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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Shell plans world’s largest hydrogen public transport project

Shell and partners announce plans to create world’s largest hydrogen public transport project

29 June 2006

Provider: Fuel Cell Today 

Shell Hydrogen B.V., in partnership with Connexxion Holding N.V. and MAN Truck & Bus Company N.V., today announced plans to work towards creating the world’s largest hydrogen-fuelled public transport operation in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The project aims to have the largest hydrogen bus fleet operational in a single region before the end of the decade.
In a Memorandum of Understanding signed today, Shell Hydrogen and its partners agreed to conduct an in-depth economic and technical study of the project and to seek additional stakeholders, before making a possible investment decision in 2007. > read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Royal Dutch/Shell in hydrogen transport project

From Reuters
Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:21am ET

AMSTERDAM, June 29 (Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research)(RDSb.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday that it is working with Dutch public transport and MAN Truck & Bus Company (MANG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) to create a fleet of hydrogen-fueled buses in Rotterdam.

“The project aims to have the largest hydrogen bus fleet operational in a single region before the end of the decade,” Shell said in a statement. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Judge sides with gas station owner fighting Shell Oil

From San Jose Mercury News
By Ken McLaughlin

Mehdi Shahbazi is losing his home and livelihood because he has been protesting what he calls “gouging” by oil company executives.

More photosMehdi Shahbazi, the feisty Marina gas station owner who is going broke battling Big Oil, has won a round in federal court in San Jose.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel earlier this month denied Shell Oil Co.’s request for a preliminary injunction to force Shahbazi to leave his beloved gas station on Del Monte Boulevard. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Farm Waste Into Your Gas Tank

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Energy Stalks
Big Players Join Race to Put
Farm Waste Into Your Gas Tank

With Federal Push, Companies
Propose Plants That Turn
Husks, Grass Into Ethanol
Delving Into Elephant Dung
By JOHN J. FIALKA and SCOTT KILMAN
June 29, 2006; Page A1

WILMINGTON, Del. — One way to wean America from its addiction to foreign oil might well lie in the muddy solution swirling about a glass container on top of a DuPont Co. laboratory bench.

Inside the liter-size vessel, a desert-loving bacterium is making motor fuel. The organism, which normally lives on the agave plant of tequila fame, is munching on the chopped-up leaves and stalk of a plant, and excreting a dilute form of ethanol, the gasoline substitute normally made from corn kernels in the U.S. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Sun not quite set on North Sea oil industry

From The Daily Telegraph
(Filed: 29/06/2006)

A surge in exploration interest offers a ray of hope, but renewable plans for the future shine brightest, writes Roland Gribben

A boost for North Sea oil exploration has provided an unexpected bonus for the Government. Just months after oil companies warned that tax changes in the North Sea regime would deter development and encourage companies to give a higher priority to more attractive openings elsewhere, the Department of Trade and Industry has reported the number of companies applying for new exploration and production licences is running at the highest level for 35 years.
 
North Sea surge: there are a record number of licence applications read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Spot trading set to increase as fleet expands

From Lloyds List
Published: Jun 29, 2006

The growing fleet and size of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers should help to increase spot trading in the industry, predicts Bob Salmon, general manager for shipping at Shell Trading, writes Tony Gray.

Mr Salmon, also a committee member of industry group the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, said that the existing fleet was expected to double over the next decade.

In addition, the cargo-carrying capacity of the latest generation of new vessels was increasing substantially to more than 200,000 cu m. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Good money, and no need to get wet

By: Huw Williams, The Independent
Published: Jun 29, 2006

A wind-and rainswept platform perched high above a raging North Sea is not many people’s idea of an ideal working environment, but Britain’s oil and gas industry urgently needs recruits. There is a shortage of skilled workers, and with exploration under way for new reserves, many companies are finding it difficult to get the right staff. And despite the perception of hostile conditions, many of the positions aren’t out on a rig’ they are in comfortable offices on dry land. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Is ethanol the answer to the world’s oil problems, or a green pipe dream?

By: MIKE MCCARTHY ENVIRONMENT EDITOR, The Independent
Published: Jun 29, 2006

What is ethanol?

Ethanol is the best known of the biofuels, and they in turn are any fuels derived from recently living organisms or their byproducts. So wood and straw are biofuels, as is camel dung. But in practice today biofuels are mainly alcohols or other hydrocarbons distilled from the residues of specially-grown crops such as sugar cane, sugar beet, oilseed rape or maize, and used as substitutes for petrol or diesel in the engines of motor vehicles. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Shell recognises Sarawak’s top achievers

From New Straits Times (Malaysia)
Published: Jun 29, 2006

KUCHING: Poverty has not stopped Andy Mark Tipi from doing well in last year’s Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination.

