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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.

FULL ARTICLE

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Shell Prelude in Stormy Weather Again

If the unions are correct and Shell did intervene in negotiations, those actions would be considered unlawful. 

Shell has refuted the accusations. Shell upholds the highest standards of business ethics and complies with our legal obligations. In everything we do we act fairly, honestly and transparently,” a Shell spokesperson told Energy News this morning. 

Unions threaten strike at Australian offshore platforms

Paul Hunt: Senior Journalist: Oil & Gas, Policy.

09 JULY 2020: UNION MEMBERS will vote on whether or not to conduct strikes across Australian offshore platforms next week, as a brawl over workers rights with contractor Sodexo heats up.

Sources, speaking exclusively to Energy News, said the unions expected to receive a Protected Action Ballot Order from the Fair Work Commission imminently. read more

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Australia bears biggest brunt of Shell write-down

Published date: 03 July 2020

Australia bore the brunt of Shell’s $22bn impairment charge this week, with the write-down reflecting its expansion into unconventional gas and pioneering floating LNG (FLNG) technology with the 3.6mn t/yr Prelude venture.

Shell said it will write down the value of its Australian gas assets by between $8bn-9bn, with up to 40pc of its asset impairment from Australia.

Along with Prelude, the other Australian asset to see its value cut was Shell’s upstream coal bed-methane (CBM) gas fields that provide feedstock for the 8.5mn t/yr Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG), which it bought through the £47bn ($58.6bn) purchase of UK energy firm BG Group in 2015. read more

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Trailblazing gas project looks like a costly hangover from the past

Emily Gosden, Energy Editor: The Times

One of the most eye-catching impairments Royal Dutch Shell announced yesterday was of its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off Australia.

The huge project is one of the largest causes of the $8 billion to $9 billion of writedowns Shell warned it would make in its “integrated gas” division, and highlights the changes that have rocked the energy market in the past decade.

When the Anglo-Dutch group approved Prelude in 2011, it claimed the “revolutionary” development would be “a game-changer for the energy industry”. read more

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Shell slashes valuation of oil and gas assets amid coronavirus crisis

Shell slashes valuation of oil and gas assets amid coronavirus crisis

By Mark Williamson: 1st JULY 2020

The company said yesterday it expected to cut the valuation of its integrated gas business by $8 – $9 billion, “primarily in Australia”. It said this would include a partial impairment of the giant Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility.

ROYAL Dutch Shell has said it plans to slash the valuation of its oil and gas assets by up to $22 billion (£17.9bn) to reflect the expected impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic on demand and the wider economy. read more

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Prelude S*** Storm

POSTING ON OUR SHELL BLOG 25 JUNE 2020

About Dear Rob, he is hardly departing in a blaze of glory, his mission it seems is very much unaccomplished as he departs the scene.

Who will take over the poisoned chalice and get the show on the road?

In what seems a relatively short time Prelude has gone from being the expected Real Madrid of the engineering project world to a sort of Accrington Stanley, maybe being a bit unfair on the latter.

Guess the worst of times was the export of human excrement in paper bags from the installation when the lights went out and nothing on it worked …….. read more

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Successive Shell CEO’s cannot say that they were not warned time and again about the Prelude experiment

By John Donovan

Successive Royal Dutch Shell CEO’s cannot say that they were not warned time and again in chilling terms about the Prelude “experiment”, the description used in a Forbes article published today.

The links below are to a series of articles, initially triggered by a well-placed whistleblower directly involved in the Prelude project. Includes articles by Mr Bill Campbell, the retired distinguished Shell Global Safety Consultant and another retired Shell guru with a track record of spotting potential pitfalls in major Shell projects. read more

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Shell’s $12 Billion LNG Experiment Becomes A Big Headache

A series of recent events highlight the challenge Shell has ahead of it with Prelude, and plans for sister vessels which are supposed to follow.

Tim Treadgold Asia: June 23, 2020

The world’s biggest ship is on the way to becoming one of the oil industry’s biggest bloopers.

Prelude, a 600,000-ton monster which is five-times the size of the largest U.S. aircraft carrier, is designed to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG), and other petroleum liquids.

Installed atop a remote gasfield 300 miles off the north-west Australian coast, the 535-yard long Prelude is a bold experiment by the oil major, Royal Dutch Shell. read more

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Shell hasn’t exported any cargoes from Prelude FLNG for almost five months

Shell doesn’t expect Prelude FLNG restart before Q3

June 22, 2020, by 

LNG giant Shell is not expecting to restart production at its Prelude FLNG facility offshore Western Australia before the start of the third quarter.

Shell hasn’t exported any cargoes from the FLNG for almost five months following an electrical trip on February 2.

“Start-up timing will depend on Covid-19 constraints and compliance with government directions, which will result in a reduction in the number of people on board the facility”, a Shell spokesperson said in a emailed statement on Monday. read more

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Shell’s Prelude FLNG project exec, Rob Jager, to depart

Shell’s Prelude FLNG project exec, Rob Jager, to depart

The Shell executive tasked with delivering its $US12bn ($17.5bn)-plus Prelude floating LNG project is set to quit the energy giant.

Jager did not last long…

It was only in December 2018 that his arrival was announced

“Shell Australia, a unit of the Hague-based LNG giant Shell, recently welcomed Rob Jager to Perth as the new vice president for the massive Prelude FLNG project.”

Jager moved to Perth from New Zealand, where he was the Country Chair & VP for Shell New Zealand / Shell Taranaki for more than 13 years. read more

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Maybe the Shell job cuts should start at the top?

POSTING SAT 13 JUNE 2020 ON OUR SHELL BLOG

Money in the pockets?:

And 8% to 12% currently we don’t even make in our upstream businessBvB… That performance includes the huge over runs on Corrib, Penn Chem, Prelude, multiple other LNG projects, Alaska Fiasco, and many other (not to mention OPL 245).

