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The Recent Revelations About Shell And Nigeria Are “Utterly Indefensible”, Says Development Committee Chair

James Ball: BuzzFeed Special Correspondent: 10 March 2017 

The chair of parliament’s international development committee has called for the government to make clear what it is doing to investigate a $1.3 billion oil deal signed by Shell and Italian oil company ENI in Nigeria.

The call comes after BuzzFeed News and the Italian newspaper Il Sore 24 Ore published “Shell Shocks”, a cache of emails and court documents revealing that Shell top executives signed off on a deal with full knowledge that most of the money would go to Malabu, a company connected to a former Nigerian oil minister, Dan Etete.

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Recorded call reveals Shell worried Nigerian oil deal could lead to U.S. probe

Top executives at Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) last year were worried that a controversial Nigerian oil deal may have violated an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department and would prompt an investigation, according to a recorded phone call between CEO Ben van Beurden and Simon Henry, the company’s CFO at the time.

In the call, van Beurden said he was worried that Shell’s own investigators had discovered internal emails that could cast the company in a negative light and widen the investigation by drawing in U.S. authorities; the call was recorded and has now been made public.

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Shell Knew Of Bribe Payments To Nigerian Official, Global Witness Report Alleges

A recent publication of leaked emails has found evidence that Shell knowingly bribed ministers in the Nigerian government. Global Witness, an anti-corruption NGO, described the episode as “one of the worst corruption scandals in the history of the oil industry”.

The affair relates to OLP 245, an offshore oilfield in Nigerian waters that is estimated to hold nine billion barrels of oil, valued at over half a trillion dollars at current prices.

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Shell and the money-launderer: Damning emails of Nigerian deal

BY LUCY TOBIN: 10 April 2017

Shell was today embroiled in a bribery scandal amid allegations that the oil giant knew money paid to the Nigerian government for a $1.3 billion (£1.1 billion) project would go to a convicted money-launderer and potentially pay political bribes.

The claims surround a deal made by Shell and a former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete, whose company Malabu bought the nine-billion-barrel OPL 245 field off the coast of the African country for a paltry $2 million while he was in his government post.

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Recording Puts Shell’s Nigerian Oil Deal Under a Harsh Light

The investigators were “quite forceful and brusque” and “rattled a few people,” Mr. van Beurden told the finance chief at the time, Simon Henry, when Mr. Henry returned his call. But Mr. van Beurden said he was also worried about something else: Shell’s own investigators had discovered internal emails that could cast the company in an even more negative light and widen the investigation by drawing in the United States law enforcement authorities.

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Eni, Shell deny wrongdoing in Nigeria after allegations of improper payment

Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and Eni (ENI.MI) reiterated on Monday that neither they nor their personnel had been involved in any wrongdoing in Nigeria, including improper payments to Nigerian officials.

The comments follow media reports alleging how hundreds of millions of dollars from the two companies were used for illicit payments.

A joint investigation by BuzzFeed News and Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore on Sunday claims to show transactions worth $1.3 billion made in 2010-2011 that Shell and Eni paid to acquire an exploration licence for an offshore oil block known as OPL 245.

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Shell move ‘could be in breach of international law’

Environmental groups claim Shell’s plans to decommission one of the North Sea’s most iconic fields could breach international law.

The oil giant lodged plans to decommission the Brent field with the UK government in February.

It wants to leave the legs of three of the platforms in place rather than removing them, which Shell has described as the safest option.

Environmentalists say the plans are not detailed enough to justify the move.

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Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments

The BBC has seen evidence that top executives at Shell knew money paid to the Nigerian government for a vast oil field would be passed to a convicted money-launderer.

It also had reason to believe that money would be used to pay political bribes.

The deal was concluded while Shell was operating under a probation order for a separate corruption case in Nigeria.

Shell said it did not believe its employees acted illegally.

OPL 245 is an oilfield off the coast of Nigeria whose estimated nine billion barrels of oil are worth nearly half a trillion dollars at today’s prices. Shell has been active in Nigeria for nearly 60 years and was keen to acquire the field.

