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RIA Novosti: $300,000 in Sakhalin II environmental damage

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10/11/2006 18:54 MOSCOW, November 10 (RIA Novosti) – Contractors in the Sakhalin II oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East have paid the first two tranches, worth over eight million rubles ($300,000), in compensation for damage inflicted on forests, the environmental watchdog said Friday.

The multibillion-dollar Sakhalin II project has been accused of inflicting large-scale ecological damage on Sakhalin Island, including illegal deforestation, the dumping of toxic waste, and soil erosion. read more

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Reuters: Update: Shell’s Sakhalin deal under threat

Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:01 PM GMT
By Dmitry Zhdannikov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia may sue Royal Dutch Shell’s Sakhalin group in international courts to claim billions of dollars in damages or even scrap the $22 billion (11.5 billion pounds) production sharing deal, a Russian official said on Friday.

Oleg Mitvol, deputy head of environmental agency RosPrirodNadzor, said his agency had received a plan from Sakhalin-2 on how the company intended to rectify ecological damage but considered that it was “not serious”. read more

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Irish Examiner: Several people reported injured at Shell to Sea protests: latest

10/11/2006 – 1:51:04 PM

A man and a woman are being questioned at Belmullet Garda station charged with public order offences at the Corrib gas terminal in Mayo this morning.

Two people have been hospitalised with head injuries, after gardaí baton-charged a crowd of about 200 protestors who were blocking a convoy of construction workers at the Bellanaboy site.

The Shell to Sea protest group’s Day of Action sparked off violent scenes.

But gardaí succeeded in moving the convoy of workers through to the site. read more

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Reuters: EXCLUSIVE-Russian agency threatens to take Shell to court: Oleg Mitvol threatens to scrap Sakhalin-2 production sharing deal

10 Nov 2006 14:45:05 GMT

Source: Reuters

MOSCOW, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Russia may claims billions of dollars in damages from Royal Dutch Shell in an international court or even scrap its Sakhalin-2 $22 billion production sharing deal, a Russian official said on Friday.

Oleg Mitvol, deputy head of environmental agency RosPrirodNadzor, said his agency had received a plan from Shell on how the company planned to rectify ecological damages, but considered that it was “not serious”.

“We are talking to lawyers and determining our position to file for damages according to international law. The place would be Stockholm and it would be the law of New York,” Mitvol told Reuters. read more

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Reuters: Russian threat to scrap Shell’s Sakhalin-2 contract and claim billions in damages

Headline: Shell declines comment on Sakhalin legal challenge

Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:05am ET

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) declined to comment on Friday on comments from a Russian environment official that his agency might scrap Shell’s contract to develop the $22 billion Sakhalin-2 project and claim billions of dollars in damages.

Shell spokesman Stuart Bruseth referred inquiries to Sakhalin Energy, the Shell-led consortium running the project in which Shell has a 55 percent stake. read more

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BBC News: TNK-BP settles $1.4bn Russia bill

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TNK-BP, the oil and gas firm 50%-owned by BP, says it has settled a back-tax bill owed to the Russia authorities – reported to be worth $1.4bn (£752m).

The payment comes amid increasing pressure from the Kremlin over projects part-operated by foreign investors.

TNK-BP’s Rospan division has been threatened with prosecution, as have the operators of the Sakhalin-2 project – led by Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell.

The bill is thought to be the second largest ever paid by a Russian firm. read more

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Reuters: Irish police baton-charge Shell protesters

Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:48 AM GMT

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish police baton-charged protesters at a Royal Dutch Shell gas terminal in the west of Ireland on Friday after about 200 people blocked a convoy of vehicles taking construction workers to the site.

One man was taken to hospital following running clashes between police and protestors that lasted for more than an hour, Irish broadcaster RTE said.

The police were not immediately able to confirm the report.

Shell is locked in a dispute with local residents about a pipeline they plan to build to bring gas onshore. read more

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The Washington Times: Oil venture official faces Russia probe

November 10, 2006

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors said yesterday that they had opened a criminal investigation into the role of an unnamed executive with BP PLC’s Russian joint venture, just days after the Prosecutors General’s Office said it was seeking to annul licenses held by one of the venture’s subsidiaries.

