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BP a takeover target

Ben Levisohn has written an article for Barron’s stoking up further the persistent speculation about the prospect of a takeover bid for BP. He quotes from an expert assessment by Oppenheimer analysts Fadel Gheit and Luis Amadeo and points out that although they do not name names, the timing is right and the obvious contenders are Royal […]

Oil price slump to hit majors’ earnings

WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2014 Reuters is reporting that oil companies have seen billions wiped off their stock market values as crude prices dropped over the past four months by 25 percent to a four-year low near $85 a barrel, due to slowing global demand particularly in China and ample supplies. Shares of BP, Royal Dutch […]

Total CEO’s Larger-Than-Life Character Respected Across Energy Industry: Shell CEO

Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO Ben Van Beurden speaks during a press conference. MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) – French oil and gas company Total CEO Christophe de Margerie was a larger-than-life character that was respected across the energy industry, energy group Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. “I’m extremely sad to […]

Oil Price Slump

By John Donovan I have already highlighted the recent wishful prediction by Shell CEO Ben van Beurden that oil will return to “very robust” pricing in the long-term. We have all witnessed the subsequent slump in oil prices. Some extracts from a current Bloomberg article: The global crash in crude prices is reverberating through the oil […]

Royal Dutch Shell spent $1.32bn on R&D last year

By John Donovan Ed Crooks of the Financial Times has written a wide-ranging and informative article about oil company spending on R&D. Oil majors’ R&D into conventional and renewable energy at risk Royal Dutch Shell spent $1.32bn on R&D last year. The FT article quotes Gerald Schotman, Shell’s executive VP of R&D, as saying its […]

Potential serious impact on Shell from new Sanctions on Russia

American and European explorers such as Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell Plc , which is drilling in Siberian shale rock formations, will have to act fast to avoid violating the bans. “Those new sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and Europe on Friday will, among other things, force Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell… and […]

Royal Dutch Shell Retreat from Nigeria

The FT states: “Shell’s phlegmatic chief executive Ben van Beurden will need to hold his nose when he takes the money…” and in a related article, describes Shell’s actions as a “retreat from the Niger Delta” (triggered in part by militancy, violence and bunkering). By John Donovan The global firesale of Shell assets continues with […]

Shell one of 5 Companies Al Gore Says Are Doomed

“Royal Dutch Shell is another company with a doomed oil sands project, according to the Carbon Tracker Initiative. Its Carmon Creek project needs oil prices to hit $157 per barrel in order to be profitable. On top of that, Royal Dutch Shell is seeking to drill for oil in the Arctic, which has already wasted […]

Project Delays Will Cost These Oil Majors Billions

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Rupert Hargreaves published 28 July 2014 In total, Kashagan is now expect to cost a total of $136 billion, more than 140% above initial estimates. Production has been consistently delayed; the most recent delay, which occurred at the end of last year, concerns the project’s pipelines. At present, […]

Oil majors BP and Shell may be ready for more mergers

Some of Shell’s big shareholders are said to be frustrated by the company’s continued spending on expensive far-flung projects that fail to yield healthy returns. Alongside its profit warning at the start of this year, Shell announced that it was halting a controversial exploration programme off the coast of Alaska because the costs had far outweighed […]

Kashagan delays mar outlook for Eni, Total and Shell

Extract from FT article by Guy Chazan published 20 July 2014 Three of Europe’s largest oil companies could take a $1.5bn hit to earnings as a result of delays to Kashagan, the $50bn oil project in the Caspian Sea that has been bedevilled by hold-ups and cost over-runs. FULL FT ARTICLE Copyright The Financial Times […]