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Big Oil Bids to Burnish Credentials in War on Climate Change

The world’s biggest oil companies, for long typecast as villains of climate change, are seeking to reinvent themselves as environmental pioneers.

“We’re not going to be sitting back and say let’s see what society does and we’ll follow that,” said Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. “We’re more than prepared to be assertive and lean forward and say: ‘This is what it takes.”’

Irked by a shareholder resolution that would force Europe’s largest oil company to create specific emissions targets, the CEO took the unusual step of engaging with five reporters on Monday about Shell’s vision for a decarbonized world. Not only is Shell implementing its own, much stronger, measures to manage the energy transition, according to Van Beurden, but it can also drag the rest of the world along with it. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell to resume deep-water exploration off Egypt

Reuters Staff: APRIL 17, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said it will resume deep-water exploration for oil and gas off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, Executive Vice President Sami Iskander told a news conference on Tuesday.

Egypt is looking to production from recently discovered fields to halt energy imports by 2019.

A petroleum ministry official said last month that new production at Shell’s West Nile Delta field 9B is expected to reach 350-400 million cubic feet per day by 2019. read more

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SHELL SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE ASSERTIVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE WARNINGS, CEO SAYS

By Janene Pieters on Monday April 16, 2018

Shell “should have been more assertive” in its warnings about climate change, Ben van Beurden, CEO of the Dutch oil and gas giant said in a podcast by Studio Energie. Environmental group Milieudefensie recently for the role it played in the climate problems the world currently faces. 

In 1991 Shell released a film that outlined a disturbing picture of the problems climate change will cause in the future. “Perhaps we should have talked louder, maybe we should have made a bigger problem out if it? To be honest, I think, if we look back on that, we could and should have been more assertive”, Van Beurden said in the podcast, according to NOS. “Because now the problem is put on us, while ultimately it is of course a much broader social problem.”  read more

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Cost of shutting off Groningen gas mounts, minister in dispute with Shell, Exxon

April 13, 2018

Economic affairs minister Eric Wiebes is embroiled in a dispute with Shell and ExxonMobil about the bill for closing the gas taps in Groningen, broadcaster NOS said on Friday.

The dispute revolves around a potential billion euro claim facing the Dutch state from the oil giants, NOS says. It bases its claim on documents obtained using freedom of information legislation.

If the plans goes ahead to close off the Groningen fields by 2030, some €50bn to €125bn worth of gas will remain underground. And documents from 2016 show the oil companies will make a claim against the Dutch state for lost income, the broadcaster said. read more

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SHELL, EXXON WANTS COMPENSATION FROM DUTCH GOV’T FOR GRONINGEN GAS LEFT UN-EXTRACTED: REPORT

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017. Photo: @milieudefensie / Twitter

Shell and Exxon wants the government to pay them billions of euros in compensation for the gas that will not be extracted from Groningen now that the government is g, NOS reports.

With the government’s plans to stop gas extraction in Groningen, between 50 and 120 billion euros of gas will remain un-mined, according to documents NOS got by appealing to the freedom of information act. The oil companies want compensation for that. Previously Minister Erik Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate said that the government “does not want a claim for damage over the gas remaining in the ground”, according to the broadcaster.  read more

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Shell sees no risk of ‘stranded assets’ as reserves life shrinks

FILE PHOTO: Electric car chargers are seen at the Holloway Road Shell station where Shell is launching its first fast electric vehicle charging station in London, Britain October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Turner/File Photo

Dmitry Zhdannikov: APRIL 12, 2018 LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it saw little risk of having “stranded assets” in its portfolio as the world shifts to low carbon energy because the oil major will have four-fifths of its current oil and gas reserves extracted before 2030 anyway. 

Shell has one of the lowest reserves life ratio among its peers and last year it saw reserves plunging to new lows after divesting a large number of assets.

The major now sits on 12.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, down from 13.2 billion at the end of 2016, and enough to sustain the current annual production of 1.383 billion barrels for less than nine years. read more

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Shell’s Climate Push Fails to Cut Emissions

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is demonstrating how tough it is for a massive, 100-year-old oil company to become a friend to the climate.

