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Irish Times: Corrib gas project talks under threat

Irish Times: Corrib gas project talks under threat

“The future of mediation talks over the 900 million Corrib gas project for north Mayo hung in the balance last night, as the five recently released opponents of the onshore pipeline expressed serious concern about the Government’s latest action.”

Friday October 21, 2005

Lorna Siggins, Marine Correspondent

The future of mediation talks over the 900 million Corrib gas project for north Mayo hung in the balance last night, as the five recently released opponents of the onshore pipeline expressed serious concern about the Government’s latest action.

The men are due to meet today following confirmation by the Minister for the Marine that he is “considering legal issues” which would allow him to defer his own order to dismantle an illegally welded section of the high pressure pipeline. read more

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WIPO refuses to order transfer of domain names critical of Shell

Legalupload.co.uk: WIPO refuses to order transfer of domain names such as tellshell.org that were critical of Shell

“The WIPO panel found that Shell clearly had rights in the Shell brand in 190 countries and the domain names were confusingly similar to Shell’s brand. However, Donovan had a legitimate interest in the names and had not registered them in bad faith as he was using them to exercise his right to free speech and criticise Shell.”

Posted Friday 21 October 2005

Shell, the multinational petrol business, has failed to persuade the World Intellectual Property Organisation to order the transfer of various Shell domain names to it under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. The Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy provides a quick arbitration procedure for disputes over top level domain names such as ‘.com’ and ‘.org’. WIPO is one of the accredited arbitration bodies that can hear domain name disputes under that procedure. read more

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Irish Times: Judge rejects pipeline claim against Shell

Irish Times: Judge rejects pipeline claim against Shell

“Yesterday, Mr Justice Finnegan rejected claims by the Rossport Five Campaign that Shell had breached an undertaking to the court that it would not carry out works on lands owned by three of the five and other parties which were linked to the pipeline development.”

Thursday Oct 20, 2005

The president of the High Court yesterday declared he was satisfied Shell had carried out no unauthorised works on lands owned by some of the Rossport Five, who were jailed for breach of court orders made after they objected to works linked to the installation of the high-pressure Corrib gas pipeline.

However, the issue of whether there were unauthorised works by Shell relating to the laying and welding of pipes on other lands was a matter between the company and the Minister for the Marine, Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan said. This issue was not one before the court. read more

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Olomoro community alleges dumping of toxic waste by Shell

From our October 2005 Shell News Archive

Olomoro community alleges dumping of toxic waste by Shell

“Olomoro Community in Delta State led by renowned Environmentalist, Dr George Idodo-Umeh, yesterday raised an alarm over the spread of strange diseases in the area due to the illegal dumping of toxic waste in the River Areba by the Shell Producing and Developing Company”

Thursday 20 October 2005

By Osaro Okhomina

BENIN CITY — Olomoro Community in Delta State led by renowned Environmentalist, Dr.George Idodo-Umeh, yesterday raised an alarm over the spread of strange diseases in the area due to the illegal dumping of toxic waste in the River Areba by the Shell Producing and Developing Company (SPDC), alleging that over 50 persons were killed due to the consumption of fishes contaminated with heavy metals and other toxic chemicals.

The elders of the community, who were led to the Benin Office of Vanguard yesterday by Dr George Idodo-Umeh and armed with a survey conducted by him on the damage done to the river by the alleged deposition of liquid and solid waste, challenged the Federal and State Governments and the oil company to conduct a joint survey on the waste and come out with a control measure to save the lives of their people. read more

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Rossport Five ‘constrained’ by pending High Court case

Western People (Ireland): Rossport Five ‘constrained’ by pending High Court case

Wednesday 19 October 2005

Mr Micheal Ó Seighin, one of the Rossport Five, made a brief appearance at the public consultation where Dr Mark Garavan, Spokesperson for Shell to Sea made a statement on behalf of the men.

Dr Garavan explained that the statement was the men’s way of indicating their willingness to engage constructively in resolving the Corrib Gas crisis. It provided them with a way in which to explain why they felt it was impossible for them to participate. Public consultations should be held prior to decisions being made. read more

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Shell’s Sakhalin-2 financing package seen delayed

Reuters: Shell’s Sakhalin-2 financing package seen delayed

“LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell Plc looks set to miss a target to agree a $5bn financing package for its Sakhalin-2 gas project by the end of the year…”

Wednesday 19 October 2005

LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell Plc looks set to miss a target to agree a $5bn financing package for its Sakhalin-2 gas project by the end of the year, due to delays in securing a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

EBRD spokeswoman Vanora Bennett said on Tuesday the lender had not yet decided when it will begin a 120-day public consultation period on its part of the package, suggesting overall approval will be in early 2006 at the earliest.

