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Shell defies doubters by predicting boom for liquefied natural gas

The Telegraph: Shell defies doubters by predicting boom for liquefied natural gas

Jillian Ambrose20 FEBRUARY 2017 

Royal Dutch Shell has brushed off concern that the burgeoning market for liquefied natural gas is already oversupplied, after paying £36.5bn to buy market leader BG Group.

Shell’s first outlook report for LNG since the tie-up has predicted a market boom as demand from countries including China and India which will outpace the string of new project start-ups.

The market for LNG imports has already grown considerably in recent years but market commentators have raised fears that an explosion of new projects might flood the market. A deluge of LNG could push down prices just as Shell works to pay down the heavy cost of the tie-up.

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Shell #makethefuture Calls all Bright Energy Start-ups


NEW DELHI, January 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

– Shell Calls for Entries to #makethefuture Accelerator India at

– Top 3 Finalists to be Part of Shell Make the Future Singapore Festival 

– Winner Will Receive 10 lakh in Prize Money, Coaching and the Opportunity to Further Develop Their Idea 

– 10 Semi-finalists to Get a Chance to Showcase Their Ideas to Industry Experts at Shell Technology Centre Bangalore 

– Registrations Open Between 16th January to 3rd  February

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Another Nigerian oil scam



$15b Indian loan: Little meat in the bone

By Sonny Atumah

It  appears the proposed Nigeria US$15 billion facility from India may be a loansharking. The loan would be repaid with long term contract to supply crude oil to Indian Public Sector Undertakings, PSU (government owned corporations) that are mostly engaged in refining of petroleum products and in petrochemicals. The deal may also be in refining, executing City Gas Distribution, CGD, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG infrastructure projects by Indian PSUs.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu with his Indian counterpart in charge of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan are putting thoughts on paper in a memorandum of understanding, MOU to be firmed up at the PETROTECH 2016, the 12th biennial International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition at the Vigyan Bhavan in the Indian National Capital Territory, Delhi from December 5-7, 2016.

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Oil Majors Queue in Iran as $30 Billion of Projects in Play

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by Golnar MotevalliAnthony Dipaola and Hashem Kalantari: November 28, 2015:

  • Shell, Total, Lukoil interested in specific Iranian fields

  • Iran seeks to sign first oil development deal in March, April

Total SA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Lukoil PJSC are among international companies that have selected oil and natural gas deposits to develop in Iran as the holder of the world’s fourth-largest crude reserves presents $30 billion worth of projects to investors.

Total is one of the companies that have been in the forefront of discussions and Eni SpA is also looking to invest, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said. Shell, Total and Lukoil all specified fields they would be interested in developing in Iran, Ali Kardor, deputy director of investment and financing at National Iranian Oil Co. said in an interview in Tehran.

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Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Glencore: Energy companies risk wasting trillions on uneconomic projects

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By Jessica Morris: 25 November 2015

Energy companies risk wasting $2.2 trillion (£1.46 trillion) on uneconomic projects over the next 10 years, according to a new report.

Think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative’s (CTI) report how fossil fuel firms risk destroying investor returns says energy companies’ focus on fossil fuels at the expense of emerging clean technologies could put them out of kilter with environmental regulation, which will eventually dampen demand.

It comes ahead of next week’s Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) which is expected to result in, or at least pave the way for, more climate change legislation.

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Shell bets big on India with its second LNG terminal

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By: Siddhartha P Saikia | Singapore | September 25, 2015 5:39 AM

Royal Dutch Shell, which set up a 5 million tonne LNG terminal at Hazira in Gujarat nearly a decade back, is targeting to grab a bigger share of the growing demand for imported gas in India. The Hague-based global energy giant is planning to set up a floating LNG facility on the east coast — at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

Recently, Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation (APGDC), GDF Suez, Shell and GAIL have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a floating LNG terminal with an initial capacity of 5 mt, which could be doubled at a later stage. “We have been very constructively working on the project (LNG terminal) on the east coast. We really believe in the India gas market,” said Maaten Wetselaar, executive vice present for Shell Integrated Gas in Singapore.

