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Tom Botts: one of the men bringing Shell to its knees



POSTING ON SHELL BLOG BY: shellwaarbenjijnu

….. and so the good news (for other IOCs) continues. BP announces the 19th deep water hit in deep water Angola. Where is the Shell name associated with adding reserves from real exploration and appreciating material volumes from real petroleum engineering? It would make such a refreshing change from the association with scandal – real or imagined.

The core issue is touched on by ex-insider in his observations on Botts. He is typical of the men in charge now. It’s all talk (US inspired “MBA B/S” which is bringing Shell to its knees. He is the one who announced the 25 mln pound global centre to be built at Tullos, Aberdeen. He was the one who talked up the mythical “yet to be produced” 25 bln barrels  from the North Sea at Offshore Europe in 2007.

The first vanished as quickly as it came, the second lives on as a silly pipe dream of those (like Botts) who confuse hydrocarbon molecules in the subsurface with “reserves”. In addition, he has bequeathed a legacy of over promoted yesmen to Shell whilst causing competent staff to resign in disgust. He was one of the worst “my way or the high way” types (and there is a lot of competition for the title “worst”) ever to have been visited on the company. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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