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RTE Interactive (Ireland): Shell axes 128 jobs at Mayo pipeline

RTE Interactive (Ireland): Shell axes 128 jobs at Mayo pipeline

“The company said the decision was made as a result of the ongoing blockade of its sites in Mayo.”: Posted Tuesday 9 August 2005

The multi-national company, Shell, has announced that it is to lay off 128 workers at the Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo.

It follows a move to lay off 91 workers at two other Shell sites in recent weeks.

The company said the decision was made as a result of the ongoing blockade of its sites in Mayo.

Five Mayo men were jailed more than a month ago for their refusal to obey a High Court order not to obstruct the construction of the controversial gas pipeline. read more

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Corny humour

Financial Times (Observer): Corny humour

“Corn Cob Bob, the Canadian mascot of the ethanol fuel industry, is slated for some US TV exposure thanks to a minor controversy created by Shell Canada.”: “Ethanol wasn’t getting much ink until a dust-up last month, when the green fuel lobby was asked to close its booth at the Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. Shell Canada was a sponsor of the festivities and “didn’t want us there”, says CRFA executive director Kory Teneycke.”:

Tuesday 9 August 2005

Corn Cob Bob, the Canadian mascot of the ethanol fuel industry, is slated for some US TV exposure thanks to a minor controversy created by Shell Canada.

Bob is a university student dressed as a farmer, but with a corn cob headpiece. He promotes the use of ethanol in gasoline for the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol wasn’t getting much ink until a dust-up last month, when the green fuel lobby was asked to close its booth at the Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. Shell Canada was a sponsor of the festivities and “didn’t want us there”, says CRFA executive director Kory Teneycke. read more

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Shell Canada provides updates for oil sands operations and expansion plans

NewsWire.ca (Canada): Shell Canada provides updates for oil sands operations and expansion plans

“We are also building on the lessons learned from our first project to capture cost and operating efficiencies,” said Neil Camarta, Senior Vice President Oil Sands, Shell Canada Limited.”

Posted Tuesday 9 August 2005

CALGARY, Aug. 8 /CNW/ – Shell Canada Limited provides the following update on current operations and expansion plans for the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP), located in northern Alberta.

Operations

In April 2005, Shell indicated that planned maintenance in the third quarter of this year would result in single train operation at the upgrader for a period of one to two months. Ongoing inspections and equipment monitoring now indicate that major shut down activity can be deferred until the second quarter of 2006. A production cutback is still required in September to accommodate reduced availability of third-party hydrogen to the upgrader and to allow minor planned maintenance to be carried out on the Scotford hydrogen plants and the Muskeg River Mine cogeneration plant. read more

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Ollila appointment does not breach combined code but mocks its spirit

Financial Times: Ollila appointment does not breach combined code but mocks its spirit

“Shell’s appointment of Mr Jorma Ollila as chairman of the newly unified company has been widely welcomed – not least by its institutional shareholders. It appears to have escaped their notice that Mr Ollila will remain chairman of Nokia…”

Tuesday 9 August 2005

By JAB Joll

Published: August 9 2005

From Mr J. A. B. Joll.

Sir, Shell’s appointment of Mr Jorma Ollila as chairman of the newly unified company has been widely welcomed – not least by its institutional shareholders. It appears to have escaped their notice that Mr Ollila will remain chairman of Nokia, though he is relinquishing the role of chief executive officer that he also currently holds. read more

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Lloyds List: Alaska leasing round brings Shell back in strength

Lloyds List: Alaska leasing round brings Shell back in strength

“Shell is searching for new areas to explore for large oil and gas fields to help boost its reserves base and has re-entered the Alaskan oil industry after selling production assets in 1998 to focus on deepwater Gulf of Mexico operations.”

Tuesday 9 August 2005

ROYAL Dutch Shell re-entered the Alaskan exploration arena after gaining 84 leases in the latest licensing round covering the Beaufort Sea, writes Martyn Wingrove.

The US Minerals Management Service had its best Alaskan licensing round since 1988, issuing 117 leases in the Federal Beaufort Sea sale 195 and accepting $45m in high bids.

Shell Offshore, US major ConocoPhillips and Alaskan independent Armstrong Oil were the winners of exploration tracts in lease sale 195, with Shell taking the lion’s share. read more

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Irish Times: Mayo gas pipeline controversy

Irish Times: Mayo gas pipeline controversy

“The main beneficiaries of the development of the Corrib field, under the existing agreement, will be Shell and its partners, not the people of Ireland.”: “No wonder Shell is in such a hurry to get this gas out from under the sea, in case Ireland suddenly wakes up to the fact it has foolishly given away a couple of billion euro worth of assets.”

Tuesday 9 August 2005

Madam, – The new safety review of the proposed Corrib Gas pipeline announced recently by Noel Dempsey poses an interesting dilemma for the pipelines’ opponents.

