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Shell booked $11 billion in writedowns on its gas business, mostly on its Australian Prelude floating LNG

Shell focused on turning around troubled Australian operations

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Undaunted by hefty writedowns on its Australian gas assets, Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L sees its liquefied natural gas business and “new energy” acquisitions Down Under as core to its long term plans, the Australian unit’s chairman said on Tuesday.

As Europe’s biggest oil company aims for net zero emissions from its operations by 2050 and plans a major restructuring, Shell still sees gas as a crucial part of the puzzle, with around a quarter of its gas assets in Australia. read more

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Shell Resumes Work at Prelude Floating LNG Facility

Shell Resumes Work at Prelude Floating LNG Facility

Zacks Equity Research: September 8, 2020

Royal Dutch Shell plc RDS.A recently confirmed that it resumed activities at Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility offshore Western Australia. The facility remained offline since February due to engineering glitches. This suspension followed an order from Australia’s upstream regulator to perform additional work following three safety incidents that took place at the facility between September and January.

The closure of the Prelude plant depressed Australia’s LNG export volumes, which further took a hit from an extended shutdown of Train 2 at the Chevron Corporation CVX-regulated Gorgon LNG site due to technical snags stemming from fractured heat exchangers. read more

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Australia’s $200 Billion LNG Boom Waylaid by Covid and Cracks

Australia’s $200 Billion LNG Boom Waylaid by Covid and Cracks

James Thornhill Sep 05 2020, 3:30 AM Sep 07 2020, 9:24 AM

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(Bloomberg) — Cooks on strike and cracked equipment are among the latest maladies to undermine Australia’s $200 billion push to become the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas exporter.

More than a year after the completion of a decade-long LNG construction boom, two of the seven marquee projects haven’t been able to work right, the nation’s east coast urban centers face an impending gas shortage blamed partly on exports, and the government is receiving relatively meager tax revenues from fuel sales. read more

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More power to Foresight Solar’s subsidy-free solar farm

Emily Gosden, Energy Editor: Monday September 07 2020, 12.00am, The Times

A listed solar power fund is building its first subsidy-free solar farm after securing a deal to sell its electricity to Royal Dutch Shell.

Foresight Solar, a FTSE 250 fund, said that it would spend £18 million on the 26-megawatt Virgen del Carmen solar farm in southwestern Spain. Its first deal outside Britain and Australia would take its portfolio to 55 assets with 895 megawatts of capacity, it said.

Its existing solar farms benefit from government-backed subsidy schemes, but the Spanish project got the go-ahead solely based on commercial revenues, thanks to a deal to sell the electricity at a fixed price to Shell Energy Europe, a power division of the Anglo-Dutch oil major. The solar farm is expected to be built by the third… read more

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Shell Australia attempts to bring Prelude FLNG back online

Shell Australia attempts to bring Prelude FLNG back online

SUPERMAJOR Shell has begun the process of re-starting production from its fields connected to the Prelude Floating LNG vessel offshore Western Australia, however is facing difficulties eight months after the facility was shut down over engineering problems.

Paul Hunt: Senior Journalist: Oil & Gas, Policy. 07 Sept 2020

Shell Australia confirmed to Energy News that it had begun the process to produce gas from its Browse Basin fields 475 kilometres offshore Broome on Friday afternoon. 

“The process for hydrocarbon restart of Shell’s FLNG facility has commenced,” a Shell Australia spokesperson told Energy News on Friday.

“Once we have safely started up, we will be in a stronger position to talk about timing of production and cargo.”

However, according to one source on board the vessel the restart had some issues with “multiple trips” of the plant and two swivels inside the turret that moors the giant LNG facility in place. read more

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Shell begins restart activity at Prelude FLNG

Shell begins restart activity at Prelude FLNG

Published 04 Sept 2020

Shell has begun restart operations at its 3.6mn t/yr Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facility offshore Western Australia (WA), which has been off line since February. But it has yet to define the timeline for when production will resume.

“The process for hydrocarbon restart of Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility has commenced,” a Shell spokeswoman said. “Once we have safely started up, we will be in a stronger position to talk about timing of production and cargo.” read more

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Exxon Oz Starts Voluntary Redundancy Program

Exxon Oz Starts Voluntary Redundancy Program…

Exxon weighs global job cuts after unveiling Australian lay-off plan

Back in May, Bloomberg reported that Royal Dutch Shell plc would use voluntary severance measures…

by Andreas Exarheas: Rigzone Staff |Thursday, September 03, 2020

ExxonMobil Australia announced Wednesday that it has commenced a voluntary redundancy program.

The program follows an extensive review of the company’s current and future project work, according to ExxonMobil Australia, which highlighted that staff who take part in the program will be asked to offer expressions of interest through this month. read more

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Coronavirus Further Complicates Shell’s Giant Floating Gas Project

Coronavirus Further Complicates Shell’s Giant Floating Gas Project

The $15 billion Prelude vessel highlights how Covid-19 is hindering operations and challenging the economics of energy megaprojects

By Sarah McFarlane:

Royal Dutch Shell PLC spent billions of dollars developing one of the world’s most challenging energy projects, a floating gas terminal five football fields long. The coronavirus pandemic is posing a new problem: How to get workers to safely start it back up.

