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Not dead yet: Home of Brent crude gets new lease of life

Ron Bousso, Shadia Nasralla: JULY 18, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil giant BP’s Eastern Trough Area Project off the coast of Scotland wasn’t supposed to be viable beyond 2018.

But government and industry working together have given ETAP a new lease of life that is being closely watched by countries and companies eyeing other ageing projects around the world.

When ETAP was launched 20 years ago today, some experts predicted the UK sector of the North Sea would cease most production by 2030. read more

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Russia’s grasp on EU gas tightens despite Trump slating Germany

Mr Trump last year signed a law giving him the right to impose sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Royal Dutch Shell, BASF’s Wintershall unit, Uniper, OMV and Engie have agreed to provide Russia’s Gazprom with financing for the €9.5bn pipeline and could be at risk of penalties.

Elena Mazneva, Margaret Talev and Naureen S Malik: 18 July 2018

US President Donald Trump eased his tone about a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany after a one-on-one meeting with President Vladimir Putin, shifting from the harsh criticism of Germany he’d levied in Europe last week.

“We are going to be selling LNG and will have to be competing with the pipeline and I think we’ll compete successfully, although there is a little advantage locationally” because Russia is closer to buyers in Europe, Mr Trump told reporters at a news conference with Mr Putin after their meeting in Helsinki on Monday. read more

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Shell fined £40,000 for breaching pollution rules at Fife plant

Energy giant Shell has been fined £40,000 for breaching climate pollution rules at the Mossmorran Chemical plant in Fife.

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency  (SEPA) imposed the fine after Shell broke regulation on reporting emissions at the site between 2013 and 2015.

Shell operates a plant at the site in Fife to process thousands of tonnes of North Sea gas per day.

The company had under reported propane unit volumes by approximately 0.5% of total plant volumes over the three-year period.

EU rules mean the firm is obliged to report its climate pollution.

A note on the Sepa website states: “Failure to comply with condition 4 of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permit. read more

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LNG project in B.C. to hire mainly Canadian workers for $40-billion terminal construction

 VANCOUVER SUNDAY 15 JULY 2018

LNG Canada will hire primarily Canadian workers to build a planned terminal to export liquefied natural gas from Kitimat, B.C., newly released briefing notes for B.C.’s NDP minority government show.

The employment strategy is in sharp contrast to the abandoned plans by now-defunct rival Pacific NorthWest LNG, which would have use far more foreign workers for a site near Prince Rupert, according to the notes ministry officials prepared for Premier John Horgan and Energy Minister Michelle Mungall. read more

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U.S. issues sanctions warnings for firms invested in Nord Stream pipeline

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  • The U.S. warns Western companies invested in Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany that they are at risk of sanctions.
  • The $11B project, led by Gazprom (OTCPK:OGZPY), would double capacity of the existing Nord Stream 1 pipeline under the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine.
  • Pres. Trump sharply criticized Germany yesterday for being a “captive” of Russia because of its support for the pipeline.
  • A German business group says it is not up to the U.S. to dictate how German companies do business, that the country’s energy partnership with Russia had spanned decades with mutual benefits, and that gas imports from Russia are a competitively priced and reliable energy source.
  • Germany’s Uniper (OTC:UNPRF) and BASF’s (OTCQX:BASFY) Wintershall are among western partners involved in the project, as well as Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Engie (OTCPK:ENGIY) and OMV (OTCPK:OMVJF).
  • Now read: Gazprom: From Russia With Love
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    Chevron, Shell get first waivers to U.S. steel tariffs

    By: , SA News Editor: 12 July 2018

  • The Trump administration has granted the oil and gas sector its first exclusions from a 25% tariff on steel imports, after agreeing with Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) that the specialty steel the companies were importing is not manufactured in the U.S.
  • The U.S. Commerce Department approved exclusions for 243 metric tons of steel casing and production tubing Shell said it would use when drilling wells in the Gulf of Mexico, and to CVX for 50 metric tons of corrosion resistant stainless steel tubing.
  • The exclusions mark a victory for the oil and gas industry, which is concerned that the tariffs could raise their costs; the Commerce Department has processed only 241 out of more than 20K steel tariff exclusion requests.
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    Oil Spill – Nigerian Communities/Shell Face-Off

    By Egufe Yafugborhi

    Port Harcourt — Communities in Bayelsa State impacted by May 17 oil spillage from Shell Petroleum Development Company’s, SPDC, Trans-Ramos Pipeline have vowed to disrupt repairs on the key asset over perceived biased Joint Investigation Visit, JIV.