Shell’s greenhouse-gas emissions rose last year to the highest since 2014, it said Monday. The increase shows the challenge facing Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden as his company grows to meet burgeoning energy demand while investors demand a clear path toward a low-carbon future. 

“As living standards rise, energy demand could double over the course of the century,” Van Beurden said in Shell’s sustainability report. “The world is going to have to make meeting this demand part of the approach to cutting emissions.”  read more

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JP Morgan says it knew ex-minister linked to firm in Nigeria oilfield deal

Shell said in April last year that it “always knew” the Nigerian government would compensate Malabu and that Etete was involved. It had previously told Reuters only that payments went to the Nigerian government.

Julia Payne, Libby George: 7 April 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – JP Morgan Chase has acknowledged it knew a former Nigerian oil minister convicted of money laundering would benefit when it transferred over $800 million of government funds to a company he controlled, according to a court document seen by Reuters.

JP Morgan made the acknowledgement in its legal response to a lawsuit filed by Nigeria over transactions made by the U.S. bank when Royal Dutch Shell and Eni bought offshore oilfield OPL 245 from Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011. read more

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Shell continues to expand interests west of Shetland

Royal Dutch Shell has continued to build interests on the UK Continental Shelf after buying acreage from Siccar Point Energy.

Shell, which has been building stakes in licences that lie to the northwest of the Shetland Islands, is one of the largest oil and gas producers in the world with operations spanning more than 70 countries and interests including fuel distribution and petrol stations.

Many of the bigger energy groups are focusing their interests on larger North Sea fields while selling holdings in other sites to smaller independent players. read more

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Netherlands outlines plan to stop Groningen gas production by 2030

|By: , SA News Editor

The Dutch government says it will phase out gas production at the Groningen field by 2030 as part of efforts to reduce the danger caused by small but damaging earthquakes.

Production is set for 21.6B cm this year, already down from a peak of 53.8B cm in 2013, and is planned to fall to below 20B cm for the production year beginning October 2018 and to below 17.5B cm for the 2019 year, assuming average temperatures, then to 12B cm in the coming 4-5 years and to zero at the end of the 2020s. read more

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Shell takes on British Gas in battle to supply power to homes

The oil giant is considering using its own branding after its acquisition of energy supplier First Utility: ALAMY

Shell is considering using its own brand to challenge British Gas in the battle for domestic power customers.

After its acquisition last year of electricity and gas supplier First Utility, the oil giant is considering putting its own name over the door.

John Abbott, who runs the FTSE 100 giant’s downstream business, said: “That’s clearly an option we have. We’ll consider it.”

The move would mark an escalation in Shell’s battle to lure customers from the big six energy suppliers. read more

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All this massive LNG project needs is the thumbs up from its owners to snap Canada’s energy losing streak

Four and a half years after moving to Vancouver to ready the massive LNG Canada project for a final investment decision, or FID, Andy Calitz likens the state of the mega-energy venture to that of a peak-performance Olympic athlete in the final seconds of a gold-medal race.

It’s beating competitors at that point that makes the difference between winning and losing, said the Royal Dutch Shell PLC executive, one of the world’s top guns in LNG development.

It’s a good thing, then, that after a tortuous seven-year struggle to find a way to deliver Canadian LNG at the lowest possible price to Asia, the South African engineer is feeling optimistic about building an LNG export terminal in Kitimat, B.C. read more

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B.C. announces rebates for LNG projects in big boost to Shell’s $40B project

A model at the LNG Canada offices in Kitimat, B.C., shows the proposed liquified natural gas liquification plant and marine terminal. ROBIN ROWLAND/THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES 

March 22, 2018 | Last Updated: March 22, 2018 1:46 PM MDT

VICTORIA — British Columbia is offering new conditions and rebates for liquefied natural gas projects in the province.

Premier John Horgan made the announcement Thursday ahead of a final investment decision on LNG Canada’s $40-billion project, which would include a natural gas pipeline built from northeast B.C. to a new terminal in Kitimat.

“Potential opportunity is extraordinary. Potential risks are significant,” Horgan said. “I believe LNG Canada is working diligently to address those risks and I believe it’s the responsibility of the government to make sure we’re working to develop those opportunities for all British Columbians.” read more

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Shell Mulls 15-Year Deal for Israeli, Cypriot Gas, Partner Says

Yaacov Benmeleh: 21 March 2018: Updated 22 March 2018

(Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc is weighing a 15-year contract to buy natural gas for its liquefied natural gas plant in Egypt from offshore fields in Cyprus and Israel.

