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December, 2014:

Idemitsu Showa Shell merger talks could trigger more consolidation

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 21.10.24Reuters article published Tuesday 23 December 2014 under the headline: Japanese refining merger talks could spur more consolidation

It seems that the forecast wave of mergers in the oil industry arising from the collapse in oil prices has kicked off in Japan. Also fits in with Shell’s fire sale strategy. 

Extracts

Consolidation looks to have kicked off with Japan’s No. 2 refiner Idemitsu seeking to buy No. 5 Showa Shell in a 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) deal that would bring them close to industry leader JX Holdings.

The combined company would have annual sales of about 8 trillion yen, making it the second biggest after the leader JX Holdings and control about 30 percent of Japan’s gasoline market. JX has 33 percent of Japan’s oil market.

Consolidation is further supported by the crash in oil, which has seen prices almost halve since June, resulting in falling stock prices for energy firms and reduced asset values, offering opportunities to cash rich investors. read more

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U.S. litigation arising from secrecy issues surrounding groundbreaking IP technology coveted by Shell

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 00.28.33Alleged industrial espionage by Shell Oil Company: A senior individual in the U.S. intelligence community was authorised by U.S. Dept. of Defense government attorneys to confirm to me that an investigation directed at Shell USA had been initiated by the US Department of the Navy, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

By John Donovan

In 2010, I published an article revealing that four years earlier, U.S. authorities had launched an investigation into alleged industrial espionage by Shell Oil Company.

When I approached the then Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Mr. Richard Wiseman, about the story, this was his initial response on 29 June 2010:

I have no comment to make on this. You should not take this as an indication of our accepting or denying the allegations.

and later the same day: read more

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Oil price rout hits credit rating of Royal Dutch Shell Plc

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Standard & Poor’s warned today that the six-month collapse in oil prices has undermined the credit ratings of Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total. read more

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Tumbling crude prices will lay waste to countries and companies alike

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Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 09.22.26By John Donovan

The oil industry is leaving 2014 on a low note as far as oil prices are concerned. 

A financial earthquake has hit ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, Conocophillips and Total. 

The Sunday Times devoted a whole page article by Danny Fortson to the turmoil resulting from the collapse in the price of crude oil.

According to his article on page 5 of the Business Section of The Sunday Times published on 21 Dec 2014:

“Tumbling crude prices will lay waste to countries and companies alike”

…and tens of thousands of British jobs are at risk.  read more

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Petition over Allseas Nazi named ship, the Peter Schelte

Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 19.48.04By John Donovan

I have just started a petition on change.org asking Edward Heerema, the owner of Allseas Group SA, to change the name of his new ship currently named in honour of his Nazi war criminal father, shown right in his Waffen SS uniform. 

If you share my disgust, you can support the petition here

I have also brought this matter to the attention of the Simon Wiesenthal Organisation. 

FROM CHANGE.ORG

Petitioning Edward Heerema, founder of Allseas Group SA

This petition will be delivered to: Edward Heerema, founder of Allseas Group SA

Out of respect to the victims of the Nazi war crimes, please change the name of your gigantic new ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after your father, a former officer in the murderous Waffen SS and diehard member of the Nazi party.

Please change the name of your new ship, the Pieter Schelte, at 1,253 feet long and 384 feet wide, said to be the largest ship in the world in area. read more

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Big Oil’s $3 Billion Homage to Nazi War Criminal

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The biggest vessel in the world, the Pieter Schelte (above) has been built by Daewoo in South Korea. Swiss company Allseas commissioned the building of the huge $1.7bn ship. Both the legs and main structure of a rig can be moved simultaneously (shown in illustration)

Article by Eamonn Fingleton published by Forbes.com: 20 December 2014

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Big Oil’s $3 Billion Homage to Nazi War Criminal

Ships don’t come bigger than the Pieter Schelte. They don’t come more controversial either. Built in Korea at a cost of nearly $3 billion, the gargantuan new ship is now sailing towards the Netherlands, where it will soon enter service in the European offshore oil industry.

A huge catamaran, it weighs 932,000 tons, a world record, and nearly 18 times the Titanic. It will lift offshore oil rigs weighing up to 48,000 tons, again a world record. So much for the technicalities – but there is, ahem, a slight political problem: the ship’s name. read more

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Shell may exit Japan

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Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 11.37.41According to a report in the Nikkei business daily Royal Dutch Shell will likely exit the oil-refining and sales business in Japan.

Japan’s second-largest oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan is planning to acquire its smaller rival Shell Sekiyu in a deal worth an estimated $4.18 billion.

Idemitsu and Shell are expected to sign a basic agreement as early as February, with the tender offer to be launched pending regulatory approval.

Idemitsu and Showa Shell have a total of six refineries under their wings. read more

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Shell drilling company guilty of environmental and maritime crimes in Alaska’s Arctic

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 15.36.47ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Dec 19, 2014, 3:28 PM ET: By DAN JOLING Associated Press

A drilling company has pleaded guilty to committing environmental and maritime crimes in Alaska’s Arctic.

Bernie G. Wolford Jr., president of Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, appeared in federal court in Anchorage on Friday after reaching an agreement with prosecutors earlier this month.

Wolford said the $8.2 million fine and $4 million in community service payments would be paid Friday. He declined to comment further after the hearing.

Noble operated the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drill unit Kulluk in support of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s offshore drilling efforts in 2012.