    However, Bamidele Odugbean, in a Shell feedback, said it would be hasty and unfair for any party to question the JIV process that was yet to be concluded, adding that the issues with relief materials would be looked into.

    The representatives of the communities, which raised the concern, are Arthur Bendiwei, Egburu Dehmeon Wuka, Eric Paka and Moses for Agge; Egboru Asubor, Bunky England and Martins Tuduo, for Ekogbene and Monday Etoige and Oborowei Fred, for Kandaghan. read more

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    Nigeria says Shell signs $3.7B gas project agreement

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  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) reportedly has signed an agreement with Nigeria’s state-run oil company and two other groups to develop natural gas projects worth $3.7B, as part of the country’s efforts to deal with a looming domestic fuel shortage.
  • The seven projects would add 3.4B cf/day of natural gas to the Nigerian market to avoid a shortage that has been forecast for 2020, with gas produced under the projects used to produce a target amount of 15 GW of electricity by that year.
  • Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer but has suffered a decline in oil and gas investments – despite the rebound in crude oil prices – due to a lack of government incentives and a delay in the approval of energy industry reform.
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    The Pipeline Trump Says Risks Making Germany ‘a Captive of Russia’

    By Elena Mazneva and Laurence Arnold: 11 July 2018

    A planned natural-gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, is the latest point of friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At a summit meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization members, Trump said the pipeline risks making Germany “a captive of Russia.” He’s not the first American leader to criticize the pipeline project, and the U.S. isn’t alone in its disapproval.

    1. What is Nord Stream 2?

    It’s a planned new 1,230 kilometer (764-mile) undersea pipeline that will carry natural gas from fields in Russia to the EU network at Germany’s Baltic coast. It will double the capacity of an existing undersea route and cut Russia’s reliance on gas transit through Ukraine. (Russia has been locked in conflict with Ukraine since 2014, when a pro-Russian president there was forced from power and Russia seized the country’s Crimean Peninsula.) Russia’s Gazprom PJSC is overseeing the project with funding from five investors including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Engie SA, which are providing half of the 9.5 billion-euro ($10.3 billion) in cost. read more

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    Japanese refiner Idemitsu wins family backing for Showa Shell merger

    Japanese refiner Idemitsu wins family backing for Showa Shell merger

    Osamu Tsukimori, Chris Gallagher: 10 JULY 2018

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese oil refiners Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell Sekiyu said on Tuesday they had agreed to merge on April 1 next year, after Idemitsu’s founding family dropped its long-standing opposition to the plan.

    The refiners will merge via a share swap, and Showa Shell will be delisted on March 29, they said in a statement, pushing the shares of the two companies up sharply in afternoon trade.

    The combined firm would account for about 30 percent of Japan’s domestic gasoline sales, second only to JXTG Holdings, which controls about half the market. read more

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    Hundreds of Norway oil workers go on strike, Shell shuts Knarr field

    Hundreds of Norway oil workers go on strike, Shell shuts Knarr field

    Gwladys Fouche, Lefteris Karagiannopoulos: JULY 10, 2018 OSLO (Reuters) – Hundreds of workers on Norwegian offshore oil and gas rigs went on strike on Tuesday after rejecting a proposed wage deal, leading to the shutdown of one Shell-operated field and helping send Brent crude prices higher.

    One union said hundreds more workers would join the strike on Sunday if an agreement over union demands for a wage increase and pension rights was not reached.

    Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said that due to the strike it was temporarily closing production at its Knarr field, which has a daily output of 23,900 barrels of mostly oil, but also natural gas liquids and natural gas.

    Shutting the field, whose owners are Idemitsu (5019.T), Wintershall [WINT.UL] and DEA, could take up to 36 hours, it said. read more

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    Shell shuts down Norway’s Knarr oil and gas field due to strike

    REUTERS STAFF: 10 JULY 2018

    OSLO (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is shutting down production at its Knarr field in the North Sea after workers walked out on strike on Tuesday, the company said.

    “As a result of the strike, Knarr is closing its production in the Norwegian North Sea,” said Shell spokeswoman Kitty Eide. “We started shutdown operations this morning and to complete them can take up to 36 hours. As soon as the strike is over, we will restart production. No other fields or platforms that we are operator of are affected by the strike.”

