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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 2005

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 2005

 Dow Jones Newswires: Global Gas Demand To Grow By 3% Next Decade – Shell Exec: $16 Trillion Energy Invest Needed From 2001-30 – Shell Exec: Wednesday November 30, 2005: READ
 
AllAfrica.com: Delta Community Threatens to Shut Shell’s Facilities: “If after three weeks from the date of this letter (21st November 2005), nothing positive is seen on ground, be informed that we will be left with no option than to take our fate in our hands and this will include mass protest, shut down of all SPDC facilities in Uzere kingdom and any other legal process to seek an end to this injustice.”: Posted Wednesday 30 November 05: READ
YnetNews (Israel): Shell returning to Israel: U.S. energy giant plans to return to do business in Israel following 50-year-long absence: Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
Daily Independent (Nigeria): Shell, Iwhrekan community disagree on oil spill clean-up contract: Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
BLOOMBERG: China May Drill Philippine Oil That Shell Rejected (Update2): Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
AFX Europe (Focus): Australia’s Woodside appoints Chaney to board; in line for chairman job: “Woodside, 34 pct owned by Royal Dutch Shell, said Chaney will become chairman following the retirement of current chairman Charles Goode in mid 2007.”: Wednesday November 30, 2005: READ
 
Irish Times: Ion makes offer for 180 British Shell stations: Posted Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
The Independent: Hamish McRae: Forget nuclear power – focus on greener energy sources and promoting conservation: ” Other oil groups are terrified of having a non-green image and are working hard to improve both perceptions and reality. What BP does will be watched very closely by Shell and Exxon. There are ways in which we can both improve our own performance and influence the world for the better”: Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
The Times: Suburbs sprout oil derricks as city taps into slimy past: “THE rusting oil derricks that once pumped crude from beneath the streets of Los Angeles are being brought back to life almost 50 years after being abandoned.”: “In 1943 Shell Oil introduced the first “noiseless” derrick by wrapping it in insulation.”: Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
Ferret.com.au: Emerson awarded major Sakhalin II contracts (with added commentary by a Shell Insider): 29 November 2005: READ
 
ShellNews.net: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development defers Sakhalin2 decision for one month?: Tuesday 29 November 2005: 07.00am EST: READ
 
ThisDayOnline (Nigeria): At Last, Bonga Oil Field Begins Production: Project costs $3.6bn, says Shell: (With added commentary by a Shell Insider): Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
BankWatch.com: No public financing for Shell’s Sakhalin II project!: Posted 29 November 2005: READ
 
Ireland On-Line: New call for scrapping of Corrib gas project: Posted 29 November 2005: READ
Financial Times: Shell’s Bonga starts production: “Royal Dutch Shell yesterday announced the start of oil production from its Bonga field in offshore Nigeria, two years behind schedule and about $1bn (£581m) over budget.”: “…the project’s troubled history has harmed the company’s reputation when it comes to executing large and technically-challenging projects.Costs at Shell’s flagship Sakhalin-2 project in Russia have already doubled to $20bn and the company has also faced rising costs at its oil sands project in Canada.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
The New York Times: Protests Hit Nigerian Oil State Under Army Watch: “Right now, we don’t think we are threatened. Our normal operations and routine continue,” said a spokesman of Royal Dutch Shell, which accounts for almost half of Nigeria’s output.”: Posted Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
LexPress.mu: POLITICS: Civil Society, where art thou?: “In a case that is still ongoing in Ireland, there has been the clearest example of a corporate and political conspiracy against the people. But it also refreshingly demonstrates the great potential within society to resist forces against its interests. The multinational in question is Royal Dutch – Shell, a company that we are all too familiar with in Africa.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ

:ShellNews.net: Dynamite Email from Shell insider: “I am a Shell employee but of late we not allowed anymore to freely ventilate our concerns to management by fear which reigns inside the company. Therefore I take the unusual step to send this email to you from my home address and trust you will keep me anonymous.”: “The last few weeks there has been a great number of articles on Sakhalin and other disasters on your site. The one that made me write this email was the interview with Linda Cook.”: “…the ‘poodle’ of Phil Watts…”: November 2005: READ

 
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Big Oil Firms Join Hunt For Natural Gas in U.S.: “The world’s three largest energy companies — Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC — are stepping up their hunt for natural gas in a place they have largely ignored in recent years: the continental U.S.”: Tuesday 29 Nov 2005: READ
The Times: BP to spend $8bn on green energy: “The new commitment of $1.8 billion will raise a political challenge to Shell, its rival, which has also promoted green energy and invested $1.5 billion in renewables, including a big push into wind power in Britain.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
Daily Telegraph: BP pledges $8bn for solar power: “Shell yesterday said production was beginning on its Bonga deep water platform off Nigeria, following repeated delays and overruns.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
Business Times (Malaysia): Shell Refining posts lower Q3 net profit: Tuesday November 29, 2005: READ
 
The Independent: BP looks ‘beyond petroleum’ with $8bn renewables spend: “Shell, the other UK energy giant, has not laid out its long-term investment plans for renewables, although a spokeswoman said it had the broadest mix of activities in this area, including geothermal and biofuels projects.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
AFX Europe (Focus): China’s CNOOC still sees possibility of cooperation with Gorgon – Xinhua: “Gorgon is off Australia’s western coast and is the country’s largest discovered reserve to date, estimated at over 9.6 trln cubic feet.”: “Currently, Chevron has a 50 pct stake in the Gorgon project with ExxonMobil and Shell each holding a 25 pct share.”: Tuesday November 29, 2005: READ

Financial Times: China and India put rivalry aside in Syria bid: “State-owned CNPC and ONGC are believed to be working on a joint offer to buy Petro-Canada’s 38 per cent stake in Al Furat Production Company, Syria’s largest oil producer, which is operated and majority-owned by Royal Dutch Shell.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Lifer is still doing time at the top: “Among more recent chief executive appointments, Jeroen van der Veer, head of Royal Dutch Shell, joined the oil group in 1971 after military service.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell starts production at massive new Nigerian field UPDATE: “Development of the Bonga field was hit by long delays and cost overruns, but Shell now hopes to rapidly reach peak capacity and boost the west African country’s total oil production by 10 pct.”: Monday 28 November 2005: READ
 
BBC NEWS: Shell’s new Nigerian field on tap: Anglo-Dutch giant Shell says it has begun pumping oil from a huge new field off the Nigerian coast, boosting the country’s total production by 10%.”: “However, delays and cost overruns mean the development cost $3.6bn (£2.1bn), up from original estimates of $2.7bn.”: Monday 28 November 2005: READ
 
ShellNews.net: Is Shell panicking?: “AlliancexShell grows to 200 members in initial day”: Monday 28 November 2005: 05.20am EST: READ
 
Daily Telegraph: Gas firms in ‘profiteering’ inquiry after prices soar: “BP, Shell and other North Sea oil and gas producers are under investigation by the Government over claims that they may have been profiteering from the gas crisis by withholding supplies.”: Monday 28 November 2005: READ
 
BLOOMBERG: Sakhalin LNG Capacity: “Shell plans to invest as much as $23 billion to tap oil and gas fields on the Sakhalin shelf in the Sea of Okhotsk.”: Monday 28 November 2005: READ
Financial Times: Rise of the ethical financier: “…the environmental pressure group WWF has campaigned strongly on the exploitation of oil and gas in Sakhalin. Shell, which leads the project, has taken many steps to reduce its environmental impact and argues that it has safeguarded the habitats for marine life in the area at considerable cost. WWF counters that the company has not gone far enough and has endangered rare grey whales living in the area. WWF is now preparing to question the role of institutions helping to finance the project.”: Monday 28 November 2005: READ
 
ShellNews.net: EMAIL RECEIVED FROM MEMBER OF ROSSPORT FIVE CAMPAIGN: (ShellNews.net has agreed not to disclose the name of this well known Irish national): Posted Monday 28 November 2005: READ
 
Los Angeles Times: For Shell Executive, It’s All About Meeting Targets: “Cook is also one of the five executive directors of a business that has been through two years of turmoil, after the huge overstatement of its oil and gas reserves that led to the removal of Chairman Philip Watts and two other directors, fines of about $150 million and a corporate governance overhaul.”: Her elevation to the board came as a result of the scandal and management shake-up, bringing her back to headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands”: Monday 28 November 2005: READ
 
AZ Central.com Arizona: U.S. has plans for Canada oil sands: “In the north of the remote Alberta province rests the equivalent of 1.7 trillion barrels of oil.”: “It’s the single largest hydrocarbon deposit on the Earth, and it’s next door to the biggest market for oil products: the United States. What’s wrong with it? It’s crap oil,” said Neil Camarta, senior vice president of oil-sands operations for Shell Canada.”: “Don’t mistake that for discouragement.”: Posted Monday 28 November 2005: READ
 
World Wildlife Fund: Shell fails European Bank’s funding requirements: Sunday 27 November 2005: READ
(including downloadable WWF report: “Risky Business – the new Shell”)
 
Pacific Russia Information (PRI) Group: Sakhalin Oil and Gas News: Week of November 27, 2005: READ
 
The Observer: WWF attacks Shell over Sakhalin: “The attack comes at a sensitive time for Shell because the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development assesses tomorrow whether to lend money to the oil and gas scheme, which is essential for Shell’s long-term prospects.”: “For Shell, a rejection would spell disaster.”: Sunday November 27, 2005: READ
 