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Brazil regulator tells Shell, partners to develop two oilfields as one

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09RIO DE JANEIRO | BY MARTA NOGUEIRA: 18 Aug 2015

Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP) ruled that Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and its Qatari and Indian partners need to treat oil and gas fields in the Parque das Conchas area as a single deposit, Shell said, a move that could increase taxes on output.

Shell owns 50 percent of Parque das Conchas, its main Brazilian asset. Qatar’s state oil company Qatar Petroleum [QATPE.UL] owns 23 percent and India’s ONGC (ONGC.NS) owns 27 percent.

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Iran releases list of oil money debtors

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The oil major Royal Dutch Shell owes Tehran $2.8 billion while it made a net loss of $6 million trading Iranian oil in 2012.

TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) – Iran’s Central Bank and National Oil Company released the list of companies and refineries owing oil dues to Iran.

During the period US and European sanctions prevented international banks from transferring money to the Islamic Republic, billions of Iran’s oil revenues were frozen in banks overseas.

In a joint statement released by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) the oil giants and refineries owing to Iran were listed, in which some Greek refineries, British-Dutch-owned Shell refineries, BP, South Korean Petrochemical and Polymer Company, along with Indian refineries top the list of Iran’s oil debtors.

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Shell may re-enter the upstream business in India

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Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38By Sanjeev Choudhary, ET Bureau | 8 Jun, 2015

NEW DELHI: Royal Dutch Shell Plc is bullish about India’s gas market and may re-enter the upstream business in the country if the government offered a stable policy and an open acreage licence to explorers, senior company executives said.

“We would continue to look at upstream opportunities in India,” said Harry Brekelmans, projects & technology director and a member of the top executive committee at Shell. “At the moment, we have not been able to see anything that is attractive ..

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Shell IT Centre Bengaluru

Article by published 5 June 2015 under the headline:

Coming up! The Shell IT Centre Bengaluru

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Global energy giant Shell has chosen Bengaluru for setting up its largest captive unit or global offshore delivery centre. The unit would provide more than 5,000 jobs in the Silicon Valley.

As per an Economic Times report, the new in-house global information technology centre, The Shell IT Centre Bengaluru, would be used to provide IT services to Shell’s businesses including upstream oil and gas production, marketing and other projects.

“The company has a large IT set-up in Malaysia, US and UK and will be moving all its global IT jobs to Bengaluru,” said two people in direct knowledge of the development.

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Shell Acquisition of BG Group to Create Giant Operator of LNG Ships

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LONDON –  Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDS.A) planned $70 billion acquisition of BG Group PLC would create a giant operator of liquefied-natural-gas vessels, offering owners that charter the ships more opportunities for lucrative, long-term contracts in an otherwise-depressed shipping industry.

“The merger offers owners more flexibility and better utilization of their fleets, which could mean long-term leases offering steady income,” said Ted Petropoulos, head of Athens-based Petrofin Research. “It’s also a defensive move to secure market share as more players come into the market.”

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850 jobs at stake in Shell Cyberjaya

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 17, 2015: 

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38Around 850 jobs could be at stake at Shell offices in Cyberjaya as the Anglo-Dutch oil major consolidates its IT functions at a new base in Bangalore, India.

While no decision has yet been made, a senior officer dropped this bombshell during a town hall meeting with staff in Cyberjaya late last month, said sources.

The Bangalore move could also affect some 1,000 third party contractors if they are unable to relocate to India, the sources said.

The Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) is to be one of the three global hubs for technology, after Houston and Amsterdam for the energy group.

“By the end of 2010, STCB employed around 700 professionals and has plans to grow to about 1,500 in the near future. Recruitment at STCB is currently focused on graduates in India and experienced Indian professionals,” Shell Global said at its website.

Given this focus, chances are staff now employed at Cyberjaya may find it difficult to be relocated to Cyberjaya, said the sources, and will probably have to look for new jobs here.

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Shell to set up global IT centre at Bengaluru

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38New Delhi: Global energy giant Shell on Wednesday announced setting up of a global information technology center at Bengaluru to provide IT support to all its business verticals.