    Production at Knarr is 3,800 standard cubic metres of oil equivalents. It produces mostly oil, with some natural gas liquids and gas production.

    The partners in the Knarr field are Japan’s Idemitsu (5019.T), Wintershall [WINT.UL] and DEA, according to data from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. read more

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    Japan oil refiners Idemitsu and Showa Shell to merge

    Japan oil refiners Idemitsu and Showa Shell to merge

    Deal proceeding after end of bitter dispute with founding family members who objected

    Merging Japan’s number two and number four oil refiners would create a group with $47bn in combined annual revenue © Bloomberg

    The merger of two of Japan’s leading oil refiners is set to go ahead after a two-year delay, ending a bitter dispute with founding family members who had sought to derail the deal. Under the original agreement reached in 2015, Royal Dutch Shell had planned to sell its 33 per cent stake in Showa Shell for $1.6bn to Idemitsu as part of efforts to reduce debt and streamline operations after its £35bn takeover of BG Group. FULL FT ARTICLE read more

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    Shell ramps up in Kitimat, raising Canada’s $30B LNG hopes

    NATALIE OBIKO PEARSON, BLOOMBERG: July 9, 2018

    A flurry of activity is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a $40 billion liquefied natural gas terminal that could at last unlock energy exports to Asia.

    The action is unmistakable in Kitimat, the Pacific coast city hugging a deep inlet that would be the closest launch point on the continent for LNG cargoes to Asia. The lights are on, shades open and SUVs parked outside a 49-unit apartment complex built to house Shell executives, which sat mostly darkened for the last two years. Local workers have left jobs at a Rio Tinto Plc smelter nearby to join contractors ramping up for the LNG project. Landlords are raising rents and houses are selling twice as fast as they used to in anticipation of a flood of workers coming to town. read more

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    Big Oil’s Next Major Move

    By Tim Daiss – Jul 08, 2018, 10:00 AM CDT

    Several oil majors, including Royal Dutch Shell and BP, are boosting their share of natural gas output. A Bloomberg report said these two oil companies, by increasing gas production, are trimming the lead between them and ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company. ExxonMobil has a current market cap of $348 bn, while Shell has market cap of $317 bn, and BP at $156 bn.

    BP expects by 2020 to produce about 60 percent gas and 40 percent oil, a reversal from 2014 when it was the opposite – a pivot that many other oil companies will likely follow. ExxonMobil for its part currently produces about 55 percent oil and 45 percent gas and remains the largest natural gas producer in the US. Shell’s acquisition of UK-based BG Group for $50 bn in 2016 boosted the share of natural gas to 50 percent of its global fossil fuels output and made it the world’s largest natural gas trader. read more

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    Church of England to withdraw funds from polluting firms that fail to tackle climate change

    8 JULY 2018 • 7:00PM

    The Church of England is to withdraw funds from polluting firms that fail to tackle climate change.

    Companies including Shell and BP could face disinvestment from the church within five years if they do not fall in line with strict environmental measures.

    Its General Synod, meeting this weekend in York, voted to bring in the timetable to put more pressure on companies which fail to meet the aims of the Paris climate accords.

    The church pulled £12m in funds out of assets such as coal and tar sands oil following another Synod vote in 2015, but is still an investor in major fossil fuels companies.

    The church’s pension fund, worth £2bn, is understood to be in deficit, but a spokesman said it was on track to remove it.

    The decision came after the church was slammed by one of its bishops for failing to move with sufficient urgency. read more

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    Millennials fight back against Shell’s attempt to woo them at ‘Make the Future’ festival

    Millennials fight back against Shell’s attempt to woo them at ‘Make the Future’ festival

    9th July 2018

    Climate activists staged an anti-greenwash dodgeball game outside Shell’s Make the Future festival at the Olympic Park, London, yesterday.

    They also invited young people to take photos with a poster pledging they wouldn’t not work for Shell while the company continues to invest in fossil fuels.

    Shell’s Olympic Park event is part of an international PR push under the banner of Make the Future banner, aimed at convincing young people that the oil industry is a desirable employer.

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    $US150 a barrel? Shareholder greed could make oil prices double

    By Ben Sharples: Bloomberg News: 7 July 2018

    Oil investors may regret urging companies to cough up cash now instead of investing in growth for later as the dearth of exploration is setting the stage for an unprecedented crude price spike, according to Sanford C. Bernstein.

