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No response from Shell to allegations of defective Pearl GTL gasifiers

Pearl GTL is the world’s largest plant to turn natural gas into cleaner-burning fuels and lubricants

By John Donovan

No response from Shell to my emails on 28 December concerning insider allegations that “Pearl’s gasifiers are crippled because of water-side corrosion on the syngas effluent cooler (SEC) tubes. The shells of all of Pearl’s SECs will have to be cut apart so the tubes can be replaced. Somebody made a massive design error.” 

Since there is no confirmation or denial, I can only assume no one is available to deal with such trifling matters in the holiday period.

No doubt the Qatar authorities will press for an answer, as did the Russian government when we passed on insider allegations in respect of the Sakhalin2 project 10 years ago. That episode cost Shell its majority stake in Sakhalin Energy and ended with the resignation of Shell exec General David Greer OBE.  read more

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Rising gas price helps Shell boost fortunes

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By DOMINIC JEFF
Published on 28/04/2013 00:00

HIGHER natural gas prices in the United States should help Shell rebound from its lacklustre performance at the end of last year when it presents first quarter results on Thursday.

Prices have almost doubled since America’s shale gas revolution pushed prices through the floor last year, proving a drag on Shell’s recent results.

The oil major has already promised to increase its quarterly dividend by 5 per cent, confident that last year’s investment in liquefied natural gas projects in the Middle East will start paying off. read more

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Shell nearly there on Pearl, Port Arthur restart early 2013

LONDON | Thu Nov 1, 2012 5:29am EDT

Nov 1 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Finance Director Simon Henry said the company was “nearly there” in ramping up to full output at its Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) facility in Qatar and that the company was “on track” to restart the 325,000 barrels-a-day damaged Port Arthur refinery unit in the United States.

He was speaking at a presentation of Shell’s third-quarter results.

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LONDON | Thu Nov 1, 2012 5:21am EDT read more

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Shell Places a Not-So-Green Bet on Natural Gas

By STANLEY REED: Published September 5, 2012

A version of this article will appear in print on September 6, 2012, in The International Herald Tribune.

AMSTERDAM — Outside Royal Dutch Shell’s research laboratories here, a stack of tubes, tanks and dials four stories high percolates 24 hours a day. This bewildering-looking apparatus is a tiny prototype of one of Shell’s crown jewels: the huge Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar.

Now gradually increasing production, Pearl sucks in huge volumes of natural gas from the gargantuan North Field under the aquamarine Gulf and — in a feat of seeming alchemy — transforms the gas into jet fuel and diesel and other liquids far more valuable than natural gas these days. Eventually, Pearl could earn Shell $10 billion per year, justifying its nearly $20 billion cost. read more

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Shell ramps up Qatari gas-to-diesel money machine

Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:38am EDT

* Pearl GTL ramping up to full production

* Plant is world’s biggest gas-to-liquids facility

* Project development cost Shell $18-19 billion

* High oil price, free gas input make it a money-spinner

By Andrew Callus and Peg Mackey

STAVANGER/LONDON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – – A Qatari project that has been a drain on Royal Dutch Shell’s capital since 2003 is on the verge of turning into a unique asset that will produce billions of dollars a year in cash for the next 25 years. read more

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Gas to Liquids – the Hydrocarbons Mash | RBN Energy Network

There can be some confusion about how much natural gas is required to produce 1 bbl of liquid hydrocarbons. Dry natural gas is essentially 100% methane, with no heavier hydrocarbons, like ethane or propane, that can be recovered as ‘liquids’. As your readers can see from this article it takes about 9-10 thousand cubic feet of dry natural gas to produce 1 bbl of liquid hydrocarbons, in the form of diesel fuel, etc. So, 10 trillion cubic feet of dry natural gas is equivalent to about 1 billion barrels of liquid hydrocarbons. read more

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Shell’s E&P Director Brinded Steps Down to Be Replaced by Brown

By Eduard Gismatullin – Feb 22, 2012 9:31 AM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said Malcolm Brinded, a 37-year veteran at the company, will step down as exploration and production director and be replaced by Andrew Brown, currently Shell’s Qatar chairman.

Brinded, who worked as an executive director for almost 10 years, will leave the company after April, said Jon French, a London-based spokesman. Brown has been promoted to join the executive board as a director after overseeing at least $21 billion of Shell’s investment in Qatar. read more

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Shell leader expects Arctic offshore drilling this year

By Emily Pickrell, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Published Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shell Oil Co. expects to clear remaining regulatory hurdles and begin drilling later this year in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, company President Marvin Odum said at a scientific conference on Thursday.

Shell received conditional federal approval last month to drill six exploratory wells in the Arctic offshore region but still must secure permits for individual wells.