The Observer: A bear market: “This autumn, Putin spent $7.5bn to raise the Russian state’s stake in Gazprom, the natural gas giant, from 39 per cent to 51 per cent.”: “…no Russian company has the experience or expertise to seize the opportunity that LNG presents. That is why Gazprom, the state-owned energy company, has entered a consortium with energy giant Royal Dutch Shell on its Sakhalin-2 project.”: “With the world’s biggest gas reserves, the energy future would seem to belong to Russia.”: Sunday November 27, 2005: READ
 
Sunday Telegraph: Sibir comes in from the cold: “Simon Bell reports from Salym, western Siberia, as the first oil gushes from a giant new field”: “On Friday afternoon the first oil gushed from the remote oilfield of Salym in western Siberia, jointly owned by the giant Royal Dutch Shell and the British minnow Sibir Energy.”: Sunday 27 November 2005: READ
 
albawaba.com: Shell to share expertise on scenario planning and energy at major meeting of young Arab leaders: Sunday 27 November 2005: READ
 
Peninsula On-line, Qatar: Shell to spend $100m on research at centre: Sunday 27 November 2005: READ
 
Daily News & Analysis (India): Shell University planned in India: ”Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, has approached India for setting up a “mini-university” in the country, the first by an oil major. The company is planning a big recruitment and training drive in Asia, particularly India, to increase the technical capability of its staff working in exploration and production.”: “In pursuit of Shell’s growth projections and scarcity of technical staff from traditional sources, Shell will recruit significant numbers of graduate staff in India.”: Sunday, November 27, 2005: READ
 
San Jose Mercury News: Costs of oil accident mounting: “After Shell Oil Refinery accidentally dispersed 150 gallons of oil in a mist over downtown Martinez, the company could spend $525,000 to $1.05 million just on cleaning oil-stained vehicles.”: Posted Sunday 27 November 2005: READ
 
Petroleum News (Anchorage, Alaska) Shell: Arctic ‘tantalizing opportunity’: Basins at the top of the world believed to hold 25 percent of undiscovered oil and gas, explaining Shell’s interest in Alaska: 27 November 2005: READ
(Several further articles about Shell are accessible via the “The Explorers 2005” magazine downloadable free via the Home Page of Petroleum News)

Financial Times: Banking: Whales hold key to fate of voluntary guidelines: “Top executives at some of the world’s biggest banks have spent a good deal of time recently pondering the fate of 100 grey whales. The whales, which live off Russia’s Pacific coast, are threatened by Shell’s huge Sakhalin II oil and gas project, according to environmental campaigners who have been lobbying banks to withdraw funding from the scheme.”: Saturday 26 November 2005: READ

WWF International, Switzerland: Unfit for purpose: Shell consortium profiting from the riches of Russia’s Far East: “…an oil platform is being built at the very spot where the last 100 critically endangered Western Pacific gray whales feed off of Sakhalin Island.”: Friday 25 November 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: Dire warning to President Putin about $26 BILLION overrun on Sakhalin2 project: November 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Pipeline disaster report dismissed by Shell: “A DAMNING report that a high pressure onshore gas pipeline in Co Mayo has the potential to rupture with catastrophic loss of life, was dismissed yesterday by energy giant Shell as “highly speculative”.: Saturday November 26, 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Watchdog chief ‘used false passport on Colombia visit’: “Speaking after the CPI published a report on the disputed Shell pipeline in Mayo, Mr McDowell said: “I have the greatest misgivings about why this self-appointed investigating body has such an executive director.”: The CPI was accused of being a front for Sinn Fein-IRA intelligence gathering in the House of Lords earlier this year.”: Saturday November 26, 2005: READ

Financial Times: A refined approach to oil investment: “…Royal Dutch Shell… was just becoming entangled in its reserves overbooking crisis. While the overbooking issue was a significant failure of management, it clearly wouldn’t affect the actual amount of oil that the company would ultimately possess…”: Saturday 26 November 2005: READ

San Jose Mercury News: Shell handles 4,000 damage claims from oil refinery leak: “A Shell Oil refinery leak that sprayed 150 gallons of oil over the downtown area could cost the company more than $1 million to clean buildings and vehicles.”: Saturday 26 November 2005: READ

Asia Pulse News: SHELL, PETRONAS BUILDING FUEL FILLING STATIONS IN INDONESIA: Oil giant Shell will build 500 fuel filling stations in the country in the next five years to sell oil fuels, including subsidized fuels.”: Posted Saturday 26 November 2005: READ

AFX Europe (Focus): EU clears joint venture between Shell and ERG: Saturday November 25, 2005: READ

CNW Group: Queen’s University TEAM Project Empowered by Shell Canada: “Shell Canada today donated $400,000 to power Technology, Engineering and Management (TEAM) at Queen’s University for the next three years.”: Posted Saturday 26 November 2005: READ

Bellona (UK): Shell does not intend to invest in Russian oil refinement: Friday 25 November 2005: READ

BLOOMBERG: Gas Drilling Plan in Dutch Wetland Spurs Anti-Government Outcry: “Shell, Europe’s second-biggest oil company, and Exxon want to drill in the Wadden Sea to supplement their aging Groningen field.”: Friday 25 November 2005: READ

Vanguard (Nigeria): Delta Community threatens to shut Shell’s facilities: Friday, November 25, 2005: READ

Canberra Times (Australasia): Shell adds ethanol for a top mix: “Chairman Tim Warren said Shell was proud to be supporting Australian ethanol manufacturers and contributing to the Federal Government’s biofuels targets.”: Friday November 25, 2005: READ

The Star Online (Malaysia): Cash and mineral water from Shell: Friday November 25, 2005: READ

North Queensland Register (Australia): Shell releases ethanol blended fuel: “The executive director of Renewable Fuels Australia, Bob Gordon, said, “The blending of ethanol with petrol provides Shell, and other major oil companies in Australia, with a low cost option for reducing cancer causing toxins in petrol…”: Posted Friday 25 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Big Oil CEOs Mull Response to Subpoenas: “Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and the U.S. units of BP and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. were subpoenaed.”: Posted Thursday 24 Nov 05: READ

Gulf Times (Qatar): Shell calls for innovation: “Shell exploration and production executive vice president (technical) John Darley has said meeting the increasing demands for hydrocarbon fuels would require innovation and investment in both technology and people.”: Thursday, 24 November, 2005: READ

The Moscow Times: French to Swap LNG for Russian Gas: “Gazprom has agreed to swap gas it supplies Europe by pipelines for liquefied natural gas from Gaz de France, then deliver the LNG to Shell Western LNG in the United States.”: Thursday, November 24, 2005: READ

Malta Independent: Energy crisis: ‘Solutions are within our grasp’ – CEO, Shell UK: Thursday 24 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Observer: Stormin’ Jorma: Jorma Ollila, who will next summer swap his position as chief executive of Finnish phone maker Nokia for a chairmanship at Shell, appears to have a plan B, should things not pan out at the oil major.”: Thursday 24 November 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Planners deny undue pressures over Shell pipeline: “The Centre for Public Inquiry highlighted a meeting on September 23, 2003, between Mr O’Connor and other senior Bord Pleanala officials with the Irish Offshore Operators Association (IOOA) which included Shell E&P managing director Andy Pyle. According to the report, on September 19 the Taoiseach and other ministers met with Mr Pyle.”: Thursday November 24, 2005: READ

Irish Times: Board denies Corrib project ‘pressure’: “The report said that within a week of senior executives of the Corrib consortium – Shell, Statoil and Marathon – meeting the Taoiseach in September 2003, they were given “unusual access” to the planning appeals board to express their concern over delays.”: Thursday November 24, 2005

Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (Barbados): Farmers upset at Shell: “In spite of the outcome, Shell says it remains open and committed to working with the farmers association and relevant authorities to resolve all issues relating to the leaking pipeline.”: Posted Thursday 24 November 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Noble lands $594m Bingo win from Shell: “NOBLE Corp is set to begin re-building a Bingo 9000 rig, laid up in Dalian, China, after gaining a $594m contract from Shell”: Thursday 24 November 2005: READ

ZDNet: Shell, ExxonMobil tout a cleaner fuel for megacities: “Shell and ExxonMobil are ramping up production on a fuel, called Gas-to-Liquids, that’s derived from natural gas.”: Posted Thursday 24 November 2005: READ

Radio New Zealand: 300 could be out of work if the multi national Shell pulls out of the Pacific: Posted 24 November 2005: READ