Shell is in talks to purchase 6 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year from the Aphrodite field, located in Cypriot waters, according to Delek Drilling LP’s annual report Wednesday. A potential deal also could include gas from the neighboring Leviathan reservoir, Israel’s largest pool, which is expected to start production by the end of 2019. read more

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UPDATE 2-Mubadala advances $1 bln Malaysia Pegaga gas field project

UPDATE 2-Mubadala advances $1 bln Malaysia Pegaga gas field project

Reuters Staff: MARCH 21, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 (Reuters) – Mubadala Petroleum, Petronas and Royal Dutch Shell will spend more than $1 billion to develop Malaysia’s Pegaga gas field, aiming to produce gas by the third quarter of 2021, Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala said on Wednesday.

The project in Block SK320, located in the Central Luconia province, offshore the East Malaysian state of Sarawak, will now proceed to the construction and installation stage, the company said in a statement. read more

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Judge Holds Climate Change Class in Suits Against Big Oil

A federal judge presiding over lawsuits accusing big oil companies of lying about global warming is turning his courtroom into a classroom in what could be the first court hearing to study the science of climate change.

March 21, 2018, at 2:35 a.m.

FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2018 file photo, students rally for clean energy in front of San Francisco City Hall. A federal judge presiding over lawsuits accusing big oil companies of lying about global warming is turning his courtroom into a classroom. U.S. District Judge William Alsup has asked lawyers for two California cities and five of the world’s largest oil and gas companies to come to court on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to present “the best science now available on global warming.” (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) The Associated Press read more

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Shell bets on petrol stations as electric revolution looms

Ron Bousso: MARCH 21, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is placing a big bet on petrol stations and convenience stores in China, India and Mexico as it looks to shore up profits during the electric car revolution.

By 2025, the oil and gas giant plans to grow its global network of roadside stations by nearly a quarter to 55,000, targeting 40 million daily customers, Shell said in a statement on Wednesday.

It will add another 5,000 convenience stores selling coffee and snacks, with growth focused on rapidly growing economies in emerging markets.  read more

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Shell interested in fresh natural gas projects in Brazil: executive

Reuters Staff: MARCH 20, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Anglo-American oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is interested in new natural gas projects in Brazil, the company’s chief executive for Brazil said at an event in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.

“We are interested. Natural gas is strategic for the company,” Andre Araujo said.

Reporting by Marta Nogueira

SOURCE

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Polish Foreign Ministry to Advise Germany Against Nord Stream 2 After Salisbury

Sputniik International (Russian Publisher) 19 March 2018

WARSAW (Sputnik) – Poland will try to convince Germany to reconsider the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the wake of the nerve agent attack on former Russian intelligence officer Skripal in London, Polish Secretary of State for European Affairs Konrad Szymanski said Monday.

“[Nord Stream 2] will surely be the most important issue of the talks, because after Salisbury we have a new situation. It is, beyond doubt, one of the aspects of Russian policy regarding Europe, not regarding the UK. And we should consider once again whether Russia is a trustworthy partner… Nord Stream 2 carries only negative consequences, but Germany is an independent state as much as Poland,” Szymanski told RMF FM radio. read more

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Gazprom and Shell review progress of joint LNG projects

Published by Will Owen, Editorial Assistant Monday 19 March 2018

Shell and Gazprom representatives have held a working meeting in St Petersburg to discuss the state and prospects of their strategic cooperation in the gas sector.

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, led the Gazprom delegation; and Maarten Wetselaar, Member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell, and his associates represented Shell.

During the meeting, particular attention was paid to joint efforts in the LNG industry, especially the construction of the third train of the LNG plant within the Sakhalin II project. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Is Making The Right Moves At The Right Time

Summary

  • Shell declared an income of $13.4 billion compared to $4.8 billion in 2016.
  • Merger with BG was a game-changer for Shell.
  • Shell has now positioned itself as an energy company that is ready to embrace new challenges.

