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Shell says some North Sea assets may be added to the firesale

Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer. Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Ben van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Extracts from an article by Martin Flanagan published on 13 March 2014 by The Scotsman under the headline: “Shell says some North Sea assets may be for sale”

OIL giant Shell suggested today that some of its “mature” North Sea energy assets may be for sale after a string of production breakdowns last year and as it seeks to rein in its growth plans under its new chief executive. Ben van Beurden, who took the helm 10 weeks ago, said in a presentation to financial markets: “We have to be honest with ourselves. The North Sea has disappointed for Shell in 2013. We are looking carefully at cases of unplanned downtime (of rigs).”

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