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What Shell CEO Told Colleague About $1.3 Billion OPL 245 Scandal

What Shell CEO Told Colleague About $1.3 Billion OPL 245 Scandal

Mr. Van Beurden is heard on the intercept warning Henry not to volunteer any information that is not requested if approached by the police and discussing the ramifications for the company’s share price.

By Lionel Faull, Ted Jeory and Nick Mathiason

The boss of one of the world’s biggest corporations was placed under secret surveillance as part of a pan-European corruption investigation into the way the firm paid $1.3 billion for an oil block in Nigeria, explosive documents leaked to Finance Uncovered reveal.

The leak includes a recording of a wiretapped telephone conversation between Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, and his then chief financial officer, Simon Henry, in the immediate aftermath of a raid by Dutch financial police on the corporation’s headquarters in The Hague.

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Nigeria: Malabu Scandal – Jonathan Must Have Gotten $200 Million, Middleman Tells FBI, Others

Nigeria: Malabu Scandal – Jonathan Must Have Gotten $200 Million, Middleman Tells FBI, Others

Former President Goodluck Jonathan probably received as much as $200 million to approve the controversial $1.3 billion sale of OPL 245 oil field, Italian prosecutors said in court documents.

The documents, which were extracts of a thorough investigation by Italian authorities into the deal, also confirmed that Shell and ENI knew a good chunk of the $1.3 billion will be disbursed as kickbacks to Nigerian politicians, yet went ahead with the deal.

The findings were obtained by BuzzFeed and Italian business newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore. BuzzFeed released its own version earlier today.

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Royal Dutch Shell: Unsustainable

Quad 7 Capital: Apr. 6, 2017 12:43 PM ET

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) has been a name of controversy of late. Why? Well, this is an oil stock and oil prices have meandered. While shares are up substantially off of their multi-year lows seen a year ago, this stock still yields 7%. The dividend payment is the center of most controversy, with so many feeling it is unsustainable. That is what I keep hearing. Unsustainable. They tell me Shell is ‘unsustainable’ at $40 oil. They tell me the dividend is most certainly ‘unsustainable’ in the current climate. Some go so far as to say the entire oil industry is ‘unsustainable.’

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Shell: ‘Good progress’ being made on ethane cracker

Paul J. GoughApr 6, 2017, 4:51pm EDT

Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC on Thursday said good progress was being made ahead of main construction later this year on the $6 billion petrochemical complex in Potter Township.

When the company, owned by multinational Royal Dutch Shell, announced the final investment decision in June 2016, Shell had said that construction would begin sometime within the next 18 months for what is expected to be a multiyear time frame employing 6,000 construction and other workers. That would take Shell to the end of 2017 to start construction.

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The end is nigh for Shell in New Zealand

  • The Wall Street Journal

Royal Dutch Shell has taken a step towards an exit from its New Zealand assets with a deal to sell its 50 per cent stake in a natural-gas field to local venture partner Todd Energy.

The agreement will also see Shell take full control of a joint-venture company that operates two further gas ventures in New Zealand, simplifying Shell’s operating structure as it looks to offload the assets. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The sale of its stake in the Kap­uni field in New Zealand’s Taranaki region to Todd Energy follows a review of operations in the country that Shell announced in December 2015 as part of ­efforts to refocus its natural-gas and deepwater oil businesses following a slump in oil prices.

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Union boss hits out over Shell boss’s bumper pay deal

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The huge increase was revealed in the Anglo-Dutch energy giant’s latest annual report, published yesterday.

Mr van Beurden, who took over as chief executive at the start of 2014, received a £9million-plus boost to his pension in his first year – taking total remuneration to £19.5million – followed by a pay package worth about £4million in 2015.

The big payouts coincide with a severe downturn in the oil and gas industry. Shell has already shed more than 1,000 jobs in its North Sea operations alone.

