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Shell to Sell Canadian Natural Resources Stake for $3.3 Billion

Shell seeking to sell $30 billion in assets to cut debt

A unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to sell its entire stake in oil sands producer Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. for about $3 billion, which will be used to reduce debt. Shell Gas BV will sell its 97.6 million shares in Canadian Natural for total pretax proceeds of $3.3 billion, and the transaction is expected to be completed by Wednesday, according to a statement from Hague-based Shell. The shares are being offered at $34.10 each, according to a person familiar with the matter, a 2.9 percent discount to its close Monday in New York. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Shell to sell stake in Canadian Natural for about $3.3 bln

Reuters staff: Monday 8 May 2018

May 7 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Shell Gas B.V. unit said on Monday it was selling its entire stake in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd for $3.3 billion.

Shell signed an underwriting agreement for the sale of its entire stake of 97.6 million shares in Canadian Natural, the company said in a statement.

Last June, Shell had reported a stake of 8 percent in Canadian Natural.

Shell decided to offload the roughly C$4.1 billion ($3.18 billion) stake in Canadian Natural Resources that it acquired as part of a deal to retreat from Canada’s oil sands, people familiar with the situation had told Reuters nearly a year ago. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Nigeria’s Buhari hints at $15 billion deal with Shell, says ‘we are not doing too badly’

  • Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari met with Shell on Wednesday as part of talks that could lead to a $15 billion investment in his country.
  • Oil accounts for approximately 35 percent of Nigeria’s gross domestic product, according to OPEC.


Daniel Leal | Olivas-WPA Pool | Getty Images: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the Commonwealth Business Forum at the Guildhall on April 18, 2018, in London, England.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met with Shell on Wednesday as part of talks he said were to secure $15 billion of investment in his country. “I saw Shell Group, they came here, they saw me, they are preparing to invest $15 billion in Nigeria… so really, we are not doing too badly,” Buhari said to applause at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday. He was speaking as part of a panel on the ease of doing business between Commonwealth countries. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Why The Next Oil Boom Will Be Fueled By Blockchain

By Meredith Taylor – Feb 21, 2018, 6:00 PM CST

Big Oil is due for a disruption.

The world’s most important industry has been carrying on without any significant changes in its day to day routine for far too long.

But now, the new tech on the block has its sights set on the multi-trillion-dollar oil and gas sector.

It’s official: Blockchain technology has infiltrated Big Oil.

The hype behind blockchain has reached a full-blown frenzy. And for good reason.

The technology, which creates secure ledgers for digital transactions and rapidly accelerates the pace at which transactions can be made, has the potential to disrupt every major industry: real estate, shipping, banking and healthcare. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Further Shell News Update 27 June 2017

Canada M&A Hits Decade-High as Foreign Owners Flee Oil Sands: Bloomberg: 27 June 2017

Mergers and acquisitions in Canada are set for the strongest start in a decade as foreigners sell their oil sands investments. ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell Plc are leading the exodus amid a bear market for crude.

Big Oil: Surviving at $40, Thriving at $60: Barron’s: 26 June 2017

The price of oil is rising today, but that hasn’t helped oil stocks like ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), Total (TOT), and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), which remain little changed or under pressure. We expect companies to continue pulling on all operational and financial levers in order to adjust to the oil price reality… read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Outspoken articles about Shell Jan 2017 onwards

Outspoken articles about Shell Jan 2017 Onwards (click here for earlier articles)


Mega corruption allegations from an authenticated Shell whistleblower: 10 Aug 2019

MOSOP Central Committee Reject Oil Resumption in Ogoniland: 3 Aug 2019

Royal Dutch Shell founders massive funding for Hitlers Winterhilfswerk: 2 Aug 2019

Shell involved in more mega corruption scandals?: 29 July 2019

The Dutch Elon Musk?: 29 July 2019

Shell brand highly vulnerable to reputational damage: 27 July 2019

Noel Edmonds ‘wins £5million’ from Lloyds over claims criminal bankers destroyed his business: 27 July 2019

