By John Donovan
Interesting to read the allegations that the Sultan of Oman’s intelligence services are spying on Shell.
More specifically, the local operations of Shell involving the JV company, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).
This information is unsurprising given the content of leaked secret cables from the US Embassy in Muscat published by WikiLeaks in December 2010, suggesting a degree of hostility or unease towards Shell.
The Sultan was at that time considering taking gas fields away from PDO (34% owned by Shell) and awarding them to BG Group, or BP.
The growing hostility towards Shell from within PDO Oman was the subject of an email I sent in 2011 to Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.