Headquartered in the Hague, Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) has established itself as one of the most prominent oil and gas companies in the world. Although the last few years have been tough for the energy giant, Royal Dutch Shell has now started making the right moves, which will reap benefits in near future.

In its recently published Annual report for 2017, Shell declared an income of $13.4 billion compared to $4.8 billion in 2016. Although it must be noted that high oil and natural gas prices contributed to this yearly gain, a year-on-year increase of 279% is commendable. read more

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Lithium Seen as Lifeline for Oil Majors in Clean Energy Future

Lithium could be a lifeline for oil majors as the energy industry shifts toward lower-polluting alternatives to fossil fuels, said Jeff McDermott of Greentech Capital Advisors LLC.

“Their specialty is resource extraction,” McDermott, managing partner of the New York-based boutique investment bank advising energy companies and investors, said in an interview in London. “They should buy lithium miners, get involved in the upstream of core battery technology.”

This suggestion marks out one solution to the existential question some of the world’s biggest energy companies are facing about how to survive as governments clamp down on the fuels they produce. As the curbs on carbon emissions tighten, a key issue for fossil fuel producers are how much oil and gas demand is at risk. read more

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Shell Risks Losing Gas Race as Rival Targets Shared Resource

After a decade planning the world’s largest floating gas export plant, Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s supplies could get tapped by a competitor first.

Shell and Japan’s Inpex Corp. are both targeting gas from a connected reservoir in Australia’s remote Browse Basin, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) off its northwest coast, according to consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd.Meeting its planned start up date this month would give Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project an edge over Shell’s Prelude LNG.

“The difference between Prelude starting six months before versus six months after Ichthys could be a few percent of their reservoir stake,” Wood Mackenzie analyst Saul Kavonic said in an email. “That is a material amount.” read more

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Russia gains gas foothold in UK as relations deteriorate

, Energy Markets Editor: 14 MARCH 2018

Half of Britain’s imports of liquefied natural gas so far this year have come from Russia… Two of the shipments have been brought to the UK by Malaysia’s Petronas… The other was brought in by Royal Dutch Shell earlier this month… FULL ARTICLE

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WSJ: Shell in talks on $30B gas supply deal for its Egypt facility

Mar. 13, 2018 5:54 PM ET|By: , SA News Editor

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) is in talks over a 15-year deal worth up to $30B to buy natural gas from offshore Israeli and Cypriot fields, liquefy it in Egypt and then transport it to Europe and beyond, WSJ reports.
  • The potential deal is the latest evidence that the eastern Mediterranean Sea’s extensive reserves of natural gas may be nearing the reach of the world’s big oil companies; gas reserves in the waters off Israel, Cyprus and Egypt total an estimated 125T cf, according to energy consultant Wood Mackenzie.
  • U.S. diplomacy has worked for years to try to knit together the economies of once-hostile nations such as Israel, Egypt and Jordan, and developing the eastern Mediterranean as a natural gas hub to lessen Europe’s dependence on Russian energy; a breakthrough occurred last month when Noble Energy and its partners signed a $15B deal to supply gas from two Israeli gas fields to an Egyptian firm.
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    Kazakhstan offers stake in state oil firm to Shell: sources

    FILE PHOTO: Workers carry out maintenance at an oil well on oilfields operated by a subsidiary of the KazMunayGas Exploration Production JSC in Kyzylorda region, southern Kazakhstan, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov /File Photo   Mariya Gordeyeva, Raushan Nurshayeva: 13 MARCH 2018  STANA (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund has offered Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) the chance to buy a significant minority stake in national oil company KazMunayGaz KMGZ.KZ (KMG) to make its planned flotation more attractive to foreign investors, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

    State-owned KMG is the central Asian nation’s third largest oil producer and has stakes in all major Kazakh projects including the giant Kashagan oil field. It is Shell’s partner in several joint ventures.

    Samruk-Kazyna, the Kazakh sovereign fund, plans to float KMG next year as part of the government’s privatization program.

    The fund owns a 90 percent stake in the company and Kazakhstan’s central bank holds the remaining 10 percent.

    The central bank took a stake after effectively printing $4 billion to help KMG pay off its debt after the oil price crash.

