Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com News and information on Royal Dutch Shell Plc 2018-01-16T15:18:24Z WordPress John Donovan <![CDATA[AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SAYS SHELL UNDERSTOOD THE RISKS OF CALLING FOR MILITARY INTERVENTION IN THE NIGER DELTA]]> 2018-01-16T15:18:24Z 2018-01-16T15:16:35Z

The police officers, using guns and grenades, killed 80 people…

Extract from pages 8 & 9 of an Amnesty International document headed: “A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE? SHELL’S INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA IN THE 1990s”

Under Executive Summary.


There is irrefutable evidence that Shell knew that the Nigerian security forces committed grave violations when they were deployed to address community protests. The company knew the risks since at least 1990, when Shell called for the assistance of a paramilitary police unit to deal with peaceful protestors at Umuechem village, also in the Niger Delta. According to an official enquiry, the police descended on the community, “like an invading army that had vowed to take the last drop of the enemy’s blood.” The police officers, using guns and grenades, killed 80 people.

It is clear from both public statements and internal company documents that at least from this point on Shell executives knew and understood the risks associated with calling for the intervention of the security forces in dealing with protestors. This was well before the ISTF launched its operation in May 1994. For example, an internal Shell memo dated 23 February 1993 reveals that senior Shell staff worried that calling for a “military presence…will attract a potential confrontation which may have catastrophic results.”

These risks were confirmed by three other incidents involving protestors in 1992-3: the death of a man and injury of several others on Bonny Island in July 1992 after Shell airlifted a “Rapid Intervention Force” comprising paramilitary police to the location; and the two incidents mentioned earlier, when soldiers shot local people along the pipeline in April and May 1993. By February 1994, Shell had had further confirmation – if it was needed – of the specific risks associated with the army, when the ISTF, commanded by Major Paul Okuntimo, shot at thousands of peaceful protestors outside the main gate the Shell HQ in Port Harcourt, injuring several of them.


John Donovan <![CDATA[399 Former Shell Malaysia Employees Sued Shell for Misappropriation of Retirement Funds]]> 2018-01-16T14:55:15Z 2018-01-16T14:55:15Z Extracts from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally)
(BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT SHELL’S EPIC 25 YEAR FEUD WITH JOHN DONOVAN – which puts the extracts below in overall context.)

Brief extract from page 50

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Dr Huong was not the only former employee of Shell Malaysia that we were in contact with. We also published articles about a group of 399 former Shell Malaysia employees known as “Team A” (see center screenshot on previous page). They successfully sued Shell for alleged misuse of their pension funds, but the decision was reversed on appeal after Shell exploited a time-limit loophole.

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The above photograph was taken immediately after the Malaysian High Court ruled in favour of 399 former Shell employees known as “Team A” in what was an epic class action lawsuit. The Judge ruled that Shell had acted “unlawfully” in making deductions from the employee retirement pension funds. Under a hard-hearted management, headed by then Chairman Jon Chadwick, Shell successfully appealed the decision by exploiting a legal loophole relating to litigation time limits. Many of the former employees were elderly, sick and dying.


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John Donovan <![CDATA[Why the Dutch are Missing Out on the Global Natural Gas Glut]]> 2018-01-16T14:14:05Z 2018-01-16T14:14:05Z

The world may never have produced more natural gas, but that’s little comfort for the Dutch government as it seeks to replace flows from Europe’s biggest field.

Lawmakers in the Netherlands on Tuesday will discuss options to supply their pipeline network, which was built around the relatively poor-quality gas from the Groningen deposit. More than a half century of production there triggered earthquakes, forcing the scaling back of output.

Progressive Decline

Annual gas output from the Groningen gas field under new rules

At first glance, losing one field shouldn’t be a problem for a market flush with supply from Russia and Norway. But the region’s home appliances and heating systems were built around the low-calorie gas Groningen produces. GasTerra BV, which markets all of the field’s gas, says there’s potential for shortages if output is trimmed further because of a bottleneck in units that can convert richer gas from abroad.

“Can we stop gas production in the foreseeable future?” Gerald Schotman, the chief executive officer of Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV, the Royal Dutch Shell Plc-Exxon Mobil Corp. venture that operates Groningen, asked Monday in a speech. “We all need to keep both feet on the ground. Converting more than 7 million households takes time and active government regulation.”

Four facilities that convert richer imported gas by adding nitrogen are running near capacity during peak periods, according to Anton Buijs, a spokesman for Gasterra, a venture between the state, Shell and Exxon. The facilities, which can cost almost half a billion euros, take years to build, meaning they aren’t an immediate solution.

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Buijs declined to estimate the minimum output needed to fulfill GasTerra’s sales contracts, including for exports. Production from Groningen is currently limited to 21.6 billion cubic meters a year, equal to about 5 percent of the European Union’s total gas consumption.

“Changing the contracts does not change the size of the market,” Buijs said. “People don’t adjust their thermostat because they have a contract, they adjust it because they’re cold.”

Some market-design changes to lower demand from industrial customers during cold snaps might help deal with future supply shortages, said Gerben Hieminga, an energy economist at ING Groep NV. That will probably need to be complemented with speeding up plans to convert appliances in Germany, France and Belgium to use high-calorific gas and electrifying heating systems where possible in the Netherlands, he said in an interview.

“It’s so difficult to lower demand in one or two years to meet the possible production ceilings,” Hieminga said. But there is some scope to boost electrification of heating, especially in less populated areas where there’s more space to install bigger boilers, to take the pressure off Groningen, he said.

In November, a court said the Dutch government had failed to make clearhow it will limit gas demand. On Jan. 8, Groningen was hit by the region’s biggest tremor in more than five years, leading NAM and the mining regulator to call for further cuts. The government, which has budgeted for gas income of 1.9 billion euros ($2.3 billion) this year, expects further clarity on how much extraction can be cut by March.

“Yes, eventually we will use less natural gas in the Netherlands,” NAM’s Schotman said. “But we also need energy supply to be reliable. We don’t want blackouts, we can’t afford that.”


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John Donovan <![CDATA[Shell invests in solar, but still plowing money into oil]]> 2018-01-16T11:19:06Z 2018-01-16T11:19:06Z

Still, as company invests in solar firm, it plans to commission oil production vessel

Photo: John Davenport, STAFF

January 15, 2018 Updated: January 15, 2018 9:29pm

Shell Oil Co. plans to plow around $200 million into a Tennessee solar company, the latest deal that finds a major oil company investing in renewable energy as the industry prepares for a day when crude demand plateaus. A unit of Houston’s Shell Oil will purchase almost half of Silicon Ranch Corp., a Nashville company that operates solar projects around the United States, for up to $217 million, the company’s biggest investment in utility-scale solar energy yet, the company said on Monday. Shell Oil is the U.S. subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil major. FULL ARTICLE