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Why wasn’t Marvin Odum fired after the Alaskan debacle?

MARVIN ODUM ,  DIRECTOR OF UPSTREAM AMERICAS

MARVIN ODUM , DIRECTOR OF UPSTREAM AMERICAS. ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC

Extracts from an article published on Thursday 13 March 2014 by Rigzone.com under the headline: “Shell Looks for Tighter Grip on Upstream Americas”

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden commented: “Shell has a strong asset base and industry leadership in many of its growth themes. While this position of strength gives confidence for the future, it is also clear that we need to get a tighter grip on performance management in Shell. I am determined that, by focusing sharply on our three key priorities – better financial performance, in particular in our Upstream Americas and Downstream businesses, enhanced capital efficiency, and continuing strong project delivery, we will continue to grow our cash flow and improve our returns.”

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Comment from a well-informed reliable source

The losses in upstream in the US are only partially related to the Alaska fiasco.

The amount rumoured to have been lost by Shell on unconventionals in the US may actually be far higher than the amount spent in Alaska, even though the figures have not been widely publicised.

While Alaska was a very public debacle, the cost to date is perhaps $5 billion, which may yet be recoverable if production ever takes place. In contrast, unconventionals have cost a total of about $25 billion, much of which will never be recovered.

This is why Odum’s continued presence on the Executive Committee is so surprising…

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