The EBRD is concerned that the project may not meet its environmental policies. read more

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Shell considers third train at Sakhalin-2

UPI Energy Watch: Shell considers third train at Sakhalin-2

“A huge and diverse array of technical and environmental challenges have surrounded the project, including the need to reroute offshore pipelines to bypass feeding grounds for an endangered species of whale. In July, the Sakhalin Energy partners announced a massive revision to the project budget — to $20 billion from $10 billion — and a delay to first LNG deliveries.”

Wednesday 19 October 2005

Intl. Intelligence

By ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU

United Press International

Shell and Japanese partners Mitsui and Mitsubishi are evaluating options for a third train at their Sakhalin-2 LNG development on Russia’s Pacific Shelf.

Gas to supply a third train could come from a variety of sources, David Greer, deputy chief executive of Sakhalin Energy, the project operating company, said last Thursday during a presentation to an industry gathering in Scotland.

“The issue is getting the additional gas that would be required,” Greer said. “We are looking at deeper prospects in (the) Lunskoye (gas field). We have some space for a third train. It will be a question of earmarking the most appropriate reserves.” But a third train “wouldn’t be available much before 2012,” he said. read more

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Ousted dictators

From our October 2005 Shell News Archive

The Seoul Times: NOC of Libya, Shell Agree on Major Gas Deal

“Shell’s Executive Director for Exploration and Production, Mr Malcolm Brinded, said: We are delighted to be back in Libya and honoured to work together with NOC…”: “I am excited about concluding this major agreement.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

By Jamal Al Majaida
Middle East & Africa

The National Oil Corporation of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (NOC) and Shell Exploration and Production Libya GmbH have reached a long-term agreement for a major gas exploration and development deal.

The agreement covers the rejuvenation and upgrade of the existing LNG Plant at Marsa Al-Brega on the Libyan coast, together with exploration and development of five areas located in the heart of Libya’s major oil and gas producing Sirte Basin. read more

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Ex-Shell employees suit within time frame

New Straits Times (Malaysia): ‘Ex-Shell employees’ suit within time frame’

“On Sept 20, 2004, the High Court in Miri ruled in favour of the ex-employees and said the retirement benefit under the Retirement Benefit Fund was ultra vires the Act. Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd filed an appeal.”

Tuesday 18 October 2005

PUTRAJAYA, Mon. – The Court of Appeal today ruled that it has the jurisdiction to decide whether former employees of Sabah and Sarawak Shell had filed their civil action within six years.

A total of 398 ex-employees had sought a court ruling on whether their employers’ decision to deduct their contributions before paying out retirement benefits to them was against the Employees Provident Fund Act.

On Sept 20, 2004, the High Court in Miri ruled in favour of the ex-employees and said the retirement benefit under the Retirement Benefit Fund was ultra vires the Act. read more

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Irish Times: Minister will consider deferral of order

Irish Times: Minister will consider deferral of order

“The Mayo-based Shell to Sea campaign described the proposal yesterday as “incredible”. It has been calling on the company for weeks to follow the ministerial order and dismantle the illegally welded section – which was reported by The Irish Times last July.”

Tuesday October 18, 2005

Lorna Siggins, Marine Correspondent

Minister for the Marine Noel Dempsey says he will “consider” a call by some north Mayo residents for a deferral of his dismantling order for the illegally welded section of the Shell onshore gas pipeline.

The Minister was responding to a statement issued by the Pro-Erris Gas Group (PEGG) yesterday, in which it proposed the dismantling be postponed until the Minister’s new safety review is published.

The group said that if the safety review endorsed the onshore pipeline, Shell should be fined a minimum of 250,000 instead. This money should be used “exclusively” on “worthwhile projects” within the Kilcommon parish, the group said in the statement, issued by its chairman, Michael Healy. read more

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Merer says Shell will make billions-dollar investment in Iran oil sector

Tehran Times (Iran): Merer says Shell will make billions-dollar investment in Iran oil sector

“Chairman of the Shell companies in Iran, Yves Merer, said here Sunday the Anglo-Dutch oil giant would make an investment worth billions of dollars in the Islamic Republic’s industry.”

