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Shell mulls more efficient, but still costly GTL mega-project on US Gulf

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London (Platts)–28Jun2013/902 am EDT/1302 GMT

Shell’s hopes for a new gas-to-liquids mega project on the US Gulf Coast would benefit from much-improved process efficiencies, but any resulting cost savings could be limited by the need to build most of the plant outside the US, Shell officials said this week.

Shell has improved its proprietary GTL technology to the point where it can achieve 50% gains in throughput volumes compared to its giant Pearl GTL plant in Qatar which came on stream in 2011, according to one of Shell’s top GTL scientists. read more

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Shell working to extend life of declining offshore field in Brazil

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Macae, Brazil (Platts)–14Jun2013/120 pm EDT/1720 GMT

Shell is hoping to extend the life of an offshore oil field in Brazil’s Campos Basin until 2021, potentially adding five years of operation and as many as 20 million more barrels, Osman Tosun, the company’s field development manager, said Friday.

Shell on Friday spudded on of four new wells planned at the mature Bijupira-Salema field in an effort to extent production, Tosun told the Brazil Offshore conference in Macae.

–Dom Phillips, [email protected]
–Edited by Jeff Barber, [email protected] read more

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On Alaska, White House and industry find common ground, for a change: Odum

On Alaska, White House and industry find common ground, for a change: Odum

Washington (Platts)–17Jun2012/1248 pm EDT/1648 GMT

Relations between the oil industry and the Obama administration may be strained in many regards, but there is agreement on at least one issue: the strategic importance of developing resources offshore Alaska, Shell Oil President Marvin Odum said in an interview aired Sunday.

While the industry has criticized the administration of slow-walking permit applications for the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, Shell has been successful in getting approval for its plans to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. read more

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Shell has learned from its Pearl GTL project and costs can be cut: Voser

Houston (Platts)–7Mar2012/519 pm EST/2219 GMT

Lessons learned in the construction and operation of the Pearl gas-to-liquids project in Qatar will allow for a reduction in the “capital intensity” of future projects, including any developed in the US, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser said Wednesday.

In remarks at a press briefing and in a public question-and-answer session at the CERAWeek conference in Houston, Voser said Shell is “very pleased” with the multi-billion-dollar plant, whose two trains of 70,000 b/d each are five times the size of the small-scale train the company operated in Malaysia for many years. A second plant at Qatar is in the final stages of construction. read more

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Middle East can expect ‘dash for gas’, Shell exec tells Oman conference

Muscat, Oman (Platts)–12Dec2011/609 am EST/1109 GMT

Shell anticipates a dash for gas in the Middle East to cope with increasing energy demand and expectations that some 60 million people are due to enter its jobs market over the next ten years.

The forecast came from Mark Carne, Shell’s Executive Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, addressing the Gas Arabia conference in Muscat Monday.

He was backed in this view by BP’s Chief Economist Christof Ruehl, who said that on a global basis, other fuels will continue to grow over the next 20 years, but gas will grow much faster than any other. He noted that BP’s current Energy Outlook to 2030 anticipates an average annual growth for natural gas consumption of 2.1%. read more

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