St. Clair Record, IL: Attorneys vying for venue in Shell, Exxon groundwater class action: “Moody claims in a proposed class action suit that Shell Oil, Exxon and Mobil persuaded Congress to adopt a new recipe for gasoline although the oil companies knew an ingredient would contaminate groundwater.”: Posted Thursday 24 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: The clockwork mind in Shell’s high echelons: “She is also one of the five executive directors of a business that has been through two years of hell, following the huge overstatement of its oil and gas reserves that led to the removal of Sir Philip Watts, the chairman, and two other directors, fines of about $150m and a corporate governance overhaul. Restoring morale and rebuilding the group’s shattered reputation are inevitably top priorities. Earlier this year, an internal survey found that fewer than half the 112,000 employees thought the company was well led. But are those executives who belonged to the previous senior team tainted by association? “It’s something that we can’t worry about,” Ms Cook says briskly. “Worrying about reputation or morale isn’t going to change it.”: “But the group faces another major headache – delays and cost overruns at some of its biggest projects, including Sakhalin-2, its flagship Russian project. With hindsight, it is clear that Shell underestimated the enormous challenges involved in Sakhalin, she says.”: Posted Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell’s Sakhalin targets too aggressive: “Royal Dutch Shell has admitted to setting overly aggressive targets and miscalculating the challenges of developing its flagship Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project in Russia, which has doubled in cost to $20bn (£11.6bn) and is running about eight months behind schedule.”: “The Kremlin suggested earlier this month that it might not approve Shell’s request to double the cost of the project…”: Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: Is Sakhalin Doomed?: November 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Corrib pipeline leak will cause numerous deaths, study shows: “The report, compiled by the Centre for Public Inquiry, attacked global oil giant Shell over plans for an onshore gas processing plant at Bellanaboy claiming it was doomed from the start.”: Wednesday November 23, 2005: READ

Irish Times: Report says onshore pipeline could rupture: “During its investigation into the background to the 900 million Corrib project, it found that within a week of senior executives of the Corrib consortium – Shell, Statoil and Marathon – meeting the Taoiseach in September 2003, they were given “unusual access” to An Bord Pleanala to express their concerns over planning delays.”: Wednesday November 23, 2005: READ

Financial Times: Observer: Sabre-rattling in the neutral zone: “Ever since Malaysia last year granted Shell the rights to an oil concession in a disputed part of the Sulawesi Sea off north-eastern Borneo, things have been a tad prickly between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.”: “…word came from the Indonesian navy yesterday that it was launching a massive exercise – codenamed Great Armada XXY – that would converge off the eastern coast of Borneo…”: Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Image problems lead to worker shortage in oil industry “Oil and gas companies are in the midst of a personnel crisis, according to several speakers and attendees at the International Petroleum Technology Conference taking place in Doha, Qatar this week.”: “The industry is having a real tough time filling jobs,” Restucci said.: Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

THE NEW YORK TIMES: (AP) OIL COMPANY SETTLES GOUGING COMPLAINT: Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Germany loses big company crown to Swiss: “In October 1985, continental Europe’s biggest company was Royal Dutch/Shell…”: “It has been replaced in the number one spot by Total, the French oil group with a capitalisation of nearly €147bn ($173bn). Total was only ranked at 88 in 1985 before two big mergers pushed it up the league tables.”: Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

AFX News Limited: CNOOC deal to buy stake in Australia Gorgon gas project scrapped, Chevron says: “China National Offshore Oil Corp’s (CNOOC) preliminary agreement to buy a 12.5 pct stake in the Chevron-led Gorgon project in Australia has fallen through…”: “Chevron has a 50 pct stake in the Gorgon project with ExxonMobil and Shell each holding a 25 pct share.”: Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: WHEN GLOBAL INTERESTS CLASH WITH DOMESTIC ARRANGEMENTS: “The rise of the dual-career couple has made it harder for multinational companies to send employees on expatriate assignments, as Linda Cook knows from personal experience.”: Mobility is made even more complicated for international energy groups as they are forced to seek new reserves in ever remoter and more hostile parts of the world.”: Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

Jamaica Gleaner: Shell Jamaica sell-out – Joe Issa, Neal & Massy clinch deal: Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

Asia Pulse News: INTEROIL TO BUY SHELL PNG: “InterOil Corporation will become a major distributor of petroleum products in Papua New Guinea as it agrees in principle to purchase Shell PNG Limited assets…”: Wednesday November 23, 2005: READ

Ireland On-Line: Shell defends safety of Corrib pipeline: “It seems to confirm that the fears that they have had for many years are well founded technically and scientifically, and of course further erodes the confidence and trust people have had in Shell and the various state bodies…”: Posted Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

Business Times (Malaysia): Petrochem investments to return soon, says Dialog: “…multi-national corporations (MNCs) such as Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Royal Dutch Shell Group and ExxonMobil are expected to build more petrochemical plants by the end of next year.”: Wednesday November 23, 2005: READ

RIGZONE: Rumours Point to Growing Expectation of Big Oilpatch Deals in the Offing: “EnCana, Canada’s largest independent energy company, was also rumoured in October to be coveted by global energy giant Royal Dutch Shell Group PLC, despite its market value of more than $45 billion.”: Posted Tuesday 22 November 2005: READ

Moscow Times: Shell Has Buyers for Sakhalin Gas: “Royal Dutch Shell’s venture on Sakhalin Island in the Far East has sales commitments for all the liquefied natural gas it plans to produce, President Vladimir Putin told an economic forum Monday in Tokyo.”: Tuesday, November 22, 2005.: READ
 
ABC Asia Pacific TV / Radio Australia: One of the world’s biggest oil companies, Shell, has announced its withdrawal from seven countries in the Pacific: Tuesday 22 November 2005: READ
 
Canadian Press: NS Power has natural gas deal with Shell; reduces rate hike application: “The utility, a division of Halifax-based Emera (TSX:EMA), said it reached a long-term arrangement late Friday evening with its natural gas supplier, Calgary-based Shell Canada”: Tuesday, November 22, 2005: READ
 
The Independent: Iraq’s oil: The spoils of war: “The report is certain to reawaken fears that the real purpose of the 2003 war on Iraq was to ensure its oil came under Western control.”: “The report named several companies, including the Anglo-Dutch Shell group, as jockeying for position before a new government is elected.”: Tuesday 22 November 2005: READ
 
The Independent: Companies waiting in the wings for Iraqi riches: “Straw’s remarks revealed the focused on Iraqs oil. The World’s four oil giants (BP, Exxon, Chevron and Shell), have been desperate to get back into Iraq, since being booted out in the nationalisation of 1972.”: “Iraq’s new constitution – practically written by US and Foreign office advisors, guarantees a major role for foreign companies. Production Sharing Agreements would hand over control of dozens of oil fields, like the gian Majnoon.”: Tuesday 22 November 2005: READ
 
RTE NEWS (IRELAND): Shell Ireland concerned over blockades: “Shell Ireland has said it is extremely concerned that two of its sites in north Mayo, at Bellanaboy and Rossport, have been blockaded by protestors objecting to the development of the Corrib Gas Field.”: Posted 22 November 2005: READ: READ
 
The New York Times: With oil supplies rising, price crunch easing: Demand for oil and gas could increase by half in 20 years,” said Malcolm Brinded, executive director of exploration and production at Royal Dutch Shell Group. “By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s energy will be based on oil and gas, and the world will increasingly depend on the Middle East, which has over half of the proven reserves.”: Tuesday 22 November 2005: READ
 
AFX Europe (Focus): Australian Trade Minister says Gorgon LNG deal with Chubu worth 10 bln aud: “Chevron’s partners are ExxonMobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell, which each own 25 pct.”: Tuesday November 22, 2005: READ
 
Lloyds List: Bids mount as Norwegian focus moves northwards in 19th round: Blocks in frontier areas of Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea attract 24 companies including four new entrants, writes Martyn Wingrove: “US oil majors, including Amerada Hess, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Marathon, participated in the round, but absent were ExxonMobil and London-based BP. Shell was therefore the largest oil company to enter bids as the Anglo-Dutch firm raised its focus on exploring for big cat oil and gas fields.”: Tuesday November 22, 2005: READ
 
AFX Europe (Focus); Indonesia govt to auction domestic fuel distribution rights after Dec: “Currently the Indonesian unit of Royal Dutch Shell Group is the only company outside Pertamina that is selling fuel after obtaining the necessary rights.”: Tuesday November 22, 2005: READ
 
ShellNews.net: Shell Brent field shut down?: Monday 21 November 2005: 10.50am EST: READ
Dow Jones Commodities News via Comtex: “A Russian government committee Friday rejected Total SA’s (TOT) financial plan for the Kharyaga oil production project for 2005 and 2006, claiming it had failed to stick to a plan approved earlier in the year.”: “The ministry noted Total’s cost estimates were more than 10% higher than originally planned.”: *”This report proves that companies other than Shell are also over budget on projects in Russia, but not by 260% as is the case with Shell!”: Monday 21 November 2005: READ
 
AFX UK Focus): Royal Dutch Shell to delist from NYSE from today: “Royal Dutch Shell Group said its shares will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange from today following an order from the US Securities and Exchange Commission.”: Monday 21 November 2005: READ
 
Al-Bawaba (Jordan): INTEGRATION IS KEY TO INCREASING GLOBAL PRODUCTION, SAYS SHELL: Mon 21 November 2005: READ
 
BBC NEWS: Putin reassures Japan on pipeline: Mon 21 Nov 05: READ
 
BLOOMBERG: Japan’s Aso Says a Project May Resolve Island Dispute (Update2): Monday 21 November 2005: READ
 
Yahoo! Business News: Shell Says It’s Begun Exploration in Libya: Royal Dutch Shell Says It Has Begun Seismic Explorations for Gas in Libya: Monday November 21 2005: READ
 
AME Info: Qatar Petroleum and Shell showcase first GTL fuel car in Qatar: Monday 21 November 2005: READ
 