There is at least a possibility that this report will conclude that the pipeline’s risks to public health are very low. Rather than focus on the lack of impartiality of earlier risk assessments, I think it is important to move to a less ambiguous stance, namely that this pipeline and onshore terminal, as currently proposed, should not go ahead in any circumstances. Quite apart from the environmental degradation and the social impact on the area, an onshore terminal is totally unnecessary. read more

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Shell to dismantle section of pipeline

Irish Times: Shell to dismantle section of pipeline

The company was responding following legal advice on the Minister’s direction of July 31st that the company was in breach of consents, and that it must break up the welded pipeline and agree to a new monitoring arrangement.”

Tuesday 9 August 2005

Lorna Siggins, Marine Correspondent

Shell E&P Ireland has agreed to dismantle the section of Corrib gas onshore pipeline that was welded without ministerial consent, Minister for Marine Noel Dempsey said.

The company has also agreed to co-operate with the Minister’s new monitoring group for the 900 million gas project, and has said it accepts the consent procedure outlined by Mr Dempsey.

The company was responding following legal advice on the Minister’s direction of July 31st that the company was in breach of consents, and that it must break up the welded pipeline and agree to a new monitoring arrangement. read more

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Kerr-McGee

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Kerr-McGee

“The world’s oil companies are having a hard time finding oil. So how come Kerr-McGee of the U.S. is getting rid of its North Sea oil fields? And why were none of the oil majors queuing up to buy them?”: “Some, like Shell, have tied their hands with lofty production promises to shareholders.

Posted Tuesday 9 August 2005

The world’s oil companies are having a hard time finding oil. So how come Kerr-McGee of the U.S. is getting rid of its North Sea oil fields? And why were none of the oil majors queuing up to buy them? Most of the fields have been snapped up by a Danish shipping company. And it was a similar story when Exxon Mobil sold its Texas fields earlier this summer to another minnow, Occidental Petroleum.

Kerr-McGee’s auction attracted only minor players partly because the fields in question were relatively small and mature. So a large oil company wouldn’t be able to get much more out of them than a small one. This also helps explain why Kerr-McGee is selling in the first place. Furthermore, the $3.5 billion (€2.83 billion) proceeds will reduce its debt, giving it greater flexibility to invest in higher-growth opportunities, such as the Gulf of Mexico. Likewise, Exxon says it plans to recycle the proceeds from the Texan sale into higher-return projects. read more

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The Times: Rig evacuated after leak

The Times (UK): Rig evacuated after leak

“A North Sea oil platform where two workers were killed was at the centre of another safety scare yesterday after a leak was discovered in one of the rig’s legs.”: “In September 2003 Keith Moncrieff and Sean McCue died after a massive gas escape on board the Brent Bravo platform. Shell was later fined £900,000 after it admitted a series of breaches of health and safety regulations.”

Tuesday 9 August 2005

A North Sea oil platform where two workers were killed was at the centre of another safety scare yesterday after a leak was discovered in one of the rig’s legs.

More than 80 workers were airlifted from the Shell-operated Brent Bravo, which lies 116 miles north-east of Lerwick in Shetland, after the hydrocarbon leak was found on Sunday night. A number of employees have remained on the platform, which is in the process of shutting down so that the leak can be repaired. A spokesman said it was a small oil leak and no gas had escaped. read more

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THE SCOTSMAN: 86 evacuated from North Sea platform after oil leak from tank

THE SCOTSMAN: 86 evacuated from North Sea platform after oil leak from tank

“In April Shell was fined a record £900,000 for safety failings on the platform that led to the deaths of two workers.”

Tuesday 9 August 2005

FRANK URQUHART

EIGHTY-SIX workers have been evacuated from a North Sea platform after an oil leak in a storage tank in one of the installation’s main legs.

The precautionary evacuation began on Sunday night after the leak was discovered by a technician on Shell’s Brent Bravo platform.

A spokesman for Shell confirmed that 86 people had been airlifted, leaving 60 essential staff on board. The workers were flown to the Brent Charlie, Brent Delta and North Cormorant rigs. read more

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Tragedy rig in new safety scare

Glasgow Evening Times: Tragedy rig in new safety scare

“A Shell spokesman said today the rig had been “downmanned” and that 86 workers had been flown to nearby Brent Charlie, Brent Delta and North Cormorant rigs.”

Tuesday 9 August 2005

A North Sea oil platform where two workers were killed was at the centre of another safety scare today after a leak was discovered in one of the rig’s legs.

More than 80 workers were airlifted from Shell’s Brent Bravo platform last night after the leak was found.

A number of employees have remained on the rig, which is in the process of shutting down so that the leak can be repaired.

A Shell spokesman said today the rig had been “downmanned” and that 86 workers had been flown to nearby Brent Charlie, Brent Delta and North Cormorant rigs. read more

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