    A source close to KMG said Shell has been offered the chance to buy a stake of up to 20 percent, which could include the central bank’s stake. read more

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    Coal is out and oil is fading, making natural gas the fossil fuel of choice

    Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden speaks at the CERAWeek conference at the Hilton Americas, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle)

    Coal is too dirty. Oil is too messy. And renewables are too intermittent. But natural gas is just right.

    Energy companies of every stripe have fallen in love with the stepchild of fossil fuels. No longer considered an annoying byproduct of oil drilling, natural gas’ multiple applications and relative cleanliness guarantee it a place in the future energy mix.

    The CEO of French energy giant Total, Patrick Pouyanné, joked that he runs a gas and oil company, rather than oil and gas, during his appearance at CERAWeek by IHS Markit, the annual energy conference in Houston. Every major international energy company in the world is emphasizing gas over oil. read more

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    Shell expects LNG demand will continue to grow in China this year

    China’s energy giants return to Asian LNG market as sellers

    FILE PHOTO: Logos of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) are displayed at a news conference on the company’s interim results in Hong Kong, China March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

    “We expect LNG demand to continue to grow in China this year,” Royal Dutch Shell’s Steve Hill said on Friday, citing the government’s commitment to cutting back on coal.

    Oleg Vukmanovic, Jessica Jaganathan: 9 MARCH 2018

    LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Falling industrial demand and mild weather have turned China’s energy giants into sellers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia for the first time since last year’s massive import spree.

    Chinese players were on the receiving end of last year’s doubling of LNG prices, largely driven by their rapid shift to gas to combat coal smog as well as elevated regional demand for the fuel.

    Although a CNOOC executive last week warned producers not to expect a similar payday in 2018, industry executives said they were not unduly concerned by the blip, saying Chinese demand would continue to grow. read more

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    DEP public hearing for Shell Pipeline set for April 3

    Posted Mar 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM 

    The state Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing April 3 at Central Valley High School to discuss Shell Pipeline Co.’s Falcon ethane pipeline project.

    CENTER TWP. — The state Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing April 3 at Central Valley High School to discuss Shell Pipeline Co.’s Falcon ethane pipeline project.

    The department decided last month to host a series of public hearings in the three counties in western Pennsylvania that will be impacted by the pipeline: Beaver, Allegheny and Washington. read more

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    Shell looks to meet growth in LNG trucking in Asia

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is planning to build a truck loading facility at its Hazira liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on India’s west coast as it looks to meet demand from industrial users, a top company official said on Friday.

    The facility, which could be ready by next year, will be used to supply industrial demand through trucking in places that can’t access supply from the grid, said Steve Hill, executive vice president at Shell Energy.

    “It has a big potential growth … in India because energy supply reliability is a big issue in India,” he said at a media briefing in Singapore, referring to LNG being transported in trucks to industrial users.

    “There hasn’t been as much supply infrastructure in place, but some of the import terminals are now putting the truck loading facilities in place so that’s opening up that option.”

    Shell Gas B.V, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, holds a majority stake in the Hazira LNG Terminal and Port in a venture with a unit of France’s Total SA.

    LNG trucking works well for locations off-grid, with China and India the two obvious markets, Hill said. read more

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    Shell seeks to sell out of several Norwegian fields

    Ron Bousso: 8 MARCH 2018

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is selling out of the ageing Draugen field in Norway and is also offering small stakes in a number of other fields, according to a document seen by Reuters.

    The sale process is part of the Anglo-Dutch company’s drive to sell $30 billion of assets by the end of the year following the acquisition of BG Group in 2016. It has so far sold over $25 billion.

    Shell is offering its 44.56 percent stake in the Draugen field, which produces around 225,000 barrels per day, according to the sales brochure. Draugen, which Shell operates, started producing in 1993 and has another 20 years of life, the document said. read more

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    Shell’s U.S. shale output plans prioritize oil over natgas

    Ron Bousso. Ernest Scheyder: 8 March 2018

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) is focused on increasing its U.S. shale operation’s oil production while slowing investment in lower-margin natural gas, an executive said on Thursday.

    The Anglo-Dutch company aims to boost its overall shale production by 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) to 500,000 boe/d between 2017 and 2020, mostly in the United States with some production in Argentina.

