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Future of Brent Oil Platform’s Giant Legs Remains Uncertain

Future of Brent Oil Platform’s Giant Legs Remains Uncertain

Laura Hurst: 09 April 2021

(Bloomberg) — The U.K. government is still undecided on whether it will allow Royal Dutch Shell Plc to leave in the sea the giant concrete legs that once supported the iconic Brent oil platforms.

Shell has asked for permission to leave the columns — each almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower and together weighing around 1 million tons — jutting from the water because it says removing them would pose a greater environmental risk. A government decision on the matter, which was last due in September, has dragged. read more

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Oil titans vow climate collaboration with White House

Oil titans vow climate collaboration with White House

March 23, 2021Updated: March 23, 2021 8:24 a.m.

Chief executives of some of the largest U.S. oil companies promised to collaborate with the Biden administration in its campaign against climate change during a meeting Monday with White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy.

The oil industry leaders pledged support for federal regulations explicitly limiting emissions of methane from wells and other oilfield equipment — a declaration that dovetails with President Joe Biden’s vow to clamp down on leaks of the potent greenhouse gas. read more

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Eni and Shell Acquitted of Nigeria Bribery Charges in Milan

Eni and Shell Acquitted of Nigeria Bribery Charges in Milan

Alberto Brambilla, Laura Hurst: Mar 17 2021, 9:24 PM Mar 18 2021, 4:43 AM

(Bloomberg) — Eni SpA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and several of their current and former executives were acquitted of corruption charges related to a Nigerian oil deal by a court in Milan.

The verdict ends a three-year legal saga that loomed large over the tenure of Eni Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi, who was among those found not guilty on Wednesday. Italian prosecutors had sought an eight-year jail term for him. read more

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Shell Names Mackenzie as New Chairman, Proposes 50% Female Board

Shell Names Mackenzie as New Chairman, Proposes 50% Female Board

Bloomberg: Laura Hurst: Thu, March 11, 2021, 8:43 AM

(Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc appointed former BHP Group executive Andrew Mackenzie as chairman, and said its board would have as many women as men on it for the first time.

Mackenzie, who oversaw BHP’s retreat from shale, takes over from Chad Holliday, whose departure had been flagged since last year. It also appointed cyber expert Jane Lute, a move that will take its board to gender parity, the company said.

“Andrew brings to Shell his experience of leadership, his global outlook, and a deep understanding of the energy business and climate action,” the company said in the statement. read more

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Nigerian Court Rejects Shell’s Bid to Unfreeze Its Bank Accounts

Nigerian Court Rejects Shell’s Bid to Unfreeze Its Bank Accounts

By William Clowes: 10 March 2021, 07:45 GMT

 Nigerian court rejected Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s bid to overturn an order restricting access to the company’s bank accounts in the West African country, a spokesman said.

Aiteo Eastern E&P Co. obtained an injunction from a federal court in Lagos on Jan. 25 directing Shell and multiple Nigerian banks not to let the oil major withdraw funds “without first preserving or ring-fencing” almost $2.8 billion. A judge refused Shell’s application to vacate the order at a hearing on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the company’s Nigerian unit. read more

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How the Oil Lobby Learned to Love Carbon Taxes

How the Oil Lobby Learned to Love Carbon Taxes

The American Petroleum Institute may come out in favor of a carbon price, a sign of Washington’s dramatic move toward climate-friendly policy.

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Leslie Kaufman: 4 March 2021, 07:00 GMT

Few saw the surprise disclosure earlier this week that the American Petroleum Institute is considering endorsing a price on carbon dioxide emissions and thought the fierce fossil fuel lobby was suddenly becoming climate-friendly. Rather, seasoned industry-watchers say it’s the clearest sign yet that fossil fuel companies see Washington’s shift on climate policy as a real and significant threat. read more

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Why the World Worries About Russia’s Nord Stream Pipeline

Why the World Worries About Russia’s Nord Stream Pipeline

Gazprom owns the project operator, with Royal Dutch Shell Plc and four other investors contributing half of the 9.5 billion-euro ($11.6 billion) cost. By Dina Khrennikova and Anna Shiryaevskaya | Bloomberg: Feb. 25, 2021 A natural gas pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea from Russia to the German coast is shaking up geopolitics. Nord Stream 2, as it’s called, fuels worries in the U.S. and other countries that the link could give the Kremlin new leverage over Germany and other NATO allies. Pipe construction, halted in 2019, resumed in December 2020, yet U.S. sanctions still threaten to pull the brakes on the project backed by the Russia’s Gazprom PJSC.

