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Bolivia says signs $1.6 bln in gas deals with Repsol, Petrobras, Shell

By Marianna Parraga: NOVEMBER 21, 2017

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Bolivia’s government on Tuesday signed natural gas development deals with Spain’s Repsol, Brazil’s Petrobras, Royal Dutch Shell and Pan American Energy that are expected to draw $1.6 billion in investment and boost output.

The deals cover blocks in the Iniguazu, San Telmo Norte and Astillero gas areas. Repsol, Shell and Pan American Energy will participate in the Iniguazu consortium, while Petrobras will be a partner in the other two. Several units of Bolivia’s state-run YPFB will participate in all the projects. read more

Tory ministers lobbied Brazil on behalf of Shell and BP, Government accidentally reveals

Greg Hands used a meeting with a Brazilian minister to pass on oil companies’ concerns: Rex Features

Brazilian government later gave major drilling licenses to the two companies

Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade successfully lobbied the Brazilian government over environmental regulations on behalf of three major oil companies, an official document has revealed.

Greg Hands, the international trade minister, reportedly made representations on behalf of BP, Shell and Premier Oil during a trip to Brazil in March.

He asked the Brazilian government to help British companies secure deals to drill in the pre-salt region of Brazilian waters, according to a British diplomatic cable obtained by Greenpeace. read more

UK trade minister lobbied Brazil on behalf of oil giants

A telegram obtained by Greenpeace shows that Greg Hands met a Brazilian minister to discuss relaxation of tax and environmental regulation. Greenpeace accused the department of acting as a “lobbying arm of the fossil fuel industry”. read more

Shell to begin drilling in Brazil’s Gato do Mato block in 2019

Alexandra Alper: NOVEMBER 13, 2017 RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Brazil chief said on Monday that the oil major plans to begin drilling in 2019 in an offshore block in the coveted pre-salt layer that it won in an auction last month with France’s Total. “We already drilled in the area. We know how to do it. We have the experience. So it is just about putting in place everything that we already have in order to not waste time,” Andre Araujo, Shell’s Brazil unit head, told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Rio de Janeiro.

The block, South Gato do Mato, is adjacent to a prospect that Shell and Total are already exploring jointly. Shell is operator in both areas with an 80 percent stake.

Araujo said it was too soon to forecast when the first oil might be produced there, but reiterated that the company is committed to investing an average of $2 billion a year in Latin America’s top economy through 2020.

Shell won half the blocks awarded in Brazil’s deepwater auction in October in a historic opening of the pre-salt play to foreign operators. Billions of barrels of oil are trapped below thousands of feet of salt in the country’s Atlantic waters. read more

Shell Brazil looking for partnerships in new energy

Reuters Staff: NOVEMBER 13, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Brazil chief said on Monday the company is seeking partnerships in new energy.

Shell Brazil Chief Executive Andre Araujo made the remarks at an event in Rio de Janeiro. (Reporting by Alexandra Alper, writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Alden Bentley)

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Royal Dutch Shell: The Cash Machine

 Nov. 6, 2017 12:35 PM ET

Summary

  • Royal Dutch Shell has reported nearly 50% increase in profits following improvement in energy prices which fueled a turnaround of its upstream division.
  • In the first three quarters of 2017, Royal Dutch Shell generated $15.42 billion of free cash flows (ex. working cap. changes), surpassing even the industry’s cash flow king Exxon Mobil.
  • Oil prices have climbed to almost $61 a barrel and could stay at this level in the future, which could give a major boost to Shell’s earnings and cash flows.

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) is a well-oiled cash flow machine. In fact, it generates more free cash flows than any other oil majors, and this was evident from the latest quarterly results. The Anglo-Dutch oil giant could get even better in 2018 on the back of improvement in oil prices. The company’s shares will likely move higher while its valuation might also improve.