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BP slashes CEO Bob Dudley’s pay packet by 40%

Written by Alan Shields – 06/04/2017 11:55 am

The 40% reduction, revealed today in the supermajor’s 2016 annual report, comes after a number of cost-cutting changes, including a 25 per cent reduction in bonuses handed out for hitting targets.

Dudley’s maximum payout under the firm’s long-term incentive plan is to drop from a seven times to five times his basic annual salary of $1.9million.

Last year, around 59% of shareholders opposed Dudley’s $19.4 million pay and benefits package, including his pension.

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Shell sues former head of security for threatening to reveal secrets

By L.M. SixelApril 5, 2017

Crockett Oaks III, a former FBI agent who led the U.S. security operations of Shell Oil Co., was part of a selection committee that last year recommended the hiring of a 53-year-old man with a military background as a security adviser. But when the company directed the committee to find a younger female candidate, Oaks objected to hiring based on age or gender and was subsequently fired.

Those allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed by Oaks that is testing the limits of employee confidentiality agreements. Shell Oil, the U.S. subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, last week obtained a temporary court order blocking Oaks from revealing potentially damaging information about Shell’s personnel practices to support his claim.

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Shell switches New Zealand holdings ahead of possible divestment

By Charlotte Greenfield | WELLINGTON

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) sold its stake in a New Zealand gas field while taking over the field’s operating company as part of a plan to possibly divest its holdings in the country later on, the company said Thursday.

Shell has sold its 50 percent stake in the Kapuni Gas Field, New Zealand’s second-largest, for an undisclosed price and has increased its holding to 100 percent in the joint venture that operates the field, Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS), it said in a statement.

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Shell starts offloading its New Zealand assets

By Ben Collins: Published: Apr 5, 2017 10:13 p.m. ET

WELLINGTON, New Zealand–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) has taken a step toward an exit from its New Zealand assets with a deal to sell its 50% stake in a natural-gas field to its local venture partner, Todd Energy.

The agreement will also see Shell take full control of a joint venture company that operates two further gas ventures in New Zealand, simplifying Shell’s operating structure as it looks to offload the assets. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

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Shell agrees gas supply deals in Australia

By Robb M. Stewart: Published: Apr 6, 2017 2:20 a.m. ET

MELBOURNE, Australia–Under pressure to ensure industry in Australia isn’t hit with a shortfall of natural gas, Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) said it had agreed short-term sales deals with a power supplier and a maker of explosives.

The energy company is reducing exports of gas from its QGC operation in tropical Queensland in order to supply additional gas to the domestic market this year, said Zoe Yujnovich, the recently appointed chairwoman of Shell’s Australian business.

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Shell sells New Zealand’s oldest gas field in Taranaki to long term partner

LEIGHTON KEITH: Last updated 16:18, April 6 2017

The head of Venture Taranaki sees the sale of New Zealand’s oldest natural gas field in the region as a positive development.

Shell New Zealand country chairman Rob Jager announced the sale of the onshore Kapuni field, which was discovered in 1959, to Todd Energy on Thursday which is part of the oil giants ongoing review of its operations, announced in December 2015.

The field, 85km south of New Plymouth, was uncovered by a joint venture between Shell, BP and Todd and went into full production in 1969.

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Shell’s QGC to sell gas to Orica, Engie as trims LNG exports

Shell’s QGC to sell gas to Orica, Engie as trims LNG exports

Shell has signed two new deals to supply gas to east coast buyers in response to mounting pressure on the Queensland LNG exporters not to let industrial customers on the east coast go short.

The short-term agreements to supply gas to Orica and power producer Engie mean that Shell’s LNG venture in Gladstone will trim LNG exports to make more available for local users, said the oil major’s new Australia chair, Zoe Yujnovich.

However Shell wouldn’t disclose its revised forecasts for LNG exports from its $25 billion Queensland Curtis venture which typically ships about eight cargoes a month from its 8.5 million tonnes a year Curtis Island plant.

