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Reuters: Shell shuts unit at Pernis oil refinery after crude spill

: DEC 9, 2019

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L said on Monday it had shut a unit at its Pernis oil refinery in the Netherlands after a crude spill a day earlier.

Shell did not specify the unit concerned, but industry monitor Genscape said the 200,000 barrel per day (bpd) crude unit (CD6) was shut on Monday morning.

Genscape said one of the furnace stacks of the cogeneration unit was also shut on Monday morning.

Shell did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The refinery is Europe’s largest and has a capacity to process 404,000 bpd of crude. read more

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REUTERS: Shell Norco, Louisiana, refinery upset triggers flaring; no units shut -sources

9 December 2019

HOUSTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A malfunction in the gasoline-producing unit at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s 225,300-barrel-per-day (bpd) Norco, Louisiana, refinery triggered flaring at the refinery on Monday, said sources familiar with plant operations.

The 112,000-bpd residual catalytic cracking unit (RCCU) remained in operation following the malfunction, the sources said.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Rice University launches bold climate change initiative with Shell

HOUSTON — (Dec. 9, 2019) — Rice University has launched Carbon Hub, a major research initiative to create a zero-emissions future in which oil and natural gas provide both clean energy and advanced materials that help house, move, clothe and feed people.

Inaugurated by Shell with a $10 million commitment, Carbon Hub will partner with companies to fundamentally change how the world uses hydrocarbons. Instead of burning them as fuel and releasing carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons will be split to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel and solid carbon materials that can be used to make buildings, cars, clothing and more. read more

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UK court ruling knocks back Rivers govt’s bid to acquire Shell’s oil asset in Ogoniland

UK court ruling knocks back Rivers govt’s bid to acquire Shell’s oil asset in Ogoniland

Last Thursday’s ruling of a UK high court rejecting a request by the Ejama-Ebubu community in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State has put a wedge in the attempt by the Rivers State government to acquire a stake in a disputed mining lease in Ogoniland.

The lease located in the oil mining concession OML 11 is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). It has been the subject of prolonged litigation by the community and Shell.

The community had accused the Dutch firm of responsibility for a massive 1969/70 oil spill allegedly from a ruptured oil pipeline in its facility. read more

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“Quite Divorced From Reality”: Climate Scientist, Activists Call Out Shell Exec at UN Conference

The oil company is posing as a climate champion, but critics call it greenwashing.

BY CHRISTINE MACDONALD

MADRID—A few dozen activists had packed a cramped meeting room at the UN climate negotiations, where executives from Shell Oil, Chevron and BP were to speak about their plans to tackle carbon emissions. Just as Shell executive Duncan van Bergen took the mic, the activists stood up solemnly and put their hands over their ears, slowly filing out of the room in protest of what they saw as false solutions.

Van Bergen was talking about the company’s high-profile but controversial new initiatives to invest in natural ecosystems to help reduce its own carbon footprint and that of its customers. The company has also signed on to a new “markets for natural climate solutions,” spearheaded by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a trade association representing many of the world’s biggest polluters (including the three aforementioned oil giants). read more

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Bloomberg: Shell Wins Ruling Blocking Nigerian Spill Case Enforcement

Shell Wins Ruling Blocking Nigerian Spill Case Enforcement

By Eddie Spence: 5 December 2019, 12:33 GMT 

Nigerian court award for 1969 oil spill won’t apply in the U.K.

Appeal will be brought by affected Niger Delta community

Royal Dutch Shell Plc units won a U.K. ruling preventing London courts from enforcing a $516 million Nigerian judgment for damages caused by an oil spill half a century ago.

Judge Jason Coppel on Thursday overturned an attempt to carry over a 2010 ruling by a Nigerian court to the U.K., saying that those proceedings were unfair because Shell was denied an opportunity to present a defense.

Shell’s Nigerian units have been beset by lawsuits, many of them in U.K. courts, for their part in oil spills on the Niger Delta. The oil conglomerate has often sought to transfer the cases to Nigeria, with one even going to the U.K. Supreme Court to decide its jurisdiction. read more

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Houston Chronicle: Chemical makers launch projects to tackle plastic waste

Atlanta-based Nexus Fuels is turning hard to recycle plastic waste into liquid feedstock for Royal Dutch Shell to manufacture new plastics.

The world’s rapidly mounting plastic waste and the public reaction to its impact on marine and wildlife is challenging the booming petrochemical industry, but the world’s biggest energy companies are increasingly stepping up with new projects to take on these challenges.

Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Houston’s LyondellBasell have all announced new projects or pilot plants in recent weeks to address recycling plastics that are the hardest to transform back into reusable materials. The latest came from Shell, which has begun making petrochemicals from plastic waste in a process known as chemical recycling. read more

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Shell Energy signs solar PPA for energy produced by EDF California project

Shell Energy signs solar PPA for energy produced by EDF California project

Rod Walton:

EDF Renewables North America and Shell Energy North America have signed a 15-year power purchase agreement for 132 MW of solar output in Riverside County, California.

