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Urgent safety assessment’ over maintenance job cuts at Fife NGL Plant?

MP calls for urgent safety assessment’ over maintenance job cuts at Fife NGL Plant

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Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath SNP MP Neale Hanvey has written to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) raising “serious concerns” about reductions in staff at Shell’s Fife NGL Plant at Mossmorran.

It is understood  Shell intends to axe 63 out of 77 contractor jobs at the plant – a move trade union Unite has claimed could put lives at risk.

However, Shell has maintained, despite not disputing Unite’s figures, that not all roles being lost relate to “safety critical maintenance” and has given an assurance that safety at the plant would not be compromised. read more

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Investors fear there’ll be no bright post-Covid dawn for oil majors

Investors fear there’ll be no bright post-Covid dawn for oil majors

Jillian Ambrose: Sun 25 Oct 2020 00.05 BST

Royal Dutch Shell and BP will both face investors this week with quarterly financial results that will deliver profits well below those achieved a year ago, against a backdrop of tumbling share prices and rising Covid infections across major economies. In the same week, Shell is expected to reveal a modest underlying profit, of $146m, for the third quarter, according to analysts, after plunging to a loss of $18.4bn for the second quarter. This is still a fraction of the $4.76bn profit recorded in the same quarter last year, and follows the company’s decision to cut 9,000 jobs and reduce the dividend for the first time since the second world war. read more

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Shell lines up next chairman for energy shift

The Telegraph

Shell lines up next chairman for energy shift

Shell has begun a search for a new chairman, with Andrew Mackenzie, the former BHP Billiton boss, emerging as an early front-runner….

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Amy Coney Barrett faces recusal questions over links to Shell

As an appellate court judge, Barrett – who is expected to be confirmed to the supreme court on Monday – recused herself from cases involving four Shell entities because her father worked at Shell Oil Company as a lawyer. read more

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Chevron Vs. Shell: Chevron Wins By A Landslide

Chevron Vs. Shell: Chevron Wins By A Landslide

: Oct 20, 2020

Summary
  • Over the last 5 years, Chevron has consistently outperformed Shell.
  • On financial metrics, Chevron looks much better than Shell.
  • Shell’s share count goes up, Chevron’s goes down.
  • Chevron’s dividend continues to go up while Shell cuts its dividend.

Shell’s zero-emission goals will limit profit potential.

According to Seeking Alpha (see here), Chevron (CVX) has replaced Exxon (XOM) as the largest oil company by MV (Market Value). In many ways, this is more a race to the bottom than a race to the top with CVX falling 39% YTD while XOM is falling 52%.

Another oil company in the doldrums is Shell (RDS.A) (RDS.B) whose price has fallen by 56%.

I have recently compared Exxon to Chevron Exxon Vs. Chevron: Exxon Wins By A Nose” and Exxon to Shell Exxon Vs. Shell: Exxon Wins By A Dividend.” read more

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Big Oil’s huge bet to save itself from extinction

The Telegraph

Big Oil’s huge bet to save itself from extinction

A shift to renewables and the rise of green energy giants means the future for former fossil fuel titans is far from certain, writes Rachel Millard

Tuesday 20 October 2020 The Daily Telegraph 

EXTRACTS

It was the early days of 2015 when Shell’s chief executive Ben van Beurden ascended the stage of the InterContinental Hotel on London’s Park Lane with a stirring message for his industry peers amid strengthening global action on carbon emissions. read more

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Investing in oil: I wonder if a BP-Shell merger could be a possibility?

Investing in oil: I wonder if a BP-Shell merger could be a possibility?

Kirsteen Mackay: Fool.co.uk: 20 Oct 2020, 09:38

With the crude oil price stagnating around $40 for the past few months and no solution to Covid-19 yet in sight, investing in oil is a risky business and oil companies are out of favour with investors.

Premier Oil is merging with Chrysaor, and rumours abound that Tullow Oil might be next in line for a takeover. No less than 36 US oil and gas companies had declared bankruptcy by August. But with pressure piling on, even the majors are in trouble and as both Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSB) and  (LSE:BP) appear to be struggling, could a merger be on the cards? read more

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Shell accused of systematic genocide and catastrophic damage to the environment

By John Donovan

Displayed below is a letter dated 16 October 2020 addressed to the Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. 

The letter is from attorneys representing specified Nigerian OML17 Host Communities and specified local government areas of Rivers State.

It contains extremely serious allegations against Shell, including systematic genocide and catastrophic damage to the environment. 

As can be seen, reasonable demands are made. 

I am aware that Shell CEO Ben van Beurden and Shell’s legal boss Donny Ching have copies of the letter. read more

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US Firm Funding Nigeria Litigation Against Eni and Shell

US Firm Funding Nigeria Litigation Against Eni and Shell

Shell and Eni have been on trial in Milan since 2018.

by Bloomberg | William Clowes & Alberto Brambilla | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

(Bloomberg) — Eni SpA is seeking documents from a U.S. investment firm helping Nigeria sue it and Royal Dutch Shell Plc for more than $1 billion over an energy deal at the center of a criminal corruption trial.

