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Big Oil’s Plan to Become Big Gas

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Article by Rakteem Katakey published 2 June 2015 by Bloomberg.com

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 21.49.34Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden…. said his company has changed from “an oil-and-gas company to a gas-and-oil company.”

Oil companies that have pumped trillions of barrels of crude from the ground are now saying the future is in their other main product: natural gas, a fuel they’re promoting as the logical successor to coal.

With almost 200 nations set to hammer out a binding pact on carbon emissions in December, fossil-fuel companies led by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA say they’re refocusing on gas as a cleaner alternative to the cheap coal that now dominates electricity generation worldwide.

That’s sparked a war of words between the two industries and raised concern that Big Oil is more interested in grabbing market share then fighting global warming. read more

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Revolutionary Peterhead carbon capture and storage project spearheaded by Shell

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Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38From an article by Joshua King published on 30 March 2015 by the Aberdeen Press & Journal under the headline:

Plans for revolutionary Peterhead energy project revealed

Extracts

Plans for a pioneering clean energy project in the north-east have been formally tabled with Aberdeenshire Council in a major milestone for the multimillion-pound scheme.

The carbon capture and storage (CCS) development planned for Peterhead Power Station could bring hundreds of jobs to the Buchan town and would be the first of its kind in the world.

Spearheaded by giant Shell, it involves pumping tens of millions of tonnes of harmful CO2 back into depleted North Sea gas wells, 62 miles offshore. read more

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Shell Tackles Climate Change

Extract from an article published 1 July by Financialbuzz.com read more

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Quest project attracts worldwide interest

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extract from Financial Times article by Ed Crooks published 8 June 2014

Royal Dutch Shell’s Quest project does not look much like a potential saviour of civilisation. Quest is one of the world’s most advanced projects for capturing and storing carbon dioxide, and many people believe this type of technology will have to be deployed on a vast scale to avert the threat of catastrophic global warming.

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Carbon Capture ‘Vital’ to Meet Climate Goals, Shell Adviser Says

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By Sally Bakewell June 18, 2013

Carbon capture and storage, a way of cutting emissions from industry by burying them underground, needs more state support for the European Union to meet clean-energy goals, a Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) adviser said.

“We’ve got to be clear that the EU’s climate goals in the long run cannot be met without clear policy intervention and that CCS is vital for the delivery of that,” Graeme Sweeney, who advises Shell on carbon-dioxide strategy, said by telephone. read more

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Shell, EDF Lead 100 Companies Calling for Carbon Price

By Alex Morales on November 18, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) joined Electricite de France SA and more than 100 companies calling for lawmakers worldwide to put a “clear” price on carbon emissions in order to contain global warming.

Companies invest trillions of dollars in energy and infrastructure projects, and, in most cases, don’t consider goals to cut greenhouse gases, the companies said today in a statement that’s due to be presented to European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard in Brussels.

“A clear, stable, ambitious and cost-effective policy framework is essential to underpin the investment needed to deliver substantial greenhouse gas emissions reductions by mid- century,” the companies said in the e-mailed statement. “Putting a clear, transparent and unambiguous price on carbon emissions must be a core policy objective.” read more

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Shell to Build Canada Capture Project for Oil-Sands Emissions

By Eduard Gismatullin – Sep 5, 2012 1:19 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, will build the first carbon capture and storage project in Canada that locks away emissions from mining oil sands.

The company, together with partners Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO), received government backing to start work on the Quest venture north of Edmonton, Shell said today in a statement. It’s designed to capture and permanently store underground more than 1 million tons of carbon-dioxide a year from Shell’s Scotford upgrader, the equivalent of talking 175,000 cars off the road. read more

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Shell Gets Conditional Alberta Approval for Carbon-Capture Plan

By Edward Klump – Jul 11, 2012 8:52 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, received conditional approval from Alberta’s energy regulator for a carbon capture and storage project planned north of Edmonton.

A panel concluded it’s in the public interest for Shell’s Quest project to move ahead, Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board said in a statement posted on its website and dated yesterday. The site is suited to long-term carbon-dioxide storage, and the proposal mitigates potential risks, the board said. read more

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Shell and SSE join forces for UK’s first carbon-capture project

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Firms announce CCS plans for Peterhead power station following collapse of £1bn proposals for Longannet

Shell and SSE hope to bring carbon-capture to Peterhead despite the cancellation of plans at Longannet (above). Photograph: Murdo Macleod

Two major energy companies have combined forces to bolster the case to build the UK’s first carbon-capture project at Peterhead power station near Aberdeen.

