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Jewish leaders outraged over ship named after Nazi war criminal

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The Pieter Schelte, named after a Nazi war criminal, arrived at the port of Rotterdam. Photo by FaceMePLS/CC

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 22.05.11UPI ARTICLE BY AMY R. CONNOLLY PUBLISHED 24 JAN 2015

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Jewish leaders in Britain and the Netherlands are outraged that a massive ship bearing the name of a Dutch Nazi war criminal arrived in Rotterdam to work in the European offshore oil industry.

The Pieter Schelte, called the world’s biggest vessel, arrived in port as Jewish organizations asked the ship’s owners to change the name. Jewish leaders said the recent terrorist attack at a Paris kosher deli that left four dead and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is making the decision to name the ship after the war criminal all the more difficult to understand. read more

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Shell weighs security in Nigeria

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Published: March. 4, 2013

ABUJA, Nigeria, March 4 (UPI) — Supermajor Shell said it was calling on the Nigerian government to do more to help ensure its operations are safe from oil bandits.

Shell last year declared force majeure on Bonny Light crude, the Nigerian blend, because of “incessant crude theft and illegal bunkering” on a pipeline the Nembe Creek trunk line in southern Nigerian.

Shell Managing Director Mutiu Sunmonu was quoted by The Guardian (Nigeria) as saying his company might shut down some operations there because of ongoing pilfering. The newspaper reports Shell says saboteurs are stealing about 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the region. read more

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Nigeria loses billions in oil, gas theft

Nigeria is losing $1 billion a month to oil theft while fraudulent natural gas deals with international companies cost the country $29 billion over the past decade.

Published: Oct. 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

LAGOS, Nigeria, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Nigeria is losing an estimated $1 billion a month to oil theft while fraudulent natural gas deals with international oil companies have cost the West African country $29 billion over the past decade, official reports say.

“The world is in the midst of a sustained oil boom. Yet Africa’s leading producer is hemorrhaging the proceeds,” the Financial Times observed Monday.

“The Nigerian treasury, which should be raking in record revenues, has been squeezed at both ends of the oil trade — upstream, by one of the biggest frauds in Nigerian history related to a fuel subsidy bill worth upward of $16 billion in 2011, and downstream, by the theft of oil of an industrial scale at source.” read more

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Shell defense in Nigeria raises eyebrows

Published: Aug. 6, 2012 at 8:44 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) — A U.S. Supreme Court brief filed by Shell in a case involving alleged rights violations in Nigeria contains “offensive” arguments, an advocacy group said.

Shell, in Kiobel vs. Royal Dutch Petroleum, is accused of working with the Nigerian government to ensure resistance to operations in the oil-rich Niger Delta was protected by military force.

In a 71-page brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the company argues the Alien Tort Statute doesn’t apply in a case in Nigeria because that law doesn’t extend to activity conducted on foreign soil. read more

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Shell: Nigeria has black market for crude

LAGOS, Nigeria, May 9 (UPI) — There is a “massive” black market for crude oil stolen from Shell’s subsidiary in Nigeria, the company said in a briefing note.

Shell declared force majeure on the Nigerian blend of crude oil last week because of what it described as rampant theft from one of its oil pipelines there.

Shell said there were more than 230 cases of oil theft in 2011, compared with 187 reported in 2010.

“There is also a massive illegal refining business based on stolen crude oil,” the Platts news service quoted the company as stating. “All these have reduced the amount of oil Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria is producing, created environmental and social problems from oil spills and reduced government revenue that could be used to develop infrastructure and services.” read more

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China posed for more investment in shale?

BEIJING, May 1 (UPI) — China invested $222 million in its shale gas sector last year, a government official said.

Yet China’s investment in shale gas exploration and development is “very small” in proportion to the country’s overall oil and natural gas exploration and development, which totaled more than $9.5 billion last year, Wang Min, vice minister of China’s Ministry of Land and Resources said in a ministry report.

“Further measures and investment are needed [for shale gas],” he said. read more

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Shell contracts valid, Libya says

Jan. 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

TRIPOLI, Libya, Jan. 5 (UPI) — The post-war government in Libya told the Dutch ambassador existing contracts with Royal Dutch Shell were still valid, the country’s oil minister said.

As of November, the International Energy Agency said Libyan oil production was around 500,000 barrels per day, up from the 75,000 recorded in September. Before the war began in March, Libya was producing around 1.6 million bpd.

