Royal Dutch Shell plc .com Rotating Header Image

Posts under ‘Simon Henry’

Shell, Total look to expand terminals and power plants in new markets

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 08.43.32

Written by Reporter – 13/06/2016 6:00 am

Oil majors Shell and Total are said to be considering building terminals and power plants in new markets.

The move comes after companies have invested billions in plants to help produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in place such as the US and Australia.

Laurent Vivier, president for the gas division of Total, said the company was ready to go downstream “as much as it takes” to unlock gas demand.

He said: “We need to be present in downstream ourselves, to create demand and unlock bottlenecks along the chain including regasification, pipeline and power plants.”

read more

Coming wave of gas puts focus on finding new shores

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 08.46.57

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 10.26.15LONDON | BY RON BOUSSO AND OLEG VUKMANOVIC: Sun Jun 12, 2016

Energy giants such as Royal Dutch Shell and Total are looking to build terminals and power plants in new markets to soak up the industry’s rapidly burgeoning supply.

Companies have invested billions in plants to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in places such as Australia and the United States.

But gas demand growth is slowing, prices are down and the LNG volumes companies are set to produce will exceed those even major buyers such as China and Japan can absorb.

That has turned attention to the downstream market and opportunities to create new markets from Ivory Coast to remote Indonesian islands by building gas-fired power plants, pipelines, regasification and storage terminals.

read more

FT: Shell’s asset disposal plans face delay

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 22.28.54

By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor: Jun 6, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.A, RDS.B) $30B asset disposal plan put in place after its takeover of BG Group likely will drag on beyond 2018 if oil prices remain depressed, Financial Times reports.

Shell is planning to sell off a large chunk of its portfolio because the BG deal significantly increases the combined group’s debt load, but people involved in the sale process tell FT that while that timeline is still in place, the deadline could be pushed back if Shell cannot secure what it thinks the assets are worth.

read more

Report suggests Shell may be about to reveal more cost-cutting

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 15.47.51

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 08.05.16

Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 10.18.28Written by Keith Findlay – 06/06/2016 7:09 am

Oil giant Shell may be about to announce further cost cutting and a possible delay to its plans to offload assets, a report said yesterday.

Chief executive Ben van Beurden is under “increasing pressure” to justify the firm’s £35billion takeover of BG Group in the middle of a severe oil and gas industry slump, it added.

Shell is holding a capital markets day for investors tomorrow and it is thought it may update on its sale plans and fresh cost-cutting then.

Last month, Shell chief financial officer Simon Henry said cost levels in the North Sea needed to come down “substantially”.

Action already taken to integrate BG within Shell’s operations, including job cuts, were “probably about it for now” but he did not rule out further headcount reductions.

read more

Royal Dutch Shell Under Pressure As It Seeks To Divest North Sea Assets

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 11.58.21

Summary

Royal Dutch Shell reportedly testing the waters for its $30 billion divestiture plan.

Most of the assets are located in the North Sea.

What will potential buyers be looking at?

Weak selling environment could result in company retaining some assets.

Gary BourgeaultMay 19, 2016 5:35 PM ET

After its $54 billion acquisition of BG Group, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) had its credit rating cut after the huge increase in debt. Now it has reportedly entered into talks with interested parties in order to raise about $30 billion from the sale of assets, according to Bloomberg, citing sources not wanting to be identified.

The report said the bulk of the assets in question are from the BG acquisition, with the majority of the assets located in the high-cost North Sea region. In March, other unidentified people said Shell was also shopping assets in India and Trinidad and Tobago, along with the U.S. pipelines.

read more

Shell Said to Start Talks With Buyers for North Sea Asset Sales

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 15.04.36

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 15.25.15

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 13.50.03By Dinesh Nair and Rakteem Katakey: May 19, 2016 – 1.24PM BST

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is in talks with potential buyers for some North Sea assets, mostly fields it got this year as part of the record acquisition of BG Group Plc, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant has been in talks with companies including privately held chemical producer Ineos Group AG and Neptune Oil & Gas, set up by former Centrica Plc chief Sam Laidlaw, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Shell is seeking to sell a package of assets and is talking with companies to gauge their interest before a formal sale process is launched, the people said. No final decision has been made and Shell may decide to retain the properties, they said.

read more

Shell Looks to Offload $40B In Non-Core Assets

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 22.47.24

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 23.17.14

May 17, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) is divesting US$40 billion in non-core assets in its attempt to cut capital expenditures and raise cash in a desperate attempt to right its balance sheet wrongs after its takeover of BG Group plc earlier this year left it strapped for cash and laden with nearly US$81 billion worth of debt.