    Although the shale business has yet to generate a profit, it is expected to do so next year, Greg Guidry, who heads Shell’s shale operations, told Reuters on the sidelines of the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston.

    Shell, like Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) and Chevron Corp (CVX.N), aims to make shale production a driver of growth in the next decade. But today most of its output is natural gas, where profit margins are lower.

    As a result, around 85 percent of Shell’s shale budget for at least the next two years will go toward new oil resources, particularly in the Permian oilfield of West Texas and Canada’s Duvernay Basin, Guidry said. read more

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    Shell and Anadarko avoid divorce after spat, plan Permian growth

    An oil rig on Anadarko’s acreage in the Permian Basin. Photo: Brett Coomer / Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle

    Royal Dutch Shell and The Woodlands’ Anadarko Petroleum feuded last year over spending and control of their Permian Basin joint venture in West Texas. Now, they say, they’ve avoided a messy divorce and are primed to grow in the booming oil and gas region.

    The deal combined one the world’s biggest oil companies with one of Texas’ top independent oil and gas producers, marrying global financial resources with local shale expertise. Shell, new to the Permian, inherited the partnership when it paid about $2 billion in 2012 to acquire a 618,000-acre position in West Texas from Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy, which had formed the joint venture with Anadarko five years prior. read more

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    Shell mulls investment in new wave of LNG projects

    Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden says the company is looking to finalize new investments, which may include the company’s LNG Canada project

    Geoffrey MorganGEOFFREY MORGAN Published on: March 8, 2018 | Last Updated: March 8, 2018

    HOUSTON – The head of Royal Dutch Shell Plc dropped a hint that it’s keen to invest in liquefied natural gas projects soon on Tuesday, a tantalizing prospect for Canadian gas producers desperate to access rapidly changing global energy markets.

    Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden did not specifically mention the company’s LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia when he addressed a room of oil and gas executives on Wednesday, but indicated the company is looking to finalize new investments. read more

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    Shell To Enforce 3:1 Ratio For Gas And Oil Output

    By Zainab Calcuttawala – Mar 08, 2018, 3:00 AM CST

    In an effort to halve its carbon emissions by the year 2050, Royal Dutch Shell will ensure it produces triple the amount of natural gas compared to oil, CEO Ben van Beurden said during Houston’s ongoing CERAWeek.

    “Over time, this net carbon footprint ambition will transform our company’s product mix,” van Beurden said.

    The company’s targets aim to lower emissions from its own operations and the burning of fossil fuels by its customers. Shell will also begin selling energy from its wind farms to offset the carbon output of its hydrocarbon business, the CEO said. read more

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    Saudi Aramco signs preliminary gas deal with Shell

    FILE PHOTO: Logo of Saudi Aramco is seen at the 20th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MOES 2017) in Manama, Bahrain, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo

    Reuters Staff: 8 MARCH 2018

    LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday to pursue international gas opportunities with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L).

    That would include developments of gas upstream and liquefaction projects.

    The MoU signed in London between the two energy companies was during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the United Kingdom.

    Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov and Rania El Gamal; Editing by Mark Potter

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    Shell CEO: Climate change is our biggest issue

    Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden speaks at the CERAWeek conference at the Hilton Americas, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle

    Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said Wednesday that climate change is the biggest issue facing the energy sector, encouraging the European oil major to invest more in cleaner-burning gas and renewable energy.

    Shell aims to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2050 while shifting its roughly 50-50 oil and gas balance to a portfolio that’s closer to 70 percent gas, van Beurden said at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit conference in Houston. Shell already is the world’s leader in liquefied natural gas.  read more

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    Shell CEO drives an electric car — and just bought another one

    Amy Harder: 7 MARCH 2018

    HOUSTON — The CEO of Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil and natural gas companies, drives an electric car, just bought his wife another one and is installing a charging station at his home.

    Why it matters: Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden (above), is one of the most outspoken CEOs within the oil and gas industry when it comes to cutting carbon emissions and changing business strategies to do so. He’s putting some personal heft behind his rhetoric by driving an electric car and buying one for his wife. read more

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    Shell’s gas production could be triple oil by 2050: CEO

    FILE PHOTO: Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell, speaks during the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris, France, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

    By RON BOUSSO: 7 MARCH 2018

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell could boost its share of natural gas production to triple that of oil in order to meet self-imposed goals to halve carbon emissions by 2050, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Wednesday.