Among the requirements for Shell to obtain those permits will be selling regulators on its plan for responding to spills or other accidents at the sites. read more

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Shell: Looking At Gas-To-Liquids Projects In US

DECEMBER 5, 2011

DOHA (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) is in the early stages of planning projects to turn natural gas into fuels like diesel in the U.S., of similar scale to its huge project in Qatar, Andy Brown, executive vice president of Shell, said in Qatar Monday.

“We are looking for places where gas is cheap and [oil] products are expensive,” he said at a press briefing at the World Petroleum Congress in Doha, Qatar. “Clearly the U.S. is something we’re looking at.” read more

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Royal Dutch Shell conducts global meeting in Oman

Sun, 04 December 2011

By A Staff Reporter – MUSCAT — Royal Dutch Shell’s Chief Executive, Peter Voser, has hosted 190 of his most senior management colleagues, at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Muscat.

The executives gathered with government dignitaries and business luminaries from around the world to discuss Shell’s global strategy and to celebrate a year of achievements.

The annual meeting, known as the 2011 Senior Executive Forum and usually held in Europe or North America, lasted for three days last month. read more

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Qatar’s emir and Royal Dutch Shell formally open multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids plant

By The Associated Press  | November 22, 2011

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – European energy giant Royal Dutch Shell says Qatar’s emir has inaugurated a huge facility to convert natural gas into liquid fuel.

The official launch Tuesday caps years of work on the Pearl Gas-to-Liquids project at the industrial city of Ras Laffan in the gas-rich Gulf nation.

Shell says the facility began operation in the first quarter of this year, with additional production capacity brought online this month. read more

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Shell is another country: they do things differently there

The Guardian home

The oil giant handles budgets and projects of a size that would daunt nation states. The difference is that it need answer to no one … and it’s running a huge surplus

Posted by Thursday 27 October 2011 13.08 BST The Guardian

Shell: ‘ticking like a Swiss watch’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

What European leader would not want to swap places with Shell boss Peter Voser? He has just doubled the company’s profits in the third quarter, amassed $30bn (£18.7bn) of cash over the last nine months and is now buying back shares at the rate of $800m every three months for want to anything better to do with the money.

Voser has the advantage of having everything to gain from higher energy prices. The social and political fallout from rising fuel poverty and mutinous motorists rarely touches the parallel universe that is Shell Centre in London. read more

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Shell Reports Higher Q3 Earnings on Oil Prices

By Eduard Gismatullin – Oct 27, 2011 8:25 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil company, said third-quarter profit doubled as energy prices rose and it ramped up projects from Qatar to Canada.

Net income increased to $7 billion from $3.5 billion a year earlier, The Hague-based Shell said today in a statement. Excluding one-time items and inventory changes, earnings beat analyst estimates.

Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser is seeking to boost output with a $100 billion investment plan through 2014, including the Pearl gas-to-liquids and Qatargas 4 liquefied natural-gas projects and an upgrade at an oil-sands project in Alberta. Shell has sold about $6.2 billion of assets this year, exceeding a $5 billion target. read more

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Shell’s Profit Soars

OCTOBER 27, 2011

By ALEXIS FLYNN

LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC Thursday said its net profit in the third quarter more than doubled, driven by strong oil and rising natural-gas prices as major projects have started to raise production.

Net profit for the quarter totaled $6.98 billion, compared with $3.46 billion a year earlier. Revenue was $123.41 billion, compared with $90.71 billion.

The results reveal that the company is reaping rewards for its heavy investment in new infrastructure, some of which enables it to turn less valuable hydrocarbons like natural gas and oil sands into high quality transport fuels and lubricants. read more

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Shell On Track To Deliver Growth Targets For 50%-80% Cashflow By 2012

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN), Friday confirmed that it has made solid progress in starting up three world-class oil & gas projects in 2011, which at peak will add some 400,000 barrels oil equivalent, and is on track to deliver its strategic targets for 50-80% growth in cash flow from operations from 2009 to 2012.

MAIN FACTS:

-Shell’s three-year strategic plan, outlined in 2010, is building the foundations for profitable growth for shareholders in the future. read more

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BP Breakup Worth $100 Billion to JPMorgan

By Brian Swint – Jul 25, 2011 12:01 AM GMT+0100

Robert Dudley (right) could unlock $100 billion for BP Plc (BP/) investors by following ConocoPhillips and splitting up Europe’s second-biggest oil producer.

BP, trying to recover from last year’s Gulf of Mexico disaster, has lagged behind its three larger rivals this year, rising 1 percent in London even as oil peaked at $127 a barrel. Conoco’s decision last week to split its refinery arm from its exploration and production business led analysts at banks including UBS AG, Bank of America and JPMorgan Cazenove to recommend BP look at a similar move. read more

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