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Worker dies and two more injured at Shell Buenos Aires refinery fire

Worker dies and two more injured at Shell Buenos Aires refinery fire

(SCREENSHOT – NOT A WORKING VIDEO)

16 November 2018

Passing this on from Argentinian colleagues: one worker has died and two more were hospitalised with injuries after a fire at Shell’s Dock Sud refinery near Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday. (Video of fire here.) 

The historic Dock Sud refinery was commissioned in 1931 and last year Shell passed on ownership to its 50% controlled Brazilian subsidiary Raizen. The fire started last Sunday in a sector of the refinery that was closed for repairs, where the three injured workers were soldering. Two were able to escape the fire themselves and the third was discovered by colleagues who began fighting the fire, according to trade union outlet Prensa Obrera. He died in hospital the day after. The story has been reported in a couple of small outlets in Argentina but not anywhere else.

Translated article

TRAGIC FIRE AT SHELL

On Sunday, 11 November, at about 11 am, a fire broke out in the CD3 sector of the Raízen refinery (acquired just a few months ago from the multinational Shell) in Dock sud, Avellaneda party with a tragic balance of a deceased worker and several injured.

During the course of the morning, in the sector HV2 (high vacuum 2) also occurred a fire, in smaller scale, but that seemed to be portent of what would come next.

The episode took place at the plant called CD3, a sector subject to “plant shutdown”, an exercise planned for the restructuring and commissioning of said complex. There they were working on different companies, including Raízen (Shell), Hidrocinetic S.A., Velo S.A. (last two, outsourced under the UOCRA agreement). The fire was caused by the absolute negligence of the employer, responsible for a large number of anomalies and deficiencies in the work processes. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell News 14 November 2018

 By: , SA News Editor

  • The Dutch government says it expects gas production from Groningen, Europe’s largest onshore field, will fall to 7.5B cm/year by 2022 and drop to zero in the following years.
  • The government also gave its final approval to limit output from Groningen to 19.4B cm/year for the gas year 2018-19, compared to 21.6B cm/year previously.
  • Groningen production is limited due to activity at the site linked to earthquakes in the region, with the government under pressure to enforce further restrictions.
  • Gas company NAM, which runs the Groningen field, is a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.ARDS.B) and Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM).
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    Person in Shell leadership role is a registered child sex offender

    UNEASE OF SHELL STAFF WORKING FOR A REGISTERED CHILD SEX OFFENDER

    By John Donovan

    I understand from a Shell insider source that Shell staff are concerned about the fact that they are forced to work for a recently promoted senior Shell leader who is on a Child Sex Offenders register. He is guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child. The date shown on court records is 2004.

    Extracts from emails received from the insider source:

    “INTEGRITY OF LEADERSHIP …as a Shell staff member I am always concerned about the integrity of the leadership team at any level. …there is a recently promoted individual (xxx) in xxxxxxxx in a key leadership role. Staff are not happy working for this person as he is a registered sex offender since 2004 for aggravated sexual assault against a child. XXXXXX website has his full profile including yearly pictures. All verifiable in the public domain. …but for some reason management are turning a blind eye. It says a lot for the company! His conviction lists his full name as………….. You can confirm the Shell link via xxxxxxxx. He works for Shell xxxxxxx. Staff are appalled that he has now moved from xxxxxx xxxxxx to a leader… He is now tasked to working with suppliers like xxxxxx to improve the quality of services provided to Shell. Some suppliers are now also beginning to learn his history and quietly voicing surprise.” read more

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    ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS 12 NOVEMBER 2018

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    Client assessment of Brexit Doyen, Attorney General Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP 

    Attorney General Geoffrey Cox delivered a barnstorming warmup speech for the PM at the recent Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham

    GEOFFREY COX COURAGEOUSLY DEFENDED ME FROM A BLATANTLY BIASED ATTACK BY A HIGH COURT JUDGE

    John Donovan

    By John Donovan

    After a spectacular performance as the warm-up act for Prime Minister Teresa May at the October 2018 Conservative Conference, the Rt. Hon. Geoffrey Cox QC MP is now tipped by at least one publication to become the next PM.

    When I first met him two decades ago, he was plain Geoffrey Cox, an ambitious criminal law barrister who had already founded the Thomas More Chambers.  read more

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    OPL 245 “REALLY UNHELPFUL EMAILS” AS DESCRIBED BY SHELL CEO BEN VAN BEURDEN IN A CLASSIC UNDERSTATEMENT

    Emails exchanged between senior Shell staff including John Copleston and Guy Colegate show they knew a massive payment would go to convicted money launderer and former oil minister Dan Etete.

    UPDATED SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2018

    By John Donovan

    During a wiretapped telephone conversation held on 17 February 2016 between Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden and Simon Henry, his then CFO, BvB made reference to what he described as “really unhelpful emails” relating to the Shell/Eni Nigerian corruption scandal.