The costly merger at a time of depressed oil prices has rendered Shell the largest publicly owned company in the UK and the largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world.

read more

Shell eyes $40bn non-core asset spin-off to cut its huge debt pile

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 22.14.34

By Tara Cunningham, business reporter: 14 MAY 2016

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is eyeing a possible $40bn spin-off of non-core assets around the globe as it grapples with a $70bn debt pile following a takeover of BG Group earlier this year. 

Chief financial officer Simon Henry told analysts last week that a float of Shell’s non-core assets is “very much on the agenda”.  

The comments were made after the Anglo-Dutch multinational announced its intention to sell off assets totalling $30bn over the next three years in an attempt to protect its dividend, after the merger with BG left it with a stretched balance sheet.

read more

Shell’s Saudi Aramco Option

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 10.01.10

Cheap oil crimping your spending plans? Sitting on a bunch of valuable upstream oil assets that could be monetized? How about a mammoth IPO? No, not Saudi Arabia. I’m talking about Royal Dutch Shell.

Shell is Europe’s third-biggest company by market value. But after the $54 billion acquisition of BG Group, its net debt is by far the largest: an eye-watering $70 billion.

Big Borrowers

Shell’s net debt is the largest of any company in western Europe

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 09.55.04

The Anglo-Dutch company says debt is likely “to go up before it goes down” and its reduction is “priority number one”. With credit-rating agencies on its case, Shell has to deliver on a pledge to divest $30 billion of non-core assets within three years.

read more

Royal Dutch Shell Plc casts fresh doubt on B.C. LNG project due to funding

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 09.21.07

Yadullah Hussain | May 5, 2016 6:37 PM ET

Royal Dutch Shell Plc. has cast doubts its liquefied natural gas export project in British Columbia will secure a final investment decision (FID) by the end of this year, further dashing the province ’s hopes of shipping LNG by 2020.

Shell’s LNG Canada in Kitimat is competing for funding dollars with two other company LNG projects, both in the United States, as well as with a chemicals plant in Pennsylvania, within the next 12 months, chief financial officer Simon Henry told investors during a conference call Wednesday.

read more

Shell cuts billions from spending plans

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 14.47.07

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 13.50.03Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor: May 5 2016

Royal Dutch Shell has accelerated plans to shave billions more dollars from its capital spending this year, as it continues to digest its $54 billion acquisition of BG Group.

read more

More North Sea job cuts on the cards at Shell

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 10.14.03

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 10.07.35BY MARK WILLIAMSON: Thursday 5 May 2016

ROYAL Dutch Shell’s finance chief, Simon Henry, has said there could be more job losses in its North Sea business amid the crude price plunge but the company has no plans to move activity from the Glasgow shared service centre where 450 people work.

As the oil and gas giant posted a 58 per cent fall in first quarter profits, to $1.6 billion (£1.1bn), Mr Henry said Shell wanted to take more cost out of its UK business despite shedding 500 North Sea jobs since the oil price started tumbling in 2014.

read more

Shell sees slower roll-out of floating LNG

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 08.24.55

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 08.27.24

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 08.32.26

Mr Henry said Prelude “remains on track to deliver some material cash flow in 2018,” signalling the venture still has some way until start-up.

Angela Macdonald-Smith: Energy Reporter:May 5, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell acknowledges the roll-out of its floating LNG technology will occur much more slowly than anticipated a few years ago, leaving its ground-breaking Prelude venture in WA as potentially its sole FLNG venture for several years.

Shell had targeted a conveyor belt of huge FLNG vessels running of the production line in South Korea, being deployed at remote gas fields worldwide, with several in waters around Asia.

But three projects that could have used five new FLNG vessels have been halted in their tracks, leaving the $US12 billion Prelude venture Shell’s only one for the forseeable future. FLNG ventures planned by other companies in Australia have also fallen foul to cost and price issues.

read more

Shell’s BG Risk Starts to Pay as Output Added, Costs Slashed

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 15.07.42

By Rakteem Katakey: May 4, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s record $54 billion acquisition of BG Group Plc is starting to pay off as the assets give it higher production and cash flow, helping it beat analysts’ earnings estimates when it reported quarterly results Wednesday. 