“Shell plans to begin operations at the centre later this year,” the company said in a statement here.

The centre will provide IT services to all of Shell’s businesses upstream oil and gas production, downstream refining and marketing and projects & technology as well as associated support functions. Without giving investment details, the statement said Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd will create the in-house centre, “which is expected to provide employment opportunities for several thousand IT professionals by 2020”.

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Royal Dutch Shell Saves $2.5 billion In Transfer-Pricing Case

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Bidness Etc discusses the ruling by an Indian court in a transfer-pricing case against Shell and its impact on future foreign investment in the country

Published: November 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm EST

By: Micheal Kaufman

The Bombay High Court has ruled in favor of Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) in a high-tax profile case, which could pose a hurdle to the Indian government’s plans on bringing in foreign investment and much-needed revenue.

The ruling was announced on Tuesday, after Indian authorities claimed tax money paid to transfer shares of Shell. The court has not released a written judgment yet.

The judgment can negatively impact India’s image, which might cause leading foreign companies to hesitate to invest in India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can intervene and reverse the ruling.

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Shell wins $3bn tax battle in Bombay High Court

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43The Financial Times is reporting:

“Royal Dutch Shell has won a significant victory in its long-running $3bn battle with India’s revenue authorities, in a judgment with implications for dozens of tax disputes involving multinational companies in Asia’s third-largest economy.”

The Narendra Modi government may appeal the decision to the supreme court of India.

Also Reuters Report: Shell wins India tax case

Shell in talks to buy stake in southern India LNG project

Extract from a Reuters article published 26 May 2014

May 26 (Reuters) – Global energy major Royal Dutch Shell is in talks with the Andhra Pradesh state government for buying up to 24 percent stake in the planned Kakinada liquefied natural gas project on the east coast, GAIL chairman B.C Tripathi said on Monday.


Seething review of Mark Moody-Stuart book: Responsible Leadership

Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 17.30.17Extracts from a review by Danny Chivers of the recently published book by retired Royal Dutch Shell Group Chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart: “RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP: Lessons from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics”

Article originally published under the headline:

“If this is responsible leadership, then I’m an Ogoni”

Reading this book was a strange experience. It was like stepping into a parallel Universe where extractive industries bring overwhelming benefits to communities around the world, with the only negative consequences being caused by corrupt local governments. Again and again throughout the book, Moody-Stuart seems to wilfully ignore the unequal power relations between multinational corporations and the people in whose lands they operate. Perhaps the element of the book that made me angriest was Moody-Stuart’s insistence, in relation to Nigeria and elsewhere, that Shell “did not get involved in local politics”. This ignores the wealth of evidence showing collusion between the company and Nigeria’s military regime that led to a landmark payout of $15.5 million by Shell to the families of nine executed Nigerian activists.

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Mike Watts, who found oil in Thar desert, to quit Cairn Energy

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New Delhi: Dr Mike Watts, the man credited with discovering India’s largest onland oil field in Rajasthan, will step down from the board of Cairn Energy plc in mid-May.  He saw oil in the Thar desert when Royal Dutch Shell could not and bought out the supermajor in block RJ-ON-90-1 for USD 7.25 million.

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Brazil’s Petrobras Completes $1.6 Billion Oil-Field Sale

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December 30, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO–Brazilian state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, said late Monday that it had completed the sale of a 35% stake in an offshore oil field to partners Royal Dutch Shell PLC and India’s ONGC Videsh.

With completion of the deal, Shell raises its stake to 73%…


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Shell Completes Acquisition of Additional 23% Interest in BC-10 Project

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Royal Dutch Shell plc announced Monday that it has completed the acquisition of an additional 23 percent interest in the Parque das Conchas (BC-10) project offshore Brazil for $1 billion.

Regulatory approvals have been obtained and Shell will now hold a 73 percent operating interest. The purchase is effective Jan. 1. Partner ONGC, previously holding a 15 percent working interest, will now hold a 27 percent working interest. This purchase is the result of pre-empting a third party’s bid for Petrobras’ 35 percent interest in BC-10.