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Shell to fuel world’s first LNG-powered Aframax oil tankers

Published April 5, 2017, 10:01 PM

By Reuters 

Dubai – A unit of Royal Dutch Shell will fuel the world’s first LNG-powered Aframax crude oil tankers under a deal signed with Russian shipping company SCF Group (Sovcomflot).

Shippers are looking to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to help them meet stricter emissions regulations in 2020.

Oil tankers are “another marine segment embracing the benefits of LNG fuel,” Maarten Wetselaar, Shell’s integrated gas and new energies director, said in an announcement released on Monday.

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Shell Plans to Tap Gas Hunger in Emerging Energy Demand Center

by Saket Sundria and Debjit Chakraborty: 5 April 2017, 11:46 BST

Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to boost its gas marketing business in India and may expand its import capacity for the fuel as it seeks to tap the country’s demand-growth potential.

The Anglo-Dutch company is aiming to sell imported natural gas directly to users such as power utilities, fertilizer makers, petrochemical plants and city gas distributors, said Shaleen Sharma, head of upstream development in India. Shell has also set up a team in Singapore to look for opportunities to ship more liquefied natural gas to India, he said.

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LNG producers turn to trading, risk taking to maintain market share

* Large volume, long-term contracts now “more difficult” -Shell

* JERA, Total sign deal with flexible volumes, spot prices

* Woodside, Shell see big opportunity in small-scale LNG

By Osamu Tsukimori

CHIBA, Japan, April 5 Producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), having shot themselves in the foot with oversupply, and facing calls for flexibility and greater competition from other fuels are taking on more risk and learning to trade, just like any other commodities dealers.

That’s a big change for a market long dominated by large producers such as Royal Dutch Shell and BP which provide major importers with fixed volumes under multi-decade contracts linked to the price of oil.

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Royal Dutch Shell strikes deal to offload its Hong Kong LPG business as $30bn sell-off programme rolls on

By Alex Sebastian For This Is Money10:59, 5 April 2017

Royal Dutch Shell has announced a deal to sell its liquefied petroleum gas business in Hong Kong and Macau to DCC Energy for $150.3million as it continues its $30billion asset sales programme.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major has been active in the two locations for close to 60 years and supplies services which help meet the needs of over 100,000 households. The business will continue to operate under the Shell brand.

Shares in Shell responded positively to the news, climbing 1.3 per cent to 2,127p Wednesday. 

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Big fire last year at Convent refinery could not have been avoided, Motiva says

A Motiva Enterprises investigation into the dramatic Aug. 11 fire at its St. James Parish oil refinery found the blaze resulted from a small valve failure that could not have been foreseen and prevented.

The Houston company reached that conclusion in a recent report to the State Police after a monthslong probe into the four-hour blaze that sent black clouds billowing into the sky, forced the evacuation of 1,400 workers and contractors during an intermittent lightning storm and heavily damaged an important H-Oil unit.

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Shell Confirms More Than 200 Workers to be Cut from Norwegian Operations

by Andreas Exarheas Rigzone Staff Monday, April 03, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell plc has confirmed that more than 200 workers will be cut from its Norwegian operations.

“The planned organizational adjustments entail a reduction of 75 employee positions. This will bring Norske Shell’s total number of employees from 680 to 605,” a Shell representative told Rigzone.

“We have also announced that 156 contracts with hired staff are likely to be impacted by the planned changes. Norske Shell employees will be given the opportunity to apply for selective voluntary severance packages,” the spokesperson added.

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Petronas May Consider Shell Site for Canadian LNG Project

by Elffie Chew and Natalie Obiko Pearson: 3 April 2017

Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd may be looking at building a $27 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in northwestern Canada on the site of an abandoned Royal Dutch Shell Plc energy project, according to the company’s chief executive officer.

While Petronas, as the state-owned company is known, has yet to make a financial decision to move forward with its Pacific Northwest LNG project in British Columbia, Shell’s Ridley Island site “could be one of the options” for a location for the complex, CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur Friday.

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Despite cuts to jobs, spending, oil giants fail to cover costs

  • SARAH KENT
  • The Australian
  • 12:00AM April 4, 2017

The world’s biggest oil companies are struggling just to break even.

Despite billions of dollars in spending cuts and a modest oil price rebound, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and BP didn’t make enough money last year to cover costs, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

To calculate each companies’ free cash flow — the excess cash remaining after costs — the Journal deducted the firm’s dividends and capital expenditures from its cash from operations. All four firms fell short of cash flow for the year, although Exxon said it broke even by its own metrics, which exclude dividends. The analysis also showed that the four companies ended last year with more debt than they began it.

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Why Royal Dutch Shell plc should be worth £40 per share

Peter Stephens | Monday, 3rd April 2017

Shell (LSE: RDSB) has enjoyed a relatively prosperous recent period. Since the start of 2016, its shares have risen in price by around 42% as the outlook for the Oil & Gas industry has improved. However, there could be a long way to go until the company appears to be fully valued. In fact, a share price of £40 would not be excessive. This means there could be the potential for an almost 100% capital gain over the medium term.

Dividend strength

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Shell’s Wetselaar says LNG contract destination clauses “not really crucial”

CHIBA, April 4 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s integrated gas and new energies director, Maarten Wetselaar, said on Tuesday that destination clauses in long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contracts that have linked suppliers and customers for decades are “not really crucial”. “They’re not really crucial in contracts anyway, once you’ve delivered LNG into a tank, it is quite expensive to get it out again and ship it to someone else,” Wetselaar said, speaking on the sidelines of a gas conference in Chiba, Japan.

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Brave Bison Hired to Manage Shell International’s YouTube Channel

Alliance News3 April, 2017 | 1:20PM

LONDON (Alliance News) – UK oil and gas company Shell International Ltd, part of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, has appointed UK digital media and social video broadcaster Brave Bison to manage its YouTube LLC channel after a competitive tender process. 

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Oil Companies’ Modest Prize: Breaking Even

By SARAH KENT: April 2, 2017 8:00 a.m. ET

The world’s biggest oil companies are struggling just to break even.

Despite billions of dollars in spending cuts and a modest oil-price rebound, Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Chevron Corp. and BP PLC didn’t make enough money in 2016 to cover their costs, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

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Shell withdraws from Kakinada gas project

Ayan PramanikApril 3, 2017

European oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell has decided to discontinue its earlier proposal for a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal off the Kakinada coast in Andhra Pradesh. The company said ample research had showed lack of adequate demand for liquid gas. “We have put a pause on that project. We worked closely with our partners and engineers and took it to the point where our engineering work was done and we were ready to go. We looked around (but) there was not enough demand. We cannot just spend hundreds of millions and do nothing. So, life …

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Shell shuts Bonny Light oil export line to remove theft points

By ReutersPUBLISHED: 12:13, 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:58, 31 March 2017

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – The Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it had shut down the Nembe Creek Trunk Line, which exports Bonny Light crude oil, in order to remove theft points.

The managing director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) said the company was working to “remove a significant number of oil theft connections and repair any leaks on the pipeline.”

The line, operated by Aiteo, is one of two along with the Trans Niger Pipeline that carries Bonny Light crude oil to the export terminal. Exports of roughly 232,000 barrels per day (bpd) were planned in April, according to loading programmes, but it was not immediately clear how much of this would be impacted by the pipeline shutdown.

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Shell plans to double Hazira LNG plant capacity – India head

By REUTERSPUBLISHED: 13:13, 31 March 2017

By Arathy S Nair and Tanvi Mehta

March 31 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to double the capacity of its liquefied natural gas import facility at Hazira on India’s west coast to 10 million tonnes a year, a top company executive said on Friday.

Shell Gas B.V, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, owns a 74 percent stake in Hazira LNG Ltd, while Total Gaz Electricite France, a unit of France’s Total SA, holds the rest.

“We’ve done all the work, now it’s sort of taking a look at when is the right timing in terms of demand that’s available,” Nitin Prasad, chairman of Shell Companies in India, told Reuters, without giving a timeline for the expansion.

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Shell Opens New Technology Hub in India

by  Rigzone Staff Friday, March 31, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell plc has opened a new major technology hub in Bangalore, India, which can house up to 1,500 workers.

Expanding its R&D activities in Asia, Shell Technology Center Bangalore (STCB) will bring together R&D staff who previously worked at separate locations in the region.

By housing all R&D staff in Bangalore in one center, the technology hub will create new opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration, and drive relevant and affordable innovations, Shell said in a company statement.

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As oil prices falter, fears return on BP and Shell dividends

FRIDAY, 31 MARCH 2017

LONDON: As they guided Europe’s largest oil companies through the industry’s worst slump in two decades, the bosses of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc had a simple message for investors: we’ll protect the dividend at all costs.

Not everyone is convinced they’ll be able to keep their word.

Even after they raised billions of dollars by cutting costs, selling assets and adding debt, cash is pouring out of both companies in the form of hefty shareholder dividends. Yields on those payments – which fell through 2016 as crude started to recover – have risen this year, typically a signal that investors fear a cut in payouts.

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Trump’s climate change executive order won’t change coal’s fortunes, Shell chair says

 : 30 March 2017

President Donald Trump‘s effort to roll back Obama-era climate change policies will not do much to improve demand for coal at America’s power plants, Royal Dutch Shell Chairman Chad Holliday said Thursday.

Coal’s use in U.S. power plants has been falling for years in the face of stiff competition from natural gas. Former President Barack Obama‘s initiatives to rein in the impacts of climate change have hastened the retirement of old, inefficient coal-fired plants and the switch to cleaner-burning natural gas.

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FT: Shell’s top oil trader defends North Sea Brent activity


Mar. 29, 2017 12:57 PM ET|By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor

Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.A, RDS.B) VP of crude oil trading is out with a strong defense against accusations that the company’s activity in the North Sea crude market has skewed the benchmark Brent contract that underpins global oil prices.

Shell allegedly traded very aggressively in the region during 2016, with large positions in North Sea crude at times running contrary to clear signs of oversupply in the market, with the buying spree seen potentially pushing up prices.

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Big Oil Vows to Keep Dividends Up as Prices Falter

by Rakteem Katakey: 30 March 2017, 00:01 BST 30 March 2017, 11:40 BST

As they guided Europe’s largest oil companies through the industry’s worst slump in two decades, the bosses of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc had a simple message for investors: we’ll protect the dividend at all costs.

Not everyone is convinced they’ll be able to keep their word. Even after they raised billions of dollars by cutting costs, selling assets and adding debt, cash is pouring out of both companies in the form of hefty shareholder dividends. Yields on those payments — which fell through 2016 as crude started to recover — have risen this year, typically a signal that investors fear a cut in payouts.

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Shell’s top oil trader defends North Sea Brent activity

by: Anjli Raval, David Sheppard and Neil Hume in Lausanne

Royal Dutch Shell’s top oil trader has launched a staunch defence against accusations that the company’s activity in the North Sea crude market had skewed the benchmark that underpins global oil prices. Shell is alleged to have traded aggressively in the region last year, contributing to heavy losses among rivals…

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Shell Throws The Blame To Residents on Slow Cleanup of Oil Spills In Nigeria

(Photo: John Li / Getty Images)

Regin Olimberio: Mar 28, 2017 07:10 PM EDT

Oil and petroleum giant Shell blamed the Nigerian residents in the Delta community for its slow response in cleaning up the two oil spill incidents in 2008. Amidst almost a decade-long effort, Shell wasn’t able to fully contain the spill. However, there is a possibility that the clean-up might start next month.

To recall, the Royal Dutch Shell admitted responsibility for two pipeline leaks that subsequently contaminated the Bodo community. Shell also agreed to a $68 million settlement after accepting the liability over the corroded pipelines in 2015. Since then, the oil spills haven’t yet been addressed.