While Europe’s biggest oil company benefits from BG’s assets, it’s cutting expenses quickly enough to ensure the takeover isn’t adding any new costs. Shell’s forecasts for capital spending and operating expenses this year are now at the same level they would have been even if it hadn’t bought BG, Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said. A majority of the 16 percent increase in oil and gas output came from the acquisition.

read more

Shell finance chief refuses to rule out further North Sea job losses

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 18.14.58

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 14.33.04

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 14.35.17

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 15.56.32Written by Phil Allan – 04/05/2016 12:34 pm

Shell’s finance chief has refused to rule out further job losses in the North Sea as the oil giant announced its earnings had dropped by $4billion dollars in the first quarter of 2016.

Chief financial officer Simon Henry said the voluntary redundancy packaged announced recently announced as a result of Shell’s acquisition of BG Group, may not be the last to affect the North Sea as the company continues to look at cut costs from its global operation.

read more

Musings about the OPL 245 Shell/ENI corruption scandal and the sinking confidence in Prelude

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 20.14.48

I would have thought that Simon Henry’s position as CFO should now be untenable, in view of the apparent lack of effective financial governance in Nigeria while he was CFO. 

By John Donovan

A large number of press articles have appeared recently mentioning Ben van Beurden. 

Since these articles are presumably fed to the press by Shell’s PR team, and Shell is not a one-man company, I checked to see whether other Shell directors have appeared recently in press releases.

The results are somewhat curious. For example, searching for Matthias Bichsel on Google News shows that articles were published about him at least weekly until October last year, but the articles then stopped abruptly. References to Simon Henry seem to have dried up a few weeks ago – until mid-March there were articles on Henry on an almost daily basis, but recently there has been nothing. Harry Brekelmans seems to have had a low profile since his appointment, so it is harder to see whether any change has occurred. Andy Brown has almost as many press articles as Ben van Beurden. 

read more

Is the BG-Shell deal offering value to investors? Why we must adopt new world thinking to navigate oil price peaks and troughs

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 07.51.52

by Tony Manwaring – 2 February 2016 5:55am

Before the invention of the marine chronometer in the 1750s, choppy waters and treacherous currents prevented the calculation of longitude when at sea. Sailors charting a route were forced to rely upon dead reckoning to set their course.

Today’s captains of industry coping with similarly volatile conditions are often accused of taking a similar approach. Shell’s Ben Van Beurden has faced a welter of criticism as the oil prices has halved in the ten months it has taken to to complete the recent BG deal. Such decisions which shape the future successes—or failures—of their organisations, cannot be based upon gut-feel, they must be effectively evidenced.

read more

LIVELY POSTINGS ON SHELL BLOG 1 FEB 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 19.09.58

“TEXVETTE”

Looks like Marvin Odum was stripped of key responsibilities and placed in a lame Role. Ironically he will have to clean up the messes he left in Alaska and Unconventionals. A bit of Karma, but he should no longer be on the payroll after all his major mistakes.

“OUTSIDER”

The merger of Shell T&T and Royal Dutch in 2004 resulted in a major loss to the UK exchequer, as the taxes previously paid by Shell T&T went to the Dutch government instead. Presumably the taxes previously paid by BG will now go to the Dutch government too?

read more

Shell gets green light for merger with BG Group to create world’s biggest liquefied gas trader

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 09.16.18

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR DAILY MAIL: 28 JAN 2016

Royal Dutch Shell’s mega-merger with gas giant BG Group looked set to be approved yesterday, creating the world’s biggest liquefied gas trader and boosting bankers’ bonuses.

The £35billion deal got the go-ahead from Shell investors yesterday with 83 per cent of those voting backing the deal.

Today BG group will announce the result of its shareholder vote. For the deal to go ahead more than 75 per cent must approve it.

The completion of the deal – expected next month – will see a windfall of £106million of fees for various advisors on the deal including £76million to be shared by top investment banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Rothschild.

read more

Shell Needs to Repay Investors Who Backed Its Biggest Ever Wager

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 20.37.29

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 08.29.05By Rakteem Katakey: Bloomberg.com: 27 JAN 2016 – 5.06 PM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is under pressure to reward the faith of the more than 80 percent of shareholders who shrugged off the risks from slumping oil prices to back its record acquisition of BG Group Plc. 

That won’t be easy: the rout in crude has cut the value of Europe’s biggest oil company to the lowest in more than 10 years and raised investor concerns that its dividend is unsustainable.