    Companies have been compelled to focus on boosting returns and shareholder distributions at the expense of capital expenditures aimed at finding new supplies, analysts including Neil Beveridge wrote in a note on Friday. read more

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    Shell Subsidiary to Pay $3.8 Million for 2016 Gulf Spill

    Shell Subsidiary to Pay $3.8 Million for 2016 Gulf Spill

    A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the U.S. government to settle a lawsuit over a 2016 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the U.S. government to settle a lawsuit over a 2016 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The May 11, 2016, spill of nearly 2,000 barrels (317974.6 liters) occurred about 97 miles (156 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast.

    The New Orleans Advocate, citing court documents, reports that an investigation pointed to a leak in a piping system that is used to transport oil from a production well on the sea floor.

    The settlement isn’t final. It must first be published in the Federal Register and have a 30-day public comment period before it can get final approval from a federal judge. read more

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    ‘Noisy democracies’ block climate progress for Shell

    Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, said governments need to lead if the world is to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement: TIMES NEWSPAPERS LTD

    The boss of Royal Dutch Shell has said it is easier to make progress on climate change in countries such as China than in “noisy democracies” such as Britain.

    Ben van Beurden, chief executive, complained yesterday that the world was spending too much time and effort arguing about how to tackle global warming instead of taking action.

    “In places like China it works very well, governments work very gratefully with us and adopt really incredibly pragmatic and powerful policies, sensible, etc. Here, there are more participants in the debate, let me put it that way,” Mr Van Beurden said. read more

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    Shell boss Ben van Beurden will not set firm emission targets

    Royal Dutch Shell would be “foolhardy” to adopt firm targets for cutting its carbon emissions because it would open itself up to lawsuits, the company’s boss has said.

    The energy group has set an “ambition” to halve the carbon footprint of its energy products by 2050, which it says would put it in line with the Paris climate goals, but has resisted calls for binding commitments.

    Ben van Beurden, Shell chief executive, said that the group did not want to “put ourselves at the mercy of a legal challenge”. read more

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    Shell To Hand Over $3.9M Over 2016 Gulf Oil Spill

    Shell To Hand Over $3.9M Over 2016 Gulf Oil Spill

    Law360 (July 5, 2018, 5:27 PM EDT) — Shell Offshore Inc. agreed to pay nearly $3.9 million in connection with a May 2016 spill of more than 80,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico that occurred about 100 miles from the Louisiana coast, according to a consent decree filed Thursday in federal… SOURCE

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    Shell CEO Van Beurden says UK should move 2040 car ban forward

    Shell CEO Van Beurden says UK should move 2040 car ban forward

    Chief executive of Shell, Ben Van Beurden, has reportedly said today that he believes the 2040 UK ban on petroleum and diesel car sales should be brought forward.

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    In response to a question from an audience member at the Powering Progress Together event in London, Mr Van Beurden reportedly said that while “everyone was going to have to move quickly, the UK ought to move more quickly than most” and that it was “sensible” that the government move the 2040 target forward.

    Mr Van Beurden was speaking at the event on the eve of the company’s Shell Eco Marathon to outline his firm’s commitment to a “cleaner future, transport and beyond”. read more

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    Shell CEO says ‘foolhardy’ to set carbon reduction targets

    Shell CEO says ‘foolhardy’ to set carbon reduction targets

    Ron Bousso: JULY 5, 2018

    LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s boss said it would be “foolhardy” for the oil and gas producer to set hard targets to reduce carbon emissions as it risked exposing the energy giant to legal challenges.

    The energy industry has struggled in recent years to find a clear path to secure its role as the world shifts from fossil fuels in order to meet the 2015 Paris climate agreement goals.

    Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden last year set out ambitions last year to halve its carbon emissions by 2050, far exceeding rivals. But the Dutch CEO resisted calls by activists and some investors to set binding targets. read more

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    The Netherlands Can’t Afford To Keep Its Natural Gas Promise

    By Vanand Meliksetian – Jul 03, 2018, 3:00 PM CDT

    The Netherlands has been the source of cheap energy for northwest Europe for the past decades. The discovery of the Groningen gas field, the 9th largest in the world, provided a reliable source of energy in a period when the oil market was rocked by embargos due to the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The future of the Dutch gas sector, however, looks bleak due to two important developments in 2018: a political decision to reduce production with a timeline to stop entirely until 2030 and a new climate agreement. The Netherlands is preparing to make major changes regarding the role of gas in people’s lives. read more

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    Groningen needs reinforcement: watchdog

    Groningen needs reinforcement: watchdog

    The repair and reinforcement of Dutch homes damaged by gas-extraction earthquakes in Groningen needed to be speeded up, the state supervisor on mines SoDM told economic minister Eric Wiebes.

