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

Strange 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 steps on the natural gas

For the first time more than half the energy giant’s profits have not come from oil. The shift reflects a gas revolution Danny Fortson Published: 9 June 2013 Three months ago at a shipyard in Rotterdam, Daniela Voser, the wife of Shell’s chief executive, smashed a champagne bottle on the hull of a river barge. […]

Shell tries to downplay historic precedent setting verdict

By John Donovan The Times published an important article by Tim Webb today under the headline: “Shell counts cost of oil damage in Niger Delta.” (Page 39, Thursday 31 Jan 2013). Tim correctly makes the simple, but immensely important point: “IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A COURT OUTSIDE NIGERIA HAS ORDERED SHELL TO PAY […]

All the worst Shell traits – secrecy, haughtiness, inertia

 From our Shell News Archive Sunday 31 October, 2004 The fallout from the Shell reserves fraud continues… The Independent On Sunday (UK): Business View: Shell’s real location problem is finding more black stuff: “The misreporting of reserves scandal showed all the worst Shell traits – secrecy, haughtiness, inertia.”: “So what’s the hurry? Was it because […]

Shell Optimax: The wonder fuels that don’t deliver

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2004 The Sunday Times: The wonder fuels that don’t deliver “In February this year the Advertising Standards Authority upheld complaints against the claims Shell was making in its adverts, including that Optimax gives “an extra burst of power just when you need it”. By Dave Pollard of The Sunday […]

Digital assault on Shell

By John Donovan The Financial Times has published an article under the headline “How Shell was hijacked in ad hoax.“ Extracts It is part of a web campaign jointly orchestrated by environmental group Greenpeace, activist organisation Yes Lab and members of the Occupy Wall Street movement to rally against Shell’s Arctic drilling programme. The digital […]


“The allegations are grave: rape, systematic and widespread torture, extrajudicial killings.” THE SUNDAY TIMES: HAGUE TRIES TO HALT SHELL ‘MURDER’ CASE 27 May 2012 WILLIAM HAGUE has been accused of hypocrisy after the government intervened on the side of Shell, Britain’s biggest company, over court claims the oil giant was complicit in torture and murder. […]

Shell BP Corporate Espionage

A Sunday Times article published in June 2001 detailed Shell/BP undercover activities including infiltration, spying and subversion operations around the world directed at perceived enemies. Contrary to The Sunday Times headline, it was not limited to “green groups”– as can be confirmed by reading the article. CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE By John Donovan In […]

Xena’s squeeze on Voser

The Sunday Times: Business Section Page 10: February 26, 2012 Xena’s squeeze on Voser ROYAL DUTCH SHELL must have thought it had done the hard work when it won permits from the US government to drill for oil in Alaska. Not so fast. There are still some fearsome opponents to be conquered, including Xena, the […]

Shell pledges to spend, spend, spend – but gamble leaves City cold

The Times: 3 February 2012 Tim Webb Energy Editor Ambitious plans to boost growth will cost too much and knock Shell off its top spot, the City warned yesterday. Unveiling disappointing results, the Anglo-Dutch oil group further unnerved investors when it said it planned to spend even more heavily on new oil and gas projects. […]

Blair’s ‘deal in the desert’ with Gadaffi paved the way for Shell and BP contracts

The release happened after Blair’s notorious “deal in the desert” with Muammar Gadaffi paving the way for multi- million-pound oil contracts with Shell and BP. (Saif al-Islam Gadaffi – above right) THE SUNDAY TIMES Headline: Gadaffi son may spill British secrets Sunday 20 November 2011 Marie Colvin and Dipesh Gadher THE London-educated Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, […]

Royal Dutch Shell, Tony Blair and Muammar Gaddafi

From pages 42 & 43 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report was made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. In May 2005, Shell signed an agreement to start a joint venture […]

Shell’s North Sea Reputation sunk by severe corrosion

“The drip, drip, drip of negative information has been every bit as corrosive to the company’s reputation as the oil leaking from its pipe. It was not until a week after the oil was first spotted that the company apologised.” By John Donovan We have printed below extensive articles published over three pages of The […]

£250,000 to close down anti-Shell website

By John Donovan We have recently received information from Shell in response to our 2011 SAR application under the Data Protection Act. It always contains some surprises, and this time is no exception. Unbeknown to us, Shell engaged in email correspondence in September/October 2010 with an unknown third party, a business owner, on the subject […]

My pipe dream that was a big nightmare

THE SUNDAY TIMES Shell chief Terry Nolan is confident that despite being a decade late and three times over budget, Corrib will win over its critics Mark Paul Published: 20 June 2010 Like another oil firm in big trouble at the moment, Shell caused a lot of upset, which Nolan accepts. ‘If I was doing […]

Shell agrees to buy US rival for $4.7bn

Francesca Steele: May 28, 2010 Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy East Resources, the US natural gas explorer, for $4.7 billion (£3.2 billion). The Amsterdam-based oil and gas giant said that it had struck a deal with East Resources and its private equity investor Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to acquire “subsidiaries which own substantially all […]