Sir Henri Deterding: Hitlers Paymaster: 20 July 2019

Royal Dutch Shell’s blind spot towards anti-Semitism, Fascism and Nazism: 8 July 2019

MOSOP Caution Against Oil Resumption in Ogoniland: 8 July 2019

Royal Dutch Shell founders meetings with Hitler, strong antiSemitic views and financial support for the Nazis: 7 July 2019

Shell, Mitsubishi, Macquarie and KKR continue in Eneco auction: 3 July 2019

No apology or compensation for Shell’s blatant antisemitism that killed many loyal Shell employees when Shell was in bed with the Nazis: 27 June 2019

Robert Finn, another Nazi Director of Shell: 18 June 2019

Lawsuits involving James W.D. Hall, Head of Royal Dutch Shell Global Corporate Security: 11 June 2019 Dutch corruption case against Shell is, according to lawyers, inevitably delayed: 9 June 2019

Dangerous Occurrence: Facts About Shell Prelude Problems: 8 June 2019

Report of current court proceedings in OPL 245 criminal case against Shell and ENI: 6 June 2019

Shell admits paying no Dutch income tax: zilch, zero: 23 May 2019

Major Earthquake in Groningen Induced by NAM Shell/Exxon JV: 23 May 2019

Groningen earthquakes rattle Shell AGM: 23 May 2019

The arsonist complains about the diligence of the fire brigade: 19 May 2019

Moerdijk explosion: Shell outraged at phone tapping by Dutch Public Prosecution Service: 17 May 2019

Dutch Public Prosecution Service demands maximum fine against Shell for explosion at Moerdijk: 15 May 2019

The untimely death of Mr James G. Wood, tenacious litigant against Shell: 12 May 2019

Culture of fear at Shell Nyhamna Gas plant: Safety delegates ended up in psychiatric ward: 12 May 2019

Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant: Fears more than 100 people exposed to toxic gases: 12 May 2019

Shell expat spent time in the same Nigerian prison as Ken Saro-Wiwa: 6 May 2019

Chilling similarities between the OPL 245 and Ogoni 9 litigation: 3 May 2019

Which is the authentic MOSOP Organisation? : 2 May 2019

Dutch Court Ruling on Trial of Shell Over 1995 Execution of Ogoni Activists is Victory For Human Rights – MOSOP: 1 May 2019

Esther Kiobel in Colchester on route to climax of her epic litigation battle with Shell: 29 April 2019

Ruling due in Esther Kiobel’s epic legal battle against Shell: 25 April 2019

Shell is not above the law on paying tax says Dutch lawmaker: 10 April 2019

Shell is not above the law on paying tax says Dutch lawmaker: 10 April 2019

Message to George Clooney: How to rocket boost your campaign against the Sultan of Brunei: 5 April 2019


Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden wiretapped by Dutch Public Prosecutors: 27 March 2019

Shell’s intent to ‘kill’ news coverage of John Donovan and his website: 25 March 2019

Shell’s disgraceful lab animal experiments: 24 March 2019

MOSOP Castigates Nigerian Government and Shell: 21 March 2019

MOSOP Raises Alarm Over the Safety of the Ogoni People in Nigeria: 18 March 2019

Outrage over Shell CEO monster pay package: 14 March 2019

Shell Annual Report 2018: CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION: 14 March 2019

Shell Annual Report 2018: PESTICIDE LITIGATION: 14 March 2019

OPL 245: Shell Annual Report 2018: NIGERIAN LITIGATION: 14 March 2019

MOSOP Rejects Oil Resumption, NNPC/NPDC Take Over of Ogoni Oilfields: 13 March 2019

Shell’s secret Nigerian comms investigators have never seen: 7 March 2019

Royal Dutch Shell Plc admitted in 2017 that ‘various’ countries are investigating OPL 245 scandal: 6 March 2019