The Times: Shell faces $1bn bill on ageing North Sea rigs: “The need for a substantial hike in expenditure and maintenance work in the North Sea comes at a difficult time for Shell, which has suffered significant cost overruns at its Sakhalin Energy project in Russia and at Bonga, a Nigerian offshore platform.”: November 21, 2005: READ
 
Petroleum News: Shell takes it on the chin, repeatedly: Leaked internal report on big project management comes after Russian government, and Putin himself, questions Sakhalin costs: Monday 21 November 2005: READ
 
Media Week: EMM appointed to audit Shell media account: “Shell’s media account covers the global campaigns for its lubricants, retail, corporate and HR businesses. It is estimated to be worth around £140m a year across its territories.”: Monday 21 November 2005: READ
 
The New York Times: Seeking Clean Fuel for a Nation, and a Rebirth for Small-Town Montana: “The governor has met with the president of Shell Oil, the chairman of General Electric and other captains of big energy, as well as with smaller companies that develop synthetic fuels.: Monday 21 November 2005: READ
 
The Guardian (UK): One picture does not a charity campaign make: “Its most remarkable achievement was the Brent Spar campaign in 1995, which dominated national headlines and had 75% of the country saying they wanted Greenpeace to keep up their campaigning after it drew attention to Shell dumping an oil rig in the North sea.”: Monday November 21, 2005: READ
 
TechNudge.com: Shell Turning Oil into Water: Posted Monday 21 November 2005: READ
 
ShellNews.net: Rattled Shell management swamped with bad news, issues threat following President Putin’s Sakhalin2 tirade: November 2005: READ
 
Al-Bawaba (Jordan): Shell to start seismic operations in Libya: Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
AME Info (United Arab Emirates): Shell introduces innovative technology for water life cycle management in oil fields: Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
 
BLOOMBERG: Putin to Seek Kurils Solution Through Economic Ties: In Sakhalin, Japanese companies are investing in at least two of five oil and gas projects that may spend $50 billion to supply Northeast Asia and the U.S. Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the biggest publicly traded oil companies, lead three of the ventures. Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
 
The Sunday Telegraph: Cairn’s desert storm: The oil minnow bought the rights to drill in the Rajasthan wilderness from Shell for a paltry £4m. Its hunch paid off spectacularly and Cairn is now a FTSE100 company.: “Since that time, its market capitalisation has more than quadrupled to over £3bn today.”: “At an oil price of around $50 per barrel, that production will translate into $2bn worth of net cashflow for Cairn.” Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
 
Houston Chronicle: KATRINA’S AFTERMATH: Surgery for an unwieldy patient: Shell tries to get a huge platform producing again in the Gulf: “If it does not go well, Shell’s recovery from what many have called the Gulf of Mexico’s worst hurricane season on record will take longer and become more costly.”: Posted Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
 
The Sunday Telegraph: Shell ‘university’ planned for India: “Jeroen van der Veer, the chief executive, has made recruitment and staff training a priority after the reserves scandal last year during which it was forced to write down its oil and gas reserves.”: Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
 
Vive Le Canada: Alcan, Bombardier, Shell Canada, Falconbridge call for 50-year action plan on climate change!: Posted Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
 
The Independent (UK): LETTER: Historic opportunity to boost trade and the fortunes of Africa: “Sir: We represent a coalition of 70 businesses and business organisations from Africa and across the world, committed to supporting growth and poverty reduction in Africa.”: “KOOSUM KALYAN, SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR, SHELL UK”: Posted Sunday November 20, 2005: READ
The Observer: A growing force in our economy: Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
 
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Senate Approves Tax Bill Despite Oil Firms’ Protests: “…lobbyists for companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC, Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and ConocoPhillips mounted a campaign in opposition.”: Posted Saturday 19 November 2005: READ
 
The Times: Natural resources: Scottish group’s oil strike is jewel in India’s crown: “The discovery of oil at Mangala single-handedly catapulted Cairn from relative obscurity into a FTSE 100 company, poured further mockery on Royal Dutch Shell at the time of its reserves scandal — the Rajasthan block was originally Shell’s, but was relinquished to Cairn three years ago…”: November 19, 2005: READ
Confidential Shell internal document: More Upstream, Profitable Downstream: The 2005 Roadmap to realising the strategy: Posted 19 November 2005 VIEW
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ShellNews.net: Rattled Shell management swamped with bad news, issues threat following President Putin’s Sakhalin2 tirade: November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Chevron CEO Denies 2001 Cheney Task Force Meetings: “The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that a White House document showed that some companies — Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco, Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc., whose executives testified at last week’s Senate hearing — did in fact meet with the task force, but Chevron was not named in the document.”: Sat 19 November 2005: READ

AP Worldstream: Chevron’s CEO stands by recent Senate testimony: “The other oil industry executives who testified at the Nov. 9 hearing were: Lee Raymond, chairman of ExxonMobil Corp.; James Mulva, chairman of ConocoPhillips; John Hofmeister, chairman of Shell Oil Co.; and Ross Pillari, chairman of BP America Inc.”: Saturday 19 November 2005: READ

BBC Monitoring Service (UK): Inhabitants of southeastern Nigerian state sue oil companies over “injustices”: Saturday 19 November 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Comment: “BP and Shell have topped up the public coffers with tax payments and the £10billion hole now looks more like £4billion.”: Saturday 19 November 2005: READ

The Independent: Market Report: FTSE 100 soars on hopes of pre-Christmas rally: “Meanwhile, BG Group rose 7p to 561.5p on talk of a bid from Royal Dutch Shell…”: Saturday 19 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: When Gazprom is Mr Foo’s only potential buyer: “In spite of rumours of interest from almost all the world’s biggest oil and gas companies – from Royal Dutch Shell to CNOOC of China – no bid was forthcoming.”: Saturday 19 November 2005: READ

noticias.info: UK Pledges $30 Million To African Business Fund: “Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Shell Foundation also announced that they would contribute a combined total of $2.5 million over five years…”: Friday 18 November 2005: READ

Oil Voice: Shell Canada Announces $2.7 Billion Investment Program For 2006: Friday, November 18, 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: White House Backs Oil Firms’ Attempt To Avoid New Tax: Friday 18 November 2005: READ

Asia Pulse: SHELL CONTINUES TO EXPAND INVESTMENT IN CHINESE MAINLAND: Shell Group has so far invested more than US$3 billion in the Chinese mainland, said Lim Haw Kuang, chairman of Shell Group of Companies in China.”: Friday November 18, 2005: READ

Kommersant (Russia): Shell Changes Its Russian Head: Friday 18 November 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Repsol YPF to bid alone for Royal Dutch Shell LPG ops: Friday 18 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: BP chief wins gushing praise from his peers: “… BP moved at precisely the right time, when oil prices were at historic lows. Not all were so prescient. Royal Dutch Shell bet that prices would remain low and missed out on the merger wave altogether, a decision it has since come to regret.”: Posted Friday 18 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: New economy takes the spotlight at last: “it is rather surprising to see Wal-Mart, often a target of criticism, ranked at number two in terms of community commitment and to see the oil companies BP and Royal Dutch/Shell ranked at fifth and ninth respectively. Those who work in the companies’ public relations departments have reason to be pleased.”: Posted Friday 17 Nov 2005: READ

Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell swaps oil field stake for Total gas assets: Posted Friday 18 November 2005: READ

The Canadian Press: Shell Canada to spend $2.7B in 2006 to develop oil and natural gas resources: “Shell Canada Ltd. plans to boost capital spending plans by 60 per cent to $2.7 billion next year to develop its oil and natural gas operations, the big integrated oil company said Thursday”: Posted Friday 18 November 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: Rattled Shell management swamped with bad news, issues threat following President Putin’s Sakhalin2 tirade: Thursday 17 November 2005: 03.00am EDT: READ

FOX NEWS: Dems: Oil Execs Lied at Senate Hearing: “Spokesmen for Shell and ExxonMobil reached Wednesday stood by their executives’ statements last week.”: Thursday 17 November 2005: READ

Edubourse.com/La Société: Shell Exploration & Production expands its South Texas asset: Thursday 17 November 2005: READ

Legal Week: Herbies celebrates as FSA clears ex-Shell boss Watts: “The move saw the FSA’s regulatory decision committee (RDC) reject the call of the City watchdog’s own enforcement division to subject Watts to further investigation.”: “Watts continues to be investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, where he has instructed Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.”: Thursday 17 November 2005: READ

Bloomberg: Koizumi Wants to Resolve Island Dispute With Putin: “In Sakhalin, Japanese companies are investing in at least two of five oil and gas projects that may spend $50 billion to supply Northeast Asia and the U.S. Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the biggest publicly traded oil companies, lead three of the ventures.” (Update1) Nov. 17 2005: READ

Irish Times: Shell accused of ‘underhand tactics’ in survey: “Mark Garavan, spokesman for the Shell to Sea group, said that the group was most concerned about people being misled.”: Thursday November 17, 2005: READ
 
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Oil Executives Could Face Probe Of Their Testimony to Congress: “Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg called on the Justice Department to launch an “immediate criminal investigation” into whether executives at five major oil companies lied to Congress.”: “…to investigate the testimony by top officials of Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP America…”: Thursday 17 Nov 2005: READ
 