Shell deal forges new links with China

May 19, 2010 China’s biggest energy company has agreed to take a stake in Royal Dutch Shell’s oil and gas unit in Syria in a deal estimated to be worth $1.5 billion (£1 billion). China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has acquired a 35 per cent interest in Syria Shell Petroleum Development. Shell has been eager […]

Anti-Shell adverts and articles pulled just before publication

EXTRACT: “It is fair to conclude that Shell is allergic to criticism, and has no qualms about ruthlessly using its financial muscle to manipulate the news media, brainwash shareholders, greenwash motorists and censor critics who wish to point out the inconvenient truth.” By John Donovan Interesting to note the controversy over the last minute decision […]

Overblown BP sell-off may damage industry

“In Washington, a fresh impetus to pursue alternative forms of energy and a renewed hostility towards Big Oil will not be directed solely at BP.” May 5, 2010 David Wighton The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a tragedy — for the families of those who died, for the environment and for local […]

Higher oil prices lift Royal Dutch Shell’s profits by 60 per cent

April 28, 2010 Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor Royal Dutch Shell announced a 60 per cent increase in profits this morning, propelled by higher oil and gas prices and growth in production. Shell, Europe’s biggest oil company, said that the current cost of supply profits, a key industry measure which strips out fluctuations in the price […]

Shell drafted letter Tony Blair sent to Gaddafi while Prime Minister

“In the draft, Shell tells Mr Blair to discuss positive progress on weapons of mass destruction as well as the investigation into the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984.” David Robertson, Business Correspondent Tony Blair lobbied Colonel Muammar Gaddafi on behalf of Shell in a letter written for […]

Shell gets ready to start Arctic drilling within weeks after Obama go-ahead

The Times April 2, 2010 Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor Only hours after President Obama opened up vast tracts of America’s coastline to exploration, Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday that it plans to start drilling for oil in the Arctic Sea, north of Alaska, within weeks. Marvin Odum, the chief executive of Shell’s North America business, […]

Russians prepare £1bn grab for UK fuel supplies

The Sunday Times: March 28, 2010 GAZPROM, Russia’s state-owned gas giant, is preparing an audacious bid to become one of the biggest fuel suppliers in Britain. The company is expected to lodge an offer this week for a network of 800 petrol stations and the Lindsey oil refinery at Killingholme, Lincolnshire. The assets have been […]

Shell to sell petrol stations around the world

March 17, 2010: Robin Pagnamenta Energy Editor Royal Dutch Shell will sell full or part-stakes in as many as 9,000 petrol stations worldwide and cut a further 1,000 jobs as it intensifies its global cost-cutting. The announcement came as Shell appeared to be edging closer to a deal with Arrow Energy to bolster the group’s […]

More Shell job cuts – 7,000 announced under Voser

// March 16, 2010 Comment: cracking Shell Robin Pagnamenta After seven years of year-on-year declines in oil production, Shell’s return to volume growth represents a significant turnaround for the Anglo-Dutch oil giant. For Peter Voser, eight months in to his role as chief executive, it also reflects a new phase in the drive to rebuild […]

Shell abandons HQ to decade of development

The company has agreed terms for a ten-year lease with Canary Wharf on 200,000 sq ft of Docklands offices February 24, 2010 A view of the London Eye, located along the Thames River at County Hall, is seen across from the Shell Oil Centre building. Carl Mortished, World Business Editor Staff at Royal Dutch Shell […]

Trouble on the Russian front as BP offshoot faces loss of big gasfield

TNK-BP and BP declined to comment yesterday on the decision from RosPrirodNadzor, which was reminiscent of the manouvering by Russian agencies that resulted in Shell losing control of its Sakhalin project in the Russian Far East in 2006.

Shell tries to appease investors with caps on pay

The Times February 17, 2010 Robin Pagnamenta and Robert Lindsay Royal Dutch Shell said that it would freeze the salaries of its top directors and reform a generous bonus scheme as the oil giant moved to soothe shareholders’ anger over excessive boardroom pay before its annual meeting. In a letter to investors, Hans Wijers, the […]

BP risks investor outrage at ‘dirty’ oil deal

TONY HAYWARD, BP’s chief executive, has set the FTSE 100 oil group on a collision course with investors and environmentalists over a blockbuster oil sands deal.

The stove that won’t kill the world’s poor

A company funded by the charitable arm of Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant, has developed a cheap and efficient stove that it says could save carbon and lives.

Stealthy Shell sales could bag $10bn

PETER VOSER, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, is selling $10 billion (£6.4 billion) of assets as part of his drive to revitalise the oil giant.