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Wake-up call to Shell India from a disgruntled retailer

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 10.44.02This is to get it to your notice what’s happening in Shell India. One of the worst management I have seen. Shell please wake-up and do save our retailer community in India. Some one please do exit-interviews of the retailers who have left and do justice to people who serve you. In India bribes are being taken and are being paid by the management in name of consultancy fees and incidental charges.

Introduction by John Donovan

Printed below is a comment received.  Given the length and content it seems appropriate to publish it as an article. Full contact information and related email correspondence with Shell has been supplied. The allegations suggest that Shell is continuing to ruthlessly exploit Shell petrol retailers/franchisees as it has done in other countries.

*Many years ago we conducted a series of ethical surveys involving up to 1500 Shell UK retailers and published the findings in whole page announcements in trade magazines such as “Forecourt News”. All of the sealed responses were opened and authenticated by an independent solicitor who supplied an affidavit testifying to the findings. If the allegations below have foundation, it appears that not much has changed.

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Shell chief Peter Voser warns of oil crunch without investment

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Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Peter Voser is to call on the global energy industry to continue investing heavily in costly new production projects in order to avoid a return to the days of record high oil prices weighing on global growth.

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Demand for energy will double over the next 50 years, Peter Voser will say Photo: Reuters

By , and Andrew Critchlow: 01 October 2013

“Supplying the world’s energy needs will be extremely tough,” Mr Voser will say in Tuesday’s speech, seen in advance by the Daily Telegraph. “Our first priority must be to invest heavily in new supplies, and to maintain it through economic and political turbulence. Failing to do so would be a sure path to another crunch and major price volatility.”

Mr Voser’s comments come amid concern that a pullback in investment by some resource and energy companies following the global financial crisis could result in future shortfalls in supply if economic activity should pick up quicker than was previously expected.

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Vodafone, Shell asked to file replies in tax case by 10 October

Both firms have challenged tax demands through writ petitions in high court in an alleged transfer pricing case: Shell India is fighting a tax order accusing it of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs.15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes.

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=&0=& The Bombay high court on Monday asked the Indian units of Vodafone Group Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc to file rejoinders by 10 October to the replies filed by the income tax department in an alleged transfer pricing case.

Shell India is fighting a tax order accusing it of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs.15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes.


China Fracking Quake-Prone Province Shows Zeal for Gas

China won’t let earthquakes hinder its quest for energy.

Companies such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and China National Petroleum Corp. are starting to drill for gas and oil in shale rock in Sichuan, the nation’s most seismically active province, a process geologists say raises the risk of triggering quakes.

“For the Sichuan basin, earthquakes are a problem for shale gas and shale oil production because of the tectonic conditions,” said Shu Jiang, a professor at the University of Utah’s Energy & Geoscience Institute in Salt Lake City. “The siting of the wells could cause some artificial earthquakes.”

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Shell proposes LNG project in AP, seeks Govt support

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A high powered team from Shell and Richard Hyde, British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad on Thursday called on State Infrastructure Minister to discuss their plans to set up a LNG project in Andhra Pradesh.

The delegation including Roger Bounds, Shell Vice President Global LNG and Sander Stegenga, Shell Chief Executive Officer, Andhra LNG and other met with Ganta Srinivasa Rao, State Minister for Infrastructure and investment, port, airport and natural gas.

They were here to discuss plans for an LNG project proposed to be taken up at Kakinada deep water port.

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ONGC, Shell set to split $6bn gas buy

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MUMBAI: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Royal Dutch Shell will equally split the prized 20% stake acquisition in Rovuma basin gas block in Mozambique, after the sellers decided to court individual buyers due to difference in priorities.

The stake on offer is valued between $5-6 billion. Indian conglomerate Videocon Industries, which is selling 10% shares, wants to maximize the value. US based Anadarko Petroleum, the operator of the block, is offloading an equal stake but wants a pedigree global partner with better track record and execution skills.