Washington Post: Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force: “A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney’s energy task force in 2001 — something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress.”: Posted Thursday 17 November 2005: READ
 
The New York Times: East Timor PM Says Greater Sunrise Revenue Deal Close: “Greater Sunrise operator, Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd., froze the $5 billion project in December last year after sea border talks between East Timor and Australia collapsed over the biggest gas resource in the Timor Sea.”: “Woodside is 34 percent-owned by Shell.”: Thursday 17 Nov 2005: READ
 
The Guardian (UK): Leak raises doubts about Cheney’s industry links Thursday November 17, 2005: READ
 
Asia Pulse: INDIA’S HPCL MAY PICK UP STAKE IN SHELL’S LNG TERMINAL: “State-run Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd on Wednesday said it was at an advanced stage of talks with Shell India for picking up stake in its Hazira LNG terminal in Gujarat and a deal was possible this fiscal year.”: Thursday November 17, 2005: READ
 
Kyodo News Service: Capital investments worth more than $5 billion were injected into China’s southern Guangdong Province in the last two years, the provincial governor said Thursday. “…the Shell Group also invested $4.3 billion in its petrochemical operation that is to start by the end of year.”: Thursday November 17, 2005: READ
 
Reuters: Oil company officials accused of lying to Congress: “At a Senate hearing last week on record oil profits, Democrat Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey asked five executives: “Did your company or any representatives in your companies participate in Vice President Cheney’s energy force in 2001?” Each executive answered the question in the negative. However, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday that a White House document showed some firms did in fact meet with the task force. It said the document showed officials from Exxon Mobil Corp. Conoco, Shell Oil Co., whose executives testified at last week’s Senate hearing, met with Cheney aides. Posted Thursday 17 November 2005: READ
 
The New York Times: Oil Execs Met Cheney Task Force: WP: “The newspaper said the document shows that officials from Exxon MobilCorp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. met with the Cheney aides.”: “During a Senate hearing last week, chief executives of the major oil companies either denied that their firms participated in the task force or that they did not know, the newspaper said.”: Posted Thursday 17 November 2005: READ
 
Financial Times: Oil and gas supermajors struggle to produce: Posted Thursday 17 November 2005: READ
 
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Chief Oil & Gas Eyes Future Sale: “In August, Royal Dutch Shell PLC bought up leases for 25,000 acres, marking the first entry by a so-called supermajor into the field. Shell was rumored to be interested in Chief earlier this year…”: Posted Wednesday 16 November 2005: READ
 
CNW Group: Press Release: Shell announces $750,000 for Fort McMurray health care: Wednesday November 16, 12:24 pm ET: READ
 
The New York Times: Senate Panel Votes to End Big Oil Tax Break: “Executives from five major oil companies, Exxon Mobil, BP Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil, told a televised Senate hearing last week that their companies did not need some of the tax breaks Congress provided.”: Posted Wednesday 16 November 2005: READ
 
The New York Times: Iran President Makes Third Attempt to Name Oil minister: “Many foreign firms, such as Royal Dutch Shell, Italy’s ENI and France’s Total, are also pursuing investment projects in the Islamic Republic.”: Posted Wednesday 16 November 2005: READ
 
Financial Times: Biggest M&A boom since 2000 coming: “Cairn Energy (with a market value of £2.7bn) has been the subject of speculation, and punters also follow bigger rumours surrounding Royal Dutch Shell. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas group has been linked with Canada’s Encana as well as with the UK’s BG Group.”: Posted Wednesday 16 November 2005: READ
 
Forbes/AFX News Limited: Japan’s Showa Shell more than doubles 9-months net profit, lifts FY forecasts: Wednesday 16 November 2005: READ
 
Jakarta Post (INDONESIA): Shell Launches Retail Gasoline Sales Ops: Wednesday November 16, 1:23 PM: READ
 
ShellNews.net: Royal Dutch Shell fails to deny $26 billion overrun figure on Sakhalin2: Tuesday 15 November 2005: 08.45am ET: READ
 
ShellNews.net: Leaked Shell internal email from Tom Botts, Executive Vice President-Europe, Shell International Exploration & Production: Posted Tuesday 15 November 2005: READ

Houston Chronicle: Nigerian court orders an end to gas flaring: “Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other oil companies in Nigeria must stop burning off gas associated with oil production or risk prison time and fines, a Nigerian federal court has ruled.”: Posted Tuesday 15 November 2005: READ

JPT ONLINE: Offshore Europe Conference Assesses Hydrocarbon Demand Challenges: “Rethinking the Upstream/Downstream Split: Tom Botts, Executive Vice President-Europe for Shell Intl. E&P”: Posted Tuesday 15 Nov 2005: READ

The Independent: Hydrogen fuel cell cars: Life’s a gas in the green lane: “A spokesperson from Shell said that the company generates 7,000 tons of spare hydrogen per day. Most is used for cleaning other products, but the rest can be offered as fuel.”: 15 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Wis. Gov. Subpoenas Oil Execs for Hearing: “Erin Roth, a spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute, which represents the five companies, said Doyle should wait for Congress and federal investigators to complete their own probes of the industry. The companies subpoenaed were Chevron Corp., ExxonMobil Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., BP America Inc. and Shell Oil Co.: Posted Tuesday 15 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Natural Gas: Big Worry This Winter: 15 Nov 05: READ

Daily Telegraph: Shell urged to help pay investors’ tax bills: “Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool, the former chairman of Shell, has called on the oil and gas giant to compensate British investors left with a multi-million pound tax bill from its restructuring.”: The vast majority of the 3,000 Royal Dutch holders accepted the deal after Jeroen van der Veer, Shell’s chief executive, warned his “toolbox” to help them was empty. But a small minority held out and were rewarded in late September when Shell offered a tax-efficient loan note alternative. The shareholders who originally accepted – and have been left with a large tax bill – are now considering legal action against Shell.”: Monday 14 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell faces delay on Nigeria gas project: “Royal Dutch Shell, Europe’s second biggest energy group, and its partners in Nigeria’s largest liquefied natural gas project face delays that could cost them more than $1.2bn, a draft of the project’s five-year strategic plan warns.”: Monday 14 November 2005: READ

The Guardian: Shell is forcing us out of work, say forecourt owners: Monday 14 November 2005: READ

Irish Times: Complaint made to EU over safety of Corrib gas project: “Meanwhile, a large mural marking the 10th anniversary of the execution in Nigeria of writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues was unveiled outside the Corrib terminal site at Bellanaboy on Saturday. The leader of the Ogoni people was hanged over opposition to Shell’s activities.”: Monday Nov 14, 2005: READ

Financial Times: SEC widens Nigeria bribery probe with Shell subpoena: Posted Monday 14 November 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Some Big Oil Firms See Effective Tax Rates Fall”: Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s tax rate fell to 37% in the third quarter from 41%…”: “A Shell spokesman said the company wouldn’t discuss why its tax rate changed because the information was “commercially sensitive.”: Monday 14 November 2005: READ

Sunday Business Post (Ireland): Cassells meets Shell and Mayo protesters to seek mediation: Shell mediator Peter Cassells held his first informal meetings with Shell management and action group Shell to Sea last week, The Sunday Business Post has learned.”: Cassells travelled to Mayo last Tuesday evening to meet Shell management and the five local men who spent 90 days in prison for refusing to undertake not to obstruct the Shell pipeline.”: Sunday 13 November 2005: READ

Sunday Business Post (Ireland): Shell strike could hit oil supply: “More than a quarter of Ireland’s total oil supply could be affected by a planned strike at Irish Shell next week, The Sunday Business Post has learned.”: Sunday 13 November 2005: READ

Sunday Telegraph: Good cop, bad cop: “…if the FSA can find no wrong-doing by individuals, why did Shell have to pay nearly £90m in fines to regulators on both sides of the Atlantic?”: Sunday 13 November 2005: READ

Sunday Telegraph: Watts: ‘I always acted properly’: “…the Financial Services Authority last week announced that it would take no action against him over the company’s oil reserves scandal. The move was greeted with surprise by company watchers as it came more than a year after the FSA fined Royal Dutch Shell £17m for overstating its oil and gas reserves.”: Sunday 13 November 2005: READ

BBC NEWS: Technician dies on offshore rig (Shell’s Sole Pit Clipper platform complex): Saturday 12 November 2005: READ

The Times: Chequing out: “SHELL has quietly banned cheques from its petrol station forecourts.”: “A company already with a reputation for arrogance and high-handedness, now I come to think of it.”: Posted Saturday 12 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Oil companies poised to ride out dip and maintain strength: Saturday 12 November 2005: READ

Irish Times: Pre-Christmas action unlikely as Dublin Bus drivers vote for strike: “Meanwhile, Siptu has served notice of industrial action on Irish Shell on behalf of 65 clerical, managerial, supervisory and administrative grades employed in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork. The union accused the company of attempting to impose change without agreement which would result in a worsening of employment conditions for its members. Pickets are planned from Thursday.”: Saturday 12 November 2005: READ

Daily Mail: FSA halts probe into ex-Shell boss Watts: An internal FSA committee overruled the watchdog’s enforcement arm and dropped the case.”: Posted Friday 11 November 2005: READ