Chief Executive Officer Ben Van Beurden, who expended a lot of political capital convincing investors that BG will help Shell ride the downturn, has to deliver promised benefits from liquefied natural gas to deepwater oil production as billions of dollars of cash flow is choked off.

read more

Shell shareholders approve $50 billion BG takeover

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 22.31.30

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 14.09.30

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 09.03.45THE HAGUE | BY KAROLIN SCHAPSWed Jan 27, 2016 1:56pm GMT

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) shareholders approved its $50 billion takeover of BG Group (BG.L) on Wednesday, clearing the last main hurdle to creating the biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) trader in the world.

BG shareholders are also expected to approve one of the biggest deals in the energy sector in the past decade at a meeting on Thursday, a vote that would allow the two oil and gas companies to merge on Feb. 15.

Few investors have openly challenged the deal’s strategic benefits for Shell. But with oil languishing near $30 a barrel and only a slow recovery forecast, some had questioned the viability of a deal that would increase Shell’s debt burden.

read more

Royal Dutch Shell receives backing from influential shareholder group for £36bn BG deal

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.04.42

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 07.57.57

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.22.55

By City & Finance Reporter for the Daily Mail: 8 JAN 2016

An influential shareholder group is expected to support oil giant Royal Dutch Shell’s £36billion bid for gas specialist BG Group.

Shell needs more than 50 per cent of its investors and 75 per cent of BG’s to give the thumbs up for the deal to go ahead, but the collapse in the price of oil – down more than 70 per cent since summer 2014 – has made the deal difficult.

Shareholders are due to cast their vote on January 27 and 28.

read more

Shell sees BG deal working with oil at $50 for two years: sources

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 22.31.30

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 08.07.24

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 09.03.45LONDON | BY RON BOUSSO AND EMILIANO MELLINO: Deals | Thu Jan 7, 2016 1:58pm EST

Royal Dutch Shell has told investors its purchase of BG can work even if oil prices average $50 a barrel for two years, its lowest estimate to date as it seeks to secure shareholder support for the $51 billion deal amid plunging crude markets.

The Anglo-Dutch group is confident investors will back the deal at a Jan. 27 meeting, even though crude prices are languishing near 12 year lows around $32 a barrel and it faces a cut to its credit ratings due to higher debts, sources with knowledge of its meetings with analysts and investors said.

read more

At what point in the continuing collapse in oil prices will Shell be forced to pull out of the BG Group deal?

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 15.01.25

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 09.03.45By John Donovan: 7 JAN 2016

The continuing collapse in the price of oil is turning into a nightmare for the board of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. 

Especially for CEO Ben van Beurden and CFO Simon Henry, who have staked their reputations on completing Shell’s takeover of the BG Group.

This would not be the first major crisis at Shell for either executive. Both had involvement in the 2004 oil and gas reserves scandal. Ben van Beurden was personal assistant to the Group Chairman, Sir Philip Watts who was forced to resign. Simon Henry had a starring role

Both managed to survive but are unlikely to do so if the BG deal falls through, as is increasingly likely, because of the ill-fated miscalculation over oil prices. 

With hundreds of millions being paid to financial advisors, surely it was not beyond the ingenuity of those involved to have catered in the terms for the possibility of a severe fluctuation in the price of oil? 

read more

ALEX BRUMMER: Oil pressure surges at Shell as it determinedly presses ahead with its bid for BG Group

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.04.42

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 09.17.26

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 09.23.59

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 09.03.45

By ALEX BRUMMER FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 7 JAN 2016

The price of Brent crude oil continues its relentless slide on global markets and is now at its lowest level for 12-years, and there is no reason at all to think that it has hit rock bottom.

This has serious implications for Shell as it determinedly presses ahead with its bid for BG Group, formerly the exploration arm of the ‘old’ British Gas.

With each fall in the oil price the value of Shell shares, down 2 per cent in latest trading, takes a hit and the shape of the offer for BG changes. When Shell set out to buy BG in April the oil price was $67-a-barrel and it is now near enough half that.

read more

Shell warns that oil could hit $20 a barrel – but defends £36bn takeover of BG as a long-term deal over 15-year period

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.17.37

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 5 JAN 2016

The finance boss of Shell has warned the price of oil could fall to $20 a barrel within weeks but has defended its £36billion takeover of BG Group as a long-term deal.