It is such an embarrassing comparison to ExxonMobil in projects like Liza, which is highly likely to exceed returns Shell is chasing as a utility. Brasil (or Mexico) have the capacity to deliver similar returns to Liza, if there was leadership and strategy for a long term development. read more

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Shell’s Prelude floating LNG plant out of action for several months?

Australian LNG exports defy supply glut

Angela Macdonald-Smith
Angela Macdonald-Smith Senior Resources writer Updated Jun 5, 2020 – 12.20pm, first published at 10.55am

Australia’s exports of liquefied natural gas are holding at near-record levels, defying a global supply glut that has swamped the market, causing prices to crash and driving the cancellation of cargoes from the US.

LNG production from the country’s plants on the north-west and eastern coasts rose in the March quarter by 11 per cent from the year-earlier quarter to 19.9 million tonnes, and was only marginally below the record levels of the second half of 2019, according to the latest analysis from consultancy EnergyQuest, released on Friday. read more

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Union plans ‘protected action’ strike aboard Shell’s Prelude floating LNG

Union plans ‘protected action’ strike aboard Shell’s Prelude floating LNG

18 MAY 2020

Leaked information outlines union plans to conduct a ‘protected action’ strike aboard Shell’s Prelude floating LNG vessel offshore Western Australia, as well as other offshore facilities.

Members of the two unions voted unanimously in taking action over an impasse on working arrangements and a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement with contractor Sodexo.

Sodexo provides catering, cooking and cleaning staff to oil and gas facilities including Shell’s Prelude FLNG project, and Inpex’s offshore facilities.  read more

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Shell Prelude FLNG fiasco, late, expensive, dirty, unreliable and dangerous

Expert comments received in response to the BoilingCold article by Peter MilneNo winners from Shell’s $US17B Prelude floating LNG”

Comment from retired Shell International Global Safety Consultant, Bill Campbell:

It’s all rather depressing, most worrying aspect as implied in the article is the potential gas supply, or lack of it, from the homogeneous and shared reservoir with another operator bleeding off volumes.

The boilingcold.com.au journalist Peter Milne has given the most detailed analysis yet of the Prelude story, elements of both tragedy and farce.

COMMENT FROM “AN OLD SHELL E&P ENGINEERING SEA DOG”

As before I feel very sorry for the Aussies who are under extreme pressure to get this unit up and running.  I do not quite understand the journalist comment of “gas is running out”.  It is a shared reservoir therefore there will be an agreement for the total volumes in place and a regular review taking place to determine the remaining producible volumes and the agreed volume share for each operator.

The links below are to a series of articles, many triggered by a well-placed whistleblower directly involved in the pioneering Royal Dutch Shell Prelude project. Includes articles by Mr Bill Campbell above, the retired distinguished HSE Group Auditor of Shell International and another retired Shell guru with a track record of spotting potential pitfalls in major Shell projects.

The fears voiced by Bill Campbell about a loss of containment (see article link 3) have proven well-founded.

Ask the Australian National Offshore Petroleum and Environmental Management Authority.

ARTICLE: Voser wisely abandons an unstable ship: 28 December 2013

ARTICLE: Royal Dutch Shell Prelude to disaster?: 10 Jan 2014

ARTICLE: Shell Prelude FLNG: loss of containment of hydrocarbons almost inevitable: 21 Feb 2014

ARTICLE: What should frighten stiff Royal Dutch Shell shareholders: 15 March 2014

ARTICLE: Tales of the Unexpected and Royal Dutch Shell Prelude FLNG: 28 March 2014

ARTICLE: Prelude FLNG: A case of all your eggs in the one basket: 10 July 2014

ARTICLE: Prelude FLNG risks are on par with modern offshore oil and gas facilities say Shell – but are they?: 23 Sept 2014 read more

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No winners from Shell’s $US17B Prelude floating LNG

Peter Milne  Peter Milne

Shell’s Prelude floating LNG facility off the WA coast was to be the first of many that would open up stranded gas reserves around the world thanks to the technical and project management prowess of Anglo-Dutch oil and gas giant Shell.It has not turned out that way.When the 488m-long giant arrived in Australia almost three years ago, Shell expected to receive cashflow from the Prelude in 2018.

While the Prelude did export LNG at about half its capacity for the second half of 2019, it is now idle.

Moored far off the Kimberley coast it is plagued with technical problems, dwindling gas reserves and safety processes condemned by the regulator despite Shell and its partners spending about $US19.3 billion ($A30.0 billion) to the end of 2019.

Neither Shell and its partners nor Australia have gained anything near what they expected from the giant experiment. read more

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Reuters: Virus lockdowns pummel global gas demand, force LNG output cuts

Jessica Jaganathan, Scott DiSavino, Sonali Paul: MAY 7, 2020 SINGAPORE/NEW YORK/MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lockdowns to slow the coronavirus pandemic are pummelling gas demand in the world’s biggest buyers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), pushing Asia’s spot prices to record lows and forcing some suppliers to start cutting output.

Economies worldwide have ground to a halt as virus containment measures have taken their toll, slashing gas demand for power generation, heating, cooking, vehicles and chemical manufacture. The world’s biggest LNG markets – Japan, China, South Korea and India – are all seeing a drop in demand.

Asia’s spot LNG prices LNG-AS dropped to $1.85 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) last week, the lowest ever, as cargoes have flooded the market. [LNG/]

“At prices in the $2/mmBtu range … some producers are getting close to not recovering cash costs of their operations. We are likely to see some producers start to ‘shut in’ (production),” said Alex Dewar, senior manager at the centre for energy impact at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). read more

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