Latest Earnings

Royal Dutch Shell has recently released blowout quarterly results in which it posted significantly higher profits following a strong performance from its upstream, downstream and integrated gas divisions. The company reported an adjusted net profit (attributable to shareholders on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis) of $4.1 billion, up 47% from the same quarter last year. That blew past the company-provided analysts’ estimate of $3.6 billion. The profits at the upstream segment ballooned from just $4 million a year earlier to $562 million. The profits at the downstream and integrated gas segments rose 28.4% and 37.7% to $2.67 billion and $1.28 billion respectively. read more

Royal Dutch Shell takes cashflow crown off Exxon Mobil

Royal Dutch Shell has taken Exxon Mobil’s cashflow crown, a year after completing the biggest deal in its history.

Europe’s largest energy company vaulted ahead on this closely watched indicator of financial health in the first nine months of 2017 as assets acquired from BG Group from Brazil to Australia churned out cash. For the year as a whole, Shell is on course to surpass its larger US rival on the measure for the first time in about two decades.

Shell generated $28.38 billion (€24.34bn) of cashflow from operations in the first nine months of the year, compared with $23.52 billion (€20.18bn) from Exxon. Chief executive Ben Van Beurden has already spelled out that his main long-term goal was overtaking Exxon to become the best-performing oil major. read more

Shell, BP, Exxon big winners in historic Brazil oil auction

Oct. 27, 2017 5:45 PM ET|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By: , SA News Editor

  • Brazil auctioned off six of eight exploration blocks in today’s historic opening of its coveted pre-salt offshore oil region to foreign operators, exceeding the government’s expectations with commitments for 6.15B reais ($1.88B) in signing bonuses.
  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) was especially active, winning stakes in half the blocks awarded and bolstering its position as the largest foreign operator in Brazil’s offshore oil sector, second only to state-run Petrobras (NYSE:PBR); Shell believes it can pump oil from the pre-salt fields at below $40/bbl.
  • BP took two blocks, including the Peroba block, which is estimated to contain 5.3B barrels of oil; it won as part of a consortium that included PBR and a Chinese group.
  • Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) grabbed the Norte de Carcará block – which holds an estimated 2.2B barrels of oil, in a consortium with Statoil (NYSE:STO), which says it also sold a stake in a nearby block to XOM for $1.3B.
  • Brazil Pres. Temer says the auction will generate investments of more than 100B reais ($30B) in the country by the winning oil companies.
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    Shell, Exxon win blocks in Brazil’s pre-salt oil auction

    OCTOBER 27, 2017

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell RDSA.L and Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) won blocks in Brazil’s coveted pre-salt oil region in an auction on Friday.

    Shell was part of consortia that won two of the four blocks on offer in the first part of an eight block auction. 

    Exxon, in a consortium with Norway’s Statoil (STL.OL) and Portugal’s Petrogal, a unit of Galp Energia (GALP.LS), won another. There were no bids for the fourth block. 

    Another four blocks will be auctioned later on Friday. The eight blocks on offer contain a total of more than 12 billion barrels of estimated oil reserves. read more

    Brazil vs. Mexico: Latin America’s fight for Big Oil’s money

    “Both are attractive. Both have real potential,” said Wael Sawan, Shell’s executive vice president for deepwater. “We have as a company, I think as an industry, scarce capital resources to be able to make the investments that the particular projects in deep water require.”

    OCTOBER 27, 2017

    After two waves of resource nationalism that left few openings in Latin America for energy giants such as Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N), Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) and Total (TOTF.PA), the tables are turning.

    Governments throughout the continent are enacting reforms and changing contract terms to lure oil firms that have slashed spending as they adapt to lower crude prices. Global policy changes to address climate change have given an added sense of urgency to governments in the region and worldwide that are sitting on oil and gas reserves. They want to pump it before it becomes less valuable. read more

    Brazil judge suspends pre-salt oil auctions set for Friday

    OCTOBER 27, 2017

    BRASILIA, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A federal judge in the Brazilian state of Amazonas issued an injunction on Thursday ordering the suspension of the billion-dollar auctions of pre-salt oil and gas rights scheduled for Friday.

    The injunction was sought by the leftist Workers Party and could easily be overturned if appealed, as is often the case in Brazil.

