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The Telegraph: Could Big Oil’s well of cash finally dry up?


It is the biggest company in the FTSE 100 and its largest dividend payer – a cornerstone investment for millions of pension funds around the world.

Royal Dutch Shell has not cut dividend payments to shareholders for more than 70 years but a precipitous plunge in oil prices this month has left chief executive Ben van Beurden facing an agonising choice.

The oil price war launched by Russia and Saudi Arabia on March 9 and fuelled by a collapse in demand linked to coronavirus will damage the entire industry – but some producers are far better positioned than others to survive a lengthy downturn.

With oil prices slumping below $25 per barrel this week for the first time since 2002, of all the giant Western oil companies, Shell is among the least well positioned to cope…. and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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