Shell To Face Charges in the Netherlands For Nigerian Oil Deal: 4 March 2019

Shell crimes in Nigeria it would not dare commit in its home countries: 4 March 2019

Criminal case against Shell for Moerdijk explosion: 2 March 2019

Dutch State prosecuting Shell in two separate cases: 2 March 2019

Dutch Prosecuting Shell after Moerdijk explosions: 2 March 2019

Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) starts a criminal case against Shell for bribery in Nigeria: 1 March 2019

OPL 245: Shell CEO Ben van Beurden in the firing line: 1 March 2019

Anonymous allegations against Shell Oil Company: 28 Feb 2019


OPL 245: London court rejects JP Morgan’s objection to lawsuits involving Shell/Eni: 22 Feb 2019

The crooks at USB Bank and Royal Dutch Shell: 21 Feb 2019

Expert scepticism about Shell Prelude: 16 Feb 2019

Shell accused of complicity in Nigerian murders: 14 Feb 2019

Wiesenthal Centre to Royal Dutch Shell CEO: ‘Disassociate Your Company from Glorification of a Nazi War Criminal’: 14 Feb 2019



OPL245: Former Nigerian Minister Admits Receiving $10m Bribe From Dan Etete For Malabu Oil Deal: 9 Feb 2019

Alarm Bells Ring Again About Shell Prelude Safety Issues: 8 Feb 2019

Total may compete with Shell/PGGM in a takeover bid for Eneco : 3 Feb 2019

Shell stealthily seeks a green future: 1Feb 2019

Shell Brent Bravo deaths caused by criminal negligence: 30 Jan 2019

EU intransigent on the backstop could backfire: 27 Jan 2019

Shell Brent Bravo Deaths Scandal: The Incriminating Technical Notes: 22 Jan 2019

Spectacular falling out of ‘Security Professionals’ at the top of Shell: Latest News 19 Jan 2019

The corruption disease inside Royal Dutch Shell destroying its reputation: 17 Jan 2019

Royal Dutch Shell lied to thousands of its employees over offshore death: 17 Jan 2019

Shell Brent Bravo Deaths: Dynamite Bill Campbell representations to Unions, Scottish Justice Committee & HSE: Dec 2018: 16 Jan 2019

Shell and PGGM want to buy Eneco together: 15 Jan 2019

We do not intend to buy Eneco with a load of debt and then strip it.: 15 Jan 2019

Henry van der Waerden, the Shell executive who defied Deterding and his Nazi ambitions: 14 Jan 2019


Ogoniland: Death sentence of Shell’s massive pollution of over 50 years: 14 Jan 2019

Malcolm Brinded’s responsibility for Brent Bravo deaths: 7 Jan 2019

Shell’s revived interest in Wind Energy needs to be taken with a pinch of salt: 6 Jan 2019

RAF WW2 Attack on Gestapo HQ in Shell House Copenhagen: 5 Jan 2019

Workers alarmed by burning safety issues at Stanlow oil refinery:: 2 Jan 2019

MOSOP President Rekindles Hope for a Free Ogoniland: 1 Jan 2019



Groningen Gas Production Slashed as Result of Zeerijp Earthquake on 8 Jan 2018: 13 Dec 2018

The Ogoni Struggle is About Human Rights and Freedom: 10 Dec 2018

Norske Shell whistleblower, Runar Kjørsvik: 4 Dec 2018

Shell links concrete climate targets to executive pay: 3 Dec 2018

Shell tax dodging in the Netherlands: 30 November 2018

Shell, Eni: Partners in Crime: 26 November 2018

John Donovan response to a Brexit email from UK PM The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP: 25 November 2018

Groningen Gas Field Earthquake Damage: 23 November 2018

Shell Kills Ogoni: 21 November 2018

Worker dies and two more injured at Shell Buenos Aires refinery fire: 16 November 2018

Person in Shell leadership role is a registered child sex offender: 13 November 2018