    Speaking at the CERAWeek conference by IHS Markit in Houston, van Beurden outlined a series of measures the Anglo-Dutch company is considering to meet the ambitious targets, which include limiting emissions from its operations as well as emissions from the burning of its petrol and gas by customers. read more

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    Shell doubles LNG purchase agreement with Venture Global

    By Peter Wells: 6 March 2018

    Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to double its liquefied natural gas purchase agreement with Venture Global, taking the US LNG group one step closer to a final investment decision for its project in Louisiana. FULL FT ARTICLE

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    Chevron expects LNG supply shortage by 2025

    John Benny: 6 March 2018

    (Reuters) – Chevron Corp said on Tuesday it expected supply shortage in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market by around 2025, echoing comments made last month by top LNG trader Royal Dutch Shell.

    Demand for natural gas, which burns cleaner than coal and oil, has surged as countries such as China look to curb environmental pollution.

    Chevron, owner of the giant Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects in Australia, said it expects global demand to be nearly 600 million metric tonne per annum (mmtpa) by 2035, while supply could be just about half of that. read more

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    For The First Time In 60 Years, The U.S. Is A Net Exporter Of Liquid Natural Gas

    Thanks to Texas, Shell hits the ground running as the impact of liquid natural gas makes its way around the globe. MIKE MOZART/FLICKR (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

    “We’re getting nearly two-thirds of our production coming through from Shell,” Smith says. “Shell is the real driver of why we’re seeing this situation, and because of that, we’re starting to see exports as well now. Not only are we importing less, but we’re exporting more.”

    From Texas Standard.

    After more than half a century, the U.S. appears to have become a net exporter of liquefied natural gas. The last time we would have been able to say that was when Eisenhower was president. The development is a major shift from predictions just a decade ago, when the U.S. was expected to have to rely on liquefied natural gas imports from Russia, Northern Africa and the Middle East forever, it seemed. What’s changed? Here to put things into perspective is energy insider Matt Smith, director of commodity research at Clipper Data. read more

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    Shell Takes Major Steps Toward Energy Diversification

    By David Messler – Mar 05, 2018, 12:00 PM CST

    Shell has spent the last three years reinventing itself for the energy future it sees in the coming decades. A few years back, Shell was a company struggling to find its footing. Exploration success was declining, as was daily liquids production. From the graph below you can see that the lack of success in exploration was starting to equate to reduced production. An oil company’s life can be measured in production, and they were not replacing the oil being produced. read more

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    Shell gives up on Gaza’s offshore gas field – Palestinians

    Nidal-Mughrabi: MARCH 5, 2018 / 3:36 PM

    GAZA (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has given up its stake in an undeveloped natural gas field off the Gaza Strip, sending the Palestinians looking for a new foreign group to replace it, Palestinian officials said on Monday.

    Cabinet ministers from the Palestinian Authority said in a statement they had been informed that the energy giant was pulling out of the project and were now in the process of“trying to attract a global company” to take its place. read more

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    Russian LNG Gas Reportedly Heads to UK Amid Record Cold Snap

    President Putin: Photo Credit: Kremlin.ru

    When cold weather strikes, Europe seems to come to an understanding that Russian energy deliveries to the continent carry a purely economic significance, not a political one.

    Deliveries of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Yamal in Siberia are set to arrive in the UK this week as the island nation struggles to dig out from Storm Emma, the Financial Times reported.

    The LNG will be delivered to the UK by Royal Dutch Shell, two sources familiar with the shipment have said. The gas will be picked up this weekend, and delivered to an LNG terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, where it will be regasified and pumped into the UK network by March 6. read more

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    How Shell hid a Whale before placing Mexican oil bet

    Ron Bousso, Marianna Parraga: MARCH 2, 2018

    Shell’s oil and gas reserve life – the number of years it can sustain production at its current levels – has steadily declined in recent years despite the acquisition of BG Group

    LONDON/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The gasps in the audience were clearly audible at the auction of Mexico’s oil blocks a month ago as Royal Dutch Shell’s hefty bids were announced one by one.