Production in the country is returning faster than most analysts expected when NATO forces established a no-fly zone over the country last year. read more

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What does Shell case mean for Chevron?

Published: Oct. 19, 2011 at 8:36 AM

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) — Officials were divided on how a U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear a case against Shell filed by Nigerians reflects on Chevron’s legal issues in Ecuador.

The Supreme Court announced Monday it would hear a case filed by 12 Nigerians who claim Royal Dutch Shell is responsible for human rights violations in the Niger Delta in the 1990s.

Fadel Gheit, an analyst at Oppenheimer, told the Platts news service that ruling could have ramifications for a legal case against Chevron’s activity in Ecuador. read more

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Do shale right, former Shell official says

Published: Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:55 AM

BERLIN, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Executives in the energy industry need to invest more in shale gas while advancing environmental issues, an official said from Berlin.

The United States is examining its shale gas potential as a way to address energy security issues. European countries like Poland and Ukraine are doing the same, though France has enacted a moratorium on shale gas exploration because of environmental concerns.

Jeroen van der Veer, a former chief executive officer at Royal Dutch Shell, told delegates at a petrochemical summit in Berlin, that shale could be a “game changer” if managed effectively, the Platts news service reports. read more

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Shell: Nigerian oil theft ‘unprecedented’

ABUJA, Nigeria, Sept. 27 (UPI) — The amount of crude oil stolen from Royal Dutch Shell’s pipelines in the oil-rich Niger Delta of Nigeria is “unprecedented,” the company said.

“The scale of crude theft is unprecedented,” the company was quoted by the Platts news service as stating.

Shell declared force majeure in Nigeria, releasing the company from contractual obligations because of circumstances out of its control, through October. The action came after the company said a series of spills in the area may have been the result of sabotage on a pipeline carrying crude oil through the Niger Delta. read more

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Shell touts gas benefits for Asia

Published: Sept. 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Natural gas resources will help fuel economic growth in Asia, where advances are vastly outpacing the rest of the world, a Shell executive said.

Malcolm Brinded, executive director for upstream developments at Shell, spoke to delegates at an energy conference in Brunei.

He said advancing economies in Asia, coupled with the energy deficit brought on by Japan’s nuclear power disaster, means the region needs to “invest heavily” in all resources, including solar and wind. read more

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Shell sees future in unconventional gas

Published: June 30, 2011 at 9:44 AM

LONDON, June 30 (UPI) — A so-called revolution in gas supplies driven in part by shale-gas reserves will allay global energy security concerns, a Shell official said in London.

Malcolm Brinded, executive director of global upstream activity at Royal Dutch Shell, told delegates at an energy summit in London natural gas is one of the best ways to cut greenhouse gases and develop a secure and sustainable energy supply.

He points to analysis from the International Energy Agency that predicts a rise in global gas demand of around 60 percent, fueled by booming economies in China and India, by 2035. read more

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Shell adds to Gulf of Mexico finds

HOUSTON, June 9 (UPI) — Shell said expected production at its Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico could reach 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Marvin Odum, upstream director for Shell operations in the Americas, said the estimate bodes well for energy supplies for the United States.

“It will also secure employment for more offshore workers,” he added.

Cardamom is expected to reach an eventual peak production rate of 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. More than 140 million boe is expected from the project over its lifetime. read more

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Golden age for Australia’s LNG?

CANBERRA, Australia, June 7 (UPI) — Australia’s liquefied natural gas industry is on course for a “golden age,” with the sector posed to boost the country’s economy by $38.5 billion by 2020, the International Energy Agency said.

IEA’s “Are We Entering a Golden Age of Gas?” report unveiled Monday forecasts global use of gas to increase by more than 50 percent from 2010-35.

“We think Australia will play a crucial role in the golden age of gas. It could be a golden age for Australia’s LNG industry,” IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol, the lead author of the report, told The Australian newspaper. read more

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Analysis: Shell, Iraq say gas deal OK

Officials at Royal Dutch Shell and the Iraqi Oil Ministry refute claims that a proposed gas joint venture would have exclusive access to Basra province's gas industry, though a key member of Parliament criticizes the project.

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Royal Dutch Shell leader agrees with OPEC officials

Jeroen van der Veer, the top Royal Dutch Shell director, has echoed the views of many members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that the world oil market is well supplied.

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