1. What is Nord Stream 2?

It’s a 1,230-kilometer (764-mile) gas pipeline that will double the capacity of the existing undersea route from Russian fields to Europe — the original Nord Stream — which opened in 2011. Gazprom owns the project operator, with Royal Dutch Shell Plc and four other investors contributing half of the 9.5 billion-euro ($11.6 billion) cost. Initially expected to come online by the end of 2019, the link has been delayed by U.S. sanctions that forced Swiss contractor Allseas Group SA to withdraw its pipelaying vessels when all but 160 kilometers of the link was in place. When Nord Stream 2 started construction again, Russian vessels were deployed to lay 2.6 kilometers in Germany’s exclusive economic zone. In January 2021 work resumed on the Danish section. read more

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Shell’s Nigerian accounts frozen in oil deal dispute

Shell’s Nigerian accounts frozen in oil deal dispute

Feb. 19, 2021 9:59 AM ET Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A) By Carl SurranSA News Editor: 12 Comments

  • A Nigerian court has restricted Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.ARDS.B) access to its bank accounts in the country amid a legal dispute over a pipeline deal six years ago.
  • A local oil producer is demanding billions of dollars in damages, claiming Shell misrepresented the condition of the pipeline and undercounted the volume of crude one of its facilities received from the Nigerian company, Bloomberg reports, citing court documents.
  • The allegations involve its $2.4B purchase in 2015 of a 45% interest in an oil block and pipeline from three multinational companies, including Shell.
  • The dispute is just one among several related to Shell’s activities in Nigeria; YTD, a Dutch court has ruled Shell is liable for oil spills in two villages 13 years ago, and the U.K. Supreme Court allowed 40K fishermen and farmers to sue Shell in England.
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    Shell Files Arbitration Against Nigeria Over Spill Dispute

    Shell Files Arbitration Against Nigeria Over Spill Dispute

    William Clowes: Feb 13 2021, 7:57 PM Feb 13 2021, 10:38 PM

    (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc launched arbitration proceedings against the Nigerian government over a long-running community dispute.

    The oil major’s Netherlands-registered holding company and a Nigerian unit filed a case at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes on Feb. 10, according to the Washington-based organization’s website. Shell brought its claim against Africa’s biggest crude producer under the bilateral investment treaty between the governments of the Netherlands and Nigeria, it said. read more

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    Shell Freezing Salaries for Majority of Staff

    Shell Freezing Salaries for Majority of Staff

    by Bloomberg: Laura Hurst Thursday, February 11, 2021

    (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc will not raise salaries for most of its employees this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as it looks to save cash amid an overhaul of the company.

    In a note to staff, Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden wrote that while the company had previously told employees to have low expectations for salary increases, most wouldn’t get a salary increase this year.

    Shell is starting one of the biggest reorganizations in its history as it pivots from a century-long structure that prioritized oil and gas production. There will be as many as 9,000 job losses over the next two years, with cuts already announced in The Netherlands, the U.K. and Malaysia. A second round of voluntary redundancies is also underway, Van Beurden said last week. read more

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    Shell’s Falling Oil Output Ends Century-Long Business Model

    Shell’s Falling Oil Output Ends Century-Long Business Model

    Laura Hurst: Feb 11 2021, 12:52 PM Feb 12 2021, 1:43 PM

    (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc said its carbon emissions and oil production have peaked and will decline in the coming years as the company laid out a detailed plan for its transition to cleaner energy.

