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Shell focuses on less developed US shale oil plays

HOUSTON | Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:35pm GMT

Oct 31 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is “very interested” in onshore U.S. shale oil, but the company is focusing on less developed plays to bypass the pricey competitive rush for more established acreage, the head of Shell’s Americas operations said on Monday.

Marvin Odum told Reuters in an interview that oil majors likely will move into shale oil plays faster than they did during the natural gas shale boom.

He also said he expected the Keystone XL Canada-to-Texas pipeline to be approved despite opposition and that Shell’s joint-venture Motiva Enterprises’ refinery in Port Arthur will be well positioned to process heavy Canadian crude transported in the line. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell, Tony Blair and Muammar Gaddafi

From pages 42 & 43 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report was made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

In May 2005, Shell signed an agreement to start a joint venture with the Libyan National Oil Corporation. The joint venture would revamp and expand the existing liquified natural gas (LNG) Plant at Marsa el-Brega on the Libyan coast. It would also explore for gas and subsequently develop five areas totalling 20,000 square kilometres located in the heart of Libya’s Sirte Basin. Shell was committed to invest USD 637 million in the first phase of the joint venture.

Already in March 2004, Malcolm Brinded, head of exploration and production at Shell, stated: “We were in Libya in the Fifties and we were in Libya in the Eighties for an exploration programme, but for this one we came back in 2001 and so this is the culmination of discussions over that.” International sanctions on Libya were lifted in 2003 and 2004. Thus, Shell had been fishing for contracts from Gaddafi a long time before international sanctions were lifted. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Missing Shell exec found dead in Netherlands

31 October 2011

CALGARY — What should have been business as usual in the Netherlands turned tragic this weekend, as a missing Shell Canada employee has turned up dead.

Barry Maguire, a general manager of design engineering for Shell, was found by the sea early Sunday.

A spokesman for the company confirmed Sunday evening Maguire of Calgary who had died while on a business trip.

He had been reported missing Thursday.

“We understand from the police in the Netherlands that the body of the employee, who previously had been reported missing, was found earlier (Sunday),” spokesman Stephen Doolan said. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Asia LNG prices to continue rising-Shell CEO Voser

Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:07am GMT

Oct 31 (Reuters) – Oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) expects prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia to continue rising and refining margins to stay under pressure in 2012, its chief executive said on Monday.

“LNG prices are rising and we see this continuing,” Peter Voser told Reuters on the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).

Shell is working on new supply sources and that could influence prices in the longer term. The oil major has bought a marine terminal on Canada’s Pacific Coast as a possible site to export LNG to Asia. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Malcolm Brinded sucking up to the Chinese government

Following the demise of his friend Gaddafi, Royal Dutch Shell Executive Director Malcolm Brinded (center figure in photo immediately above) has turned his attention to the Chinese government. Jia Qinglin (Front, R same photo), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), listens to the introduction of a senior manager as he visits the research and development center of Royal Dutch Shell in The Hague, the Netherlands, Oct. 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Tao) read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell looks to North Sea as European investment cut


28 Oct 2011

ROYAL Dutch Shell said it would curb investment in Europe where it expects the economy to stagnate, but made clear it would still spend in the North Sea.

Announcing bumper profits driven by high oil prices, the oil and gas giant said it will shift a growing share of its investment to places like Qatar, where the launch of huge projects will underpin growth for years.

Noting that Shell only devotes 15% of its investment to Europe, chief financial officer Simon Henry said the continent’s share will shrink amid concerns about the fallout from the debt crisis. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan


By David Cralk: Friday October 28,2011

OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell unveiled a doubling in profits ­yesterday thanks to higher prices as it vowed to slash European investment because of economic fears.

Chief executive Peter Voser said the group was making good progress as it reported third-quarter profits of $7.2billion (£4.5billion) for the period to the end of September up from £2.1billion last time.

It said oil prices, often soaring above $100 a barrel and new projects particularly in Canada and Qatar, had been the main drivers offsetting a 2 per cent dip in production to 3million barrels a day after a ramp up in asset sales such as its SDHp Norwegian gas pipelines. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan


By STEVE HAWKES, Business Editor: Friday 28 October 2011

*£12.5bn cash in the bank

*90,000 staff around the world

*3m output in millions of barrels a day

SOARING oil and gas prices have sent profits surging to £49million a day at SHELL.

The energy giant made a whopping £4.5billion over the three months to October — DOUBLE the same period a year ago.

Yesterday’s figures come as drivers are being forced off the road by soaring petrol prices as the cost of oil hits record highs.

AA chiefs claim a quarter of motorists are cutting back.

AA president Edmund King said motorists “will not be pleased” to see oil giants making a killing.

But he insisted many now blame the Chancellor more than oil companies for the huge prices they pay at the pump. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell is another country: they do things differently there

The Guardian home

The oil giant handles budgets and projects of a size that would daunt nation states. The difference is that it need answer to no one … and it’s running a huge surplus

Posted by Thursday 27 October 2011 13.08 BST The Guardian

Shell: ‘ticking like a Swiss watch’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

What European leader would not want to swap places with Shell boss Peter Voser? He has just doubled the company’s profits in the third quarter, amassed $30bn (£18.7bn) of cash over the last nine months and is now buying back shares at the rate of $800m every three months for want to anything better to do with the money.