Simon Henry said Goldman Sachs’ prediction that Brent crude oil could fall to $20 a barrel ‘may actually happen in the next few weeks’ but argued the mega-deal is sound on a long-term basis over a 15-year period.

Oil fluctuated around $37 a barrel yesterday after traders acknowledged the panic in the Chinese stock markets and the growing dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the biggest rivals in the Opec oil cartel.

read more

Oil price slide unlikely to scuttle Shell’s takeover of BG

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 22.24.07

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 09.15.09

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 08.55.02

…rejection of the takeover could entail losses all round, making it more painful for those with shares in both companies. BG shares would likely collapse…

LONDON | BY RON BOUSSO, KAROLIN SCHAPS AND SINEAD CRUISE: Thu Dec 17, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell’s takeover of BG Group may look less attractive after the slide in oil prices but the fact the same investors own nearly half of both firms means the deal is still likely to go through.

Investors holding about 43 percent of Shell’s shares also hold 53 percent of BG, according to Reuters data. For example, Blackrock, Franklin Mutual Advisers and Norges together hold more than 12 percent of Shell and nearly 7.5 percent of BG.

read more

Royal Dutch Shell’s Management Wants You to Know These 5 Key Things

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 09.32.15

Royal Dutch Shell’s Management Wants You to Know These 5 Key Things

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 08.55.47Last quarter was a pretty rough one for Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B). The company was forced to take more than $7.9 billion in charges to the income statement to write down some abandoned development projects, and its oil and gas production in the Americas continues to be a bit of a headache. 

Management was well aware of how these results looked, and so on its most recent conference call its executives acknowledged these weaknesses but also had some things to say that any investor in Shell should be aware of. Here are five quotes from the most recent conference call that provide some juicy tidbits into how to view this company over the long term.

read more

Shell update on BG takeover stokes fears for North Sea jobs

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 08.19.25

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 08.20.51

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 08.22.23

The update fuelled fears about the implications for the North Sea, where Shell and BG have around 2,800 staff and contractors working in total. Both have big operations centres in Aberdeen. The company has shed 7,500 posts globally this year in response to the crude price plunge. It has cut 500 North Sea jobs since August last year.

MARK WILLIAMSON / Wednesday 4 November 2015 / Business

ROYAL Dutch Shell has highlighted the potential it sees to slash costs following the planned $70 (£45bn) billion takeover of BG in comments that stoked concern about the likely impact on jobs in the North Sea.

The deal will increase the size of Shell’s business in the North Sea where the oil and gas giant may then make significant cuts as directors try to achieve the returns they are targeting.

In an update on strategy, Shell said it has increased its estimate of the synergies it will be able to squeeze out of the enlarged business by $1bn since the deal was announced in April, to $3.5bn.

read more

Shell carves more savings from BG Group deal, expects further job cuts

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 21.45.20

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 16.17.03

Posted on November 3, 2015 | By Collin Eaton

HOUSTON — Shell has found another $1 billion in costs it could shake free after it buys BG Group, company officials said Tuesday, partly in response to critics of the huge acquisition Shell announced when crude was more expensive in the spring.

The cuts would mean more job losses on top of the 7,500 in layoffs Shell has announced this year, but officials declined to say how many jobs would be affected or lost.

The value of Shell’s original $70 billion offer for the British gas producer, which is known for its prized Brazilian deep-water fields and its big liquefied natural gas business, fell to $56 billion a month ago and edged back up to about $60 billion as Shell’s share price and crude prices have fallen. Shell had proposed to pay for the deal mostly with shares.

read more

Royal Dutch Shell Is Now A 7.54% Dividend Yield Monster

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 08.38.26

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 09.09.41

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 11.35.25Aug. 24, 2015 6:45 PM ET

Summary

  • Stock market downturn takes Shell’s dividend yield to an astonishing 7.54%.
  • The dividend looks reasonably safe.
  • High initial yield but little growth expected in coming years.

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) doesn’t need an introduction. This Anglo-Dutch multinational is one of the largest, integrated oil & gas majors in the world. Its share price has dropped nearly a quarter since the start of the year, pushing its dividend yield ever higher. While commonly regarded by many DGI investors as lesser quality than Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), I believe the current market situation highly favors including this stock in the energy component of your dividend portfolio.

read more

HSA refers Corrib tunnel death investigation to DPP

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 23.10.31

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 23.12.16

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09Lorna Siggins: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

Health and Safety Authority has referred the findings of its investigation into the death of a German national in the Corrib gas tunnel almost two years ago to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The authority confirmed to The Irish Times yesterday that it has completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Lars Wagner (26) in the tunnel under construction in north Mayo on September 8th, 2013.

