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AFX News: Fears over Sakhalin-2 revealed in Shell emails – report

LONDON (AFX) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC was warned more than four years ago by one of its own senior officials that he had major reservations about safety issues inside the troubled Sakhalin-2 development in eastern Russia, The Guardian reported.

Internal Shell emails, sent to the then technical director of the Shell-led Sakhalin Energy company, raise fears about the size of wells, drilling in an earthquake area, and an unforgiving schedule, the newspaper said.

One of the messages from Hans Bouman, asset manager for the NAM company, jointly owned by Shell and Esso, questions whether one division of Shell turned down the opportunity to develop Sakhalin because of its own concerns, The Guardian added.

The emails have surfaced as Shell comes under attack from the Kremlin over costs soaring to 12 bln stg and allegations of environmental damage caused by the liquefied natural gas scheme, according to the newspaper. [email protected] nh/abr

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