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The Economic Times (India): Gail to use part of Shell's LNG unit

REUTERS[ THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2006 11:51:49 AM]
NEW DELHI: GAIL (India) Ltd said it had signed an agreement with Royal Dutch Shell to use part of the oil major's facilities to regasify imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) in western India.
Shell set up India's second LNG terminal last year at Hazira in the western state of Gujarat, where Petronet LNG built its LNG importing facilities at Dahej in 2004.
GAIL spokeswoman Vandana Chanana said the company would only use part of the 2.5-million-tonne per annum capacity terminal.
“GAIL has an agreement with Shell for using a part of their regasification capacity at Hazira as a tolling facility and would use the terminal as and when GAIL imports LNG,” she said. This month, a senior GAIL official who declined to be named said that the company was in talks to use the entire capacity of Shell, which would eventually provide LNG for the Dabhol power plant in the western state of Maharashtra.
The company source had said the first cargo of LNG was expected to land at Hazira by June, but the spokeswoman said LNG could be supplied to Dabhol only after pipelines connecting import facilities to the power plant were built by December.
The GAIL spokeswoman said talks had been held with the Qatar government in March to supply LNG to India and the talks were led by India's petroleum secretary M.S. Srinivasan and attended by officials from the oil ministry, GAIL and Petronet. read more

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CBC NEWS (Canada): Oilpatch wondering how Royal Dutch Shell will realize potential of new lands

JAMES STEVENSON
CALGARY (CP) – It's the $465-million question: What energy potential does Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) see in a remote chunk of Northern Alberta's wilderness that no one else does? One day after the European-based oil and gas giant revealed that it had spent close to half a billion dollars for nearly 900 square kilometres in the middle of nowhere, the Canadian oilpatch was still trying to figure out why.
“It's a lot of money for an area that hasn't shown that kind of promise through other wells or projects or pilots or what have you,” said Tom Ebbern an energy analyst with Calgary-based Tristone Capital.
“It would be more understandable if they were playing around in a couple little sections and done some drilling and shot some seismic and maybe poked some holes here and there.”
But the land, located about 100 kilometres west of the oilsands hub of Fort McMurray, Alta., is about as unknown as there is.
The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board said there's been a few test wells drilled in the area in the past, but not for at least 15 years and the area is viewed as “largely undeveloped.”
The provincial energy regulator says the area is a carbonate deposit, which means that bitumen is basically trapped in limestone rather than in the sand which characterizes most currently viable oilsands projects.
According to a National Energy Board report, of the 315 billion barrels of ultimate potential held within the oilsands, about 38 billion barrels are within carbonate deposits. And they have been considered beyond economic reach.
Meanwhile, Royal Dutch Shell remains vague on the type of technology it will use to access its new oilsands deposits.
“The resource underlying these tracts is too deep to mine,” spokeswoman Destin Singleton said in an email from Shell EP America's office in Houston.
“We believe it may be possible for us to apply either enhanced or new emerging heavy oil technologies for this type of resource.”
“Some type of enhanced thermal recovery technology will be required to economically develop the resource.”
Murray Gray, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Alberta, said Shell has been doing a lot of work in the U.S. lately trying to find a way to get oil from oil shale rocks.
“They've been developing technology and writing an awful lot of patents in the area of getting heavy hydrocarbon material out of some very tough places,” he said Wednesday from Edmonton.
Gray said the technologies – which include potentially running electricity through the deposit, as well as underground combustion techniques – are very different than the current steam-based approach used by most Canadian energy companies to melt the oilsands.
And he said the carbonate would technically be easier to solve than oil shale since it would require less heat.
Royal Dutch Shell plans to drill some appraisal wells later this year to “further understand the resource, the geology and the potential for development.”
It's also possible that Royal Dutch Shell has not yet identified the technology it will use, said Ebbern. With oil prices remaining stubbornly above the $60 US per barrel mark, the economic threshold for new oilsands technologies has become much higher.
“And if you're convinced that the resource is there, then half a billion dollars may in hindsight be a reasonable price to pay for the optionality of holding a very material bitumen resource,” said Ebbern.
Royal Dutch Shell's land grab in northern Alberta is completely separate from its other oilsands opportunities currently being pursued by subsidiary Shell Canada Ltd. (TSX:SHC).
Shell Canada is the operator of the Athabasca oilsands project, one of Canada's largest open-pit oilsands mines, which produces more than 150,000 barrels of oil a day. And while the company is traded publicly on the Toronto stock market, it is 78 per cent controlled by Royal Dutch Shell.
© The Canadian Press, 2006 read more

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The Guardian: Public-private institute to introduce greener energy

Mar 23, 2006
By David Adam
A new public-private partnership to develop greener energy was announced by the chancellor.
The National Institute for Energy Technologies aims to raise pounds 1bn to introduce technology such as cleaner coal-fired power stations and ways to dump carbon dioxide under the seabed.
It will build on a broader initiative called the Energy Research Partnership announced in January under the leadership of David King, the government's chief scientific adviser, and Paul Golby, head of the energy company E.ON UK. BP, Shell, and the French utility company EDF Energy will also be involved. read more

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ShellNew.net: ROYAL DUTCH SHELL "NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE" PROCEEDINGS AGAINST DR. HUONG: PART ONE

By Alfred Donovan
I have published below a letter from TH Liew, the solicitors acting for the EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell companies collectively suing Dr Huong for alleged defamation in respect of postings on my ShellNews.net website.
The letter was the cover letter in respect of the “NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE” proceedings served on Dr Huong last Wednesday, 15 Match 2006 notifying the intention to issue contempt of court proceedings.
Paragraphs 18 & 10 of the NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE stated as follows: –
18. Our clients intend to issue contempt proceedings against you for the above breaches of the Order.
19. We therefore now provide you with this formal notice for you to show cause within 10 days of its service on you, why you should not be committed to prison or fined for the above contempt.

Click here to read the full article: http://shellnews.net/2006 docs/DR HUONG 2006/shellshowcausedocumentmarch2006.htm read more

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