The Maverick 7 project is part of the Palen Solar site to be built on 3,140 acres of federal lands. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management completed the federal permitting process approving the project in October 2018.

The project is expected to be completed and operational by the end of 2021.

“Palen Solar, with a total of 500 MW of solar capacity, demonstrates EDF Renewables’ long-term commitment to solar development in California,” said Dai Owen, vice president of power marketing for EDF Renewables. “The project uniquely positions the company to help load-serving entities meet their long-term carbon goals and obligations under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by offering smaller tranches at industry-leading prices.” read more

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Bloomberg: Shell Wins Court Ruling Banning Activists From North Sea Oil Platforms

Bloomberg: By Olivia Konotey-Ahulu: 4 December 2019, 13:12 GMT

Protesters banned from 500-meter safety zone around platforms

Greenpeace activists boarded North Sea platforms in October

Royal Dutch Shell Plc won a court ruling preventing environmental protesters from boarding unmanned oil installations in the North Sea.

Greenpeace activists in October boarded two of Shell’s offshore platforms in the Brent field to protest decommissioning plans they claimed will leave “hazardous oily sludge” in the sea. A judge in Edinburgh, Scotland, said that the protesters had no right to enter the installations, and are now banned from going within a 500-meter (1,640-feet) safety zone around the platforms. read more

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BBC NEWS: Shell wins legal bid to prevent Greenpeace boarding installations

Energy giant Shell has won a court order preventing environmentalists from boarding unmanned North Sea installations.

Lawyers acting for the company went to the Court of Session in Edinburgh seeking an interim interdict against Greenpeace.

It comes after protesters boarded platforms in the Brent field off Shetland in October.

Lady Carmichael ruled the activists had no right to enter the installations.

Greenpeace had claimed an order would breach its right to protest, and described the ruling as a “setback” – but said a possible appeal would be considered. read more

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Shell: New steel tariffs would have “little-to-no” impact on Beaver County cracker plant

Shell: New steel tariffs would have “little-to-no” impact on Beaver County cracker plant

By Chrissy Suttles: 3 Dec 2019

Shell Chemicals representatives say President Donald Trump’s plans to restore tariffs on some steel imports would have minimal impact on final construction of Beaver County’s ethane cracker plant.

POTTER TWP. — President Donald Trump plans to restore tariffs on steel imports from Brazil and Argentina, a move Shell Chemicals representatives said would have little impact on final construction of Beaver County’s ethane cracker plant.

“Generally, all of our major steel deliveries have been made to the site, so there would be no impact or minimal impact,” said Michael Marr, Shell Chemicals’ business integration lead. “The impact would only be financial, and would not change the overall finances of the project.” read more

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Complicity of Royal Dutch Shell in the Nigerian government’s murder of the Ogoni Nine

By: Dr Isaac Osuoka: November 2019

These are challenging times for residents of Nigeria’s Niger Delta area. Many leaders in the communities feel a high level of concern about travelling to Port Harcourt through the East-West Road due to the high level of banditry, kidnappings and killings recorded in recent weeks. Indeed, there is a heightened feeling of insecurity in Rivers State, and other Niger Delta communities, as elsewhere in the country. The situation may have gotten worse in the build-up to, and the aftermath of the 2019 General Election. read more

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WSJ: An Oil Giant Plans for Climate Change

An Oil Giant Plans for Climate Change

Shell is test-driving a number of eco-friendly business models before deciding which one to buy into read more

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THE TIMES: Shell shocked as Mitsubishi gets green light for Eneco

The Times

Royal Dutch Shell has suffered a setback in its push into green energy after losing out to Mitsubishi in the €4 billion battle for a Dutch power utility.

The Anglo-Dutch energy group had been pursuing the acquisition of Eneco in a joint bid with PGGM, a Dutch pension fund service provider, but it was beaten yesterday by the Japanese conglomerate.

Maarten Wetselaar, head of Shell’s “new energies” division, said that he was “disappointed” but would continue to look for other opportunities in the transition to greener energy. read more

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REUTERS: Shell to Continue Search in Renewables After Losing Eneco Tender

Shell to Continue Search in Renewables After Losing Eneco Tender

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Nov. 25, 2019, 6:01 a.m. ET

LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it was disappointed to lose a tender for Dutch renewable energy business Eneco which went to a group led by Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp for 4.1 billion euros ($4.52 billion).

The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company said in a statement it “will continue to look for opportunities in the energy transition” and aims to invest $2 to $3 billion per year from 2021 onwards.

(Reporting by Ron Bousso; editing by Jason Neely) read more

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Shell is taking Greenpeace to court

Printed below is an English translation of an article published 25 November 2019 by the Dutch FT, Financieele Dagblad

Shell is taking Greenpeace to court

From our editor: 25 November 2019

Oil company Shell demands a ban on Greenpeace protests at its Brent oil field.

The step follows earlier actions by the environmental group in the North Sea. In mid-October, protesters climbed the abandoned remains of a drilling platform.

Greenpeace demands that Shell remove these parts. According to Greenpeace, there are still more than 11,000 tonnes of oil in the structures, which will eventually come into the sea if they are left behind. read more

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