Mr Wagner, who was single and from Offenburg in southern Germany, sustained fatal head injuries when a compressed air pipe reportedly came free.

read more

Ross Hunter – a curious choice to count the beans at Royal Dutch Shell Plc?

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 13.33.18

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 13.36.51Strange article in the Prufrock column of The Sunday Times published 2nd August 2015

KEEPING the books for a £200bn behemoth is an endlessly taxing task. Just ask Simon Henry, Royal Dutch Spell’s finance director, who last week unveiled a plunge in profits of almost 40%.

Thankfully, he can call on exemplary advice to help keep track of Shell’s petrodollars. The company’s chief auditor is Ross Hunter at PwC – a man with an interesting past. According to the accounting firm’s website, Hunter helped Nat Rothschild’s Bumi in its “transition from a cash shell to a leading Indonesia-based thermal coal group”.

read more

Shell’s Dividend Pledge: Solid Or Empty Promise?

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 08.38.26

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 08.43.35

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 21.14.49

One cannot but admire CEO Ben van Beurden for his courage…

August 4, 2015

Summary

  • Royal Dutch Shell is dead serious about protecting future dividend payments. CEO Van Beurden committed himself to paying attractive dividends in the next two years.
  • Although I am impressed by Shell’s massive cost reduction plans and the slash in investments, I believe the dividends are still not fully covered by future cash flows.
  • However, Shell’s strong balance sheet and the expected sale of non-core assets provide ample room for the company to keep distributing juicy dividends in the (near) future.

One cannot but admire CEO Ben van Beurden for his courage. Amidst the biggest oil crisis since the early seventies, the CEO is very clear about Shell’s (RDS.A, RDS.B) dividend intentions.

In a short clip on the company’s website, Van Beurden states that Shell is “committed to its dividend policy.” In an interview with Bloomberg, the CEO even calls dividends an “iconic aspect in Shell’s proposition to investors.”

Those are not just empty words. To my knowledge, the company did something that it has never done before: given a strong guidance for the next seven quarterly dividend payments. Despite the “challenging market conditions,” Shell intends to pay a total dividend of $1.88 per share this year ($3.76 per share for the ADR). The company even expects to distribute at least $1.88 per share next year.

read more

Shell toughens local project hurdles

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 09.28.39

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 09.36.00

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09Matt ChambersResources Reporter: Melbourne: 31 July 2015

Oil major Shell has laid down tougher hurdles for its Australian projects including Browse LNG off Western Australia and Arrow coal-seam gas in Queensland.

It has cut the oil price at which new projects need to go ahead and flagged a major LNG project ­pipeline overhaul if its planned $91 billion takeover of BG Group is successful.

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden said the company would require projects to be profitable near $US50 a barrel of oil, down from previous indications of ­between $US70 and $US90.

read more

Shell, Eni say look to return to Iran

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 09.23.43

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 09.26.07

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 09.24.48

Fri Jul 31, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell and Italy’s largest oil producer Eni say they are looking to return to projects in Iran’s upstream oil and gas sectors. 

“For us, (Iran) is a huge gas province so it would be good to be there — in conventional gas — at the right terms,” Shell’s financial chief Simon Henry said in London.

The company has a history of activities in Iran’s upstream projects, including in South Pars, but the firm pulled out of the world’s largest gas field’s Phase 13 development in 2008.   

read more

Shareholders should demand that Shell’s activities in the Arctic be stopped

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 12.56.41

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 12.52.57By a Regular Contributor

Hopefully, Shell will soon accept that in the US Arctic their position is now untenable…

If RDS wants to cut capex (and exposure), FLNG is a good place to start, as Simon Henry suggested yesterday. The Arctic should be next. 

The Arctic is rapidly acquiring a similar profile to the Brent Spar fiasco. The issue is not whether Greenpeace is right or wrong, it is whether Shell can win the hearts and minds of the public to support their efforts. So far, Shell’s own incompetence has been the most significant issue in eliminating any public support they once enjoyed. 