On Tuesday, the efforts of the SM Teknik Sejingkat student, who scored 6As and 1B which made him one of the State’s top achievers, were recognised when Sarawak Shell Berhad offered him a scholarship.

He was among 145 students awarded bursaries and scholarships by the company for doing well in their studies and co-curricular activities. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Fries leaves EBRD to take Shell post

From The Financial Times
By Joyce Dundas

Published: June 29 2006 03:00 | Last updated: June 29 2006 03:00

Shell Group has appointed Steven Fries as its chief economist to be based in The Hague.

Mr Fries joins from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development where he was deputy chief economist and acting chief economist.

He takes up the post on July 1.

He is knowledgeable on Russia, an important territory for Shell, and emerging countries.

Mr Fries is regarded as intelligent and meticulous, if a little reticent in his public pronouncements. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: True North Buys 29 Shell Stations

From Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) – Fuel wholesaler True North Energy LLC bought 29 Shell-branded retail stations and three supply contracts in the Columbus, Ohio, area, Shell Oil Products US said Wednesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Shell said Toledo, Ohio-based True North Energy will keep the stations under the Shell brand. True North is a joint venture between Shell Oil Co. and The Lyden Co., a family run company that began as a bulk fuel delivery business. True North is Shell’s largest fuel wholesaler, and it will supply 335 million gallons annually to 230 Shell-branded stations in Ohio and Michigan after the deal. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Shell Announces Strengthened Truenorth Assets

Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Shell Announces Strengthened Truenorth Assets; True North Energy to Acquire 29 Branded Locations in Columbus

From PRNewswire

    HOUSTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Shell Oil Products US (Shell),
the marketer of the no. 1 selling gasoline brand in America, announced that
its affiliate, True North Energy, LLC of Toledo, Ohio, was the successful
bidder for 29 Shell-branded locations and three supply contracts in the
Columbus area. Last fall, Shell had publicly stated its intent to sell
retail assets in 16 regions to better support its wholesale business and
move toward its vision of becoming the best fuels retailer in the world.
    This transaction means that Truenorth, Shell’s largest fuel wholesaler,
will now supply 335 million gallons annually to 230 Shell-branded locations
in Ohio and Michigan. Truenorth will continue to use the Shell brand at the
29 locations purchased, thereby better serving customers and maintaining
awareness of the Shell brand in the region. According to a confidentiality
agreement between the parties, the purchase price cannot be disclosed at
this time. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc. com: Talks Fuel Speculation on Nova Scotia Gas Project

From Planet Ark

Reuters

CALGARY, Alberta – Speeches planned by the premier of Nova Scotia and his energy minister for later this week have fueled speculation that EnCana Corp.’s long-stalled Deep Panuke natural gas project may be revived.

Premier Rodney MacDonald and Energy Minister Bill Dooks are slated to speak at a breakfast meeting of the Offshore/Onshore Technologies Association in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Friday, although a government official declined to say if the 1 trillion cubic foot gas field was on the agenda. read more

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Personal Finance: Shell ‘improperly used’ surplus pension money

January 28, 2006
By Bruce Cameron and Charlene Clayton

A ruling against oil company Shell may force many trustees to reassess whether their funds are in surplus or whether surpluses have been understated.

In the first ruling of its kind, a tribunal appointed by the Registrar of Pension Funds has found that the Southern African arm of petroleum giant Shell should repay millions of rands to its staff defined benefit pension fund.

The ruling is based on what a 2001 amendment to the Pension Funds Act on the distribution of pension fund surpluses defines as the improper use of pension fund surpluses by employers. The ruling was made even though the “improper” use of the money occurred before the promulgation of the legislation and the practice was not illegal at the time. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Nigerian oil dispute flares into full-scale revolt

The Scotsman
From Reuters
By Tom Ashby

KEGBARA-DERE, Nigeria (Reuters) – Crude oil seeping from a gnarled steel wellhead forms a lake the size of a soccer pitch near the Nigerian village of Kegbara-Dere, but these oilfields have not exported a drop in 13 years.

The Ogoni tribe kicked Royal Dutch Shell out of this part of the Niger Delta in 1993 protesting that they had received nothing in return for four decades of oil production. Today, the same grievances are fuelling a revolt across the entire oil heartland of Africa’s largest producer. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Lessons from Katrina

From Macon.com:

Lessons from Katrina, Rita foster changes by energy businesses

By Kevin G. Hall
McClatchy Newspapers

DEER PARK, Texas – With weather forecasters expecting an “above-average” hurricane season, government regulators and major players in the energy sector hope errors made last year during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita won’t be repeated.

Mistakes and mechanical failures coupled with last year’s unprecedented back-to-back severe storms disrupted U.S. oil production and gasoline distribution and sent global oil prices soaring past $70 a barrel and gasoline above $3 a gallon. Natural gas prices also doubled. read more

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