    In a sign of how much the petroleum industry has shifted away from its mantra of growth and exploration, Shell said its oil production will fall by 1% to 2% a year. Assuming an annual reduction on the upper end of that range, the oil major’s production would fall by 18% by the end of the decade. Output of “traditional fuels” will be 55% lower by 2030. read more

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    Shell Says Its Oil Production Has Begun a Long-Term Decline

    Shell Says Its Oil Production Has Begun a Long-Term Decline

    Feb 11, 2021: Bloomberg News: Laura Hurst

    (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc said its carbon emissions and oil production have already peaked and will decline in the coming years as the company laid out a detailed plan for its transition to cleaner energy.

    In a sign of how much the petroleum industry has shifted away from its mantra of growth and exploration, Shell said its oil production will fall by 1% to 2% a year. Output of “traditional fuels” will be 55% lower by 2030. read more

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    Debt-laden oil majors retreat amid rally

    Debt-laden oil majors retreat amid rally

    Feb. 5, 2021Updated: Feb. 5, 2021 7:57 a.m. The wreckage of 2020 still looms large in the boardrooms of Big Oil as executives last week laid out deep spending cuts and plans to repay stubbornly-high debt even as crude rallies to the highest in more than a year.

    Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday added itself to the growing list of supermajors to post disappointing fourth-quarter results. Like many of its peers, the Anglo-Dutch company reported weak cash flow and net income that fell short of expectations.

    The earnings came as an unpleasant surprise to investors that had been expecting a tailwind after crude recovered from last year’s historic lows. But with Covid-19 lockdowns still depressing fuel sales and refining margins, the industry’s focus is on playing defense rather than on taking advantage of a rally that’s pushing Brent crude toward $60 a barrel. read more

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    Ex-Shell Natural Gas Trader Pleads Guilty Over Role in Scheme

    Ex-Shell Natural Gas Trader Pleads Guilty Over Role in Scheme

    By Michael Tobin and Sergio Chapa: 5 February 2021, 14:00 GMT

    • Shell says it cooperated with cases against Marcus Schultz
    • Schultz conspired to profit off fraudulent trades, U.S. says

    A former Royal Dutch Shell Plc natural gas trader in Houston pleaded guilty to a criminal charge related to his role in an illegal scheme in which he sought to profit by using non-public information obtained from the company.

    From roughly 2013 to 2018, Marcus Schultz disclosed the information to other traders and brokers in a conspiracy to profit from fraudulent gas futures trades, the Justice Department said in a federal court filing in Houston. Prosecutors said some of the trading occurred around the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s weekly gas storage report, which can move prices by signaling whether the market is bullish or bearish based on underground inventories. read more

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    Exxon, Shell Face Rating Cuts on Greater Climate Risk, S&P Says

    Exxon, Shell Face Rating Cuts on Greater Climate Risk, S&P Says

    Javier Blas and Laura Hurst: 

    (Bloomberg) — Big Oil suffered a fresh setback after one of the most influential rating companies warned it may cut the credit score of Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and a plethora of other major energy companies due to “greater industry risk” associated with climate change.

    The move by S&P Global Ratings comes as the oil and gas industry is on the ropes, unloved by equity investors and facing pressure from multiple policy makers after U.S. President Joe Biden put climate change at the center of his agenda. read more

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    Ship Orders Slump 50% With Owners Unsure Which Green Fuel to Use

    Ship Orders Slump 50% With Owners Unsure Which Green Fuel to Use

    By Elizabeth Low and Jack Wittels: 8 January 2021, 09:00 GMT

    • LNG, ammonia and hydrogen among alternative fuel contenders
    • Orders at lowest in at least two decades in 2020: IHS Markit

    Article Extracts

    Ship owners facing looming deadlines to use less-polluting fuels have slashed the number of new vessels on order because they don’t know which alternative technology to switch to.

    Ammonia, hydrogen, biofuels and electrification are some of the many contenders to power the world’s future merchant fleet, but most are only in the trial stage and won’t be scalable for at least a decade. With the life of a commercial ship averaging around 20 years, opting for a technology that doesn’t take off could be very costly. read more

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