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Big Data In Big Oil: How Shell Uses Analytics To Drive Business Success

By Bernard Marr:  26 May 2015 The oil and gas industries are facing major challenges – the costs of extraction are rising and the turbulent state of international politics adds to the difficulties of exploration and drilling for new reserves. In the face of big problems, its key players are turning to Big Data in the hope […]

Oil company bosses’ bonuses linked to $1tn spending on extracting fossil fuels

Bosses at the world’s big five oil companies have been showered with bonus payouts linked to a $1tn (£650bn) crescendo of spending on fossil fuel exploration and extraction over nine years, according to Guardian analysis of company reports. FULL ARTICLE Like this:Like Loading…

Oil Price Fixing

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR Campaigns by or on behalf of Shell It’s interesting that we have campaigns (one fronted by BP, but backed by Shell, and the other fronted by Shell’s lawyers, de Brauw) which will have the effect of avoiding regulation of oil trading activities, and will also decriminalise fraud for companies in Holland. […]

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

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 […]

Shell cuts 2015 capex, sees downstream downturn

Shell cuts 2015 capex, sees downstream downturn London (Platts)–30 Apr 2015 * Capex reduced by more than $2 billion * Decision on Majnoon development pushed back to 2017 * CFO says refining margins already worsening Shell said Thursday it had reduced its expected 2015 capital expenditure to $33 billion from previous guidance of a little […]

Shell profits beat expectations on refining boost

Shell profits beat expectations on refining boost: Business | Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:26am BST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported a lower than expected 56 percent drop in first quarter net income at $3.2 billion (2 billion pounds), as refining and trading profits offset a decline in earnings from oil and gas […]

Oil Prices Decline Forces Royal Dutch Shell And Total To Postpone West Africa Offshore Projects

Bidness Etc looks at Royal Dutch Shell and Total SA’s West Africa projects and why the projects are facing delays By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Apr 28, 2015 The decline in global oil prices has led to a downturn in the energy industry, with oil companies being forced to take drastic steps to address the situation. One of […]

Will Royal Dutch Shell Be Able To Successfully Integrate BG Group plc In Its Fold?

Bidness Etc takes a look at challenge facing Shell as it incorporates BG Group in its fold By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Apr 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm EST Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS.A) $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc (ADR) (OTCMKTS: BRGYY) is a first of such magnitude for the Hague-based oil company. […]

Fracking lobby calls the tune on commission shale-gas panel

An article by PASCOE SABIDO, PUBLISHED BRUSSELS, TODAY, BY EUOBSERVER.COM 2015 is a big year for climate in Europe: the UN talks in Paris, this December; the implementation of the EU’s 2030 climate targets; mapping out the Energy Union. Judging by the European Commission’s public statements, one would think the EU was firmly on its […]

BG Deal to Test Shell’s Integration Skills

Article by JUSTIN SCHECK And SARAH KENT published April 26, 2015 by The Wall Street Journal BG Deal to Test Shell’s Integration Skills LONDON—With its $70 billion deal to buy BG Group PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC will attempt something altogether new for the 108-year-old energy giant: absorbing a huge company. FULL ARTICLE Like this:Like Loading…

Oil firms face further cuts as low prices linger

Oil firms face further cuts as low prices linger Commodities | Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:23pm BST * Big oil using spending cuts to increase efficiency * Q1 earnings set to drop by more than 50 pct, tracking oil price * Strong refining margins set to continue By Ron Bousso LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – […]

How The Majors Are Playing The Oil Price Slump

Article by Nick Cunningham published 22 April 2015 by OilPrice.com How The Majors Are Playing The Oil Price Slump The largest oil and gas companies are employing different strategies to weather the downturn and plan for the future. Each strategy has its risks, and not all may work out. Which companies will emerge stronger after […]

Shell, Exxon set the scene for future oil-price shock after $US114 billion cuts

Article by Bradley Olson published 22 April 2015 by The Sydney Morning Herald Shell, Exxon set the scene for future oil-price shock after $US114 billion cuts As the oil patch grows accustomed to a new world of $US50 to $US60 crude, it’s now looking ahead to a different but equally daunting sort of cliff. Oil companies […]

Total, BP say feel no M&A pressures after Shell deal

PARIS/LONDON | BY MICHEL ROSE AND DMITRY ZHDANNIKOV: Thursday 16 April 2015 (Reuters) – French oil major Total (TOTF.PA) and British rival BP (BP.L) are under no pressure to make acquisitions after the recent takeover of BG Group by Anglo-Dutch rival Shell (RDSa.L), they said on Thursday. Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) unveiled plans last week […]