Reuters: NIGERIA: Problems persist in oil-rich delta 10 years after activist’s death: On 10 November 1995, and to international outcry, Saro-Wiwa and eight other members of the Ogoni people who live in the Delta, were hanged for murder by special order of then military ruler, General Sani Abacha after a trial widely condemned as flawed and before an appeal could be made. At the heart of the scandal was oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, which pumps nearly half of Nigeria’s 2.5 million barrels of crude oil exported each year.”: Friday 11 November 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: World Bulletin: Marchers mark Saro-Wiwa death: “Saro-Wiwa was hanged by Nigeria’s then military regime after a trial in which he was accused of ordering the murder of four prominent Ogonis. Most Ogonis believe he was framed because he opposed the government and the oil firm Royal Dutch Shell.”: Friday 11 November 2005: READ

San Jose Mercury News: Claims hotline set up for Martinez refinery leak: ”A claims hotline has been established for individuals to report damage caused by a Shell refinery leak that blanketed parts of Martinez in oil droplets.”: Posted Friday 11 November 2005: READ

AFX UK (Focus):  Kuwait Petroleum in talks with Sinopec, BP, Shell for China refinery – report: Friday November 11, 2005: READ

Bangkok Post (Thailand): Shell scores with sales of gasohol 95: “Three months after Shell Thailand launched a campaign to guarantee engines using gasohol 95, sales of its fuel have risen sharply.”: Friday November 11, 2005: READ

The Independent: Cairn is not for widows or orphans but a hold for those with patience: “Cairn has had an extraordinary few years, buying a block of land in north- western India from Shell and then discovering it was sitting on 2.5 billion barrels.”: Friday 11 November 2005: READ

The Times: Watchdog’s bark far worse than its bite: “In the Shell case, the FSA had plenty of evidence of a conspiracy at the highest level against the interests of shareholders. The company’s own investigation unearthed compelling e-mail evidence, not least former exploration director Walter van de Vijver’s infamous complaint that he was “becoming sick and tired about lying about the extent of our reserves issues”.: “…it looks downright embarrassing that the FSA official who fought Sir Philip, former acting enforcement head David Mayhew, will later this month wave goodbye to the FSA and walk straight into a highly paid job at Herbert Smith — the firm advising Sir Philip.”: Posted Friday 11 Nov 2005: READ

The Guardian (UK) Ousted Shell boss cleared over reserves scandal: “Sir Philip is still facing investigation by the securities and exchange commission, the US financial regulator, into his personal actions in relation to the downgrades, while one major class-action lawsuit against Shell is under way in America.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: FSA decides not to pursue individuals: “Item two: in July last year it fined Royal Dutch/Shell £17m for mis-stating its oil reserves. Item three: after an inquiry that lasted well over a year into the role of “certain individuals”, it announced yesterday that it would not be taking any further action.”: “Perhaps it was some mischievous computers that took it into their hard drives to concoct all those inflated numbers.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Executives escape City watchdog’s bite: “The FSA said yesterday it stood by the fine it imposed on Shell for overstating its oil and gas reserves between 1998 and 2003.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER: Shell, Hilfiger Non-Prosecution Agreements Under Wraps: “When a corporation enters into a non-prosecution agreement with the federal government, the non-prosecution agreement is made public. Until now.”: “In June 2005, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan entered into a non-prosecution agreement with Shell Oil. The U.S. Attorney said at the time that he decided not to criminally prosecute Shell for reporting inflated oil reserves to the Securities and Exchange Commission.”: Posted Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Nigeria Marks 10 Years Since Worker Deaths: ” Ten years later, the dictator who ordered the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight fellow campaigners against the oil multinationals in Nigeria is dead. Nigeria has a democratically elected government and Saro-Wiwa, now entombed with honor in his hometown, is a global icon.”: “A study by experts commissioned by Shell in 2003 partly blamed the company for some of the communal violence afflicting the region and claiming more than 1,000 lives a year. It warned that if nothing changed, Shell might be forced to halt all onshore oil production by 2008.”: Posted Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Oil Company Execs Defend Profits to Senate: “Shell earned $9 billion in the third quarter, said John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., but he said the company’s investment in U.S. operations over the last five years was equal to its income from U.S. sales.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Some Quotes From Senate Oil Hearing: “”We respectfully request that Congress do no harm by distorting markets or seeking punitive taxes on an industry working hard to respond to high prices and supply shortfalls” — John Hofmeister, president Shell Oil Company.”: Posted Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

The Independent: Jeremy Warner’s Outlook: Who would have thought it? Sir Phil Watts escapes scot-free from Shell reserves fiasco: “Never mind that Sir Phil’s own head of exploration and production said in a memo to Sir Phil shortly before the scandal exploded on an unsuspecting world that he was sick and tired about lying to the markets over the state of group reserves. Never mind too the damning findings of a Shell-commissioned investigation of the mischief. These are just minor nuisances which the FSA has, to everyone’s relief, seen fit wholly to ignore.”: “The truth of the matter is that the FSA has made itself a laughing stock…”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Britain Drops Probe Of Shell Ex-Officials On Overstatements: “In August 2004, the FSA fined Shell £17 million ($30 million), citing market abuse stemming from the overstatements. The SEC settled a fraud investigation with the company after Shell agreed to pay $120 million in penalties. Shell didn’t admit or deny wrongdoing. The FSA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee, a body that approves regulatory action by the agency, rejected a recommendation from the FSA enforcement staff seeking a £1.25 million fine against Sir Philip and a £750,000 fine against Mr. van de Vijver, according to an internal letter from the RDC.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

The Independent: City watchdog drops action against ex-Shell chairman Watts: “The main City watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, ignored the advice of its own specialist enforcement staff yesterday by announcing that no further action would be taken against Sir Philip Watts, the disgraced ex-chairman of Shell, over the oil giant’s reserves reporting scandal.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Watchdog clears Watts over Shell reserves error: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Top Oil Executives Defend Gas Prices Amid Scrutiny: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

The Independent: US oil chiefs reject claims they are ‘ripping off’ customers: “A growing number of politicians believe a windfall tax should be levied to create a fund to help consumers pay for heating bills and also to be invested in developing green energy.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

Reuters: FTC subpoenas Big Oil firms in U.S. gasoline probe: “The agency sent out “dozens of subpoenas” to companies, including oil giants… Royal Dutch Shell Plc“: “If there is anticompetitive behavior going on between and among these gasoline companies, we’ll find that and we will prosecute,”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Eni reports 48% rise in third-quarter profit: Eni is the lead operator of the mammoth Kashagan oil field in the northern Caspian Sea, the largest new oil discovery in the industry over the past 30 years. Other members of the consortium include Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC…”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Lloyd’s leads rush for Chinese billions: “Jeroen van der Veer, Shell’s chief executive, added that Shell was keen to grow its business in China.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

The Times: FSA abandons case against ex-Shell chairman: “Sir Philip remains under investigation by the US Securities & Exchange Commission over his role in the scandal and faces a class action lawsuit by shareholders.”: Thursday 10 November 2005 : READ

Financial Times: FSA drops case over Shell reserves scandal: “The Financial Services Authority is to take no action against Sir Philip Watts, former chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell, over the oil company’s reserves scandal.”: “Euronext Amsterdam and the California Department of Corporations still have cases outstanding against Shell because of the reserves misstatement. There was also a securities class action suit in the US, the company said.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: THE AFTERNOON REPORT: “Oil executives went to Washington and tried to convince Congress not to siphon off any of their billions in third-quarter profits.”: Wed 9 November 2005: READ

Virgin.net: Shell’s ex-chairman escapes censure: “Former Shell chairman Sir Philip Watts has escaped censure from the City watchdog over his role in the oil giant’s reserves crisis.”: Wednesday 9 November 2005: READ

Reuters: FSA drops reserves probe into ex-Shell chairman: “Shell shocked investors in 2004 by admitting it had overstated its reserves by around a third. The scandal cost Watts and other senior Shell managers their jobs.”: Wed Nov 9, 2005: READ

BBC NEWS: FSA inquiry clears ex-Shell boss: “The row forced Sir Philip to resign and resulted in Shell being fined £17m for market abuse.”: Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 November 2005, 16:47 GMT: READ

Kommersant (Russia): Shell Expenses Out of Control: “The report was based on analyses of 13 Royal Dutch Shell projects, including Sakhalin-2.”: READ

San Francisco Chronicle: One worker burned in leak at Martinez refinery: “A leak at the Shell refinery in Martinez on Tuesday night spewed oil into the surrounding neighborhood, sent a cloud of gas into the sky and seriously burned an employee, according to Contra Costa health officials.”: Wednesday, November 9, 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Lawmakers Struggle to Define Gasoline Price ‘Gouging’: “…executives from five big oil companies get set to take the hot seat today in a congressional probe into “price gouging”: Wednesday 9 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Big Oil Seen Toeing the Line at Hearing: “The all-star cast of energy executives due to face Congress on Wednesday has an unenviable task: convincing lawmakers that record profits in the face of sky-high gasoline prices do not warrant penalties.”: Posted Wednesday 9 Nov 05: READ

The New York Times: Editorial: The Windfall Profit Tax: “Top executives of the world’s biggest oil companies will appear today at a Senate hearing.”: Wednesday 9 November 2005: READ

