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Curious coincidence involving Shell, Iran, Noble Corp and $2.16 billion

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR The former owners of the Frontier drilling company sold their rigs to Noble for $2.16 billion in 2010. Given that their fleet of five vessels consisted of ancient rust buckets which were fit only for the scrapyard, this has always seemed like an inordinately large sum. The five vessels had been […]

EPA fines Shell for Clean Air Act permit violations during offshore oil exploration in Alaska

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and Shell Offshore, Inc. for violations of their Clean Air Act permits for arctic oil and gas exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska. Based on EPA’s inspections and Shell’s excess emission reports, EPA […]

Report on Kulluk grounding won’t be public until 2014

By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce: Published: 2013.08.15 10:55 AM The U.S. Coast Guard’s marine casualty investigation into the grounding of Shells’ drillship Kulluk in late 2012 will be concluded Aug. 19 but will not likely be made public until after the first of the year, a Coast Guard spokesman in Alaska said Aug. […]

Deluded and or ignorant, no, Roland Spuij is just reading from a script

“…why spoil a good story by the introduction of facts including the facts about Shell’s great Alaskan misadventure for example…” COMMENT RECEIVED FROM MR BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL RE OUR ARTICLE ABOUT SHELL EXPLORATION MANAGER ROLAND SPUIJ (PERSON ON RIGHT) TALKING THE TALK Re your article: Shell exploration manager Roland Spuij – deluded […]

Undisclosed misadventures of the Noble Discoverer

Nobel Discoverer Grounding. Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard By John Donovan As hinted at in my recent email to a senior official at Royal Dutch Shell Plc, we have received further information from the same whistleblower source who supplied a leaked copy of the Shell internal Pre-Start Up Audit for Shell’s disastrous Alaska drilling campaign. […]

Noble Discoverer Loaded Onto Transport Ship

March 2, 2013 11:06 pm Guided by powerful tugs, Shell Oil’s drilling rig, the Noble Discoverer, began its slow but steady journey from the Alaska Railroad Dock to the waiting semi-submerged transport ship around 6:30 am on Saturday morning. Calm seas helped make this delicate operation much easier. FULL ARTICLE WITH SEVERAL PHOTOGRAPHS

Setback for Shell’s Arctic oil ambitions as rigs require repair in Asia

Royal Dutch Shell’s hopes of resuming drilling for oil off Alaska this summer have suffered a further setback after it revealed both its Arctic drilling rigs would now need to be taken to Asia for repairs. Kulluk, the oil drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground in Alaska after drifting in stormy weather. Photo: […]

Shell To Face Challenges Replacing Damaged Arctic Rigs

Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plans to send its two offshore drilling rigs to Asia for extensive repairs will likely mean the cancellation of its second summer of drilling in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, unless it can find replacements fit to do the work – something that may prove to be a challenge. By Tom Fowler […]

Shell Vessels Sidelined, Imperiling Arctic Plans

In another blow to its Alaskan Arctic drilling program, Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday that it had decided to tow its two drill vessels there to Asian ports for major repairs, jeopardizing its plans to begin drilling for oil in the icy northern seas next summer. Shell executives said the Kulluk had sustained damage to […]


Do we really need to have another disaster on the scale of Piper Alpha or Alexander Kielland before Shell starts to apply the same standards to their Alaskan operations as are applied to their international operations? Has anyone ever heard of a 47 year old drilling vessel being used in the Arctic in Norway, or […]

US Army joins battle to save stricken Shell rig

Adding to Shell’s problems, one of the company’s leading shareholders told The Sunday Telegraph that the market was “nervous” about the Arctic as there would be “hell to pay” in the event of a spill. The US Army has been called in to help with the battle to salvage Royal Dutch Shell’s stricken Kulluk Arctic […]

The BP disaster: Who said ‘this would be impossible in Shell?’

COMMENT RECEIVED FROM A SHELL RELATED SOURCE Amidst all the news on Kulluk, let’s not forget about the other one This is what you get if you use old stuff from the scrap yard… Remember the hypocritical “blistering attack” by Shell CEO Peter Voser on BP over the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Voser […]

Shell Says Arctic Drilling Rig Kulluk Recaptured in Stormy Seas

By Jim Polson – Dec 30, 2012 7:05 PM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said an Arctic drilling barge, headed to Seattle for maintenance, was safely recovered yesterday after being set adrift during a storm in the Gulf of Alaska. Crew of the Shell-owned barge, Kulluk, were evacuated last night as a precaution after […]

Post-mortem on Shell Noble Discoverer “grounding”

COMMENT FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR John, I would like to point out that while at high tide the Shell/Noble Discoverer drill ship that slipped it anchor may indeed not have run aground  per se,(or grounded in a very muddy bottom preventing any damage) the photos show that at low tide the ship may have indeed […]

Time ticking on Shell’s offshore Arctic drilling

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 25 | Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:18pm EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill exploratory wells in remote Arctic waters off Alaska are being hampered by its failure to secure key regulatory approvals and lingering sea ice, which have already led to a three-week delay. Shell had […]

Shell: Alaska drillship didn’t run aground

Published: July 20, 2012 at 5:57 AM ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 20 (UPI) — Divers from Shell confirmed that the Noble Discoverer drillship didn’t run aground after it slipped its anchor off the Alaskan coast, the company said. Shell said the drillship slipped anchor and drifted about 300 feet toward the Alaskan coast. It was towed […]

Shell Ignoble Discoverer

This photograph of the hapless “rusty barge” Noble Discoverer, which has made an embarrassing debut in Arctic waters, is one of a number that are the subject of controversy on Facebook as to their authenticity.  Some related comments from a Shell retiree about the apparent grounding in Dutch Harbor… …looks genuine. To Photoshop all those […]

Shell nearly finished modifying Arctic drill ship

Shell nearly finished modifying Arctic drill ship From the air, the Arctic drill ship Kulluk looks like a giant bowling pin seated on a shallow bowl. By TED WARREN and DAN JOLING Associated Press: Friday 25 May 2012 SEATTLE — From the air, the Arctic drill ship Kulluk looks like a giant bowling pin seated […]

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