    The size of Shell’s cash payments – $343 million out of the total of $525 million that Mexico earned in the sale – far outstripped its competitors’ offers, guaranteeing that the company swept up nine of the 19 offshore blocks.

    The Anglo-Dutch major knew something no one else did.

    Six months earlier, its drilling rig had struck a giant oil reservoir, the Whale well, in the U.S. side of the Gulf of Mexico – just across the border from many of the Mexican blocks, which share a similar Paleogene-age geology.

    Calculating that this significantly increased the chances of the Mexican blocks also containing treasure, Shell delayed the announcement of the discovery until the day of the auction, after bids had been submitted. read more

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    Shell’s Negative Outlook On Oil Yields Positive Strategy For Company

    : 28 FEB 2018

    Summary

    • Shell’s long term vision of oil prices is rather negative, leading to moves to cut reliance on high-cost projects.
    • Natural gas on the other hand is seen as a growth industry for the longer term, which is why it invests in upstream, as well as downstream & LNG.
    • While I think Shell’s views on oil prices going forward is overly negative, I do think that prices will be volatile, so it is the right strategy.

    Perhaps nothing highlights Shell’s (RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) current leadership mindset more than its decision to sell its oil sands interests for net $7.25 billion last year. It is a mindset borne out of the belief at the top of this company’s leadership structure that there is a strong probability that oil prices will stay weak for perhaps decades to come, as demand destruction due to environmental concerns, as well as technological change will perhaps cause a peak in demand as soon as a decade from now. I personally do not share this view, yet as an investor in this company I am glad that it is making some of the structural changes that Shell is currently undertaking, because I do believe that it will transform it into one of the better energy companies out there. It will not only thrive during the good times, but it will also prove to be resilient during the bad. read more

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    LNG market needs $200 billion investment to meet demand: Shell

    Ron Bousso: 26 FEB 2018

    LONDON (Reuters) – More than $200 billion of investment in liquefied natural gas is needed to meet a boom in demand by 2030, Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s top LNG trader, said on Monday.

    The LNG market is set to continue its rapid expansion into 2020 as facilities approved for construction in the first half of the decade come on line, in a development expected easily to meet sharp growth in consumption of the super-chilled fuel.

    But a decline in spending in the sector since 2014 as a result of weaker energy prices will create a supply gap from the mid-2020s unless new investments emerge, Shell said in its 2018 LNG Outlook. read more

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    Shell warns of liquefied natural gas shortage as LNG demand blows past expectations

    • Royal Dutch Shell reports that the market in liquefied natural gas, or LNG, reached 293 million tons in 2017, 30 percent higher than expected.
    • Despite the growth, Shell warns that the market could face a shortage of LNG by the mid-2020s due to underinvestment in new projects.
    • The root of the problem is a mismatch between the types of contracts buyers and sellers prefer, which may delay investments in new LNG capacity, Shell says.
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    Royal Dutch Shell says the world could be grappling with a shortage of liquefied natural gas within a decade due to underinvestment in new projects.

    The Anglo-Dutch energy giant issued the warning in its second annual LNG outlook, which reports on developments in the booming market for natural gas cooled to liquid form for export. Shell says the market for LNG grew by 29 million tons last year, 30 percent more than previously expected.

    Trading in LNG reached 293 million tons in 2017, up from just 100 million tons at the turn of the century. At nearly 300 million tons, suppliers shipped enough LNG last year to power about 575 million homes, by Shell’s count. read more

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    Yedlin: East Coast LNG projects quietly moving forward

    Local Input~ Aerial View of the Bear Head LNG Project Site, Nova Scotia, Canada. Photo: Courtesy of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited. 0211 biz gmo bearhead

    DEBORAH YEDLIN, CALGARY HERALD: 24 FEB 2018

    Lost in the hyper-focus on British Columbia and its persistent obstruction of energy infrastructure development is the East Coast, where two liquefied natural gas projects are quietly moving forward in Nova Scotia.

    Both Bear Head LNG to be located on the north bank of the Strait of Canso and Pieridae Energy in Goldboro are at different phases of their progress, but unlike what’s going on in B.C. there is a marked absence of opposition. read more

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