According to the agreement, Noble Drilling’s violations included keeping false records or failing to record details surrounding its handling of oil on the vessels. The company also failed to notify the U.S. Coast Guard of hazardous conditions aboard the Noble Discoverer. read more

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Why Shell Is Facing Problems In The Arctic

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By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN
Published: Dec 19, 2014 at 11:21 am EST

Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is uncertain over its plans to drill in the US Arctic. The final decision regarding the company is expected to come in March, 2015. During this time the company is likely to consider various factors before taking a decision.

How crude oil prices have moved in the last six months seems will be a factor in any decision taken by management. Oil exploration and production (E&P) activities have fallen globally because of the dip in prices. read more

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Shell may abandon Arctic drilling indefinitely

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Royal Dutch Shell is expected to announce by March if it will go forward with plans to drill for oil in Arctic waters offshore Alaska in 2015, a decision which may have more to do with the outcome of court cases and U.S. government reviews than global market fundamentals.

Shell’s decision is widely seen as a potential turning point for the company’s long-range Arctic plans, with billions already spent and rival companies putting their own Arctic drilling plans on hold; if Shell does not pursue drilling off north Alaska in 2015, it may abandon the region indefinitely. read more

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Shell – leveraging the climate debate

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43Four of these experts were from Shell, a prominent member of history’s top 90 polluters. Shell was also paying the costs. Its logo was everywhere, cuddling alongside National Geographic’s. The event was hijacked by Shell…

Extracts from an article by Assaad W. Razzouk published by The Ecologist

The annual UN Climate Talks ended on Sunday in Lima, Peru. In case you were wondering, nothing happened.

In Lima, Shell’s top climate advisor was comfortable enough to admit that Shell enjoys its relationship with the notorious American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a shadowy shop specialised in aggressive efforts to counteract emissions reductions and regulations.

This is the same ALEC which, in the words of Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, is “literally lying” about climate science. read more

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Why Shell Is Selling Its Norwegian Downstream Business

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Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 11.37.41Royal Dutch Shell has decided to sell off of its Norwegian downstream business to Finland’s ST1 in order to improve profitability and achieve its divestment targets

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN
Published: Dec 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm EST

Royal Dutch Shell plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) has decided to sell its Norwegian downstream business comprising commercial fuels, retail and logistics businesses. The company is planning to sell the stake to ST1, a fuel company in Finland. No further details have been disclosed so far.

A Retail Brand License Agreement is also expected to be part of the deal. This particular agreement would make sure that the Shell brand remains highly visible in the Norwegian market through a distributor. The deal is yet to be approved by regulatory authorities and is expected to be confirmed next year. Shell will also run its Norwegian aviation business in a 50-50 joint venture with with ST1, which already operates Shell pumps in Sweden and in Finland. read more

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PETER VOSER JOINS ANOTHER SCANDAL RIDDEN COMPANY 

By John Donovan

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When Peter Voser’s departure as CEO was announced, it was explained that Peter wanted time for his family, hobbies and to give back to society. Today it was announced that he’s being proposed as Chairman of ABB (his previous employer) and he also took a directorship at a Singaporean Sovereign Invetsment house some months ago. This makes his departure story look suspicious. Maybe the board was aware that he overpaid for unconventional acreage in the USA and that his China adventures were quickly going nowhere but down. Is it time for the RDS board to be a bit more forthcoming with its justification? read more

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Shell agrees sale of downstream businesses in Norway

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 11.37.41Shell has signed an agreement with ST1 for the sale of its retail, commercial fuels and supply and distribution logistics businesses in Norway. In addition, Shell’s aviation business in Norway will become a 50-50 joint venture with ST1.

The sale is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed in 2015.

The transaction includes a Retail Brand Licence Agreement which will ensure that Shell’s brand remains highly visible in Norway and that high-quality Shell fuels and lubricants products, and the euroShell loyalty card scheme, will continue to be available to customers in the country. read more

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5 YEARS BEFORE OIL RETURNS TO $100 PER BARREL?

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Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 18.34.00By John Donovan

The Trefis Team has published an extensive, highly informative article under the headline:

“Where Are Oil Prices Headed In The Long Run?”

It takes many factors into account before forecasting that annual average crude oil prices are likely to continue to decline in the short to medium term and bottom out by 2017, to reach $100 per barrel again by 2020.

This expert analysis will not be well received by Big Oil, its employees or Putin.

FULL ARTICLE

We can expect to see many more news reports like this one:

Chevron Withdraws From A Multi-Billion Dollar Project In Ukraine

US energy giant Chevron has informed Ukraine about its decision to pull out of a $10 billion shale gas exploration project. This comes as a big blow to the already war-torn economy of the country. The withdrawal of the project came a few months after Royal Dutch Shell also withdrew from a multi-billion dollar exploration project in the country. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc Plunge

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Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 16.52.18The FTSE 100 has been dipping perilously in the past few weeks, giving up 722 points (10.5%) from its recent high of 6,905 on 4 September to Monday’s close of 6,183 — and if it can lose that much in three months it could certainly drop to 6,000 or lower by the end of December. Often such runs can be put down to individual sectors, and the big safe companies are there to offer some support and prevent a meltdown. But the crucial driver right now is oil. Brent crude crashed through the $60 per barrel level this week to reach its lowest since 2009, and as I write today it’s trading at a fraction under $59! Shell shares slumped by 17% between 21 November and close on 15 December.  read more

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