    Major oil firms are vying for the blocks in Brazil’s offshore pre-salt area, where billions of barrels of oil are trapped under a layer of salt. read more

    Shell says can pump oil from Brazil’s pre-salt fields below $40/bbl

    Wael Sawan, Executive Vice President for Shell’s deepwater division, poses for a picture before an interview for Reuters during an oil conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 24, 2017. Picture take October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

    Simon WebbAlexandra Alper: OCTOBER 25, 2017

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will participate in Brazil’s deepwater oilfield auction on Friday and is confident it can pump oil from the fields on offer for less than $40 a barrel, a top Shell executive said.

    Brazil will hold its first auction in four years for its pre-salt oilfields on Friday. The eight deepwater blocks on offer hold billions of barrels in reserves, and for the first time, Brazil will allow foreign oil firms to operate the fields in the region. read more

    Shell divests its interest in Comgas for a headline of US$380 million

    HOUSTON, Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Gas BV, Shell Brazil Holding BV and Integral Investments BV (“Shell”) today announce they have signed an agreement with Cosan Ltd. to execute an existing Put Option Agreement, which allows Shell to sell all of its 16.8% interest in Companhia de Gas de São Paulo (“Comgás”) to Cosan Ltd. Under the agreement, Shell will exchange its ~21.8 million common shares in Comgás for Cosan S.A. Indústria e Comércio (“Cosan SA”) shares plus cash. read more

    Puerto Rico’s Colonial Legacy Doomed It To Dirty Electricity — And Now Darkness

    A class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 accused PREPA of more than $1 billion in fraud, claiming it had taken kickbacks from oil suppliers including Brazil’s Petrobras and Royal Dutch Shell.

    By Alexander C. Kaufman: 28 Sept 2017

    Puerto Rico plunged into darkness last week after the second major hurricane in a month crippled its aging, debt-laden electric utility. The island is projected to be without power for six months or more, as people swelter and lifesaving medical equipment saps generators in what House Speaker Paul Ryan declared “a humanitarian crisis” on Tuesday.

    But it’s not just old, storm-vulnerable transmission lines that need to be replaced.

    Forty-seven percent of the power the troubled Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority generates is from burning oil ― one of the most polluting and least efficient sources of electricity. An additional 51 percent of Puerto Rico’s energy blend comes from a mix of coal and natural gas. Just 2 percent was drawn from renewable sources last year. read more

    Brazil’s Raízen trying to cut sugar production costs -CEO

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Raízen, the world’s largest sugar producer, is trying to cut production costs to remain profitable amid depressed international prices, Chief Executive Luis Henrique Guimarães said on Friday.

    Raízen, a 50-50 joint venture between Cosan SA Indústria e Comércio and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, plans to crush up to 63 million tonnes of cane in the current crop season, more than 10 percent of total Brazilian cane output.

    (Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Paul Simao) read more

    Shell to invest $2 billion per year in Brazil through 2020

    SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 / 5:25 PM

    SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The Brazilian unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC will invest $2 billion per year in the country through 2020, Flávio Rodrigues, the unit’s director of government relations and regulatory affairs, said at an industry event on Thursday.

    The investment plan does not include potential bids for oil exploration areas, he said, which the government will auction off in September and October.

    On average, the oil company produced 325,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in the first quarter, Rodrigues added.  read more

    Royal Dutch Shell sees Brazilian counterpart as natural partner

    Dutch supermajor signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation for deepwater activity.

    Shell said a memorandum of understanding with a Brazilian company is symbolic of a true partnership for deep waters. Photo courtesy of Royal Dutch Shell.

    By Daniel J. Graeber: Sept. 12, 2017

    Sept. 12 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell said it formed a “true partnership of spirit” with a Brazilian company working in tough conditions in the country’s deep waters.

    Shell said it signed a memorandum of understanding with Petroleo Brasileiro, the Brazilian company known also as Petrobras, meant to strengthen cooperation in deep waters.

