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Italian prosecutor requests Brinded trial over OPL 245

17 Oct 2017 An Italian prosecutor has requested the trial of ex-Shell upstream boss Malcolm Brinded and other former employees of the supermajor over alleged corruption involving the infamous OPL 245 block deal in Nigeria.

Former Shell vice president for commercial Sub-saharan Africa, Peter Robinson, is also among the four men Milan’s Public Prosecutor’s Office has requested be sent to trial over the $1.1 billion deal that saw the oil block handed to Shell and Italian major Eni by a company controlled by then-Nigerian petroleum resources minister Dan Etete.

The other two men against whom the prosecutor has requested a trial are former strategic investment advisor John Copleston and one-time senior business advisor Guy Colegate, both of whom are ex-MI6 officers. read more

EI ‘aware’ of court case said to involve president, a former Shell executive

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The Energy Institute is “aware” of a corruption probe said to implicate president Malcolm Brinded, a former high ranking Shell executive.

The case is being brought forward by prosecutors in Italy and centres around a long-standing dispute over the $1.3billion purchase of an oilfield in Nigerian waters in 2011.

Mr Brinded, who used to be Shell’s head of international exploration and production and also headed up offices in Aberdeen, is among those prosecutors may wish to bring charges against.

Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of Italian oil and gas group Eni, is also understood to have been named by prosecutors. read more

Shell director resigns amid Rio Tinto fraud allegations

director of Shell has resigned after being charged with fraud in relation to his former job at global miner Rio Tinto.

Guy Elliott said he would step down from his non-executive director role at Shell with immediate effect after US regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him in relation to a botched coal deal while he was chief financial officer at Rio. Mr Elliott has been charged with fraud alongside Rio Tinto and its former chief executive Tom Albanese over allegations they hid the true value of coal assets in Mozambique following a disastrous acquisition. FULL ARTICLE read more

4 former Shell execs are a step closer to being charged for an alleged $1.1 billion bribery scheme

Camilla Hodgson: 18 October 2017

LONDON – Italian prosecutors have requested to charge four former executives at oil giant Shell over an alleged $1.1 billion bribery scheme in Nigeria.

The Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued a formal Request for Indictment on bribery charges for the former employees, who have been named, and for the company itself.

In the Italian justice system, a judge now has to rule on whether or not to take the charges forward.

However, Global Witness, a campaign group providing evidence to the prosecution, says its lawyers have recommended that this request is the equivalent of charging. read more

US shale to help power Shell’s multi-billion dollar chemicals drive

Jillian Ambrose: 

Royal Dutch Shell will begin construction of a new $10bn petrochemicals site in the gas-rich Marcellus shale basin in the US within the next ten weeks as part of a radical growth plan for its petrochemicals business.

The oil major told investors that global demand for petrochemicals – which are used to manufacture the raw materials used to make plastics, paints and textiles – is set to grow by around 50pc by the end of the decade, making it a key area for the company’s growth. read more

Did Malcolm Brinded fail to wipe the crime scene free of fingerprints?

COMMENT BY RETIRED SHELL INTERNATIONAL HSE GROUP AUDITOR BILL CAMPBELL ON THE ARTICLE: 

Shell executives charged in lead up to landmark trial over billion dollar Nigerian bribery scheme

Malcolm Brinded Charged

Bill Campbell asks: Did Malcolm fail to wipe the crime scene free of fingerprints?

We have all seen the movies where the bad guy covers up his deadly deed by wiping clear any sign of his presence at the crime scene. Malcolm was good at this, taking care on the 11th September 2003 to have destroyed the HSE files in The Hague and the audit files in the phase 3 building of Tullos removing forever the incriminating evidence re his involvement and contribution to the deaths on Brent Bravo that day.

Surprising therefore, that when the Dutch police searched the offices in The Hague on 17 February 2016 approx 3 years after Malcolm’s surprise and unexplained departure from RDS they found a whole stack of what I understand was incriminating stuff in a file cabinet in Malcolm’s old office now occupied by the new Shell Chairman who had taken over from Ollila. read more

OPL 245: SHELL SPY TALK

By John Donovan

Fascinating to read email correspondence between former MI6 officers John Copleston and Guy Colegate hired by Shell to assist in dodgy oil deals involving sinister players.

Common-sense suggests that their expensive specialist skills would not be needed for any straightforward honest business activity.

John Copleston was identified as a Strategic Investment Advisor for Shell Exploration & Production Africa Limited. One of the individuals described by Ben van Beurden as former MI6 people hired by Shell.  read more

Shell executives charged in lead up to landmark trial over billion dollar Nigerian bribery scheme

Sunday 15 October 2017

Senior Royal Dutch Shell executives have been charged in Italy for their role in a vast bribery scheme that deprived the Nigerian people of over a billion dollars, the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed on Friday. Those facing trial include Malcolm Brinded CBE, the second most powerful person in the company when the deal was struck (1). Shell itself is also facing bribery charges alongside the four named individuals.

Malcolm Brinded Charged

This historic decision follows a dramatic U-turn in which it admitted that it knew its billion dollar payment would go to convicted money-launderer and former Nigerian oil minister, Dan Etete, in exchange for Nigerian oil block OPL 245 in 2011. read more

Stupidity at Shell

Comment by retired Shell International Group HSE Auditor Bill Campbell on the recent Energy Voice article:

Shell served improvement notice over gas leak blunder

If you are looking for a world class example of stupidity look no further than Shell and its incident on Barque.