Voser has the advantage of having everything to gain from higher energy prices. The social and political fallout from rising fuel poverty and mutinous motorists rarely touches the parallel universe that is Shell Centre in London. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

North Sea oil spill risk ‘unacceptably high’, claims European commission

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Commission says new laws needed to prevent another Deepwater Horizon, as Shell and Exxon reveal massive profits

Shell made $7.2bn in profits in the third quarter. Photograph: Royal Dutch Shell/EPA

The European commission has warned that the likelihood of a Deepwater Horizon-type accident in the North Sea remains “unacceptably high” as it outlined new laws to counter the danger.

The moves have angered the UK government and offshore oil industry while threatening to put a brake on some of the huge profits declared by big North Sea operators Shell and ExxonMobil.

Brussels officials defended their plans to in effect seize overall control of North Sea regulation from the British authorities. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Motiva Texas expansion 90 pct complete – Shell

Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:09am EDT

* Port Arthur refinery will be 600,000 bpd

* Will be deep conversion plant

* Refinery to process wide variety of crude oils

NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The expansion of the Motiva Port Arthur, Texas refinery is 90 percent complete and start-up procedures are slated to begin in the first half of next year, Shell officials said on Thursday.

The officials made the remarks about the refinery, jointly owned by Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco, in a third-quarter earnings conference call.

The refinery is currently rated at 325,000 barrels per day of input capacity and will expand to 600,000 bpd once the expansion is complete. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan



Ad (a) must not appear again in its current form. Ad (b) must not be broadcast again in its current form. We told Shell to ensure that they held adequate substantiation for their advertising claims in future.

Shell UK Ltd

Shell Centre


19 October 2011


Radio, Direct mail



Number of complaints:


Complaint Ref:


A direct mailing and a radio ad for fuel:

a. The direct mailing, sent in early March 2011, was headed “Our scientists have developed a regular fuel to help you save”. Further text stated “The scientists at Shell are committed to creating fuels that improve your fuel economy. Their latest fuels – Shell FuelSave Unleaded and Diesel – are designed to help you save fuel and money. These advanced fuels each have a special formula enriched with a Shell Efficiency Improver combined with a special detergent package – designed to improve your fuel economy from the very first fill. And of course you’ll collect one point for every litre you buy”. Next to the text was an image of a man dressed in a lab coat holding a full 1 litre measuring glass, with text on it that stated “SAVE UP TO 1 LITRE PER TANK* AT NO EXTRA COST”. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell Reports Higher Q3 Earnings on Oil Prices

By Eduard Gismatullin – Oct 27, 2011 8:25 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil company, said third-quarter profit doubled as energy prices rose and it ramped up projects from Qatar to Canada.

Net income increased to $7 billion from $3.5 billion a year earlier, The Hague-based Shell said today in a statement. Excluding one-time items and inventory changes, earnings beat analyst estimates.

Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser is seeking to boost output with a $100 billion investment plan through 2014, including the Pearl gas-to-liquids and Qatargas 4 liquefied natural-gas projects and an upgrade at an oil-sands project in Alberta. Shell has sold about $6.2 billion of assets this year, exceeding a $5 billion target. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Kashagan Expansion May Finish Earlier, KazMunaiGaz CEO Says

October 26, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

By Nariman Gizitdinov and Hellmuth Tromm

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other partners in the Kashagan venture may complete expansion as early as 2017, allowing Kazakhstan to reach its goal of becoming one of the world’s biggest oil exporters faster.

“If the partners will choose the field’s development conception by the end of this year or beginning of next year” and the government approves it, the expansion may be finished by 2017 or 2018, as much as a year earlier than the company previously estimated, said Bolat Akchulakov, chief executive officer of KazMunaiGaz National Co., a partner in the project. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

A Coast Guard Challenge: Arctic Drilling

October 26, 2011, 6:15 pm


As I noted in my article in Wednesday’s paper, Shell Oil has received several preliminary permits to begin drilling exploratory wells off the Arctic coast of Alaska next summer even as foes of drilling there argue that the severe conditions — ice, darkness, brutal storms — will make it impossible to properly respond to a spill or other problem.

Opponents are also challenging Shell’s plans for other reasons, including the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from all of the new work and vessel traffic. Some Native Alaskan groups have joined environmental groups in the fight. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell’s Q3 profits soar on higher oil price

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) reported a doubling in profits on Thursday thanks to higher oil prices, robust demand for gas and stronger refining margins, and said it would continue to sell off non-core assets.

Europe’s largest oil company by market value said it’s current cost of supply (CCS) net income was $7.2 billion, a 100 percent rise on the same period last year when non-cash accounting charges weighed on the result.

The underlying result was broadly in line with analysts forecasts. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan