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Brazil’s Raízen trying to cut sugar production costs -CEO

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Raízen, the world’s largest sugar producer, is trying to cut production costs to remain profitable amid depressed international prices, Chief Executive Luis Henrique Guimarães said on Friday.

Raízen, a 50-50 joint venture between Cosan SA Indústria e Comércio and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, plans to crush up to 63 million tonnes of cane in the current crop season, more than 10 percent of total Brazilian cane output.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Paul Simao) read more

Shell/Petrobras: a partnership of corrupt oil giants

The Brazilian Petrobras Scandal: The Brazilian oil giant Petrobras is the largest company in the Southern Hemisphere. On November 14, 2014, a series of police raids netted politicians and Petrobras bigwigs who had paid $2 billion in bribes… Now we have news that Petrobras is linking up with Royal Dutch Shell, which is currently mired in a billion dollar scandal: OPL 245…

Shell and Petrobras sign technical cooperation agreement to strengthen deep water partnership

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Shell MoU with Petrobras and their partnership to share experience on cost efficiency and use of technology.

Déjà vu springs to mind (Daily Telegraph 01 March 2012) on BG Group finance of $1.8bn from Brazilian Development Bank to fund interests offshore Brazil (was this the same interests that Chapman demanded his cohorts in Brazil disclose over estimated reserves?).

Daily Telegraph 14 May 2013 also noted Chris Finlayson rhetoric to “keep up the pace with huge discoveries” and focusing on “value over volume”, leaving the company “lean and agile”. read more

Shell delivers more Brazil deep-water production from Parque das Conchas

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HOUSTON, Mar 14, 2016 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) — Third phase of major deep-water project delivered, optimizing production capacity

HOUSTON, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Shell and its joint venture announce the start of oil production from the third phase of the deep-water Parque das Conchas (BC-10) development in Brazil’s Campos Basin. Production for this final phase of the project is expected to add up to 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), at peak production, from fields that have already produced more than 100-million barrels since 2009. read more

Is Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR), BG Group plc (BRGYY) Merger Under Threat?

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By: Micheal KaufmanOct 22, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) and BG Group plc.’s (ADR) (OTCMKTS:BRGYY) merger is faced with another setback, as the Australian antitrust regulator, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) now expects to make a decision by November 19. The commission announced on October 22, that the additional time will allow a more detailed review of the proposed acquisition.

The ACCC, earlier in September, had indicated that it will disclose its decision on the merger after two months. However, the regulatory authority has now decided to delay it by another two weeks. The delay in September had come amid ACCC’s concerns of Shell and BG’s overlapping businesses in Eastern Australia, which may limit competition. read more

Market Skeptics Miss Out on $5.5 Billion From Biggest 2015 Deal

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By Inyoung Hwang: BLOOMBERG.COM 22 Sept 2015

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A fresh drop in in oil prices and political instability in Brazil is making investors miss out on about $5.5 billion in Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s pending takeover of BG Group Plc.

BG closed on Monday at 990.4 pence, about 9.5 percent below Shell’s cash-and-stock offer. The difference in share prices in the deal — the largest in the energy sector in at least a decade — is wider than the average for other global acquisitions bigger than $10 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg show. read more

Shell aims to invest billions in Brazil

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Royal Dutch Shell is considering investing billions in Brazil, set to become a focal point after the planned acquisition of BG Group, even as it prepares to sell huge chunks of its business to pay for the $70bn (£45.11bn) deal.

Despite a broad drive to cut spending in the face of persistently low oil prices, chief executive Ben Van Beurden remains steadfast in his plans to buy BG, which will transform Shell into the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier. read more

Shell-BG merger approved by Brazil

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THE HAGUE, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

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Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”) (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B) today announced that its recommended combination with BG Group plc (“BG”) has received unconditional merger clearance from the Brazilian competition authority (CADE), satisfying the first of the pre-conditions to the combination. Other pre-conditions include merger clearances in Australia, China and Europe. read more

Petrobras scandal looms large in Shell’s plan to buy BG Group

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As Royal Dutch Shell seeks to finalise its £55bn takeover of smaller UK-based rival BG Group, it will be closely watching the situation at Petrobras, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company that is engulfed in scandal.

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Shell Sees Petrobras Emerging Stronger From Corruption Scandal

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Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 08.12.04By Mario Sergio Lima and Rachel Gamarski published by Bloomberg.com 23 April 2015

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, poised to become Brazil’s biggest oil producer after Petroleo Brasileiro SA, said the state-run driller will emerge strengthened from a corruption scandal and the industry’s biggest debt load.