Client assessment of Brexit Doyen, Attorney General Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP: 10 November 2018


Ogoni Clean-up Will be Nigeria’s Biggest Scam: 1 November 2018

Shell playing with fire in Russia: 26 October 2018

Shell does not intend to become a Dodo: 24 October 2018

Groningen Earthquake Machinations: 22 October 2018

Update on OPL 245 Corruption Trial and other Royal Dutch Shell News:20 October 2018

Risk of Shell exiting the Netherlands over Dividend Tax: 17 October 2018

Shell Legal Director Donny Ching, asks staff not to speculate about first verdicts in OPL 245 corruption trials : 11 Oct 2018

Call for a Public Inquiry into Shell offshore deaths: 3 Oct 2018


How Exxon and Shell used hundreds of millions from the Dutch state treasury to deny Groningen gas field earthquake damage claims: 29 Sept 2018



The Inhumanity of Royal Dutch Shell in Ogoniland: 24 Sept 2018

For decades Shell has known and accepted Brinded, warts and all: 21 Sept 2018

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Hypocrisy: 15 Sept 2018

Shell’s Nazi Boss, feted by Hitler in return for massive financial support: 13 Sept 2018

Groningen Earthquakes: Dutch make gas extraction the subject of a political and legal battle: 13 Sept 2018

Shell: ‘The energy transition gives power back to the customer’: 12 Sept 2018

Leaked Emails Reveal Shell’s Lies In 2012 About OPL 245: 11 Sept 2018

Royal Dutch Shell should apologise for antisemitic conduct and Nazi support: 11 Sept 2018

Shell’s dud predictions on peak oil demand: 11 Sept 2018 read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Shell News Update 31 May 2017

Shell completes sale of Australian aviation business for $250 mln: Reuters: 31 May 2017

Has completed sale of its Australian Aviation Business to Viva Energy Australia for a total transaction value of approximately $250 million.

Shell Downstream CIO Craig Walker – “We should be scared”: 23 May 2017

Walker very frankly admitted that Shell “should be scared” during our discussion, where he said that one of his biggest fears is having to go and tell his director that he’d lost a billion dollar business because he didn’t foresee a new business model for Shell, enabled by new technologies.

Canadian Oil Sands Brace As Oil Majors Dump Shares: 30 May 2017

Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips struck deals in March to sell Canadian oil assets to two Canada-based producers. In both deals, parts of the consideration for the transactions were shares of the Canadian companies that Shell and ConocoPhillips received. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Shell oil sands exit, mired in OPL 245 scandal, wary over Iranian Oil

Links below to a selection of news stories posted on
our sister website

They include, among other developments, news that Shell is rightly wary of buying more Iranian crude oil. This is because of the legal minefield relating to sanctions. 

Also coverage of the latest news about the OPL 245 Nigerian corruption scandal involving Shell and ENI.

Plus Shell’s fire sale of most of its Canadian oil sands operations and the jump in total pay for Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, an issue likely to be raised at the forthcoming AGM.  read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Lament for Royal Dutch Shell


Kashagan AKA “Cash All Gone”

Forgot the initial cost estimate, probably around $8-10 billion. Now 10+ years too late and ballooned to $50 billionMost normal companies would have gone bust long ago.

Shell inherited some beauties from the boys of the roaring 90s. I hope someone will write a book one day on this era. 

Reserve crisis, Pearl, Sakhalin, Kashagan, Alaska, tarsands, and I must have forgotten a few. Repeated over-promise and under-delivery. All many billions over budget, extreme overruns in startup, loss in AAA status, removal of operational and technical expertise. I find the silence on Prelude ominous. Probably goes the same way as the others. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

First carbon capture project in oilsands passes one million tonne milestone

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-18-38-44The company, which developed the $1.35-billion Quest project with the help of $745 million from the Alberta government and $120 million from Ottawa, says the project is operating ahead of schedule and under budget.