    The call took place hours after Shell’s HQ building in The Hague was raided by authorities investigating the OPL 245 Nigerian oil deal. Two middle men have already been found guilty of involvement in the $1.3 billion corruption scandal. read more

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    Royal Dutch Shell News 2 November 2018

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    Ogoni Clean-up Will be Nigeria’s Biggest Scam

    Nsuke called for the removal of Shell from the governing council of HYPREP and the Board of trustees as the company (Shell) is still seen by the Ogoni people as a killer and an enemy.

    Publicity Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Fegalo Nsuke, has said the Ogoni cleanup would end up as Nigeria’s biggest scam if left the way it is presently structured.

    Speaking yesterday in Bori, headquarter of Khana local government area, when he met with youth leaders of the National Youth Council of the Ogoni People (NYCOP), Nsuke said HYPREP was desperate to spend money and not bothered about the integrity of the cleanup process and the welfare of the Ogoni people. read more

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    OPL 245: Eni did not make thorough checks in Nigeria deal – former board member

    Emilio Parodi: OCTOBER 31, 2018 / 6:57 PM

    MILAN (Reuters) – Eni made no thorough background checks on a middleman it hired to broker a $1.3 billion Nigerian acquisition, a former board member of the Italian oil group told a Milan court.

    Milan prosecutors allege bribes totaling around $1.1 billion were paid, including to middleman Emeka Obi, in the 2011 purchase by Eni and Anglo-Dutch peer Royal Dutch Shell of Nigeria’s OPL 245 offshore oilfield.

    The prosecutors allege the bribes were paid to win the license to explore the field which, because of disputes, has never entered into production. Shell expects the landmark corruption trial to last many months. read more

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    Shell Announces the Second Tranche of the Share Buyback Programme

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, November 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

    Royal Dutch Shell plc (the ‘company’) (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B) today announces the commencement of trading in the second tranche of its share buyback programme previously announced on July 26, 2018. The company’s intention is to buy back at least $25 billion of its shares by the end of 2020, subject to further progress with debt reduction and oil price conditions.

    On October 19, 2018 the company completed the first tranche of its share buyback programme (the ‘initial tranche’). In aggregate between July 26, 2018 and October 19, 2018, the company repurchased 60,844,806 A ordinary shares for an aggregate consideration of $2 billion. read more

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    Royal Dutch Shell News 29 Oct 2018

    Giants amass cash for share buybacks and dividends

    The two biggest London-listed oil majors are expected to report higher profits and cash levels this week, driven by rising oil and gas prices as the industry’s recovery continues.

    The price of a barrel of Brent crude averaged $75.80 during the third quarter of the year, 45% higher than the same period in 2017, while UK gas prices are up 54% year-on-year.

    The rally following the crash that sent prices below $30 a barrel in 2016 is helping companies to repay debt and start rewarding shareholders, even as it pushes up costs for households and motorists. Analysts’ profit forecasts for BP, which reports on Tuesday, averaged $2.8bn (£2.2bn) compared with $1.9bn during the same quarter last year. read more

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    Shell playing with fire in Russia

    By John Donovan

    Shell is a major investor in Putin’s Russia, which uses revenues from hydrocarbon sales to finance illegal and immoral wars against Ukraine and Syria. Not to mention the murder of Russian and UK citizens using outlawed radioactive and chemical weapons.

    Shell’s main business partner in Russia is Gazprom, whose board is filled with former KGB and other questionable characters.

    Shell is partnering with Gazprom on Sakhalin 2, the Nordstream II pipeline and the Baltic LNG project. read more

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    Rollout of ultrafast electric car chargers at Shell service stations

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    Shell adds new, deep-water production in Brazil

    Oct 24, 2018

    New, deep-water production is underway today at Lula Extreme South in the Brazilian Santos Basin. Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. (Shell) and consortium partners, announces that the FPSO P-69 is now producing.

    Operated by Petrobras, P-69 is a standardized vessel that can process up to 150,000 barrels of oil and 6 million cubic meters of natural gas daily. It will ramp up production through eight producing and seven injection wells. read more

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    Shell does not intend to become a Dodo

    Shell thinks that the likelihood of Shell having the same fate as photo company Kodak is small. “We are thinking a lot about Kodak moments.” Kodak, a long-time powerhouse in photography, proved unable to adequately respond to the rapid development of digital photography and went bankrupt.

    Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

    ‘I have to make sure that Shell does not become a dodo’


    ‘We are also a marketing company that serves customers from 45,000 branches. These are more branches than McDonald’s. “Photo: Peter Boer

    Bert van Dijk

    Shell invests $ 1 billion a year to $ 2 billion in clean energy, but still more than ten times in oil and gas. Does not the mega-concern cope with the same fate as Kodak, the photo company that went bankrupt because it reacted too late to changes in the environment?

    A conversation with Jeremy Bentham, head of Shells scenario department.

    Bentham (60) is the proud owner of the Dodo. A drawing of the extinct bird is framed in the room of the Shell driver. The internal ‘award’ has been passed on to Shell drivers since 1976 as ‘a warning to us all’, as is shown in the drawing.

    Bentham is the eighth ‘custodian’ of the Dodo. ‘It is my responsibility to ensure that Shell does not become a dodo that reacts too late to changes in its environment.’ read more

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    Royal Dutch Shell News 23 Oct 2018

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