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Royal Dutch Shell in detailed negotiations with Essar

18 December 2010

Shell has confirmed that they are in detailed negotiations with Essar for the sale of Stanlow Refinery and associated marketing businesses. They have set a deadline of the end of February to reach agreement on the terms of any sale.

If Stanlow is not sold by then it will continue to operate as a Manufacturing Complex within the Shell Group.

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Essar Energy Still In Talks With Shell To Buy Europe Refineries

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

AUGUST 19, 2010

LONDON (Dow Jones)–India’s Essar Energy PLC (ESSR.LN) is still in talks with oil major Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) to buy refineries in Europe, Essar’s vice chairman Prashant Ruia said Thursday.

“Our discussions with Shell are still very much on,” Ruia told reporters on a conference call.

Shell entered talks with Essar over the sale of the three refineries–Stanlow in the U.K. and the Heide and Harburg refineries in Germany–late last year. read more

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Short-termism at Royal Dutch Shell

UPDATED MONDAY 26 APRIL 2010

“In an obsessively cost conscious environment such as the one that rules in Shell at the moment all labour-intensive sectors are at risk –irrespective of their intrinsic value or their competence – or even the likely long-term demand for their products and services.”

Posting on Shell Blog by Wilt Staph on Apr 24th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

A couple of decades ago Shell had five refineries in the United Kingdom – when the sale of Stanlow is completed soon they will have none. Is this because refining is a sunset industry with no growth potential and no chance of earning returns? Not if you take note of reliable global demand forecasts it isn’t. The “US Joint Forces Command” – the top of the American armed forces pyramid – has recently said that globally a “severe energy crunch is inevitable without massive expansion of production and refining capacity”. Most other forecasters agree that the planet will need substantially more not less refining capability in the years ahead. So why has Shell retreated so dramatically from refining and what are the implications for the “new Shell” which will emerge from the radical reviews underway under Peter Voser? read more

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Essar flotation warning may rattle Shell Stanlow Refinery workers

Essar Energy’s own advisers have warned investors about “a complex structure and a lack of clarity on the flow of funds between the UK unit and its Indian subsidiaries” – ahead of the company’s flotation.

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Advisers warn of risks in Essar Energy flotation

Essar Energy’s own advisers have warned investors about “a complex structure and a lack of clarity on the flow of funds between the UK unit and its Indian subsidiaries” – ahead of the company’s flotation.

By Garry White and Richard Fletcher
Published: 6:00AM BST 15 Apr 2010

The oil and power company unveiled plans for a $2.5bn (£1.6bn) London flotation last week. The deal will be the City’s largest public offering in four years.

In pre-marketing research, seen by The Daily Telegraph, JP Morgan Cazenove raises a number of concerns about corporate governance.

The investment bank – which is joint book runner alongside Deutsche Bank – also warns of a history of high-profile delays and cost over-runs at the group’s Vadinar refinery in Gujarat. A timely and on budget execution of the next phase was very important to “banish concerns about project execution capabilities and fully restore reputation“, wrote the analysts. read more

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Essar to consider Shell refinery buy in May or June

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Thu Apr 8, 2010 8:16am BST

MUMBAI, April 8 (Reuters) – Indian conglomerate Essar Group will consider buying European oil refineries from Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) in May or June, a top official said on Thursday.

Prashant Ruia, chief executive officer of Essar Group, said the company would consider the acquisition after a planned listing in London of Essar Energy to raise about $2.5 billion.

(Reporting by Pratish Narayanan and Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Surojit Gupta)

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Essar Energy Plans to Raise $2.5 Billion in Offer of 25% Stake

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By Rakteem Katakey

April 8 (Bloomberg) — India’s Essar Group, seeking to buy three refineries from Royal Dutch Shell Plc, said it may raise $2.5 billion by selling shares in the U.K. and elsewhere.

Essar Energy Ltd., a holding company for the group’s energy businesses, plans to offer a 20 to 25 percent stake to institutional investors, the company said in an e-mailed statement today. The proceeds will be spent on the group’s power, refinery and oil and gas exploration projects.

Essar, owned by billionaires Shashi and Ravi Ruia, is raising funds as it seeks to acquire refineries, steel plants and coal and iron-ore mines across the world to compete with rivals. Indian companies including Reliance Industries Ltd. and Bharti Airtel Ltd. have sought assets overseas to take advantage of cheaper valuations after the worst global financial crisis in 70 years. read more

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Essar to Decide on Shell Assets by June

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

MARCH 30, 2010

By AMOL SHARMA

MUMBAI—Indian conglomerate Essar Group will decide by June whether to move forward with the purchase of three European oil refineries from Royal Dutch Shell PLC as part of its global expansion plans, the company’s chief executive said.