ONGC is the frontrunner to pick up the Videocon stake while Royal Dutch Shell might end up buying Anadarko shares. The Videocon stake sale to ONGC may be announced next month. Anadarko sale to Shell is likely to take more time.

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Shell challenges $1 billion tax demand in Bombay HC

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mumbai: Global oil major Royal Dutch Shell Thursday said it has moved the Bombay High Court here, challenging the USD 1 billion demand made by the tax authorities on a four-year-old equity infusion.

“Shell confirms that it has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the draft tax order,” the Anglo- Dutch oil major said in a statement. The company “will continue to evaluate all options for redress available to resolve this tax dispute”, it said.

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Indian arm of Royal Dutch Shell accused of tax evasion

The Indian arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which has been accused by the income tax authorities of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes, has filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the income tax order.

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Thu, Apr 25 2013. 05 57 PM IST

Mumbai/ New Delhi: The Indian arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which has been accused by the income tax authorities of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes, has filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the income tax order.

The petition filed on Wednesday will come up for hearing on 3 May.

Mint reported on 3 February that following the notice, which is one of the biggest transfer pricing orders by the income tax department, Shell India Pvt. Ltd plans to challenge the assessment.
“Shell confirms that it has filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the draft tax order. Shell has always maintained that it will continue to evaluate all options for redress available to resolve this tax dispute,” the company in an emailed statement.

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Shell misses out on £1.4bn French deal

Royal Dutch Shell is poised to miss out on a £1.4bn acquisition of French oil explorer Maurel & Prom.

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Royal Dutch Shell was reported last June to have been interested in buying the Paris-listed business, which has assets in Africa and Latin America. Photo: BLOOMBERG NEWS

Ben Harrington By   Sunday 17 Feb 2013

State-backed Indonesian company Pertamina has made an indicative offer for Maurel & Prom and is in talks to buy the business, City sources claimed.

Royal Dutch Shell was reported last June to have been interested in buying the Paris-listed business, which has assets in Africa and Latin America.

However, sources said Pertamina is working with bankers from Societe Generale on a takeover and could be willing to offer up to €19 (£16) a share for the company. The Indonesian group is said to be hungry for fresh oil and gas reserves because Indonesia became a net importer in 2004 following declining production from its maturing fields and growing consumption from its own economic growth.

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Selection of links to Shell related articles: 17 February 2013

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Heat on Nigeria oil industry as sector chiefs meet: Daily Nation-Major oil industry executives gather in Nigeria’s capital for an annual … by government ministers and top officials from oil majors Shell, Exxon, …

Oil and Gas Feeding Off Each Other While They are Fueling …: Forbes-Oil and natural gas are often found alongside one another, making it … Royal Dutch Shell, meantime, acquired East Resources for $4.7 billion in …

Turkish TPAO and Shell sign agreement on oil exploration in Black …: SteelGuru-Trend reported that Turkish Petroleum Corporation TPAO and the company Shell signed an agreement worth USD 150 million on oil …

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Cameron may fly in to Shell India tax row

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By Andrew Callus: LONDON | Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:18pm GMT

(Reuters) – Oil company Royal Dutch/Shell has asked the British government to raise the subject of a tax dispute with India during Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit there next week, according to a source familiar with the request.

The dispute blew up earlier this month when tax authorities revalued by $2.7 billion a 2009 transaction by Shell with a wholly-owned subsidiary, and claimed a tax payment was due.

It comes as India seeks to balance its need to shore up its finances by raising tax receipts with its desire to encourage foreign investment.

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Shell Denies Tax Evasion in India

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By NEHA THIRANI BAGRI: February 4, 2013

The Indian unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell said Monday that it would challenge a notice by the Indian tax authorities alleging tax evasion through the transfer of shares.

Deepak Mukarji, a Shell India spokesman, said that the company had received an order on Friday from the income tax department of India that accused Shell India of evading taxes by underpricing a share transfer within the group by approximately $2.8 billion.