“There isn’t a metric that hasn’t finished very strongly in green,” said Zoe Yujnovich, executive vice-president for heavy oil at Shell.

“I don’t think we can say that about many projects.”

The Quest project is designed to capture about a third of the emissions from Shell’s Scotford Upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., turn that into a near-liquid, and then pump it over two kilometres underground into porous rock formations. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Oil Giants Find There’s Nowhere to Hide From Doomsday Market

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By Joe CarrollJuly 29, 2016 — 1:02 PM BST: Updated on July 30, 2016 — 5:01 AM BST

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc this week reported their lowest quarterly profits since 1999 and 2005, respectively. Chevron Corp.’s third straight loss marked the longest slump in 27 years, and BP Plc lodged its lowest refining margins in six years.

Welcome to year two of a supply overhang so persistent it’s upsetting industry expectations that the market would return to a state of balance between production and demand. It’s left analysts befuddled and investors running to the doorways as the crude market threatened to tip into yet another bear market, dashing hopes that a slump that began in mid 2014 would show signs of abating. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Things will get bloody, Nigerian militant group says

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By Daniel J. GraeberMay 31, 2016

ABUJA, Nigeria, May 31 (UPI) — A militant group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers issued a warning to oil companies working in the region that its campaign is about to get bloody.

The Niger Delta Avengers have launched a steady string of attacks on energy infrastructure in the region, issuing a manifesto earlier this month that warned oil companies the attacks marked only a beginning. The group said it was frustrated by what it saw as a lack of attention to the region paid by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Shell Canada reopens first oilsands mine shut down by Fort McMurray fires

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By DAN HEALING: The Canadian Press: Tues., May 10, 2016

CALGARY—The first oilsands mine shut down by wildfires in the Fort McMurray region a week ago has been restarted.

Shell Canada said Tuesday that it had resumed production at its Albian Sands mining operations about 95 kilometres north of Fort McMurray after a seven-day closure.

The operations, which include the Muskeg River and Jackpine oilsands mines, have the capacity to produce 255,000 barrels of oil a day, but Shell would say only that they were operating at a reduced rate. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Fort McMurray reflections by Ed Crooks of the FT

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By Ed Crooks: May 6, 2016

The thoughts of everyone in the energy industry were with Fort McMurray, the heart of Canada’s oil sands industry, which was devastated by wildfires this week. The town was evacuated, and more than a fifth of the region’s oil production was halted. There was a lot of great reporting from the local and national press. The National Post particularly stood out with features such as this live map of the areas affected by fire. Maclean’s brought the scale of the fires to people outside Alberta using comparisons with other cities in Canada, the US and Britain. NBC News carried some powerful photographs of the disaster. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Oil giants should ditch high-cost projects, thinktank says

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Terry Macalister Energy editor: Thursday 5 May 2016

These leading energy companies including Exxon Mobil should ditch high-cost projects in deep water and Canadian tar sands to concentrate on cheaper schemes that make money at low crude prices, says the report, Sense and Sensitivity, by the Carbon Tracker Initiative.

The report follows shareholder resolutions calling on oil companies to undertake “stress tests” on operations in the face of stronger carbon regulation and weakening fossil fuel demand as countries move to lower-carbon economies. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:

Fort McMurray Fire: Shell Turns Oilsands Camp Into Shelter For Evacuees

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CP  |  By The Canadian Press: 05/04/2016 1:02 pm EDT

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 13.50.03CALGARY — The wildfire raging through the heart of Canada’s oilsands capital dealt a blow Wednesday to crude perations, with Shell Canada closing a major mining facility north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

The company temporarily shut down production at its Albian Sands mining operations located about 70 kilometres north of the city.

Shell said it made the decision to focus on getting employees and their families out of the region while also freeing up room at its 2,000-person work camp for some of the 80,000 people who were ordered evacuated Tuesday from Fort McMurray. read more and its sister websites,,,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article:
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