest oil deals in the last two decades. The book exposes how Intelligence Agencies (including the CIA and MI-6) and the Military are used to advance the interests of Oil Companies (and thus the National Interests of the Government). 

Crude Intention tells true stories of murder, cover-ups and set-ups, organized crime, human trafficking, child pornography, underage-mistresses of oil executives, corruption & pay-offs of government officials, and unprecedented access behind the scenes of kidnappings, hijacking of tankers by pirates, and acts of terrorism against oil facilities and workers. 

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Shell reprimanded over Brent Bravo leak http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/01/17/shell-reprimanded-over-brent-bravo-leak/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:21:24 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=95252 Shell reprimanded over Brent Bravo leak was first posted on January 17, 2018 at 7:21 pm.
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The UK’s workplace safety watchdog has reprimanded Shell following a gas leak on the Brent Bravo platform in November.

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said Shell has failed to “prevent the uncontrolled release of flammable or explosive substances”.

Its inspector accused the oil major of failing to ensure valves on the rig were kept in “efficient working order and in good repair”.

Shell has been given until March 8 to comply with the improvement notice.

A spokesman for Shell UK said: “Shell UK can confirm that we were issued with an HSE improvement notice on 8th December 2017 in relation to a small hydrocarbon release on our Brent Bravo platform in the North Sea.

“Work has been completed on the platform to comply with the requirements of the notice.”

The platform is situated on the Brent field, 115 miles north-east of Shetland.

Brent Bravo ceased production in 2014 and is awaiting decommissioning.

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Shell hit with HSE improvement notice at St Fergus http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/01/03/shell-hit-with-hse-improvement-notice-at-st-fergus/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:03:23 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=95002 Shell hit with HSE improvement notice at St Fergus was first posted on January 3, 2018 at 5:03 pm.
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Energy giant Shell has been ordered to improve its safety procedures at the St Fergus plant near Peterhead.

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the company had failed to made “adequate arrangements” to ensure that “emergency shutdown and emergency depressurisation valve actuators” were maintained in an “efficient state and effective working order”.

HSE initially gave Shell until December 21 to comply with the improvement notice, but the deadline has now been extended to February 28.

A spokeswoman for Shell said: “We can confirm that we have been issued with an improvement notice on 23rd November 2017 in relation to the maintenance of emergency shutdown valves at our St Fergus plant in North East Scotland.

“We are working to address the requirements of this notice.”

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NAM Dutch Environmental Legacy not just Groningen Earthquakes http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2017/12/27/nam-dutch-environmental-legacy-not-just-groningen-earthquakes/ Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:40:23 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=94873 NAM Dutch Environmental Legacy not just Groningen Earthquakes was first posted on December 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm.
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In February 1965 there was a explosive blowout at a NAM gas field in Sleen, East Drenthe – an agricultural area of the Netherlands. A whole drilling rig was swallowed in a quicksand lake created by the explosion.

Afterwards, NAM, the company responsible for the explosion all those years ago and the earthquakes now plaguing Groningen, converted the area into a park.

Unfortunately, scientists have discovered to their consternation that methane leaks have contaminated the local groundwater and there is a risk of further explosions.

It would have been a disaster if this had all happened in a residential area.

(The Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) is a 50/50 joint venture between Shell and Exxon.)

Text below is translated from an article by Marlies ter Voorde published in Dutch on 26 Dec 2017 by de Volkskrant.

Gas leak in the bottom of East Drenthe, groundwater at Sleen contains methane

In 1965 it all went wrong at Sleen in East Drenthe at a gas drilling. An explosion created a lake of quicksand that swallowed the entire derrick. Half a century later, geologists are worried about the crash site.

By: Marlies ter Voorde December 26, 2017, 10:31

There is a gas leak in the bottom of East Drenthe. The groundwater at the village of Sleen contains methane, originating from the gas field that is located in the subsurface at a depth of two kilometers. This is the conclusion drawn by earth scientists from Utrecht University and the water research institute KWR from the chemical analysis of water. The natural gas seeps through cracks that occurred 52 years ago in a drilling accident, the geologists think.

It is agricultural area, so the gas can go away. That would have been different if they had built a residential area

Geohydrologist Niels Hartog

Methane is non-toxic, but vigilance is required at high concentrations such as at Sleen. If the gas is released from the water in a poorly ventilated room there is a risk of explosions, possibly followed by fire. Scientists still have to figure out whether the natural gas at Sleen escapes the earth’s surface. ‘If that is the case, it can do no harm at this location’, says geohydrologist Niels Hartog of KWR, who worked on the research. ‘It is agricultural land, so the gas can go away. It would have been different if they had built a residential area with cellars and crawl spaces. ‘

The province says it knows the groundwater for all kinds of polluting substances, but not so far methane.

This is not a problem for drinking water, says Nico van der Moot, geohydrologist at the WMD water company that provides drinking water for Drenthe. Methane is removed from the water as standard and with a simple procedure for purification, says Van der Moot, who is not involved in the study.

‘That methane from a natural gas field is in the groundwater is exceptional’, he explains, ‘but methane from other sources is common.’ Soil bacteria that break down dead plant material also produce the gas, often in high concentrations. ‘Marsh gas, is it called. In Spannenburg in Friesland it is even extracted from drinking water as fuel ‘, says Van der Moot.

Jasper Griffioen, geochemist at Utrecht University who also cooperated with the research, agrees. ‘I know from India and Nepal sacred sources where an everlasting little flame burns on the surface of the water’, says Griffioen. ‘Hindus find that a sacred place, we see it as an earth science phenomenon.’

Accident

 

The discovery of the leaky natural gas field in Sleen was no coincidence, stressed earth scientist Gilian Schout of Utrecht University, lead author of the PNAS article. ‘We were looking for leaks, even with natural fractures and former wells.’

The search for suitable locations to store CO2 or waste water in the soil is in full swing, and then it is important to know if there are weak spots to keep an eye on, he explains. ‘If methane can leak away, other gases and liquids can in principle also pass through.’

The gas field at Sleen was a logical place to include in this study. In February 1965 it went wrong with a gas drilling. The high pressure in the gas field caused an explosion in which quicksand was formed, and the entire 50-meter high derrick in the soil disappeared. For a few months, a mixture of natural gas, mud and stones spurted out of the ground, only then did the NAM regain control of the situation.

The fact that natural gas is still leaking is evident from the chemical signature of the methane in the groundwater – which is the same as the composition of the methane from the Sleen gas field. However, the methane is broken down in the groundwater, the researchers discovered. The methane concentration decreases rapidly as the distance to the crash site increases.

Other leakages than those at Sleen have not yet been found by the researchers in the Netherlands.

‘It is agricultural land, so the gas can go away. That would have been different if they had built a residential area

Geohydrologist Niels Hartog

If methane can leak away, other gases and liquids can in principle also pass through

Earth scientist Gilian Schout

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