At the center of the controversy is a share sale by Shell India to Shell Gas BV, its overseas parent , in March 2009. Shell India issued shares worth 870 million rupees ($160 million) to Shell Gas BV, or 87 million shares at a value of 10 rupees per share, but the Indian tax authorities now contend that each share was actually worth 183 rupees.

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Shell India In Talks With Tax Men Over Alleged Tax Evasion

Published February 02, 2013 by Dow Jones Newswires

The Indian unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) Saturday said it is in talks with tax authorities in India over alleged tax evasion.

Earlier in the day, Mint newspaper, citing a person familiar with the matter, said that the Indian income tax department charged Shell India of under pricing a share transfer within the group by 150 billion rupees ($2.8 billion) and consequently evading taxes.

Citing television channel ET Now, the report also said that the income-tax order relates to the issue of 870 million shares by Shell India to an overseas company Shell Gas BV in March 2009.

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Shell accused of unethical conduct against Shell retailers in India

By John Donovan

We have received a copy of an email from an irate Shell retailer in India, Sabir Mohammed, accusing Shell management in India of being cheats and liars. He also makes allegations about corruption. He claims many other Shell retailers in India share his concerns. He sent his email to Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Peter Voser and company secretary, Michiel Brandjes. The email and associated correspondence can be viewed here.

Seems Shell may be up to it old tricks again, reminiscent in some regards to dire concerns expressed in the past by Shell retailers in the UK and the USA. Including the alleged failure of Shell senior management to honour pledges to uphold Shell’s statement of general business principles promising honesty, integrity, transparency and respect for people, in all of Shell’s dealings. In our experience, all a complete sham.

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Essar Energy turns around Stanlow refinery

Essar Energy plc has turned around UK’s second largest refinery Stanlow within a year of taking it over from Royal Dutch Shell, posting a pre-tax profit of USD 197 million in six month to September 30.

Essar Energy turns around Stanlow refinery

Monday, November 26, 2012, 18:31

New Delhi: London-listed Essar Energy plc has turned around UK’s second largest refinery Stanlow within a year of taking it over from Royal Dutch Shell, posting a pre-tax profit of USD 197 million in six month to September 30.

“Current price EBITDA at Stanlow rose to USD 197.2 million, compared with USD 22.2 million in the first eight months of ownership to March 2012,” the company said announcing its second quarter earnings.

Shell divested its refinery assets for not being profitable.

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Shell’s massive investment in China

The country is sitting on huge untapped shale gas reserves, and Shell senses opportunity.


One of the world’s biggest energy companies, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A +0.12%) is planning to invest $1 billion per year in China’s massive shale gas reserves. This natural gas, which has long been considered uneconomical to produce, has in the last decade captured investor attention due to a combination of cost effective modern drilling and extraction methods, such as fracking.

Earlier this year, China’s resource ministry revealed that it had discovered 25.1 trillion cubic meters of untapped shale gas reserves, which could fuel the country’s current natural gas needs for 200 years. The U.S. Energy Information Administration has also confirmed that China has at least 50% more shale gas in its reserves than the U.S. does, officially.

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Oil and Gas in the Crosshairs

By Jeff Moore, Muir Analytics

Energy companies are increasingly conducting up and downstream business in areas where they wouldn’t have gone 10 years ago – low intensity conflict zones (LICs), to be specific. The lure of profits is too great. But the physical, financial, and PR risks can be high. As Steve Coll’s recent book, Private Empire, points out, energy companies such as ExxonMobil have an increasingly critical need for threat intelligence and security not only to protect their people and assets in LICs, but also to make sound business decisions on where and where not to drill and refine.

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An oil giant’s road from Rajasthan to ruin


Michael Harrison’s Outlook: An oil giant’s road from Rajasthan to ruin

“Shell, by contrast, has endured the most humiliating, torrid and damaging period in its 100-year history. It is hard to think of a more spectacular fall from grace or a more abject example of management failure.”: “The deeper it dug itself into this hole, the more Shell was forced to lie” 

Fortunes; Failure; Scramble

14 August 2004

It is a long way from the arid deserts of Rajasthan to the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank. But two events this week provide a link.

One was the announcement by Cairn Energy that it had made yet another significant oil discovery in a region of India hitherto better known for its sumptuous pink palaces and backpacking tourists. The other was the disclosure that Shell’s former head of exploration and production, Walter van de Vijver, is to receive a £2.5m pay-off after being sacked for his part in the company’s reserves scandal.

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Shell to shift IT jobs to India, Malaysia

From our Archives, June 2004… Shell to shift IT jobs to India, Malaysia

PTI / Houston June 08, 2004

In order to improve quality and save $850 million annually beginning in 2008, Shell Oil Co is cutting 600 to 800 information technology jobs in the USA and offshoring most of these jobs to India and Malaysia.

“It’s about reducing cost and improving quality,” said Anne Knisely, manager of corporate media relations for Shell Oil, which is based in Houston and is part of the Royal Dutch-Shell Group of Companies.

Currently, Shell has a total IT manpower of 9,300 personnel globally, including 2,200 in the United States. Most of the domestic IT jobs are in Houston. This cutback will be mostly among temporary staff, whose work will be transferred to low-wage countries. A Dutch IT worker costs the company $85,000 annually, compared to $20,000 for an Indian.

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India success makes Cairn a worthy hold


Combined with an oil price higher than ever, Cairn looks to be sitting very pretty. Much to the embarrassment of Shell, of course, which sold the Rajasthan field to Cairn two years ago for just £4m.

18 May 2004

The oilfields of India are proving to be more like gold to Cairn Energy, which yesterday announced yet more success in its Rajasthan site.

The second stage of drilling following its original find has not only confirmed initial expectations but led to an upgrade in its estimated reserves. The lowest hope had been for 50 million barrels from the site; now it is for 100 million barrels.

Combined with an oil price higher than ever, Cairn looks to be sitting very pretty. Much to the embarrassment of Shell, of course, which sold the Rajasthan field to Cairn two years ago for just £4m.

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The global IT workforce at Shell, which totals 9,300, will fall by between 20% and 30% by 2006, with several hundred UK IT jobs at risk. Shell IT staff will be well placed to find new jobs

By Daniel Thomas

Tuesday 4 May 2004

Shell IT staff who leave as a result of the company’s plans to cut thousands of jobs in its technology division will be well placed to find employment, according to recruitment consultants.

The oil giant last week announced plans to cut thousands of IT jobs, eliminate unnecessary software applications and standardise hardware in an attempt to cut its technology budget by £475m and improve overall efficiency.

The global IT workforce at Shell, which totals 9,300, will fall by between 20% and 30% by 2006, with several hundred UK IT jobs at risk. However, worried staff should remain optimistic, said John Ellis, director of recruitment consultancy Ellis Holley Maxwell.

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Shell’s revised Cove bid wins board approval

April 24, 2012, 10:32 p.m. EDT

By Alexis Flynn

— Shell’s recommended cash offer values Cove at GBP1.12 billion

— Cove is junior partner in a potentially huge natural gas field off Mozambique

— Rival bidder, Thailand’s PTT E&P, says it is considering its options

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDS.A +1.05% said Tuesday it had agreed a GBP1.12 billion all-cash deal to buy Cove Energy, a junior partner in a potentially huge natural-gas field off the Mozambique coast, leaving rival bidder PTT Exploration & Production PCL to consider its options.

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Royal Dutch Shell Remains Confident on Alaska Drilling

March 7, 2012

By Isabel Ordonez

HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell remains confident it will be able to start exploring for oil in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska this summer, the company’s Executive Vice President for Exploration David Lawrence said Wednesday.

“As long we continue to meet critical milestones we will drill this summer,” Lawrence told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview in the sidelines of IHS CERA conference in Houston.

Shell has been seeking permits to drill in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off the north coast of Alaska for several years and has spent more than $4 billion to prepare for exploratory drilling. The company has already obtained several key approvals but it still needs to cross several more regulatory barriers before it will be permitted to begin drilling in July. It also faces opposition from several environmental groups.

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PTT Exploration Offers $1.7 Billion for Cove, Beating Shell

PTT Exploration offered 220 pence for each Cove share, 13 percent more than Shell’s proposal, according to a statement today. Cove surged 21 percent to 235 pence in London trading, indicating investors are betting on further bids.

Shell Bid Starts Race for African Gas Fields Bigger Than Norway’s: Energy

By Eduard Gismatullin and Fred Pals – Feb 23, 2012 9:45 AM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s $1.6 billion bid for Cove Energy Plc (COV) starts a race to develop natural-gas fields off Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coast that may hold more than Norway’s entire reserves.

Winning Cove would give Shell an 8.5 percent stake in a block where Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) has found 30 trillion cubic feet of gas. Italy’s Eni SpA (ENI) has discovered even more in a neighboring area. Together, there’s sufficient fuel for the development of two $20 billion liquefied natural gas plants to supply customers in Asia, according to Deutsche Bank AG.

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Shell fears it could be driven out of the UK over North Sea taxes

Shell warned the government not to tax it out of the UK, as it sketched out ambitious growth plans alongside an underwhelming set of results.

Chief executive Peter Voser said the Anglo-Dutch oil company was aiming to pump 4bn barrels of oil per day (bpd) by 2017, compared to 3.2bn today.

Net spending will rise from £15bn to £19bn this year as it chases its goal, although most of the difference will come from fewer asset sales, with actual investment set to rise by a more modest £1bn to £21bn.

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Sir Bill’s treatment at Cairn will make every board quake

The giant oil field sold for a song by Shell… it sold its 50% share to Cairn for $7.5 million, now worth billions…

James Ashton 24 Jan 2012

The momentum gained by the Government’s war on executive pay meant it was bound to claim some victims. The only surprise is that Sir Bill Gammell has become its first. As the chief executive of Cairn Energy, he was a stock market darling. The success he enjoyed after buying an unwanted Indian exploration site from Royal Dutch Shell has passed into oil industry folklore.

Cairn, which now has a market value of £4 billion, can thank the £4.5 million acquisition of an Indian exploration site for its good fortune. Sir Bill, a former Scottish rugby international, saw potential there after the big boys had given up trying. A similar spirit has given it the confidence to hunt for oil in far-flung corners of the world such as Greenland.

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Shell must pay $1 bn for Niger Delta clean-up: rights groups

10 Nov, 2011, 02.35AM IST, AFP

LONDON: Oil giant Shell should commit $1 billion (700,000 euros) as a first step to clean up the Niger Delta following two devastating oil spills in 2008, rights groups said Thursday.

Shell has accepted responsibility for the spills in the southern Nigerian state of Ogoniland that affected the Bodo fishing community and has agreed to pay compensation, which is currently being decided in the British courts.

But Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) accused Shell in a report of failing to act quickly enough to fix the damage and demanded the Anglo-Dutch group make the billion-dollar contribution.

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Asia will drive growth for Shell, says CEO

Devjyot Ghoshal

Energy-hungry Asia will remain the major growth driver for Shell, though the region’s appetite may diminish slightly next year owing to global uncertainties, the Dutch oil and gas major’s chief executive officer, Peter Voser, said on Monday.

“I think Asia-Pacific for us is the key growth region. We see a lot of growth, and, hopefully, enough growth, that can actually drive the worldwide economy coming out of Asia-Pacific,” Voser said on the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week.

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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.

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Can BP’s investors give oil giant the time to learn from Shell’s mistakes?

Results clouded by rivals and identity crisis! Titanic court battle looms for oil company! Executives may face charges!

By Rowena Mason: 9:33PM BST 30 Jul 2011

If those headlines were meant for readers in 2011, the subject could be only one sorry corporate story: BP and its $40bn (£24bn) Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

However, the real answer lies six years earlier in another just as painful oil scandal that hit BP’s nearest rival, Royal Dutch Shell. This was the heated reaction to news that Shell had over-stated its oil reserves by a third in the years leading to 2004.

Downgrade after downgrade kept hitting the company’s share price until matters came to a head over an email from Shell’s head of exploration to the chief executive.

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