    RTL Nieuws reported that SoDM found approximately 1,900 homes in the region that, if not reinforced quickly, would no longer meet official safety standards. The distinctly Dutch rules state the risk of someone dying in an earthquake must not be higher than the risk of someone drowning in a flood elsewhere in the Netherlands. read more

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    Big Oil, Utilities are Lining Up for an Electric Vehicle War

    Big Oil, Utilities are Lining Up for an Electric Vehicle War

    By Kelly Gilblom and Anna Hirtenstein2 July 2018, 05:00 BST

    • BP and Shell have bought electric-car charging companies
    • Power utilities are boosting sales to homes, chargers on roads

    A red-hot electric vehicle market has triggered a face-off between Big Oil and utilities.

    Oil majors, who’ve sold fossil fuels to cars for a century, are now moving into an electricity sector that’s preparing for exponential growth. The problem is that utilities, the primary power suppliers for a century, have the same idea.

    BP Plc predicts electric vehicle sales will surge by an eye-watering 8,800 percent between 2017 and 2040, making it an attractive business for oil companies as demand for gasoline and diesel are forecast to slow. Big Oil will have to battle the traditional utilities for charging at people’s homes, on the road and even offices of green-car owners. read more

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    Debt levels hit record £391bn as companies ramp up payouts

    1 JULY 2018 • 9:14PM

    Companies racked up a record £391bn of debt in the face of demand from investors to step up dividends and as bosses went hunting for deals.

    The overall level of debt for UK plc in the 2017-18 financial year far surpassed pre-crisis levels of £286bn, according to the Debt Monitor report published by Link Asset Services UK today.

    Among the heavy borrowers, oil giants BP and Royal Dutch Shell accounted for £1 in every £7 of all UK companies’ net debts last year. read more

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    Royal Dutch Shell: Streamlining Assets

    Jun. 30, 2018 12:54 AM ET

    Summary

    • Renewal of assets with great focus on the future.
    • Natural gas as energy source will continue to grow.
    • Share buybacks and generous dividends.

    Background

    Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) has been actively focusing on what kind of business it wants to be involved in. Part of this activity is to change the composition of its assets. It has been selling plants and oil licenses, and invested where it wants to position the company.

    Disposals have also been done to reduce the total debt level. Much of the debt came from the $35 billion acquisition of BG Group back in March of 2016.

    Disposals

    Early this year, Shell communicated that its plans were to leave oil and gas operations in as many as 10 countries and instead focus more heavily on gas-rich Australia and shale opportunities in the United States. read more

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    U.S. sanctions will not affect Nord Stream 2, German ministry says

    |By: , SA News Editor

  • Germany has been assured by the U.S. that any sanctions imposed on Russia will not affect construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to bring Russian gas to Europe, says a spokesperson for Germany’s economy ministry.
  • The U.S. embassy in Berlin says there has been no change in policy, Reuters reports.
  • The Nord Stream 2 consortium, consisting of Russia’s Gazprom (OTCPK:OGZPY) and five European companies – Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), BASF’s (OTCQX:BASFY) Wintershall, Engie (OTCPK:ENGIY), OMV (OTCPK:OMVJF) and Uniper (OTC:UNPPY) – last month started preparatory work in the Greifswald bay off Germany’s Baltic coast on a new twin pipeline that will double Russia’s export capacity of 55B cm to Germany.
  • Separately, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller says the company can set a new gas export record of nearly 200B cm this year, up nearly 3% Y/Y, breaking last year’s record volume of 194.4B cm of gas to Europe and Turkey.
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    Shell-Partners consortium ready to build Dutch offshore wind farm

    Shell-Partners consortium ready to build Dutch offshore wind farm

    Reuters Staff: JUNE 28, 2018

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A consortium led by Swiss investor Partners Group and Royal Dutch Shell said it has secured financing for the building of a 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea.

    Shell and consortium partners Eneco, Van Oord and Mitsubishi/DGE were awarded the “Borssele 3 and 4” project in December 2016, at what at the time was the Netherlands’ lowest-ever strike price of 54.50 euro cents per megawatt-hour.