The destruction of drilling vessels and criminal convictions for polluting the environment and failing to keep the required records support the view that Shell do not know what they are doing. Neither Shell’s army of lawyers nor the judges on whom they rely have ever worked offshore and have no idea of what it entails. However, the first time that there is any illegal discharge into the sea or the air (and it will happen), or a fatality, injury or  well control incident, the lawyers who are supporting Shell’s current efforts will have nothing constructive to say. 

read more

Royal Dutch Shell signals Browse FLNG go-ahead far from certain for 2016

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 13.47.10

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 13.48.47

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 13.55.01

By Angela Macdonald-SmithJul 30 2015

Royal Dutch Shell has signalled that a final go-ahead next year for the Browse floating liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia is far from a certainty given the cost challenges of the venture in the depressed oil price environment.

Chief financial officer Simon Henry listed Browse among several large international projects that would be subject to “the dynamic nature of decision making as we take both the oil price environment but also the supply chain and the cost level into account.”

read more

Royal Dutch Shell expects to save “billions” through BG Group deal

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 22.39.29

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 22.40.30

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 08.45.14

Royal Dutch Shell has told investors that the massive £55bn takeover of BG Group will produce “billions” in savings.

Projected savings from cost reductions verifiable under takeover rules, such as merging headquarters, come to about £1bn, but the company has said that savings are actually likely to be a “multiple” of this, because of “value synergies” that are difficult to quantify, the Financial Times reports.

Read more: Four things you need to know about the takeover deal

The merger, which makes history as the 14th biggest takeover ever, is likely to be just the beginning of takeovers in the industry, as oil producers have been hit hard by falling oil prices.

read more

Shell pressing ahead in Chukchi after setbacks

Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 13.22.36

Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 13.24.59Explorers 2015: Shell pressing ahead in Chukchi after setbacks

Company is mobilizing fleet after three-year hiatus, still waiting for final approval of exploration plan

Eric Lidji For Petroleum News: 7 June 2015

After a tiny step forward and many large leaps backward, Royal Dutch Shell plc is once again planning to explore its Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea this summer.

“We have retained a very significant capability to be ready this year to go ahead,” CEO Ben van Beurden said during a January earnings call. “And we’ve kept all our capability in place, tuned it, upgraded it just to be ready to drill this coming summer season.”

By “capability,” van Beurden was referring to the fleet required for conducting drilling operations in the remote Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of the Alaska.

read more

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

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 09.19.48

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Article by Firat Kayakiran and Jonathan Ferro published 3 June 2015 by Bloomberg.com

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 meet rising demand and replace depleted fields, Shell Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said in an interview on Tuesday.

“Lower oil prices increase demand and reduce investment, and it already has,” Henry said. Global demand of about 93 million barrels a day is increasing by 1 million every year, he said in London.

read more

Shell Names China Boss To Key BG Merger Post

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 14.01.57

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 08.45.14

Huibert Vigeveno is to lead the integration of FTSE-100 giants Shell and BG after their mega-merger, Sky News learns.

By Mark Kleinman, City Editor: Thursday 28 May 2015

The head of Royal Dutch Shell’s operations in China is to spearhead the oil major’s integration with BG Group as the industry’s biggest-ever takeover inches forward.

Sky News understands that Shell informed senior managers this week that it was naming Huibert Vigeveno, its executive chairman for China, as executive vice-president for integration, with the appointment due to take effect at the beginning of August.

The role being handed to Mr Vigeveno, a long-serving Shell executive, will be a crucial one.

read more

Shell’s Alaska Return Shows Arctic Drilling Defying Slump in Oil

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 17.38.56

Article by Rakteem Katakey and Mark Drajem published 12 May2015 by Bloomberg.com

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s plan to return to the Arctic this year shows exploration in one of the world’s most remote regions is proving resilient against the slide in crude prices.

The U.S. Interior Department on Monday endorsed Shell’s plan to have two rigs drill as many as six exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. Shell wants to resume work halted in 2012 when its main drilling rig ran aground and was lost. It also was fined for air pollution violations.

Shell, which has already committed $6 billion to the Arctic project, is seeking to unlock Arctic resources that may total 10 times the amount of oil and gas produced from the North Sea so far, according to its website. Arctic oil is also being chased by Russia, though drilling has been slowed by sanctions. While exploration drilling in Norway’s Arctic will slow in 2015 to half last year’s level, at least seven wells are planned in the Barents Sea.

read more

Shell Canada: Carmon Creek oilsands project faces two-year delay

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 08.42.49

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 08.41.41

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38DAN HEALING, CALGARY HERALDPublished on: May 8, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 08.48.02
Royal Dutch Shell says first oil production from its 80,000-barrel-per-day Carmon Creek thermal oilsands project northeast of Peace River in northern Alberta will be delayed for two years until 2019.