Monday 17 October 2005

Tehran Times Economic Desk

TEHRAN (MNA) – Chairman of the Shell companies in Iran, Yves Merer, said here Sunday the Anglo-Dutch oil giant would make an investment worth billions of dollars in the Islamic Republic’s industry.

Merer, who talked to Fars News Agency, added the demand for energy, including oil, would soar in the future but oil prices would keep fluctuating. He reiterated, “The Shell will inject billions of dollars into Iran’s industry if the country pays more heed to investment. read more

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Shell’s pipeline costs overflow to $22bn

From our October 2005 Shell news archive

The Observer: Shell’s pipeline costs overflow to $22bn

“The financial crisis has prompted Gazprom, the state-owned Russian energy giant, to delay rubber-stamping a deal that would see it take a 25 per cent stake in Sakhalin-2.”: “Shell is desperately trying to secure bank loans to help finance Sakhalin-2, which it says will generate $45bn worth of oil and liquefied natural gas.”

Sunday 16 October 2005

Nick Mathiason

Sunday October 16, 2005

The escalating financial crisis at one of Shell’s most crucial energy projects, already massively over budget, has taken a turn for the worse.

It is understood that the Sakhalin-2 gas and oil pipeline project, which originally had a budget of $10 billion, could now cost $22bn. The scheme will transport oil and gas from an island off the east coast of Russia.

Last month the Anglo-Dutch energy giant admitted the project would cost around $20bn, but sources close to the Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, which Shell currently controls, suggest the final bill could be even higher. read more

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Shell vows commitment to Corrib gas field

RTE NEWS (IRELAND): Shell vows commitment to Corrib gas field

It has also announced that work will begin next week on dismantling a section of the pipeline which was welded without the consent of the Department of the Environment.

Posted Saturday 15 October 2005

Shell Ireland said today it remains fully committed to developing the Corrib Gas Field which lies off the Co Mayo coast.

However, it said it has no plans to bow to public pressure to build an offshore terminal or change the route of a controversial onshore pipeline.

The company says it is working to address the safety concerns of local landowners and it welcomes what it describes as ‘an increased level of co-operation’ between all sides over the past two weeks. read more

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Shell ‘committed’ to solving Corrib issues

Irish Times: Shell ‘committed’ to solving Corrib issues

Saturday Oct 15, 2005

Lorna Siggins, Marine Correspondent

Shell E&P Ireland says it is “fully committed” to completing the 900 million Corrib gas project in Mayo and to finding a solution relating to all the issues raised by some local landowners on the onshore pipeline route.

The company’s managing director Andy Pyle said in Ballina, Co Mayo, yesterday that all sides needed to work together in a constructive manner. He said he welcomed progress made at all of the project sites in Mayo over the past fortnight. read more

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Shell Says It’s `Committed’ to Controversial Irish Gas Pipeline

BLOOMBERG: Shell Says It’s `Committed’ to Controversial Irish Gas Pipeline

“Five Irishmen spent 94 days in jail for refusing to obey a court order not to interfere with the pipeline to an onshore processing plant. They and their supporters say it’s being built on “unstable bog land” close to homes, and that the proposed refinery will pollute a nearby nature reserve and local water.”

Friday 14 October 2005

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s second-largest oil company, said it plans to proceed with a controversial pipeline in western Ireland to pump gas onshore from the 900 million-euro ($1.1 billion) Corrib field.

Shell is “fully committed both to the completion of the Corrib Project and to finding a solution that will deal with all of the issues concerning some local landowners,” Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. Managing Director Andy Pyle said today in an e-mailed statement. read more

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BP has greater ambitions for China than any oil major has ever dared to consider possible

Financial Times: BP has greater ambitions for China than any oil major has ever dared to consider possible

“Shell and CNOOC are setting up a $4.3bn refinery and chemicals plant in southern China, which makes the Anglo-Dutch company one of the largest foreign investors in the country.”

Friday 14 October 2005

By Enid Tsui in Hong Kong

Published: October 14 2005

Lord Browne’s ambitions in China goes far beyond what western oil majors have ever achieved in one of the world’s largest energy markets.

If BP gets its way, it may receive a significant stake in Sinopec, marking the first time a state-owned Chinese oil giant allows foreign influence into its boardroom.

The country’s oil and gas sector is dominated by the three national companies – Sinopec, PetroChina and CNOOC. While their dominance has historically overshadowed private sector investment in the sector, these behemoths are no strangers to working with overseas partners. read more

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