    “In true partnership spirit between two of the world’s largest energy companies, Shell will benefit from technical solutions, contract management expertise and cost efficient initiatives Petrobras applies to Brazil’s pre and post-salt projects,” Shell’s statement read. “Shell will share with Petrobras its global deep water experience, especially on cost efficiency efforts and use of technology.” read more

    Shell and Petrobras sign technical cooperation agreement to strengthen deep water partnership

    NEWS PROVIDED BY: Shell Oil CompanySep 11, 2017, 14:14 ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Dutch Shell and Petrobras signed last week in The Hague, Netherlands, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a long-term mutual collaboration in developing pre-salt fields in Brazil.

    In true partnership spirit between two of the world’s largest energy companies, Shell will benefit from technical solutions, contract management expertise and cost efficient initiatives Petrobras applies to Brazil’s pre and post-salt projects. Shell will share with Petrobras its global deep water experience, especially on cost efficiency efforts and use of technology. read more

    Brazil’s Cosan sees better ethanol returns as prices improve

    AUGUST 10, 2017 / 5:02 PM

    By Marcelo Teixeira

    SAO PAULO, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Cosan SA Indústria e Comércio expects ethanol sales to yield better returns than sugar across some Brazilian states, a factor that may prompt one of the country’s largest energy and infrastructure companies to fine-tune its current output mix.

    Raízen Energia, a 50-50 joint venture between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell Plc that is the world’s No. 1 sugar producer, could adjust the amount of sugar and ethanol it produces if price conditions for the biofuel improves, Cosan’s investor relations head Paula Kovarsky said on a conference call on Thursday.

    Raízen earmarked 57 percent of cane to sugar production in the second quarter, higher than the 55 percent it did a year ago. Simultaneously, Raízen has reduced sugar hedging on an annual basis on hopes of a mid-term recovery in international prices, she added. read more

    Shell sees Brazil R&D investment this year at $38 mln

    Shell sees Brazil R&D investment this year at $38 mln

    SAO PAULO, Aug 9 (Reuters) – The Brazilian unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc estimates it will invest around 120 million reais ($38 million) in research and development in the country this year, said André Araújo, head of Shell Brazil unit, on Wednesday.

    (Reporting by Marta Nogueira and Alexandra Alper; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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    Shell shifts focus to chemicals, refining: Financieele Dagblad

    Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch/Shell is shifting its focus toward downstream operations like refining and chemicals and away from traditional upstream activities like exploring for oil and gas, the Financieele Dagblad said on Wednesday.

    This shift is likely to become even clearer when the company publishes its second quarter figures on Thursday, the paper said.

    Shell’s investment in exploration slumped to $157m in the first quarter of 2017 from an annual quarterly average of between $500m to $600m in recent years, the paper points out.  This is partly due to the group’s recent acquisition of the BG Group which has large deep-sea reserves off the coast of Brazil. read more

    Shell Purchases Deep-Water Production And Storage Vessel

    HOUSTON, ­­­­­­­July 11, 2017 /CNW/ — Shell Offshore, Inc. announces today that its affiliate, Shell E and P Offshore Services B.V., will exercise a contractual right to purchase the Turritella floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel from SBM Offshore.  The vessel is contracted for the Stones deep-water development in the Gulf of Mexico, which began production last year.  Shell and SBM will work over the next several months to achieve a safe, smooth transition of the vessel operations. read more

    Market Realist Royal Dutch Shell articles 30 May 2017

    Visit this webpage to view eleven Shell related articles, all by Michelle Rey, published by Market Realist on 30 May 2017.

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    Shell, partners start deepwater production at new FPSO in Brazil

    Published 29 May 2017

    Shell and partners have commenced deep-water production at the FPSO P-66 in Lula South, in the Brazilian pre-salt of the Santos Basin.

    Shell holds 25% stake in the consortium while Brazilian oil firm Petrobras is the operator of the Lula oil field located in the BM-S-11 block with 65% stake.

    The remainder stake of 10% is held by Galp through its subsidiary Petrogal Brasil.

    P-66 is currently positioned in water depth of 2,150m and has the ability to process up to 150,000-barrels of oil and 6-million cubic meters of natural gas per day, stated Shell. read more

    Shell Starts Production At New FPSO In Pre-Salt Brazilian Field

    By Zainab Calcuttawala – May 26, 2017, 10:00 PM CDT

    Royal Dutch Shell’s Brazilian subsidiary BG E&P Brasil and partners began production in a deepwater field in the Santos Basin on Friday, according to a new report by World Oil.

    The floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) P-66 sits at a depth of 2,150 meters and can extract 150,000 barrels of oil and six million cubic meters of natural gas per day. The vessel is the first in a series commissioned by Petrobras to exploit the BM-S-11 block within a consortium. read more

    Nigeria: Shell Profit Up By U.S.$2.2 Billion, to Invest U.S.$25 Billion in Nigeria, Others


    Houston, U.S.A. — The net profit of Royal Dutch Shell more than doubled in the first three months of 2017, surpasing predictions by analysts as rebounding oil prices and refining gains helped to boost the company’s revenue.

    The company’s first quarter 2017 financial results released yesterday showed that net income attributable to shareholders in the quarter, based on a current cost of supplies (CCS), rose by $2.2 billion.

    CCS is a number similar to the net income that US oil companies report. read more

    Royal Dutch Shell sees profits jump as oil price rises

    4 May 2017

    The Anglo-Dutch giant said profits on a current cost of supply measure – which strips out price fluctuations – jumped to $3.4bn (£2.6bn) from $1bn last year.

    A 55% rise in oil prices in the first quarter of 2017 compared with a year earlier was the main driver of profits.

    Shell joins rivals BP, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Total in reporting better-than-expected results.

    More than $1bn in cost savings and budget cuts made over the past three years from cost-cuts and assets sales have also helped to increase cash flow and boost profits. read more

    Q&A: Shell cuts costs on major deep-water projects

    By Collin Eaton: Business Reporter, Houston Chronicle: May 3, 2017

    The recovery in energy prices won’t produce a mad rush into deep-water fields anytime soon, but drillers are still spending billions this year on more cost-efficient projects that can outlast cheap oil, says the executive who leads Shell’s deep-water business.

    Over the next two years, Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend up to $14 billion developing new and existing deep-water projects in places like the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil, but it’s trying to keep costs nailed down with myriad initiatives that have, for example, reduced its offshore staff by nearly a third. read more

    3 big questions hanging over Royal Dutch Shell plc

    The Motley Fool: 3 big questions hanging over Royal Dutch Shell plc

    By The Motley Fool  Feb 14, 2017

    A stagnating oil price has seen investor appetite for Royal Dutch Shell(LSE: RDSB) seep away from recent multi-year highs.

    The crude colossus saw its share price strike its highest since November 2014 a month ago, but fresh fundamental fears have seen Shell — like many of its London-quoted peers — retrace more recently.

    Shale producers returning

    Arguably the biggest driver behind Shell’s decline has been a steady build in the US rig count.

    With drillers across the Atlantic becoming ever-more-comfortable with oil prices anchored around the $50 per barrel mark, the number of units in operation has been steadily increasing since the autumn. read more

    Shell is ‘ripe to deliver’ and 2017 is an inflection year – broker

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    Jamie Ashcroft: 01 Dec 2016

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (LON:RDSB) portfolio is ‘ripe to deliver’, according to JP Morgan, which rates the stock as ‘overweight’ and sees 2017 as an inflection year for the oil supermajor.

    JP Morgan analyst Christyan Malek says investors should buy ahead of further capex cuts and free cash flow uplift.

    In a note Malek said: “the recent Brazil field trip left us incrementally positive on scope to cut capex further in 2017-18 as economies of scale on cost improve and internal efficiencies take effect. read more

    Shell studying acquisitions in the green energy sector

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    screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-19-58-01Written by Reporter – 30/11/2016 2:02 pm

    Shell said it is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector.

    It comes amid shareholder pressure to look at a strategy beyond fossil fuels.

    The oil major currently has a market value of $200billion and produces 2% of the world’s oil and gas.

    Chief executive Ben Van Beurden said: “The idea you can just be a very clever observer and step in when the moment is right, forget about it.

    “I am convinced that in this space we will play an active role, a leafing role and we will plan acquisitions in it.” read more

    Shell to invest $10 billion as Brazil expands private role in oil industry

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    screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-19-58-01Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) will invest $10 billion (8 billion pounds) in Brazil over five years now that the country has increased opportunities for foreign companies in its oil industry, its chief executive officer said on Thursday.

    Already the largest foreign investor in Brazil, Shell is particularly encouraged by recent legislation that increases the role of private oil companies in the tapping of vast off-shore oil deposits in the subsalt layer, Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said. read more

    Shell Plans to Invest $10 Billion in Brazil Over Next Five Years

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    By PAUL KIERNAN: Nov. 10, 2016 1:51 p.m. ET

    Shell plans to invest $10 billion in the South American nation over the next five years, Wael Sawan, the company’s executive vice president for deep water, said in an interview this week. That would come on top of the more than $30 billion in capital the company says it has deployed in Brazil, where it operates 5,500 energy stations and acquired a large number of oil-and-gas assets earlier this year via its takeover of BG Group PLC.

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    Big Oil Slowly Adapts to a Warming World

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    By CLIFFORD KRAUSSNOV. 3, 2016

    In a warming world, Big Oil doesn’t look quite so big anymore.

    A global glut of oil and natural gas has sent prices tumbling over the last two years, and profits are evaporating. Improving auto fuel efficiency standards threaten to depress oil consumption eventually, and fleets of electric vehicles are gradually emerging in China and a few other important markets.

    Perhaps most troubling for oil companies over the long term is the goal — agreed to last December by virtually every country in the world at a climate conference in Paris — of staving off a rise in average global temperatures of more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. read more

    BRIEF-Brazil’s Cosan, Shell negotiate new Raizen ownership deal – paper

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    screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-23-00-27Brazil’s Cosan SA and Royal-Dutch Shell are in advanced talks to define the ownership of their joint venture Raizen formed in 2011, according to a story published in the Valor Economico newspaper on Friday

    * A new accord between the two stakeholders of the 50-50 joint venture Raizen has not be formalized

    * Cosan did not comment on the report and Shell is in its quiet period ahead of earnings, the paper said

    * The current accord between the parners gives both sides the right to buyout the other after the 10th and 15th year from the formation of Raizen read more

    Shell Pledges More Investments In Brazil

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    Royal Dutch Shell CEO tells President Temer the country is expected to be one of the top investment focuses for the multinational in the coming years. 

    Beurden stated that Shell’s partnership with Petrobras in the pre-salt projects remain a priority for the multinational, despite the negative news in the international media about the corruption scandal in the Brazilian company.

    By Lise Alves on September 28, 2016

    SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Reiterating that there is a favorable investment climate in Brazil, the president of petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell, Ben Van Beurden, told Brazil’s President Michel Temer of the company’s interest in maintaining and increasing investments in the country.

    “We have plans for a future together. We came here to talk about the confidence we have in the country and some points that can be improved,” Beurden told journalists after attending meetings with President Temer and Petrobras CEO, Pedro Parente on Tuesday. read more

    Shell Divests Gulf Of Mexico Assets For $425 Million Plus Royalty Interests

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    HOUSTON, Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell), today announces it has an agreement to sell 100 percent of its record title interest in Gulf of Mexico Green Canyon Blocks 114, 158, 202 and 248, referred to as the Brutus/Glider assets, to EnVen Energy Corporation, through its affiliate EnVen Energy Ventures, LLC.  In line with Shell’s global divestment plans, this transaction includes $425 million in cash.  read more

    Doesn’t this all seem rather improper?

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    GRAY, LOUISIANA (PRWEB) JULY 20, 2016

    Danos announces the hiring of Tom Broom as executive account manager. In this role, Broom will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining Danos’ long-term relationship with Shell.

    “Tom is a perfect fit for Danos, said Executive Vice President Paul Danos. “His experience in the industry and long career with Shell make him the ideal person to oversee this relationship that has endured for 45 years.”

    In 2015, Broom retired from Shell after a 35-year-career, most recently serving as director of coastal issues for Shell Exploration & Production Company. In that role he served as the inaugural director of a 25-person international team focused on collaborating with internal and external stakeholders on coastal management issues. Prior to that position he oversaw workforce development and construction risk mitigation and managed operations training for the United States, Canada and Brazil. He also supervised the daily operations of Shell’s Robert Training and Conference Center, the company’s primary operations training facility. read more

    Getting Ready for Another Round of Commodity Market Downturn

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    By Staff Writer on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:30 am EST

    Crude oil prices have dropped below the $50 per barrel mark yet again after hitting their highest level in 2016 last month. US crude benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is trading at $45.97 per barrel while Brent is trading at $47.69 per barrel in European Markets today. The global crude oil benchmark reached as high as $52.51 per barrel earlier in June.

    Although oil prices have recovered some momentum after touching 12-year lows of $27 per barrel earlier in 2016, it still has a lot of ground to gain before reaching summer-2014 levels. Oil market showed some positive gains in June when oil prices crossed the psychological barrier of $50 per barrel. However, it was short-lived as it is currently trading below $48 per barrel. read more

    Exclusive – Shell CEO warns Brexit could slow $30 billion asset sale plan

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    Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 18.15.43By Ron Bousso and Freya Berry: 08/07 11:41 CET

    LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, has told investors that Britain’s decision to exit the European Union could slow its $30 billion (23 billion pounds) asset sale plan, especially in the North Sea which had struggled to attract buyers for years.

    The comment, made during an investor and analyst event at the Wimbledon tennis tournament this week, came as Shell mandated Bank of America Merrill Lynch to find buyers for several key assets in the North Sea, including its stake in the lucrative Buzzard oilfield, hoping the sale would raise at least $2 billion. read more

    Shell’s Ambitious Plan To Topple Exxon

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    By Rakesh Upadhyay – Jun 22, 2016, 5:17 PM CDT

    Ben Van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell has laid out an ambitious plan to overtake ExxonMobil as the number one oil company in the world.

    Prior to the 1990s, Shell was the leader in total shareholder returns, however, its rivals went on a deal-making spree to gain the lead, while Shell shied away from making any acquisitions. Now, Mr. Beurden believes that Shell will be able to regain its lost glory post the acquisition of the BG group. read more

    Shell works to simplify organization to compete with independents

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    By Mella McEwen [email protected]: 22 June 2016

    Too big. Too rigid. Not nimble enough.

    Those are reasons why integrated oil companies could have a difficult time competing with independents in the unconventional shale plays that have led to a resurgence in the nation’s oil and gas industry.

    Royal Dutch Shell, however, disagrees with that reasoning and this week held an event to reaffirm its commitment to the shales business, including its holdings in the Permian Basin.

    Shell officials discussed how its recent $70 billion acquisition of the BG Group has impacted its outlook. The event was a mixer at Shell’s Drilling Automation & Remote Technology (DART) Center located on its Houston campus and was webcast and available by telephone. read more

    Shell caps spending for rest of the decade as belt tightening continues

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    By Jon Yeomans7 JUNE 2016 • 9:33AM

    Oil giant Shell is targeting yet more cost savings as it looks to pay down debt and protect its dividend in an era of lower oil prices.

    The Anglo Dutch giant said today capital spending would be in the range of $25-$30bn a year to 2020. For 2016 it will be $29bn, down from a forecast “trending toward” $30bn, which was itself down from an earlier projection of $33bn.

    The company said this spending could go even lower if oil prices sink below their current levels, but crucially would not go higher if oil surges. Crude has stabilised at around $50 a barrel, after hitting a 12-year low of $28 a barrel in January. It was trading at more than $100 two years ago.  read more

    Shell to exit up to 10 countries after BG deal

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    LONDON | BY RON BOUSSO AND KAROLIN SCHAPS: Tue Jun 7, 2016

    Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) will exit oil and gas operations in up to 10 countries in a drive to deepen cost cuts and narrow its focus following its $54 billion acquisition of BG Group.

    Presenting its strategy following the close of that deal in February, the Anglo-Dutch company outlined plans to target annual spending of $25 billion to $30 billion until the end of the decade.

    It lowered its planned 2016 capex to $29 billion in a third cut from an initial $35 billion.