The project was sanctioned by the company in October 2013 and estimated by analysts at the time to cost about $3 billion to build. Its delay was confirmed in a first-quarter update by chief financial officer Simon Henry on April 30, as he described how Shell would reduce capital spending by $2 billion in 2015 to $33 billion US or less.

read more

Shell, Total align trading and refining units to drive profit growth

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 09.37.24Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 13.58.27

By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Ron Bousso: 1 May 2015

Shell, Total align trading and refining units to drive profit growth

* Shell, Total restructure to combat falling oil prices

* Refinery profits also under pressure from competition

* Oil firms fighting off challenge from trading houses

LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – Top oil firms Royal Dutch Shell and Total are bringing their refining and trading operations closer together, seeking alternative ways to drive profits as oil prices fall and independent trading houses expand into their territory.

The restructuring will enable the Anglo-Dutch and French companies’ in-house traders to capture profits faster from the fluctuating prices of the different crude oil sources and products coming through their refineries.

read more

Shell signals it will accelerate retreat from the North Sea

Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 09.14.08

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Article by Mark Williamson published Friday 1 May 2015

Shell signals it will accelerate retreat from the North Sea

THE finance chief of Royal Dutch Shell has signalled the oil and gas giant will accelerate its retreat from the North Sea, saying the area faces a difficult future unless costs and uncertainties are reduced.

Simon Henry said: “Shell is not necessarily a natural owner of assets in the North Sea. Going forward there are other companies who may well have more expertise but also more incentive to squeeze the value from mature assets.”

He added: “The way Shell typically creates value is earlier in the maturity of the life cycle, we helped to develop the North Sea.”

Indicating that Shell will look to sell off more mature assets, Mr Henry said the company could still create value by transferring them to other operators.

read more

Nigeria: Shell Rules Out Divestment in Nigeria, Others This Year

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Article by Daniel Adugbo published 1 May 2015 by AllAfrica.com

Shell Rules Out Divestment in Nigeria, Others This Year

Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday it had reduced its expected 2015 capital expenditure (capex) to $33 billion from $35 billion as the company continues to adjust its business to the lower oil-price.

Releasing its first-quarter results yesterday, Shell’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Simon Henry said the capex this year would be $33 billion, or “potentially less,” a reduction of at least $2 billion compared with guidance given by Shell three months ago.

Henry said that it had highlighted a number of projects where it could reduce its financial exposure, including the Majnoon project in Iraq and Carmon Creek in Canada.

read more

Shell’s Simon Henry won’t rule out write-down on Arrow LNG in Queensland

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Simon Henry, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Article by Angela Macdonald-SmithEnergy Reporter, The Sydney Morning Herald: 1 May 2015

Royal Dutch Shell has declined to rule out a write-down of its multibillion-dollar investment in its Arrow Energy natural gas venture in Queensland, depending on decisions taken to develop the gas after the oil major’s $US92 billion ($116.62 billion) takeover of BG Group.

Chief financial officer Simon Henry told investors in London that the Arrow venture, owned equally by Shell and PetroChina, needed to think about “the best way forward to monetise” Arrow gas and create value from its position. 

read more

Shell defends BG takeover as oil trading helps it overcome slump in crude price

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 17.20.10

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 19.54.26BY MARCUS LEROUX: FRIDAY 1 MAY 2015

Royal Dutch Shell’s main investors have questioned the oil company’s £45 billion takeover of BG Group, the company conceded yesterday.

As it announced first-quarter results that beat even the most optimistic of City forecasts, Shell said that it had visited most of its main shareholders to explain the deal’s rationale.

Simon Henry, chief financial officer, said that some institutional shareholders had expressed concerns over the scale of the deal and its valuation but added that there was unanimous support for its underlying logic. 

read more

Shell Prepares Armada to Begin Arctic Exploration

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 17.04.22Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 13.58.27

Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean near Alaska this summer despite opposition from environmental groups.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major is preparing “an armada of 25 vessels” to begin a two-year program to explore two to three wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska, Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said on Thursday.

“We are currently on track. Some of the permits are issued at the last moment,” he told reporters.

read more

%d bloggers like this: