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Voser – Shell would not have made BP’s mistakes

FT: October 12, 2010 11:05am

Oil & Money conference in London

The keynote speech this morning was delivered by Peter Voser, the CEO of Shell. He talked about the role natural gas has to play in global energy supplies, and especially in the UK, which our energy editor Sylvia Pfeifer wrote about in today’s FT.

But when it came to the Q&A sessions, there are no prizes for guessing what came up first: the BP oil spill. How far would Voser go in criticising his company’s main rival? How confident was he that such an incident would not happen to Shell?

His reply went further than I expected in attacking BP:

From what I know today Shell clearly would have drilled this well in a different way and would have had more options to prevent the accident from happening.

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