Speaking to reporters in Brasilia after meeting with President Dilma Rousseff, Chief Executive Officer Ben Van Beurden said Brazil probably will account for 20 percent of Shell’s output by the end of the decade after its planned $70 billion purchase of BG Group Plc. The Hague-based company would consider further growth opportunities in the country if they arise, he said. read more

Shell’s Brazil strategy factors in Petrobras scandal -CEO

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Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:04pm BST

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has taken into account the risks presented by the Petrobras graft scandal to its expanding operations in Brazil and is confident the Brazilian state-run oil company will emerge stronger, Shell’s CEO said on Thursday.

Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said oil production from Brazil’s offshore subsalt region will remain profitable, and predicted that oil prices will rise from the low levels of the past six months.

Van Beurden briefed Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for 1-1/2 hours on Thursday on his company’s operations in Brazil, where Shell is set to become the second-largest oil producer following its April 8 agreement to purchase rival BG Group. read more

SHELL TO ACQUIRE BG: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NORTH SEA

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14 April 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 08.12.04Shell announced an offer of a £47bn ($70bn) acquisition of BG in the second biggest oil and gas deal on record after Exxon and Mobil’s £51bn ($75.3bn) merger in 1998.  Shell and BG expect to make annual savings of £1.7bn ($2.5bn) and the combined company is estimated to be worth £180bn ($266bn). The transaction will create the largest independent LNG producer in the world forecast to produce nearly a fifth of global LNG supply in 2017-18. The other major prize for Shell is BG’s Brazilian oil portfolio of mean total reserves and resources amounting to 6 billion boe and gross production expected to peak at 2.6 million boepd. read more

Shell Betting Its Future On LNG

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Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 08.12.04Article By Nick Cunningham published Sun, 12 April 2015 by OilPrice.com

Shell Betting Its Future On LNG

Could the largest energy deal in over a decade begin a new wave of mergers and acquisitions? Is LNG really the future? How Will ExxonMobil Respond? And perhaps more importantly, does the mega-deal between Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and BG Group (LON: BG) portend the end of the bear market for oil?

Shell announced on April 8 that it agreed to buy BG Group for an eye-popping $70 billion.

The move was surprising, in the sense that a lot of companies in recent years have reined in their spending on high-cost projects outside of North America. Shell, in the midst of its own two-year $15 billion divestment campaign to shed unwanted assets, was thought to be trying to make itself leaner and meaner. Having passed on the U.S. shale revolution, it is interesting that Shell’s big splash once again avoided North America. read more

Royal Dutch Shell’s £47bn swoop on BG Group faces potential stumble over asset ownership

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By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 08.12.04Royal Dutch Shell’s swoop on BG Group will face a series of hurdles including competition fears and questions over the ownership of some of its newly acquired assets.

The £47billion acquisition of BG will make Shell the largest foreign oil company in Brazil – but there are concerns about its assets in the South American nation.

One of Shell’s main reasons to pounce on BG was its large holdings in Brazil. But many of the assets there are owned through joint ventures, which gives the partners first refusal to buy BG’s share in the projects if it is taken over. read more

Is Royal Dutch Shell Up For The Challenge?

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By: MICHEAL KAUFMANPublished: Apr 10, 2015 at 10:33 am EST

he energy sector’s mega deal between Royal Dutch Shell Plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) and BG Group Plc (ADR) (OTCMKTS:BRGYY) is now under close scrutiny by China and other countries, as well as by investors. When asked about the details of regulatory concerns, both parties refused to comment, says the Wall Street Journal. The merger has been valued at $70 billion.

The CEO of the Hague-based Anglo-Dutch company, Ben van Beurden and BG’s Chairman, Andrew Gould had claimed on Wednesday they didn’t expect any major regulatory issues, except from a few countries. Although they did they expected the completion to be delayed until early 2016 while regulatory matters were settled. read more

Inside Shell’s earnings report: Proof that the Saudis’ oil market strategy is working

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Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.02.38By Puneet Kollipara January 29 at 5:43 PM

Saudi Arabia shocked the world last fall in breaking from its traditional mold of keeping oil production artificially low to prop up oil prices. Instead, the Saudis and other OPEC nations voted to keep oil output steady even in the face of a global supply surplus, a move seemingly designed to respond to the threat that the Saudis see from rising output from non-OPEC producers — from U.S. shale plays to Russia’s Arctic to Brazil’s deep offshore waters. read more

Shell stokes up its fire sale

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Bloomberg is reporting that Shell has agreed to sell its stake in the Bijupira and Salema fields in Brazil. This development is no doubt in response to the collapse in oil prices and is stoking up the fire sale instituted by CEO Ben van Beurden when Shell announced a profits warning a year ago.

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), the second-largest oil operator in Brazil, is selling a stake in one of its oil-producing projects in the country to HRT Participacoes em Petroleo SA (HRTP3), two people with knowledge of the matter said.

HRT, based in Rio de Janeiro, agreed to buy Shell’s 80 percent stake in the Bijupira and Salema fields, an offshore venture that started production in 2003, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deal hasn’t been made public. HRT will boost production to more than 30,000 barrels a day with the purchase, one of the people said. read more

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