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Issues relating to Shell’s acquisition of BG Group Plc

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By John Donovan

Extract from an email received from a knowledgeable source who wishes to remain anonymous:

…your subscribers might be interested in the following:

The cost of Phase I in BG’s QGC LNG project was approximately £20bn. BG borrowed approximately 65% of this money by issuing Corporate Bonds to a level somewhere between £12Bn and £14Bn to fund this. Shell acquired this debt when it bought BG Group.

BG’s Western Delta Deep Marine gas fields in the western Nile Delta produce approximately 20,000BBL/Day of contaminated water. When the fields were operated by BG this water was driven by road tanker and dumped somewhere in the desert. Have Shell done anything to address this environmental issue?

On a different subject relating to the acquisition, printed below is a self-explanatory email I sent on 27 April to Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Since no response has been received, I can only assume that Mr. Brandjes is not interested in the apparent fact that former BG Group shareholders are being financially exploited by greedy parties involved in the acquisition who have not operated in a transparent fashion?


From: John Donovan <[email protected]>

Subject: BG Group Plc

Date: 27 April 2016 at 13:13:52 BST

To: Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>

Dear Mr. Brandjes

Are you aware that a company called ProSearch is approaching former shareholders in BG Group plc seeking a commission to send funds owed to them arising from the Royal Dutch Shell’s acquisition of BG Group plc?

As far as I know, the letters have been sent solely to shareholders who had not notified BG Group of a change of address.  

It appears from the emails I have received that ProSearch is not declaring in these approach letters that it is a subsidiary of Equiniti Group Plc which has Royal Dutch Shell Plc as a client and formerly also acted for BG Group Plc. 

There seems to be something lacking in communication or transparency? 

Otherwise, I would not be receiving emails from shareholders who apparently believe ProSearch to be a third party company sending them unsolicited mail trying to cash in on the Shell/BG deal. 

Up to the point of establishing the identity of ProSearch this morning, I have been suggesting to the shareholders who have contacted me that they should redirect their emails to you. 

Should I continue to do so?


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