The Guardian: Over a barrel: A decade after the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, old and new battles against energy giants in Nigeria are raging: “Ten years on, the situation is as desperate as it was when Saro-Wiwa led a peaceful uprising of the Ogoni in opposition to Shell and the fact that the nation’s great oil wealth had never reached the people who had always lived there.” Wed 9 November 2005  READ

Financial Times: Nigeria can help create more moral global economy: By Ken Wiwa: “My father and many others in the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (Mosop) had been campaigning for years against the destruction of the environment of the Niger Delta by the working practices of western oil companies – in particular, Shell.”: Posted Wednesday 9 November 2005: READ

SHELL TO SEA campaign announcement: ”KEN SARA-WIWA” AFRICAN MONSTER PARTY: Commemorations to mark 10th anniversary of Nigerian executions: Posted Wednesday 9 November 2005: READ

The Times: The man who means business in Britain: “Maarten van den Bergh presides over four British quoted companies.”: “Mr van den Bergh has one thing in common with a lot of other captains of industry: he has spent a large part of his career at a single company. In Mr van den Bergh’s case that company was Shell.”: Wednesday 9 November 2005: READ

The Times: Veteran of Shell learns to float above many a boardroom crisis: Maarten van den Bergh has survived troubled times at the top of some of Britain’s leading companies: “Royal Dutch Shell, where he now sits as a non-executive director, where he was president until 2000 and where he began his career in the late 1960s, was forced to admit almost two years ago that it did not have as much oil as it thought it had. The subsequent revisions showed that its system of auditing reserves, for which the board had ultimate responsibility, was in complete disarray.”: Wednesday 9 November 2005: READ

The Independent: Business Analysis: Bulging profits make the oil majors an easy tax target for politicians: “The mouth-watering profits made by major oil companies on both sides of the Atlantic are proving an irresistible target for politicians. A special windfall tax on these earnings would neatly help ease the budgetary problems faced by the US and the UK, and in a way that does not directly hurt voters.”: “The embarrassment of riches has simply come from a runaway oil price that has much to do with Opec and geopolitics, and little to do with the ingenuity of Exxon, Shell or BP.”: Tuesday 8 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Oil Execs Should Detail Plans to Congress: Bodman: “The Senate energy and commerce committees will hold a joint hearing Wednesday to hear testimony from Exxon Chief Executive Lee Raymond, BP America Chief Executive Ross Pillari, Royal Dutch Shell’s Shell Oil Co. President John Hofmeister, ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Jim Mulva, and Chevron Chief Executive David O’Reilly. Together, the five companies reported third-quarter profits of more than $30 billion due to high energy prices.”: Posted Tuesday 8 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Safe deposit? Canada’s oilsands can give much of the world a fresh energy source: “Recent projects have been dogged by delays and cost overruns. The bill for Shell’s Athabasca project, commissioned in April 2003, climbed from C$3.9bn to C$5.6bn.”: Tuesday 8 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Today’s technical and political uncertainties demand more application of the ‘right brain’: “”Elusive skills that give Shell hope”: Tuesday 8 November 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Challenges are overcome as Kristin comes on stream: “In the Norwegian Sea, Norsk Hydro and Shell have started drilling the first of eight development wells on the large Ormen Lange gas field using Smedvig’s drillship West Navigator.”: Tuesday November 08, 2005: READ

The New York Times: World’s Energy Policy Is Not Sustainable: Monday 7 November 2005: READ

RIGZONE: Shell Exploration & Production is Returning to New Orleans: Monday, November 07, 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell’s ‘hands off’ approach pushes up costs: “Shell’s dependence on contractors may help explain why it has lost control over costs at some of its largest projects. This summer, the company said the price tag of Sakhalin-2, a giant natural gas project in eastern Russia, had doubled to $20bn.”: “Shell has conceded it has a problem.”: Monday 7 November 2005: READ

The Guardian (UK): Washington focuses on oil profits: Exxon Mobil last month reported third-quarter profits of almost $10bn (£6bn), the highest quarterly earnings on record. Shell made $9bn and ConocoPhillips $3.8bn. The profits have stoked a firestorm in Washington. Monday November 7, 2005: READ

The Independent: Revolution at the pumps as Government backs biofuels: “The Government is drawing up a biofuel obligation, which will require oil companies such as Shell and BP to blend a fixed proportion of biofuels – initially 5 per cent – with all the petrol and diesel that they sell on garage forecourts.”: Monday 7 November 2005: READ

Sakhalin Oil and Gas News: ANALYSTS FORESEE INCREASED INVESTMENT IN SAKHALIN-2: Week of November 6, 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: Royal Dutch Shell suspends its “Tell Shell” discussion forum indefinitely in response to censorship attack: Sunday 6 November 2005: 04.30am EDT: READ

The Observer: In the name of my father: “…Shell remains part of the problem in the Niger Delta but my feeling is that the company mistakenly believes it can ride out the crisis and return to Ogoni one day.”: Sunday November 6, 2005: READ

Houston Chronicle: PENNZOIL TRIAL: “A jury found Friday that the former directors of Pennzoil-Quaker State fulfilled their duties to shareholders in the way they handled the sale of the Houston company to Royal Dutch Shell.Jury clears board in sale”: Posted Sunday 6 November 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Resistance pays off for Shell rebels: “Rebel Shell shareholders who refused to accept the terms of the the oil company’s restructuring, because it left them with big tax bills, look to have been rewarded for their resistance.”: “More than 1,000 British shareholders who accepted the terms are now considering suing Shell to claw back the money to pay the tax bill.”: Saturday 5 November 2005: READ

BBC Monitoring Service – UK: Amnesty International blames violence in troubled Nigerian region on oil firms: “Amnesty International has indicted the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and Chevron Nigeria Limited for continued outbreak of violence in oil-rich Niger/Delta area.”: Posted Saturday 5 November 2005: READ

The Times: Quiet Dutchman heads network of corporate talent: “MAARTEN van den Bergh is the most powerful figure in British business…”: “However, although van den Bergh is chairman of Lloyds TSB, and a non-executive director of BT, British Airways and Shell, few people this side of the Channel would even hazard a guess at his identity.”: Saturday 5 November 2005: READ

Resource Investor: Putin chastises Shell over Soaring Sakhalin bill: “If Mr Putin sticks to his stance on the issue analysts believe that Shell and its partners will see their profits cut sharply.”: Posted Saturday 5 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell seeks base for eager students: Saturday 5 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Total Agrees to Pay Portion of $1B Bill: “The agency has already sent claims totaling $240 million to Italian oil company ENI SpA, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and the U.S. firm Harvest Natural Resources Inc. All three have contested the bills, though Harvest has paid a part of the amount owed.: Posted Saturday 5 Nov 05: READ

The New York Times: Oil Firms Get New Request to Help Pay Winter Bills: “Next Wednesday, top executives of Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s American unit — which together earned more than $21 billion in quarterly profits — will testify at a Senate hearing on energy prices.”: Posted Sat 5 November 2005: READ

The Guardian (UK): Your money in their hands: “Investors own a small part of one of Russia’s biggest companies – all part of a risky strategy.”: “Anderson thinks the stockmarket is seriously under-pricing Gazprom in comparison with Western energy companies such as BP or Shell.”: Saturday November 5, 2005: READ

Globe & Mail: Ottawa has many pipeline options, Shell says: “There are plenty of ways for Ottawa to help support the proposed $7-billion Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline besides taking an equity stake in the venture, the head of Shell Canada Ltd. says.”: Friday, November 4, 2005 Page B4: READ

The Times: Need to Know: “Talks between Royal Dutch Shell, the oil major, and unions to resolve a strike at the Pernis refinery in Rotterdam are to continue, according to unions.”: Friday 4 November 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: After the Windfall Profits: “Next Thursday, chieftains from Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell will appear before a joint Senate committee to explain why Uncle Sam shouldn’t relieve them of some of the nearly $23 billion in profit they earned in the third quarter. Sometimes, congressional witnesses need to keep their mouths shut, as Frankie Pentangeli did when asked about Michael Corleone. “: Friday 4 November 2005: READ

Glenwood Springs Post Independent (Colorado): Shell expands oil shale research project: “As a result of its testing thus far, Shell estimates it can extract one million barrels of oil from one acre of shale.”: Friday November 4, 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Business Briefing: Shell Alaska win: “SHELL was the biggest winner in the latest Alaska licensing round. It was the highest bidder on 33 tracts of land all in the Port Moeller area…”: Friday Nov 04, 2005: READ

openprovider.co.uk: The EU domain battle.: “A recent example of an expensive lawsuit is the Shell case for royaldutchshellplc.com and royaldutchshellgroup.com. Shell lost this case. So far the lawsuit has cost millions and the domain still doesn’t belong to them.”: Posted Thursday 3 November 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell and unions reach compromise, work at Dutch refineries to resume today: “…the CNV Chemie union confirmed that Shell has agreed to continue to allow its workers to retire at the age of 60.”: Thursday 3 November 2005: READ

Expatica News: Shell strike ends with agreement on pension reform: “On Thursday morning the CNV chemical union threatened the dispute would spread to Shell’s NAM petroleum facilities at Emmen and The Hague. But by evening the FNV and CNV unions confirmed a deal had been reached.”: Thursday 3 November 2005: READ