The power company SSE and Shell, the fuel producer, announced their alliance after the collapse of £1bn proposals to fit carbon-capture and storage (CCS) plant to Longannet coal-fired power station, one of Europe’s largest coal-powered stations, last month.

Ministers have insisted they are still committed to funding a pilot project but the collapse of the ScottishPower scheme at Longannet has damaged confidence that the UK will build carbon-capture plant. read more

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Shell steps up involvement in UK carbon capture

LONDON | Wed Nov 9, 2011 11:13am EST

(Reuters) – Oil and gas major Shell stepped up its involvement in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology on Wednesday by formalizing its partnership with Britain’s SSE to install CCS technology at one of the utility’s Scottish gas-fired power plants.

The two companies signed a joint development agreement for the Peterhead CCS project on Wednesday, three weeks after the British government scrapped plans to fund a CCS project at Scottish Power’s Longannet coal-fired plant. read more

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Shell Canada files paperwork for $1.35B carbon capture project

Regulatory application a first for Alberta

By Dina O’Meara, Calgary Herald August 2, 2011

Shell Canada took its first regulatory step toward commercializing it carbon capture and storage project Quest, which will strip carbon dioxide from its Scotford oilsands upgrader near Edmonton. Photograph by: Ted Jacob, Calgary Herald

CALGARY — Alberta could see its first commercial carbon capture and storage project as soon as 2015 if Shell Canada’s application for its Quest project is approved by provincial regulators — and the energy giant’s board.

Shell filed an application Tuesday on its $1.35-billion Quest joint venture with Chevron Canada and Marathon Oil Sands. read more

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Mining the Canadian tar sands: CCS-Project Quest; Pollution of Athabasca River; Concerns of the Canadian Aboriginals

From pages 20 & 21 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

CCS-project Quest

Shell’s Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP, Shell share 60%) is planning a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, called Quest, near to its Scotford Upgrader. The total cost of the project is projected to be USD 1.35 billion. The province of Alberta (USD 745 million) and the government of Canada (USD 120 million) are willing to pay most of the costs. The plant is planned to be commissioned at the end of 2015.

The CO2 will be permanently put under the ground during an estimated 25 years at a depth of over 2,000 meters, in a saline formation, with a maximum of 1.2 millions tonnes of CO2 each year. In a recent report quantifying the GHG reduction benefits from the CCS-project, the facilities were assumed to operate with 90% availability, capturing 1.08 million tonnes of CO2 annually. The full lifecycle emissions of the CCS-project itself were estimated to be between 0.16 to 0.24 million tonnes of CO2, around 20% of the annual capture. Conclusively, the project is estimated to reduce 0.84 to 0.92 million tonnes of CO2 annually.109 AOSP emitted 3.7 million tonnes of CO2-equivalents in 2009110, while its production stood at 78,000 barrels per day. Considering an already planned 440,000 barrels per day tonnes of production by AOSP and in- situ by Shell before 2020, the CCS-project will only partly compensate for the increasing emissions due to deriving fuel from oil sands compared to fuels derived from conventional oil. read more

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Shell Gets $876 Million for Canadian Carbon Capture Project

By Ehren Goossens and Jeremy van Loon – Jun 24, 2011 9:46 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will receive C$865 million ($876 million) from the governments of Alberta and Canada to fund a carbon capture and storage project.

Shell and its partners will receive the money over 15 years, based on meeting certain performance targets, according to a statement today on the Government of Alberta’s website. The province of Alberta will contribute C$745 million and Canada will provide the remainder. read more

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Shell CEO Peter Voser pushing for carbon capture and storage

Financial Times: Business leaders call for clear direction

By Ed Crooks in London

Published: December 6 2009 19:41 | Last updated: December 6 2009 19:41

Peter Voser, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, said a deal needed to recognise the potential of carbon capture and storage, a technology being developed by Shell.

Companies that pioneer the technology “should receive incentives to do so”, he said. “One way to do that would be to award emission allowances for every tonne of CO2 stored underground on the principle that a tonne of CO2 stored underground is as good as a tonne of CO2 avoided through a wind farm.” read more

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Is this our Great Green Hope?

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, for example, is working on a project in the Netherlands, near Barendrecht, and has faced “massive protests,” said Ms. Groenenberg in a telephone interview. Local decision makers quashed the project, but the national government overruled them. The local politicians, she said, may turn to the courts to block Shell’s project.

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Dutch government approves CO2 storage below town

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch government approved a pilot project Wednesday to pump carbon dioxide into depleted gas fields beneath a town of 43,000 people as a way of reducing emissions blamed for global warming.

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