We are living it appears in an age of stupidity. Academic papers give many reasons for this including use of technology, calculators, mobile phones etc and the dumbing down of debate through usage of the internet. Moronic behaviour is common even in those who lead us.

If you are looking for a world class example of stupidity look no further than Shell and its incident on Barque.

We have discussed leakage of hydrocarbons a lot recently, to reduce them to zero is the Industries greatest challenge and top priority. But here we have a significant leak of some 200 cubic metres of gas mainly methane caused it seems by stupidity, how else can you describe this, its like driving while texting, behaviour totally unexplainable to rational individuals. The ONLY reason we pressure test process vessels and pipework using water or inert gas AND prior to the introduction of hydrocarbons is to provide assurance that when the hydrocarbons are finally introduced there will be no leakage, and consequentially no risk to people. read more

Zambian villagers win right to sue Vedanta in English courts

Barbara Lewis: OCTOBER 13, 2017 / 2:33 PM

London’s Court of Appeal on Friday threw out miner Vedanta’s attempt to block the Zambians’ legal action over alleged pollution of their villages. Vedanta said in a statement it would seek the right to appeal to the Supreme Court, the highest in the English legal system, adding the decision was on jurisdiction only and “was not a ruling or a determination on the merits of the claims”. Three senior High Court judges dismissed an appeal by Vedanta and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM)against a ruling in May last year when a High Court judge decided the claim could proceed in the English courts on behalf of 1,826 Zambian villagers. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell lost €140m on Corrib gas field in 2016, accounts show

Barry O’Halloran: 14 Oct 2017

The Corrib natural gas field off the west coast lost €140 million last year, according to accounts filed by its operator, Shell E&P Ireland.

Global oil and gas giant, Royal Dutch Shell, is selling its 45 per cent stake in the Corrib operator to a Canadian pension fund for up to €1.08 billion. Accounts for Shell E&P Ireland show that it lost €140 million in 2016 as the cost of running Corrib exceeded the revenues that it earned. The figures show that the company’s sales were €182.2 million, but costs of €359.4 million and a near €10 million interest bill left it with losses of €187 million. A tax credit of €47 million reduced this to €140 million. read more

Shell to close Rijswijk technology centre, move staff elsewhere

October 12, 2017

Shell is closing its global headquarters for technology and research in Rijswijk and moving some 2,000 workers to Shell operations in The Hague and Amsterdam, broadcaster NOS said on Thursday.

The company, which said earlier this year that hundreds of jobs will go in Rijswijk and Amsterdam, claimed the move will not cost any more jobs and is unconnected to those previously-announced, NOS said.

‘We have looked at our locations in the Randstad area and decided to reduce them from four to three,’ a spokesman told the broadcaster. ‘Our headquarters are being renovated and our location in Amsterdam expanded so we will have more room there. That will be more efficient.’ read more

Shell buys NewMotion charging network in first electric vehicle deal

Karolin Schaps: OCTOBER 12, 2017 / 1:23 PM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has agreed to buy Dutch-based NewMotion, the owner of one of Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging networks, marking the company’s first deal in electric mobility as demand for cleaner vehicles is expected to soar. Shell said NewMotion, which manages over 30,000 charging points for electric vehicles in Western Europe and offers access to thousands more, will operate in parallel to Shell’s program of rolling out fast charging points at its forecourts. “They’re complementary offers. One is fast charging on the go on the forecourt and the other is a slightly slower rate of charge at the workplace or at home. At this stage there are no plans to integrate the two,” Shell’s vice-president for new fuels, Matthew Tipper, told journalists. Shell is installing electric vehicle charging points at retail stations in Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and the Philippines. FULL ARTICLE read more

Group drags Shell to London court over 2011 Nigeria Bonga oil spill

A Non-Governmental Organisation has filed a suit in a London court against Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCO, over a 2011 oil spill in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The NGO, the Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, filed the case on September 21 at the TTC High Court of Justice, London, on behalf of the victims of the Bonga oil spill.

The spill, said to have been caused by an operational error on the part of SNEPCO, had about 40,000 barrels of crude oil discharged into the Atlantic Ocean, and affected at least 350 communities in Delta and Bayelsa states. read more

Shell served improvement notice over gas leak blunder

Offshore workers were exposed to the risk of fire and explosion after blunder led to a gas leak on a southern North Sea installation.

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The uncontrolled release took place on the Barque PB, a normally unmanned platform, on July 19.

Around 138kg of flammable hydrocarbon gas was released from pipework connected to the vessel V2000, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

A subsequent probe found that flammable gas had been used to leak test the pipework instead of inert nitrogen gas – which was available.

Failings were found in the arrangements for the effective planning, organising and control for the reinstatement of the pipework. read more

Shell divests its interest in Comgas for a headline of US$380 million

HOUSTON, Oct. 10, 2017/PRNewswire/ — Shell Gas BV, Shell Brazil Holding BV and Integral Investments BV (“Shell”) today announce they have signed an agreement with Cosan Ltd. to execute an existing Put Option Agreement, which allows Shell to sell all of its 16.8% interest in Companhia de Gas de São Paulo (“Comgás”) to Cosan Ltd. Under the agreement, Shell will exchange its ~21.8 million common shares in Comgás for Cosan S.A. Indústria e Comércio (“Cosan SA”) shares plus cash. read more

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