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This is what’s really behind the America’s sudden oil production boom

This is what’s really behind the America’s sudden oil production boom

Patti Domm

When OPEC points at U.S. oil producers, it’s always the shale drillers they blame for oversupplying the world market.

But while shale is in resurgence, the real source of recent growth has been the offshore drillers in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, U.S. oil production growth between September and December was almost entirely the result of offshore wells, which increased production by 220,000 barrels a day in that period.

Offshore projects are much more long-term investments. They are far more costly to develop and take years to get started. “Those projects have an inertia,” said John Kilduff of Again Capital.

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OPEC Has To Extend Cuts – Shell Will Benefit Strongly From The Action

Gary Bourgeault: 28 March 2017

One of the best things to happen to the U.S. shale industry was the plunge in the price of oil. It caused creative companies with good management to aggressively pursue ways of slashing costs, while at the same time improving productivity.

A number of the pure plays like EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) have been able to significantly improve efficiencies, to the point EOG can generate a 30 percent return when oil is at $40 per barrel. Lately, major producer Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) has taken a larger position in shale, and says new wells in its Permian holdings can generate a profit at $20 per barrel. Overall, it can make money when oil is at $40 in the Permian.

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‘Biggest Oil Discovery In UK Waters This Century’

BY DR. BENNY PEISER, GWPF ON MARCH 27, 2017

Hurricane Energy has made a further oil discovery west of the Shetland Islands days after Royal Dutch Shell and BP won exploration licences in an area the UK is counting on to breathe new life into its struggling oil and gas industry. The latest find adds to a series of successful wells drilled by Hurricane in a geological formation that analysts say looks likely to be the biggest new oil discovery beneath UK waters this century.

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Shell and Anadarko mull clean break from Permian venture -executive

By REUTERSPUBLISHED: 06:03, 27 March 2017

By Ron Bousso and Ernest Scheyder

LONDON/HOUSTON, March 27 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp may let a 10-year joint venture in the oil-rich Permian Basin of Texas expire and split their properties, hoping to speed up development, according to a senior Shell executive.

The divorce and re-parceling of acreage would let each company drill and develop new wells at its own pace in the Permian, which has become the U.S. oil industry’s hottest development area for its low operating costs as crude prices hover under $50 per barrel.

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Why Are Shell And Toyota Backing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles?

Royal Dutch Shell sees that facing a lower-carbon transport future will need a “mosaic of fuels and engines,” but the energy conglomerate is leaning toward hydrogen as the alternative fuel of choice.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are classified globally as zero emission vehicles, and are seeing a wave of policy support in North America, Europe, and Asia. The water vapor emissions are fascinating to many. Shell sees a distinct place for itself in supporting the vehicles and leading development of the fueling infrastructure needed for mass adoption.

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Whistleblower accuses Shell of Nigerian Oil Spills Cover-up

A whistleblower has accused oil giant Shell of concealing data on the health effects of two major oil spills on communities in Nigeria. 

In a letter seen by the Independent, Kay Holtzmann, a former employee at the company, said data gathered in the Bodo community which was devastated by two huge oil spills in 2008 and 2009, showed levels of pollution were “astonishingly high”. He also accused the company of refusing to make the findings public. 

Mr Holtzmann was the former director in charge of Shell’s project to clean up oil spills in the Bodo community, which is located in the oil-producing Niger Delta region. 

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Geologist for Shell says company hid Nigeria spill dangers

BY MICHELLE FAUL: Associated Press: JOHANNESBURG: MARCH 24, 2017 7:36 AM

Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigeria subsidiary “fiercely opposed” environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of the worst oil spills in the West African nation’s history, according to a German geologist contracted by the Dutch-British multinational.

An environmental study found “astonishingly high” pollution levels with soil “literally soaked with hydrocarbons,” geologist Kay Holtzmann wrote in a letter to the Bodo Mediation Initiative.

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