Shell investigates posting of personal data

The Times February 13, 2010 The leaked list includes the names and telephone numbers of 170,000 staff Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor A full-scale investigation was under way last night into a security breach at Royal Dutch Shell as the oil company faced explaining to staff how the personal details of 170,000 employees and contractors had […]

Confidential Shell database published on web

The database featured a letter that set out criticism of Shell’s activities in Nigeria The Times February 12, 2010 Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor Royal Dutch Shell was at the centre of a major security breach last night after the names and telephone numbers of tens of thousands of the oil company’s staff were circulating freely […]

They couldn’t be sure of Shell

From The Times February 5, 2010 In his fascinating new book about his life and long career at BP, Lord Browne reveals he had talks with Jeroen van der Veer in 2004 about a merger with Shell. The idea was to combine the two companies and to dispose of all BP’s refining and marketing operations. […]

More job cuts at ailing Royal Dutch Shell

The Sunday Times // <![CDATA[ // January 31, 2010 By Danny Fortson PETER VOSER, boss of Royal Dutch Shell, will warn of fresh job cuts this week as he reveals sagging profits at the oil giant. Since taking the top job six months ago Voser has cut 5,000 staff. He warned this weekend that the […]

Not much time for Shell to lick BP inflicted wounds

The Times // <![CDATA[// -1?’https:’:’http:’; var WlUrl= WlProtocol +’//’ +WlRnd; document.write(”); // ]]> // <![CDATA[// January 14, 2010 Business big shot: Simon Henry, of Royal Dutch Shell Emma Keens After being knocked off the top spot as Europe’s largest oil and gas producer by market capitalisation this week, Shell executives did not get much time […]

Three British workers kidnapped in Nigeria

The men were working at the Shell-operated Afam gas and power plant east of Port Harcourt. They work for Netco Dietsmann, a venture between Nigeria’s state-owned National Engineering and Technical Company and the Dutch company Dietsmann.

Shell praise of its arch critics – the Donovans

What Royal Dutch Shell Plc had to say about The Sunday Times article – “Two men and a website mount vendetta against an oil giant“ “You know the background to this one. The Donovans come across well in the story” The comment was contained in a Shell internal email sent on the day the article […]

Shell is fined over accident at oil refinery

The Times // <![CDATA[// -1?’https:’:’http:’; var WlUrl= WlProtocol +’//’ +WlRnd; document.write(”); // ]]> // <![CDATA[// January 5, 2010 Michael Herman Shell and two of its contractors were fined a combined £283,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) yesterday over an accident at an oil refinery that left a worker paralysed from the waist down. […]

Sunday Times share tips for 2010, picks Royal Dutch Shell

Peter Voser, the chief executive who took over in July, has launched a huge restructuring, which includes substantial staff cuts. The company’s shares have a 5.8% dividend yield that provides a good support for the price.

John Donovan Russian intervention cost billions – no denial by Shell

Documents released by Royal Dutch Shell Plc under the Data Protection Act to John Donovan, a prominent critic of the world’s largest oil company, show that Shell does not deny that his intervention in the Sakhalin2 project in Russia cost Shell billions – according to the Sunday Times – $22 billion. Shell internal correspondence from […]

Chinese in £3bn battle to buy Shell assets in Nigeria

Two Chinese government-controlled companies are among front-runners in a £3 billion battle for control of oil assets in Nigeria that have been put up for sale by Royal Dutch Shell.

Shell plans £3bn sale in Nigeria

The Sunday Times // <![CDATA[ // -1?’https:’:’http:’; var WlUrl= WlProtocol +’//’ +WlRnd; document.write(”); // ]]> // <![CDATA[ // December 20, 2009 Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant, has launched a shake-up of its controversial operations in Nigeria by offering oilfields valued at up to $5 billion (£3.1 billion) for sale. The auction comes as Nigeria […]

British groups vie for Iraq oil and gas contracts

Three British companies — BP, Cairn Energy and BG Group — are among the bidders, alongside companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Gazprom. Competition is expected to be fierce and the groups were reluctant to reveal which fields they wanted.

Donovan Shell Feud

The Times // <![CDATA[ // -1?’https:’:’http:’; var WlUrl= WlProtocol +’//’ +WlRnd; document.write(”); // ]]> // <![CDATA[ // December 3, 2009 read more

Shell seeks stake in giant Russian gasfield

Royal Dutch Shell is hopeful that it will gain an equity stake in a giant Russian gas field that could supply all of the world’s needs for a decade. Peter Voser, Shell’s chief executive, said that talks with the Russian government about the Yamal project in the Siberian Arctic were progressing well.

Protests over pay at blue-chip companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and BP

Lord Myners, the City Minister, and other politicians have urged shareholders to engage with errant companies more actively, prompting a rash of protests over pay at blue-chip companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Veterans to boycott Shell after ban on forecourt poppy sales

The Sunday Times // <![CDATA[ // -1?’https:’:’http:’; var WlUrl= WlProtocol +’//’ +WlRnd; document.write(”); // ]]> // <![CDATA[ // November 8, 2009 SHELL MINDLESS AND MISGUIDED Marc Horne SHELL, the oil giant, is facing a boycott of its products by armed forces veterans after it banned poppy appeal collections at its petrol stations. Veterans will this […]

The FSA’s largest fines No1: £17 million Shell — for market abuse regarding reserves

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined UBS £8 million for weak controls that allowed staff in its private bank to make thousands of unauthorised trades with clients’ money and then hide the losses. It is the third-largest fine awarded by the FSA.

Copenhagen talks could leave oil industry with a sinking feeling

Vast amounts of oil lie in the bitumen-rich sands of Northern Canada, but whether oil companies choose to spend billions extracting them will hinge on decisions made 6,000 miles away in Denmark next month.