Eni claims that “undisclosed interests” are driving the Nigerian government’s litigation strategy “at the expense of Eni’s contractual rights and the national interest of Nigeria.” The Italian oil company wants permission to subpoena information from the investment firm, Drumcliffe Partners LLC, to help its defense in the corruption trial in Milan, which Nigeria has joined as a civil party. read more

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Shell questioned over Brent Bravo ‘attic oil’ removal

Shell questioned over Brent Bravo ‘attic oil’ removal

Work is being carried out to remove “attic oil” from the Brent Bravo installation – which has been the subject of widespread environmental concerns – after Shell estimated none was there.

Shell said in documents published in 2017 and 2018 it believed Bravo had “zero” volumes of the free-flowing oil in its legs, however Enpro Subsea has now been carrying out work to remove it. read more

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OPL 245: Eni seeks World Bank arbitration in Nigeria oilfield dispute

OPL 245, an offshore field awarded to the two oil companies in 2011, is the subject of multiple court cases worldwide, including a criminal case in Milan in which the Nigerian government alleges roughly $1.1 billion of payments from the companies was siphoned to politicians and middlemen.

Eni seeks World Bank arbitration in Nigeria oilfield dispute

MILAN/LAGOS (Reuters) – Eni ENI.MI has filed a request for arbitration against Nigeria at the World Bank’s dispute settlement body and plans to argue that the country’s failure to allow it to exploit an oilfield it acquired with Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L nearly a decade ago breaches their investment agreement, court documents show.

OPL 245, an offshore field awarded to the two oil companies in 2011, is the subject of multiple court cases worldwide, including a criminal case in Milan in which the Nigerian government alleges roughly $1.1 billion of payments from the companies was siphoned to politicians and middlemen. Shell and Eni have denied any wrongdoing. read more

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Covid-19 Is Big Oil’s Asteroid Strike

Covid-19 Is Big Oil’s Asteroid Strike

By Julian Lee | Bloomberg: Oct. 11, 2020 at 1:54 p.m. GMT+1

Covid-19 may do for Big Oil what the Chicxulub asteroid did for the dinosaurs when it struck Earth 66 million years ago.

BP Plc plans to cut 10,000 jobs, equivalent to 14% of its workforce; Shell will shed 9,000 workers, or 11%; and Chevron will reduce its payroll by 6,000, a 13% reduction. 

Much like the “terrible lizards,” Big Oil was already in decline before the novel coronavirus hit. The world in which they thrived is changing around them and they face multiple threats to their future health. But the outbreak’s impact has accelerated the process. read more

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Shell Plans to Cut Thousands of Jobs

Shell Plans to Cut Thousands of Jobs Amid Shift to Carbon Neutrality: What Investors Need to Know

Shell’s job cuts are just the latest unsettling news for Wall Street’s least-loved oil major (shares of Shell are down more than any other integrated oil and gas company so far this year).

BY Daniel Foelber:(TMFpalomino2) Oct 10, 2020 at 7:54AM

The case for why the job cuts are the right decision for investors.

To say it’s been an off-year for big oil would be an understatement. Shockwaves of volatility and lower energy demand have rippled through global markets. An added threat is the increasing role of renewables in the energy mix as wind and solar companies continue to gain market share — and oil companies lose it. read more

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Nigerian farmers take on Shell in landmark oil spill case

Nigerian farmers take on Shell in landmark oil spill case

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell faces a case over 3 spills which occurred in the 2000s around the southeastern Nigerian villages of Goi, Oruma, and Ikot Ada Udo

Lawyers for 4 Nigerian farmers accused Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell on Thursday, October 8, of causing widespread pollution in a landmark court case filed in the Netherlands.

The farmers first filed suit in 2008, demanding Shell clean up devastating oil spills in 3 villages in the Niger Delta, prevent further pollution, and pay compensation. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell: Energy Transition Woes

Royal Dutch Shell: Energy Transition Woes

: Energy Income Authority: Oct 8, 2020 High-quality income and growth plays in the energy space. Summary
  • Poor messaging from management, as well as an ill-prepared balance sheet caused in part by buybacks, has caused the European major a lot of pain.
  • Arguably, senior executives deserve to be shown the door. But even if that happens, expect the pivot away from fossil fuels to continue.
  • Is the move into Power and other “Green Energy” assets the right move? Maybe, maybe not.
  • This idea was discussed in more depth with members of my private investing community, Energy Income Authority. Get started today »

I often get asked why I don’t cover the supermajors all that often on Seeking Alpha. The answer comes down to a rather simple reality: time invested versus potential gain. Anyone that has followed my long / short book knows that whatever I take a stake in, I know inside out. Quite frankly, the sprawling operations of most majors coupled with competing against institutionals that have enough research analysts on the payroll to pack a local gymnasium makes it a losing proposition – or at least in my view. read more

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Nigerian farmers take on Shell in landmark oil spill case

Nigerian farmers take on Shell in landmark oil spill case

Lawyers for four Nigerian farmers accused Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell on Thursday of causing widespread pollution in a landmark court case filed in the Netherlands.

The farmers first filed suit in 2008, demanding Shell clean up devastating oil spills in three villages in the Niger Delta, prevent further pollution and pay compensation.

Two of the farmers have since died, as Shell spent years arguing that the case, backed by Dutch environment group Milieudefensie, should not be heard in the Netherlands. read more

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