    Shell also raised its target for savings from the integration of BG to $4.5 billion, up $1 billion from previous guidance.

    Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden hopes the new cuts will help boost Shell’s shares, which have underperformed rivals since the BG deal was announced in April 2015. read more

    Shell Plans Oil-Asset Sale in Gabon, Says President

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    By DREW HINSHAW in Kigali, Rwanda, and SARAH KENT in London: May 12, 2016

    Royal Dutch Shell PLC is looking to sell oil blocks in Gabon, the country’s president said, as the company’s mammoth divestment plan threatens a Central African nation already hard hit by crashing crude prices.

    Shell is in the process of selling off $30 billion of assets in the wake of its roughly $50 billion acquisition of BG Group PLC earlier this year. The deal gives the Anglo-Dutch oil major a strong position in the fast-growing liquefied-natural-gas market and lucrative deep-water blocks offshore Brazil, but investments that don’t fit within those core areas are likely to come under serious scrutiny as the company looks for cash to bring down its debt level. read more

    Shell moving some jobs from New Orleans to Houston

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    By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune: 18 APRIL 2016

    Shell will relocate some jobs from New Orleans to Houston as it moves forward with plans to cut its global workforce by 10,000 employees and contractors. The company started cutting jobs last year in response to low oil prices.

    Details are sparse on how the global cuts affect the roughly 1,900 workers based in One Shell Square in downtown New Orleans. Shell says it does not provide layoff counts by region. Workers close to the situation have reported that jobs may be moving to Houston in addition to cuts. They asked not to be named to protect their jobs. read more

    Shell under pressure to reduce spending

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    Markets | Fri Apr 8, 2016 3:05am EDT

    By Ron Bousso

    LONDON, April 8 Royal Dutch Shell is under pressure from shareholders to cut annual spending below $30 billion after buying BG Group to ensure it can maintain its dividend given the slow oil price recovery.

    Shell and other large oil companies slashed budgets, scrapped huge projects and cut tens of thousands of jobs last year in the face of a slump in oil prices from a June 2014 peak of nearly $116 a barrel to below $40.

    Shell reduced spending by $8.4 billion to $28.9 billion last year and for the first time in more than three decades global capital spending in the oil and gas industry, known as capex, is set to fall for a second year in a row. read more

    Shell delivers more Brazil deep-water production from Parque das Conchas

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    HOUSTON, Mar 14, 2016 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) — Third phase of major deep-water project delivered, optimizing production capacity

    HOUSTON, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Shell and its joint venture announce the start of oil production from the third phase of the deep-water Parque das Conchas (BC-10) development in Brazil’s Campos Basin. Production for this final phase of the project is expected to add up to 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), at peak production, from fields that have already produced more than 100-million barrels since 2009. read more

    An oilman’s $7 billion refresher course in the economics of drilling and climate change

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    To many analysts, it looked like Odum was pushed into leaving.

    Steven Mufson March 11, 2016

    Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil, was attending a meeting of the parent company’s executive committee in Singapore when word trickled in that an exploration well drilled in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea — the crowning step in a multi-year $7 billion quest — was a dry hole.

    Maybe not bone dry. In a recent interview, Odum wouldn’t say. But in the oil business glossary, a dry hole is one that can’t pay off commercially, and Shell’s hole definitely qualified. The parent company, Royal Dutch Shell, abruptly dropped any further drilling — a setback for the industry, though a relief for environmentalists.

    For years, they had fought a vigorous, litigious and politically intense battle over the Chukchi. Meanwhile Shell, lured by potentially rich rewards, had overcome a couple of embarrassing rig mishaps at sea and patiently navigated the courts and the Obama administration’s permitting process. Now, geology had rendered its verdict. read more

    Shell says to start new exploration phase in BC-10 Brazil field

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    Royal Dutch Shell will start in coming days a new exploration phase in the BC-10 project off the coast of Brazil, where it has already invested more than $1 billion, the company’s chief executive in the country said in a presentation.

    Shell wants to keep investing in Brazil as the country has viable oil reserves despite recent market uncertainties, Shell Brazil CEO Andre Araujo said. read more

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