San Francisco Chronicle: : Chevron, Shell questioned about clashes in Nigeria: Amnesty to issue report on violence at oil facilities”: “The Amnesty report focuses on the oil-rich Niger Delta, a region gripped by poverty, pollution and interethnic rivalries.”: Thursday, November 3, 2005: READ

Tax-News.com: Shell Facing Shareholder Revolt Over Multi-Million Pound Tax Bill, London: The investors formed a working group last week and have retained the services of a City law firm with a view to taking legal action against Shell.”: Thursday 03 November 2005: READ

The Times: Putin may force Shell to carry cost of Sakhalin overruns: “CONCERN is mounting that Royal Dutch/Shell may be forced to take a $10 billion hit (£5.6 billion) after the oil company’s chief executive was harangued by President Putin about cost overruns at the Sakhalin gas project in Siberia.”: November 03, 2005

The Independent (UK): Putin savages Shell over soaring Sakhalin bill: “Shell has acknowledged a conversation with Mr Putin took place on Tuesday.”: Thursday November 03, 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Putin scolds Shell over Sakhalin costs: “Russian president Vladimir Putin has given Shell’s top executives a dressing down over the spiralling costs on the oil and gas giant’s Sakhalin project, reports claimed yesterday.”: “The news is a big blow for Shell.”: “Analysts at Morgan Stanley said if Shell lost the project it would dent production by 4pc by 2009…”: Thursday 3 November 2005: READ

Business Wire: Ten Years After Saro-Wiwa Execution, New Evidence of Human Rights Violations in Oil-Rich Niger Delta, Says Amnesty International: Thursday November 03, 2005: READ

AFX Europe (Focus): Shell, unions resume pensions negotiations under threat of more strikes: “Shell will have to come forward with new proposals — just talking and talking won’t stop us from striking,” the union spokesperson said.”: Thursday November 03, 2005: READ

Financial Times: Russia presses Shell over oil project cost: “The Kremlin this week balked at Shell’s request to double the cost of the project to $20bn (€16.5bn, £11.3bn). Russia’s energy ministry said in a statement: “The Russian side has questions to do with poorly grounded changes in the spending estimates.”: Thursday 3 November 2005: READ

The Moscow Times: Shell: Putin Did Not Talk Costs: “Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday denied a report that President Vladimir Putin had criticized the rising cost of developing the Sakhalin-2 production field”: Thursday, November 3, 2005: READ

Expatica (Netherlands): Shell and unions reopen talks: “The unions agreed on Wednesday to suspend escalation of the industrial action by 24 hours. Workers at the oil giant’s NAM plants in The Hague and Emmen were to begin cutting production on Wednesday.”: Posted Thursday 3 November 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell slumps on Sakhalin cost woes: Posted Thursday 3 November 2005: READ

Message from Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO, Jeroen (“the finger”) van der Veer, to Russian President Putin, after Putin slams Sakhalin2 $16 billion (USD) cost overrun : Wednesday 2 Nov 2005

Kommersant: Russian President Did Not Bow for Queen: “However, the main intrigue of that day was opened during the meeting with business circles of the Netherlands — the head of Shell raised the question about the participation of this company in the project Sakhalin-2.”: Shell sometime ago signed an agreement with Gasprom, and now Mr. Van Der Veer offered to reconsider the conditions.”: Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

Reuters: Putin slams Shell’s Sakhalin costs – paper: “President Vladimir Putin told executives of major oil company Royal Dutch Shell Russia would not approve Shell’s request to let it double costs at its huge Sakhalin project to $20 billion”: “…Putin had spent more than 30 minutes criticising the cost overruns at the Shell-led Sakhalin-2. Putin’s criticisms come as a big blow for Shell…”: Wednesday Nov 2, 2005 7:20 AM GMT: READ

Kommersant (Russia): Shell Doesn’t Reach $20 Bln: “Visiting the Netherlands, Russian President Vladimir Putin lambasted the efforts of Shell to drive the budget of the Sakhlin-2 project up to $20 billion from $12 billion.”: Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

MosNews: Putin Slams Sakhalin-2 Operators for Project Cost Overruns — Paper: “Putin’s criticisms come as a big blow for Shell…”: Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

Energy Intelligence Group: Sakhalin-2 Comes Under New Pressure: “The Royal Dutch Shell-led Sakhalin-2 project on the Russian Pacific shelf has run into fresh controversy.”: Russia’s Audit Chamber, a parliamentary watchdog, supported by Sakhalin deputies, has called for cancellation of the scheme’s production sharing agreement (PSA) and the appointment of new investors.”: Posted Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

Moscow Times: President Talks Trade in Holland: “Royal Dutch Shell has invested heavily in developing oil and gas fields around Sakhalin Island, a project that has been plagued by cost overruns. “: Wednesday, November 2, 2005. Issue 3287. Page 1.: READ

Financial Times: Elusive skills that give Shell hope: “Royal Dutch Shell, once considered one of the best managed companies in the world, has had a seriously bad patch lately.”: “At the moment, Shell is a long way from becoming the company that would beat its rivals in the environment Mr Van der Veer outlines.”: Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

FINANCIAL TIMES: Sky-high profits see oil chiefs called to Capitol Hill: “Lee Raymond, Exxon Mobil’s chairman and chief executive, James Mulva of ConocoPhillips, and Shell USA president John Hofmeister have agreed to testify before two Senate committees next Wednesday, a Senate spokesperson confirmed.”: Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

Houston Chronicle: Congress wants to query oil executives: “Among executives who may be questioned at a Senate hearing are Lee Raymond, chairman of Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp.; Jim Mulva, chief executive of ConocoPhillips in Houston; and John Hofmeister, president of the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell, congressional and industry officials said.”: Wednesday November 2, 2005, 12:58AM: READ

The New York Times: Oil Execs to Be Asked to Justify Profits: Posted Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

The WALL STREET JOURNAL: Exxon, ConocoPhillips, Shell To Testify at Senate Hearing: “The top executives of Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell PLC will be asked to justify record-high quarterly earnings when they testify at a Senate hearing next week, industry sources said Tuesday.”: Posted Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Republican Wants Big Oil to Share 10 Pct Profits: “Exxon Chief Executive Lee Raymond, ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Jim Mulva, and John Hofmeister, president of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.’s U.S. unit will testify at the Senate energy and commerce committees’ hearing on Wednesday…”: Posted Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

FINANCIAL TIMES: UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE NEW KINGS OF OIL: “Like other “oil majors”, Royal Dutch Shell is facing renewed pressure on its business model.”: Published: November 2 2005: READ

The Independent: Market Report: Takeover fever lifts BG, Prudential and RSA: “Among the blue chips, BG Group, up 21p to 517p, was a favourite to lose its independence in the near future. Gossips talked of a move on the oil and gas explorer from Royal Dutch Shell…”: Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Striking workers at Royal Dutch Shell look to extend action to two more sites: Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

Accountancy Age: Angry shareholders may sue Shell over tax bill: Monday 01 Nov 2005: READ

Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell winds down Europe’s biggest refinery due strike: Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

The Herald (Scotland): Two deaths on Brent rig were our fault, says Shell: “In April, Shell was given a £900,000 fine, equivalent to about an hour of its global profit, after admitting three health and safety offences.”: November 01 2005: READ

The Scotsman: Shell admits corporate failure on rig led to two men’s deaths: “”I wish also to emphasise at the outset of this inquiry that Shell will not depart in this inquiry from the rationale which led to the decision to plead guilty last year. “That involves an acceptance of certain deficiencies at a corporate level.”: Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

The Daily Record: SHELL FAI: OILRIG CREWMEN WERE KILLED BY PATCHED-UP PIPE: “20-minute repair still there after a year, inquiry is told”: “Shell admitted breaching three health and safety regulations and were fined £900,000.”: Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

BBC News: Oil platform deaths inquiry opens: “Shell admitted breaching three health and safety regulations and received what was thought to be the biggest fine given to a company following a North Sea accident.”: Posted Tuesday 1 November 05: READ

The Times: Inquest into oil rig deaths opens: “Earlier this year Shell was fined £900,000 after admitting health and safety breaches in relation to the incident.”: November 01, 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Investors consider suing Shell: “More than 1,000 British shareholders controlling over £100m-worth of shares in Royal Dutch Petroleum are considering suing Shell to try to claw back some of a multi-million pound tax bill caused by the restructuring of the oil and gas giant.”: “Shell should do for us what they have done for the refuseniks. They made billions of profits this year so they can afford to pay us off.”: Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell hit by strike in Rotterdam: “Workers at Royal Dutch Shell’s refinery in Rotterdam yesterday started the first strike to hit the Anglo-Dutch energy group since 1979. They were protesting at the company’s plans to raise their retirement age and change their pension schemes.”: Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Crude prices fall as Opec upbeat on capacity: “And with about 65 per cent of US crude production still shut after the hurricanes and the threat of strike action at Shell’s Rotterdam refinery (Europe’s biggest)…”: Posted Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: The 50 Women to Watch: More than a year after being named to the inner circle at Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Linda Cook has helped seal a handful of megadeals that the British-Dutch oil giant hopes will catapult it past last year’s devastating energy-accounting scandal.”: Posted Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

Reuters: Shell says Bonga oil field to start up in November: Posted Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

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