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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. MOSCOW, December 8 (Sputnik) — Iran will offer foreign investors new oil contracts amounting to $40 billion at an international conference […]

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 […]

Oil company shares slumped

OPEC’s decision on Thursday not to cut production in order to prop up oil prices sent markets reeling. Oil company shares slumped, wiping billions off firms’ market value… As they come to terms with the new oil regime, companies will cut spending by up to 10 percent in 2015… and delay new project approvals. LONDON, […]

Oil prices continue to fall

Shell, BP and Petrofac shares close down as Opec decides not to cut oil production. Stocks of major oil producers were in the firing line as their profits are hugely dependent on the price of oil they extract. Royal Dutch Shell, for example, fell 4.3 percent while Total SA dropped 4.1 percent. LONDON — Oil […]

OPEC IN DISARRAY AS OIL PRICE TUMBLES

Major Opec nations, Russia and US shale oil drillers now appear on the brink of a price war as these three giant producing blocs fight for a greater share of global demand. (Potentially disastrous news for Big Oil – ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and Total) The Telegraph: World on brink of oil price war as Opec […]

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 […]