After years of delays, cost overruns, technical problems and safety concerns, Shell began exporting natural gas from the enormous vessel, known as Prelude, last year off the coast of Australia. But production was halted in February because of an electrical fault. Efforts to restart are now being slowed by social-distancing requirements, the company said. read more

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World’s largest floating LNG factory remains in shutdown — at just three years old

World’s largest floating LNG factory remains in shutdown — at just three years old

More than five times larger than the world’s biggest aircraft carrier, Prelude is the largest floating object ever built. (Supplied: Shell)

ABC KimberleyBy Ben Collins

Shell’s massive floating LNG factory off the Kimberley coast has been in shutdown since February and industry analysts are divided on whether the $12-17 billion facility has a future.

Prelude FLNG is the largest floating object ever built and billed as the solution to getting gas out of Australia’s most remote undersea gas fields. read more

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Shell tries to bribe Prelude workers with $50,000 one-off payment

Paul Hunt: Senior Journalist: Oil & Gas, Policy. 07 August 2020

SHELL is urging its staff to move to a new fly-in, fly-out, roster, a move that has been described by unions as “unsafe.”

Currently FIFO staff work three weeks on, four weeks off, then three weeks on and five weeks off but under the new proposed agreement, employees would simply do a four week on, four week off roster.

In a power-point presentation leaked to Energy News this week, Shell Australia said a new roster was needed due to interstate travel restrictions, and the combined impact of a 14-day quarantine requirement for FIFO staff.

“This is placing significant pressure and strain on Prelude FLNG production team resourcing, as well as work-life balance for all personnel,” Shell said in its proposal to its employees. read more

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Shell signs up to green deal

Shell signs up to green deal

Emily Gosden Energy Editor: The Times

Royal Dutch Shell has bought a company that helps Australian farmers to use their land differently to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The purchase of Select Carbon is the first acquisition by Shell’s “nature-based solutions” business, which was established as part of its push to cut its carbon footprint. The division is focused on investing in projects in forestry, grasslands and other habitats to reduce emissions or capture more carbon from the atmosphere. read more

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Union Strike on Prelude FLNG

Sodexo to chopper ‘scabs’ in preparation for union strike

28 July 2020

Lego model of the Prelude FLNG at Shell House on Wellington Street, Perth.

CONTRACTOR Sodexo has made a last-ditch effort to prevent the impact of a union strike across Shell Australia’s Prelude floating LNG vessel offshore Western Australia, by helicoptering in alternative staff ahead of the protected action set to commence on Thursday.

The Australian Workers Union and Maritime Union of Australia, in a coalition known as the Offshore Alliance, have organised a strike, more commonly known as a ‘protected action’ when undertaken as part of enterprise bargaining, from this Thursday, of more than 60 caters, cooks, and cleaners across the Prelude FLNG. read more

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Workforce strike at Shell’s Prelude confirmed

Workforce strike at Shell’s Prelude confirmed

Paul Hunt: Senior Journalist: Oil & Gas, Policy. 21 July 2020

In a statement provided to Energy News today, union officials said that members had voted unanimously to take protected action at the giant FLNG after negotiations with a key contractor turned sour.

Protected action allows the union members to strike without legal consequences and is often a ‘last resort’ effort to negotiating worker rights.

Union members will not work between 4am and 7am or between 4pm and 7pm. Further to this no hot food will be cooked and no meat will be prepared. There will also be no baking and no laundry services “until further notice”. read more

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Shell’s Big Bet On Prelude Floating LNG May Be A Flop

By Irina Slav – Jul 15, 2020, 3:00 PM CDT

It was the last of the large LNG projects that put Australia in the lead for global LNG exports. It was the biggest jewel in Shell’s LNG crown. But this jewel hasn’t produced any LNG since February, and its future is unclear.

The Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project, with an annual capacity of 3.6 million tons, began shipping LNG last June. The first cargo shipped more than eight years after the final investment decision was made, and two years after the FLNG vessel arrived at the site, one Wood Mac analyst pointed out at the time. In February this year, production was stopped following a technical problem. read more

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From Covid-19 to climate: what’s next after the global oil and gas industry crash?

Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide Online Daily Newspaper on Hellenic and International Shipping: Extracts from above headlined article published in Oil & Companies News 13/07/2020

The global oil and gas industry has crashed. In mid-June, BP – formerly British Petroleum – slashed the value of its assets by US$17.5bn and revealed plans to cut its workforce by 15%. It forecast the price of oil would be a third lower than expected for decades to come and said it may be forced to leave new fossil fuel discoveries in the ground. read more

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Shell sends top HR man to Prelude in the hope of quelling mutiny

Shell sends top HR man to Prelude

09 JULY 2020

SHELL Australia’s top human resources man Adam Ralph has been aboard the Prelude floating LNG vessel some time in an attempt to quell ongoing dissatisfaction, and promising cultural change, Energy News has been told. 

Mechanical and safety issues have exacerbated what some have long called a ‘dysfunctional’ work environment and safety concerns saw production stop and half the staff depart in February.

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