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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: A Refinery Clears the Air to Grow Roses

From The New York Times

By JAD MOUAWAD
Published: June 30, 2006

MAASLAND, the Netherlands — A few miles north of Rotterdam, in a region the Dutch call “glass city” for its thousands of greenhouses, gardeners like Frank van Os are part of an unconventional experiment by Royal Dutch Shell to curb carbon emissions.

Mr. van Os produces four million roses each year, flooding the atmosphere inside his vast glass canopy with pure carbon dioxide to bolster his crop. What is unusual is that he now gets the carbon dioxide piped in directly from Pernis, a Shell refinery that is Europe’s largest and typically discharges tons of the gas into the atmosphere every year. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: CFTC accuses BP of cornering propane market

FROM MARKETWATCH
Former BP energy trader pleads guilty to price gouging scheme
By Stephanie I. Cohen & Jim Jelter

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Federal regulators on Wednesday accused BP Plc.’s North American energy trading unit of briefly cornering the U.S. propane market in 2004 in a scheme that jacked up homeowners and businesses’ heating bills across the rural Northeast.

At the same time, the Justice Department announced that one of BP’s former traders, 34-year-old Dennis Abbott of Houston, had pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme and was working with federal investigators checking to determine if other BP executives were involved, paving the way for a possible criminal case. Abbott faces a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison for conspiring to drive up propane prices. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Shell plans world’s largest hydrogen public transport project

Shell and partners announce plans to create world’s largest hydrogen public transport project

29 June 2006

Provider: Fuel Cell Today 

Shell Hydrogen B.V., in partnership with Connexxion Holding N.V. and MAN Truck & Bus Company N.V., today announced plans to work towards creating the world’s largest hydrogen-fuelled public transport operation in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The project aims to have the largest hydrogen bus fleet operational in a single region before the end of the decade.
In a Memorandum of Understanding signed today, Shell Hydrogen and its partners agreed to conduct an in-depth economic and technical study of the project and to seek additional stakeholders, before making a possible investment decision in 2007. > read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Royal Dutch/Shell in hydrogen transport project

From Reuters
Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:21am ET

AMSTERDAM, June 29 (Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research)(RDSb.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday that it is working with Dutch public transport and MAN Truck & Bus Company (MANG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) to create a fleet of hydrogen-fueled buses in Rotterdam.

“The project aims to have the largest hydrogen bus fleet operational in a single region before the end of the decade,” Shell said in a statement. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Judge sides with gas station owner fighting Shell Oil

From San Jose Mercury News
By Ken McLaughlin

Mehdi Shahbazi is losing his home and livelihood because he has been protesting what he calls “gouging” by oil company executives.

More photosMehdi Shahbazi, the feisty Marina gas station owner who is going broke battling Big Oil, has won a round in federal court in San Jose.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel earlier this month denied Shell Oil Co.’s request for a preliminary injunction to force Shahbazi to leave his beloved gas station on Del Monte Boulevard. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Farm Waste Into Your Gas Tank

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Energy Stalks
Big Players Join Race to Put
Farm Waste Into Your Gas Tank

With Federal Push, Companies
Propose Plants That Turn
Husks, Grass Into Ethanol
Delving Into Elephant Dung
By JOHN J. FIALKA and SCOTT KILMAN
June 29, 2006; Page A1

WILMINGTON, Del. — One way to wean America from its addiction to foreign oil might well lie in the muddy solution swirling about a glass container on top of a DuPont Co. laboratory bench.

Inside the liter-size vessel, a desert-loving bacterium is making motor fuel. The organism, which normally lives on the agave plant of tequila fame, is munching on the chopped-up leaves and stalk of a plant, and excreting a dilute form of ethanol, the gasoline substitute normally made from corn kernels in the U.S. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Sun not quite set on North Sea oil industry

From The Daily Telegraph
(Filed: 29/06/2006)

A surge in exploration interest offers a ray of hope, but renewable plans for the future shine brightest, writes Roland Gribben

A boost for North Sea oil exploration has provided an unexpected bonus for the Government. Just months after oil companies warned that tax changes in the North Sea regime would deter development and encourage companies to give a higher priority to more attractive openings elsewhere, the Department of Trade and Industry has reported the number of companies applying for new exploration and production licences is running at the highest level for 35 years.
 
North Sea surge: there are a record number of licence applications read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Spot trading set to increase as fleet expands

From Lloyds List
Published: Jun 29, 2006

The growing fleet and size of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers should help to increase spot trading in the industry, predicts Bob Salmon, general manager for shipping at Shell Trading, writes Tony Gray.

Mr Salmon, also a committee member of industry group the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, said that the existing fleet was expected to double over the next decade.

In addition, the cargo-carrying capacity of the latest generation of new vessels was increasing substantially to more than 200,000 cu m. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Good money, and no need to get wet

By: Huw Williams, The Independent
Published: Jun 29, 2006

A wind-and rainswept platform perched high above a raging North Sea is not many people’s idea of an ideal working environment, but Britain’s oil and gas industry urgently needs recruits. There is a shortage of skilled workers, and with exploration under way for new reserves, many companies are finding it difficult to get the right staff. And despite the perception of hostile conditions, many of the positions aren’t out on a rig’ they are in comfortable offices on dry land. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Is ethanol the answer to the world’s oil problems, or a green pipe dream?

By: MIKE MCCARTHY ENVIRONMENT EDITOR, The Independent
Published: Jun 29, 2006

What is ethanol?

Ethanol is the best known of the biofuels, and they in turn are any fuels derived from recently living organisms or their byproducts. So wood and straw are biofuels, as is camel dung. But in practice today biofuels are mainly alcohols or other hydrocarbons distilled from the residues of specially-grown crops such as sugar cane, sugar beet, oilseed rape or maize, and used as substitutes for petrol or diesel in the engines of motor vehicles. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Shell recognises Sarawak’s top achievers

From New Straits Times (Malaysia)
Published: Jun 29, 2006

KUCHING: Poverty has not stopped Andy Mark Tipi from doing well in last year’s Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination.

On Tuesday, the efforts of the SM Teknik Sejingkat student, who scored 6As and 1B which made him one of the State’s top achievers, were recognised when Sarawak Shell Berhad offered him a scholarship.

He was among 145 students awarded bursaries and scholarships by the company for doing well in their studies and co-curricular activities. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Fries leaves EBRD to take Shell post

From The Financial Times
By Joyce Dundas

Published: June 29 2006 03:00 | Last updated: June 29 2006 03:00

Shell Group has appointed Steven Fries as its chief economist to be based in The Hague.

Mr Fries joins from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development where he was deputy chief economist and acting chief economist.

He takes up the post on July 1.

He is knowledgeable on Russia, an important territory for Shell, and emerging countries.

Mr Fries is regarded as intelligent and meticulous, if a little reticent in his public pronouncements. read more

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