The companies extended their exclusive talks in November without specifying a time frame. Essar Group CEO Prashant Ruia said the company is studying whether the deal makes sense now, given the low refining margins globally in the oil business. read more

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Rumors: Shell Stanlow Refinery and Essar

Posting by Wilt Staph on Mar 28th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Britain’s refinery capacity is around 92 million tonnes which is in the same ballpark as domestic consumption. Arguably, then, Stanlow which can process around 12m tonnes (13% of the UK total) is not surplus to requirements. But rumours abound that if Essar does buy the plant they will seek to close the refining capacity and just use it as a storage and entrepot depot. Around 900 Shell employees will be made redundant and few will have a chance of a job with Essar if they do close the refinery. read more

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Shell to cut a further 1,000 jobs

Shell is to cut a further 1,000 jobs. Photograph: Graham Turner

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Royal Dutch Shell announced a further 1,000 job cuts today as the Anglo-Dutch firm admitted it had been slow to respond to the global slump.

The oil group, which has 100,000 staff worldwide, cut 5,000 posts last year and had already announced a further 1,000 job losses for this year.

Chief executive Peter Voser said the group would axe another 1,000 posts by the end of 2011 as he presented his strategic update for the firm. read more

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Rather than a fire sale, Shell may close refineries

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Shell: Refinery Sales Could Be Stalled By Potential Essar IPO

By Lananh Nguyen Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES MARCH 16, 2010, 12:33 P.M. ET

LONDON (Dow Jones)–India’s Essar Oil Ltd.’s (500134.BY) potential London listing could stall the company’s negotiations to buy three European refineries from Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB), Shell’s Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said Tuesday.

“While those negotiations [for an initial public offering] are going on, it’s very difficult for them to go forward,” with the purchase of the Heide and Harburg refineries in Germany and the Stanlow plant in the U.K., but the companies are still in talks, Henry said at a Shell strategy update in London. read more

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Essar still in Talks With Shell to Buy Refineries

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

By ERIC YEP

MUMBAI — India’s Essar Oil Ltd. Wednesday said it is still in talks with Royal Dutch Shell PLC to buy three refineries in Europe, dismissing a local media report that the two companies had put the negotiations on the back burner.

“Shell and Essar can confirm that they are still in negotiations around the possible sale and purchase of Shell’s three refineries at Stanlow in the U.K., and Heide and Harburg in Germany,” Essar spokesman Manish Kedia told Dow Jones Newswires. read more

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Indian group bidding for Cheshire refinery plans London listing

CRAIN’S MANCHESTER BUSINESS

7:37 am, March 10, 2010

Essar, an Indian industrial conglomerate which is the preferred bidder for the Stanlow oil refinery in Cheshire (right), is planning a London stock market listing to raise up to $3bn.

The listing of its oil and power businesses could value them at up to $12bn and would be the largest ever overseas fundraising by an Indian company.

The group, controlled by brothers Shashi and Ravi Ruia, wants the money to fund expansion.

Essar, which also has interests in steel and telecoms and has total annual revenues of about $15bn, was named preferred bidder last October for Shell’s refinery near Ellesmere Port, which employs 1,000 full-time workers and 800 contractors. read more

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Shell to Seek 800 Million-Euro Offers for LPG Unit

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By Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Fred Pals

Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which is seeking to focus on exploration and production, may sell its liquefied petroleum gas distribution unit, four people with knowledge of the plan said.

Shell hired Credit Suisse Group AG to manage a sale of the division, which is valued at more than 800 million euros ($1.1 billion), said three of the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. The company sent information last week to potential bidders including private equity firms, they said. Rainer Winzenried, a spokesman for The Hague-based Shell, declined to comment. read more

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Indian Energy Firms Pursue Assets Abroad

Following on its international acquisitions in steel and outsourcing in recent years, Essar is in talks with Shell to pay as much as $1 billion for three oil refineries in the U.K. and Germany, people close to the situation say. Last year, the company bought out the 50% stake that Shell, BP PLC and Chevron Corp. owned in a major refinery in Kenya.

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Stealthy Shell sales could bag $10bn

PETER VOSER, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, is selling $10 billion (£6.4 billion) of assets as part of his drive to revitalise the oil giant.

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Essar Still In Talks With Shell To Buy Three Refineries

"Negotiations are going on with Shell," Shashi Ruia, chairman of the diversified Indian conglomerate, said Thursday on the sidelines of a conference, declining to indicate when the talks would be completed. Essar Group, which controls Essar Oil Ltd. (500134.BY), is in talks to acquire Shell's Stanlow refinery in the U.K. and the Anglo-Dutch company's Heide and Harburg plants in Germany.

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