    Building of the wind farm, which will have the capacity to power around 825,000 households, will start in the fourth quarter of 2019, with production expected to begin in 2021. read more

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    U.S. court dismisses climate change lawsuits against oil companies

    U.S. court dismisses climate change lawsuits against oil companies

    Reuters Staff: JUNE 26, 2018

    (Reuters) – A federal court in California dismissed climate change lawsuits by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against five oil companies, saying the complaints required foreign and domestic policy decisions that were outside its purview.

    San Francisco and Oakland sued Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and BP Plc last year seeking an abatement fund to help the cities address flooding they said was a result of climate change.

    Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said in the ruling that the dangers raised by the complainants were real and worldwide, and both parties accepted the science behind global warming. read more

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    Gas production at Groningen field falling faster than planned

    Jun. 27, 2018 2:57 PM ET|By: , SA News Editor

    Production at the Groningen natural gas field will come in lower than expected this year as the Dutch government works to end production completely by 2030 in an effort to limit seismic risks in the region.

    Output will have fallen to 19B-20B cm in the year ending October 2018, the Dutch gas sector regulator says, below the original cap of 21.6B cm set for the year and down from 24B cm last year.

    The Groningen field is a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM). read more

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    Opposition Lawmaker Demands Probe into Netherlands-Shell Tax Deal

    By Linda A. Thompson: June 27, 2018

    A Dutch opposition lawmaker is pushing the government to launch a parliamentary inquiry into Shell, calls that follow criticism of the oil giant’s past deals with the tax authority.

    Jesse Klaver, the leader of the Dutch Greens, is specifically focused on a 2004 tax ruling the tax authority issued to Royal Dutch Shell Plc. A parliamentary inquiry would be lawmakers’ only shot to question Shell executives about the deal, and would be the latest development in scrutiny of the company’s tax planning. read more

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    Judge tosses San Francisco-Oakland climate change lawsuit against big oil companies

    Judge tosses San Francisco-Oakland climate change lawsuit against big oil companies

    – Associated Press – Monday, June 25, 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge who held a hearing about climate change that received widespread attention ruled Monday that Congress and the president were best suited to address the contribution of fossil fuels to global warming, throwing out lawsuits that sought to hold big oil companies liable for the Earth’s changing environment.

    Noting that the world has also benefited significantly from oil and other fossil fuel, Judge William Alsup said questions about how to balance the “worldwide positives of the energy” against its role in global warming “demand the expertise of our environmental agencies, our diplomats, our Executive, and at least the Senate.” read more

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    Shell gives go-ahead to third North Sea oil, gas project in 2018

    Ron Bousso, Shadia Nasralla: JUNE 25 2018

    LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it will develop the Fram gas field in the North Sea, its third project approval in the aging basin this year.

    Shell’s final investment decision (FID) on Fram follows the green light for the expansion of the Penguins field in January, and the 50-50 joint venture Alligin field in the west of Shetlands area which is operated by BP.

    The UK North Sea is one of the world’s oldest offshore basins whose production started in the 1970s and peaked in the late 1990s. It has enjoyed a modest production revival in recent years thanks to a wave of new projects coming on stream. read more

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    Shell approves second North Sea project this year

    Jun. 25, 2018 11:14 AM ET|By: , SA News Editor

    Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) approves its second North Sea project in six months, moving forward with development of the Fram natural gas field it considered uneconomical to produce six years ago.

    Shell, along with partner Exxon Mobil (XOM -1.7%), says it plans to produce as much as 13K boe/day from two wells in the Fram field by 2020, adding ~10% to the company’s current output in the U.K. North Sea.

    Steve Phimister, head of Shell’s U.K. exploration and production unit, says deep cost cuts following crude’s decline and connecting smaller oil and gas pools to bigger projects are allowing it to squeeze more out of an aging North Sea, and that the company may take several more investment decisions in the North Sea this year because of the improved economics. read more

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    Shell, Exxon not to seek compensation for end of Groningen gas production: government

    Shell, Exxon not to seek compensation for end of Groningen gas production: government

    Reuters Staff: Monday June 25, 2018

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Energy companies Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil will not submit a claim for missed revenue due to the Dutch government’s decision to halt gas production at the Groningen field by 2030, the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs said on Monday.

    “A lot of gas will be left in the ground,” Economy minister Eric Wiebes said at the presentation of his deal with the oil majors responsible for extracting Groningen gas.