Shell failing to do enough to prevent ‘major accidents’ at north east site

An article by Ashleigh Barbour published 16 April 2015 by The Press and Journal  Shell failing to do enough to prevent “major accidents” at north east site Offshore giant Shell has been accused of breaking safety rules at its site at the huge St Fergus gas terminal. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an […]

Kashagan to Start Production in 2017, Says Royal Dutch Shell Report

BY MICHELLE WITTE in BUSINESS on 13 APRIL ASTANA – Production at Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan offshore oil field is expected to restart in 2017, Royal Dutch Shell stated in its 2014 annual report. “After the start of production from the Kashagan field in September 2013, operations had to be stopped in October 2013 due to […]

Oil price down, coffers full: now Big Petroleum is in the mood for mergers

The energy sector looks set for a round of mergers and acquisitions. Illustration: David Simonds for the Observer The world of Big Oil looks set for another round of mega-mergers and acquisitions after Shell set the ball rolling this week with its $70bn agreement to take over BG. FULL ARTICLE Like this:Like Loading…

Shell’s Huge Gas Bet Underscores Big Oil’s Push to Replace Coal

Article by Javier Blas and Rakteem Katakey published 10 April 2015 by Bloomberg.com BP Plc coined the slogan “Beyond Petroleum.” The new industry mantra might be “Beyond Oil and Into Gas.” Oh, and while we’re at it, “Down With Coal.” Consider Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s recent $70 billion acquisition of BG Group Plc — clearly a huge bet […]

Who’s next?

Extracts from an article by Sean Farrell and Julia Kollewe published by The Guardian, 8 April 2015, under the headline: Shell’s BG takeover has oil industry asking who’s next “Only Exxon has the flexibility to do big-ticket deals like BG Group. In contrast, Total, Eni and Statoil will have to content themselves with the pick ’n’ […]

Shell-BG Deal Puts Pressure on Big Oil to Consolidate Again

Article by Javier Blas: 12:47 PM BST April 8, 2015 published by Bloomberg.com In the words of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s boss, the fundamental logic behind his decision to buy BG Group Plc “always existed.” What pushed the $70 billion deal over the finish line was that it had become “very compelling from a value perspective” […]

The M&A wave from the Shell-BG deal may not be the one you expect

BY Geoffrey Smith: 8 April 2015 Consolidation in the U.S. shale sector is being held up by desperate hopes for a turnaround in prices, and the continued flow of free money from the Fed. When a commodity price collapses, it’s only natural to see a shakeout among the companies that produce it. The weak go […]

Royal Dutch Shell And Others Interested In Iran Following Nuclear Deal Agreement

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Apr 7, 2015 at 8:20 am EST Iran’s oil exports are set for a boost after a framework nuclear agreement was reached between the country and world powers in Lausanne, Switzerland. The deal also paves the way for international energy groups to make a comeback to the country after a five […]

Iran riches coveted by big oil after decades of conflict

Extracts from a Bloomberg article published 31 March 2015 Iran riches coveted by big oil after decades of conflict Now, as Iran and the US enter 11th hour negotiations to reach a nuclear deal and ease sanctions, the West Asian country is emerging again as a potential prize for western oil companies such as BP, […]

How Shell, BP, And Total SA, Can Profit From The Oil Price Crash

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Mar 30, 2015 at 9:26 am EST Despite largely unfavorable movement in crude oil price during the recent months, some of Europe’s biggest oil companies are finding support from trading desks as they face a prolonged slump, which has seen oil price hit six-year lows. In the three years before the summer […]

Nigeria: Shell completes $1.7 billion sale of Nigerian assets to Aiteo

Shell completes $1.7 billion sale of Nigerian assets to Aiteo ABUJA (Reuters) – Oil major Shell said on Wendesday it completed the sale of its 30 percent stake in the Nigerian oil block 29 and the Nembe Creek trunk line to Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Co for $1.7 billion. Total and Eni’s Nigerian arms […]

How Big Oil Is Profiting From the Slump

From an article by Javier Blas published 12 March 2015 by Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Europe’s largest oil companies are gaining support from an unlikely source as they confront the industry’s worst slump since the financial crisis: lower oil prices. Although better known for their oil fields, refineries, and petrol stations, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell […]