    “That gas is the property of the oil companies, but they will not submit a claim and the government is not required to compensate them.” read more

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    Shell to develop North Sea Fram gas field

    Shell to develop North Sea Fram gas field

    Monday 25 June 2018

    Oil company Shell has given the final go-ahead to develop the Fram gas field in the North Sea.

    The field, 100 miles east of Aberdeen, is expected to produce about 41 million cubic feet of gas a day.

    It will be connected using subsea infrastructure to the neighbouring Shearwater platform.

    Steve Phimister, Shell’s vice president for upstream in the UK and Ireland, said reducing development costs had allowed investment in new projects.

    He said: “With our strong record of operational excellence and project execution, we will look to invest in further projects as we work to grow our business in the North Sea.” read more

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    Future of Big Oil Increasingly Shaped by the Fate of Global Gas

    By Kevin Crowley and Kelly Gilblom
    25 June 2018, 00:00 BST

    Big Oil’s fortunes are becoming tied more closely to natural gas than ever before.

    Majors including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc have boosted their proportion of gas output in recent years, helping them trim Exxon Mobil Corp.’s lead as the world’s most valuable oil company. Meanwhile Chevron Corp. added two giant Australian liquefied natural gas projects and Exxon is punching back with two major projects of its own, in Papua New Guinea and Mozambique. read more

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    Shell hoping impact of decommissioning project will be felt far beyond Brent

    Shell hoping impact of decommissioning project will be felt far beyond Brent

    In the year since the Brent Delta platform came ashore for dismantling, its past and present owners have found there isn’t much that can’t be reused or given away.

    The Brent Delta platform with the flare stack and most of the accommodation block dismantled.

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    Bedding to an animal charity, mattresses and furniture to people in need, and emergency Marks and Spencer tinned food supplies to food banks – just about everything is of value to someone.

    Pumps are being refurbished and 4,400 tonnes of steel has been cut up into “coupons” ready to be sold.

    Current owner Able UK is even selling the sand it dug up when it was strengthening the quayside which would receive Brent Delta at its yard in Hartlepool. read more

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    Shell joins UK offshore wind partnership group

    Shell joins UK offshore wind partnership group

    Shell Global Solutions International BV has today joined the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), the Carbon Trust’s collaborative research, development and demonstration programme.

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    The oil giant joins existing partners EnBW, E.ON, Equinor, Innogy SE, Orsted, ScottishPower Renewables/Iberdrola, SSE Renewables and Vattenfall Wind Power on the OWA roster.

    Set up in 2008, the Carbon Trust’s OWA programme is primarily structured around five research areas: Access Systems; Cable Installation, Electrical Systems; Wake Effects and Wind Resource; and Foundations.

    Dorine Bosman, VP Wind Development at Shell, said: “The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator is a good example of the collaboration required between public and private sectors. The research and development programme will be key to delivering technical, commercial and financial innovations for large scale and sustainable offshore wind opportunities in the future.” read more

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    Nigeria: Court Orders Shell to Pay $3.6 Billion Fine Over Oil Spill

    Nigeria: Court Orders Shell to Pay $3.6 Billion Fine Over Oil Spill

    20 June 2018

    By Adelanwa Bamgboye

    Lagos — Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, sitting at a Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed a suit by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd challenging the imposition of $3.6billion fine on it by the Federal Government.

    The court resolved all the issues in the defendant’s favour and dismissed the suit.

    Shell sued the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), challenging its powers to impose levies or fines over oil spills.

    The plaintiff prayed the court to declare that NOSDRA cannot, in the light of Section 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution, validly exercise any powers under Section 5, 6, 7 and 19 of the NOSDRA Act. read more

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    Debate Over Netherlands’ Tax Treatment of Shell Heats Up

    June 20, 2018

    By Linda A. Thompson

    Practitioners are divided over whether an agreement between Shell and the Dutch tax administration breaks EU government aid rules.

    The debate has heated up in recent days after an article released June 18 by a Dutch academic claimed Royal Dutch Shell Plc avoided a tax on dividends by routing shares through a trust in the Channel Island of Jersey.

    Shell didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

    The company received permission to use the structure in 2005 during a merger of its British and Dutch parent companies, but the agreement may have violated Dutch withholding tax rules, according to the article, written by Jan van de Streek, a professor at the University of Amsterdam. read more

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    After Successful Talks With Buhari, Shell Gets Approval For N10bn Bonga Southwest Project

    After the discussions between Buhari and van Beurden, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, sent a letter to the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria’s state-owned oil company NNPC, Mikanti Baru, instructing the corporation and the Anglo-Dutch oil company to conclude arrangements for the start of the project.

    BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK JUN 20, 2018

    After years of delay, Shell has received approval to begin the Bonga Southwest project, following discussions held in London between its CEO Ben Van Beurden and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.

    The project, which was first scheduled for completion in 2014, is expected to add 225,000 barrels per day to Nigeria’s present production average of 1.8-2.00 million bpd.

    After the discussions between Buhari and van Beurden, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, sent a letter to the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria’s state-owned oil company NNPC, Mikanti Baru, instructing the corporation and the Anglo-Dutch oil company to conclude arrangements for the start of the project. read more

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    Shell dumps interest in two Norwegian fields

    Shell dumps interest in two Norwegian fields

    Shell adds $556 million toward its goal of divesting $30 billion in a streamlining effort.

    By Daniel J. Graeber: June 20, 2018

    June 20 (UPI) — Supermajor Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday it sold off its entire stake in two fields in production off the Norwegian coast for $556 million.

    Shell’s subsidiary in Norway sold its entire 44.56 percent interest in the Draugen field and its 12 percent in the Gjøa to Norwegian energy company OKEA.

    OKEA CEO Erik Haugane in a statement on the deal said the agreement with Shell was a “high-quality acquisition.”

    His company estimates it will become the 19th largest producer offshore Norway with the deal. The Shell acquisition gives it a boost in net production of about 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent. read more

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    Shell hits back at criticism of tax structure

    Shell hits back at criticism of tax structure

    Reports allege oil group’s plan has cost Dutch treasury as much as £6.1bn in lost income

    Shell has hit back at criticism of a tax structure it set up as part of a relocation of its headquarters from London to The Hague following reports that it has cost the Dutch treasury as much as €7bn (£6.1bn) in lost income. Calls have been made for the European commission to investigate the oil group’s tax affairs after reports claimed that a multibillion-euro bill has been avoided through the use of an offshore trust in Jersey since 2005. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell Disputes EUR7 Billion Lost Tax Claim – Guardian

    Shell Disputes EUR7 Billion Lost Tax Claim – Guardian

    LONDON (Alliance News) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC has “hit back” against claims regarding its relocation from London to the Netherlands, which resulted in a EUR7 billion loss of income to the Dutch treasury, the Guardian reported on Monday.

    Dutch newspaper Trouw claimed that the British-Dutch multinational oil & gas company’s Dutch tax authority agreement conflicted with EU rules and that Shell owes “as much as EUR7 billion” in taxes.

    “I am astonished about the way we are portrayed in Trouw. This is tendentious. The fact that our headquarters is in the Netherlands has been very good for the Dutch treasury,” Shell Nederland President Director Marjan van Loon said in a statement. read more

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    DUTCH GOV’T UNDER FIRE OVER TAX DEAL WITH SHELL

    By Janene Pieters on June 18, 2018 

    The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants the government to explain a controversial deal that Shell made with the Dutch tax authorities in 2005. As a result of this deal, Shell’s British shareholders are exempt from dividend tax in the Netherlands, through which the Dutch treasury lost out on over 7 billion euros, newspaper Trouw reported on Saturday.

    The Kamer now wants to know whether this tax deal is allowed under Dutch law, and whether any politicians were involved in making it, according to newspaper AD. SP leader Lilian Marijnissen called it a “stinky” deal. GroenLinks wants a parliamentary inquiry into dividend tax. And the four coalition parties – VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie – jointly submitted questions to State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance.  read more

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    Shell May Be Rediscovering Its Swagger in Texas Shale Oil Country

    By Kelly Gilblom: 18 June 2018, 05:00 BST

    Shale oil hasn’t always been Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s best friend, but they’re working on the relationship.

    Shell is said to have bid, with partner Blackstone Group LP, on a portfolio of U.S. shale assets BHP Billiton Ltd. wants to sell for about $10 billion. If it wins, the Anglo-Dutch oil major could exceed its goal of doubling its American onshore output, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    That would boost the unit’s free cash flow — currently on track to grow by $2 billion by 2025 — and turn around a shale portfolio that is currently “mid-lower ranked,” analysts from the bank including Christyan Malek said in a report. read more

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