Exxon, Shell’s spending patterns may help them through oil price drop

* Two biggest oil firms have finished major projects * Exxon, Shell able to cut 2015 spending * All oil majors face 2015 negative cashflow * Set to increase borrowing easily to cover shortfalls By Ron Bousso and Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – The world’s two biggest oil firms, Exxon Mobil Corp and […]

Keystone and the Riddle of the Tar Sands

BY MARK DOWIE 2/25/15 AT 10:49 PM Late 21st-century graduate students of business studying the growing problem of stranded assets will almost certainly focus on the history of Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands (a.k.a. the tar sands). The case studies they read will either describe the gradual abandonment of the world’s largest reserve of bituminous crude […]

Oil and gas industry in ‘bleak’ 2014, finds survey

FROM A BBC ARTICLE PUBLISHED 24 FEB 2015 Oil and gas industry in ‘bleak’ 2014, finds survey The UK offshore oil and gas industry has reported its worst annual performance for four decades. Industry body Oil & Gas UK said falling oil prices and rising costs meant the sector spent and invested £5.3bn more than […]

SEC continuing to scrutinise Shell’s claimed oil reserves

By John Donovan A letter emailed to Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer, Ben van Beurden, on 23 Oct 2014, from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, asked why Shell had omitted to supply in a Form 20-F filing, figures for Shell’s share of Kashagan proved undeveloped reserves. Shell’s partners in the much troubled Kashagan oil […]

BIG OIL: Who will blink first to set the M&A scramble in motion

With more than $110 billion of oil and gas assets on the block as companies big and small count the cost of the collapse in oil prices, it is now a question of who will blink first to set the M&A scramble in motion. Article published by Reuters 30 Jan 2015 under the headline: Buyers […]

Oil rout gives Exxon and Shell reason to buy rival ‘sisters’

…a major deal over the next year that will bring together two of the super majors, or see one of their smaller rivals swallowed up, is highly likely – and almost a certainty if historical precedent is anything to go by. Certainly, if the oil rout of the late 90s is anything to go by, a […]

Shell to cut spending by $15 bln over next 3 years

Jan 29 (Reuters) – Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it would curtail spending by $15 billion over the next 3 years while keeping dividends stable in a bid to calm investors amid plunging oil prices. Europe’s largest oil company by market value kept its fourth-quarter dividend stable versus the previous quarter at […]

Crude at $49: The New Reality for Big Oil Companies

FROM BLOOMBERG Crude at $49: The New Reality for Big Oil Companies by Joe Carroll (Bloomberg) — Financial results from a fourth quarter that saw the collapse of the crude market will provide a window into how the world’s biggest oil companies are adjusting to a new reality of slowing growth and low prices. Oil that […]

Oil majors to preserve dividends despite oil collapse, tap debt

REUTERS ARTICLE PUBLISHED 23 Jan 2015 (Reuters) – Europe’s oil majors will strike a sober note in their fourth-quarter results and investors will focus on companies’ plans to maintain cherished dividends and their strategies to cope with the oil prices collapse that caught many unawares. Having sold around $120 billion in assets in recent years […]

Shell, Total Lead Energy Shares Lower – $45 a barrel

From an article by Alan Soughley published by BloombergBusinessweek 13 Jan 2015 under the headline:  “European Stocks Decline; Shell, Total Lead Energy Shares Lower” Extracts Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA led energy-related companies lower… A gauge of energy stocks slid 1 percent today, for the worst performance of the 19 industry groups on […]

Oil price rout hits credit rating of Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Standard & Poor’s warned today that the six-month collapse in oil prices has undermined the credit ratings of Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total. read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Tumbling crude prices will lay waste to countries and companies alike

By John Donovan The oil industry is leaving 2014 on a low note as far as oil prices are concerned.  A financial earthquake has hit ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, Conocophillips and Total.  The Sunday Times devoted a whole page article by Danny Fortson to the turmoil resulting from the collapse in the price […]

Shell’s Return to Iran?

Iranian officials have said that Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, France’s Total and Russia’s Lukoil had expressed interest in investing in Iran when the sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program are eased. read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Prospects of a Shell BP merger

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR Firstly, falls in oil price and resulting low stock prices tend to result in waves of takeovers. Examples during the low price era of the late 1990s – early 2000s: · Exxon took over Mobil · Statoil took over Saga, Norsk Hydro · Chevron took over Texaco, Unocal · Total took […]