The move is yet another step against TNK-BP, which BP owns jointly with a group of Russian billionaires, and comes as the Kremlin is seeking to increase its say in the strategic oil and gas sector.
   
According to a statement on the prosecutors’ Web site, the head of TNK-BP’s Rospan division, which operates licenses to develop deep gas fields in the Northern Yamalo-Nenets region, was being investigated for apparently profiting from violating licensing agreements. read more

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Daily Telegraph: Database: Energy: Friday 10 November 2006

Last Updated: 1:07am GMT 10/11/2006

• BP agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman whose parents died in a Texas refinery explosion that killed 15 and injured hundreds more, the woman’s lawyer said.

• Petrofac agreed to pay $30m to acquire 45pc of Tunisia’s Chergui gas field, due to start production next year, the company said.

• Royal Dutch Shell’s Sakhalin-2, Russia’s largest foreign-owned oil and gas project, received “interests” from gas buyers, including China, for two-thirds of the total capacity of the venture, a company official said. read more

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Bloomberg: Chevron Makes `Significant’ Gas Find Off Australia (Update1)

By Angela Macdonald-Smith

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, said it made a “significant” natural gas discovery off Western Australia.

The Clio-1 well found gas over about 190 meters (623 feet), making it “one of the top wells in Australia in terms of total net pay,” the San Ramon, California-based company said today in a statement distributed by PRNewswire. The discovery follows the Chandon-1 find off Western Australia earlier this year. read more

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Asia Pulse: NORTH WEST SHELF VENTURE RENEWS LNG CONTRACT

Published: Nov 10, 2006

PERTH, Nov 10 Asia Pulse – Australia’s largest resources project, The North West Shelf Venture (NWSV), has signed a deal with Japan’s Kansai Electric for the ongoing supply of liquefied natural gas.

In an eight-year deal starting April 2009, the $A14 billion ($US10.77 billion) West Australian-based North West Shelf Venture will supply an average 400,000 tonnes per year to Kansai Electric.

NWSV’s six major participants are Woodside Petroleum Ltd, BHP Billiton Ltd; BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd and Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd. read more

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Lloyds List: Shell picks SBM for Brazil project

Published: Nov 10, 2006

MONACO contractor SBM Offshore has secured a floating production contract from Shell to provide a ship on the BC-10 Brazilian project, writes Martyn Wingrove.

It will co-operate with Malaysia International Shipping Corporation to supply a floating production storage and offloading vessel from the end of 2008 or early 2009.

SBM will be in the market for equipment to help it convert a very large crude carrier into an FPSO capable of processing 100,000 barrels of oil and injecting up to 75,000 barrels of water back into the reservoir. read more

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Irish Times: Exploration off Co Kerry

Published: Nov 10, 2006

Madam, – While many people may be aware of the financial and environmental scandal that is taking place off the coast of Mayo, they are probably unaware that Exxon Mobil have been given extensive exploration rights off the coast of Kerry, valued at up to 20 billion. Drilling has yet to start but seismic exploration has already pinpointed two large oil and gas prospects 200 miles southwest of the Kerry coast in the Dunquin Field.

Tony O’Reilly’s company, Providence Resources, which has a stake in the find, estimated that it could contain over 25 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas and over four billion barrels of oil – a significant find even by international standards. read more

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Financial Times: Russia moves against Rospan oil executive

EXTRACT: BP is not the only foreign company to have come under pressure from Russian authorities in recent months. Royal Dutch Shell which leads the $20bn Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project and Exxon Mobil, the main operator in the Sakhalin 1 project, have come under fire from Russian environmental agencies in what is seen as a politicised attack.

THE ARTICLE

By Arkady Ostrovsky in Moscow: Published: November 10 2006 02:00 | Last updated: November 10 2006 02:00

Russian prosecutors have opened a criminal case against a senior executive of Rospan, a subsidiary of TNK-BP, the Anglo-Russian oil venture, in the latest move against foreign oil companies. read more

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Financial Times: Bush to reclaim initiative with energy review

EXTRACT: At present the technology to make cellulosic ethanol is in its early stages but it has attracted the interest of Royal Dutch Shell, which has formed a partnership with Iogen Corporation, a Canadian biotech company.

THE ARTICLE

By Krishna Guha in Washington and Fiona Harvey in London: Published: November 10 2006 02:00 | Last updated: November 10 2006 02:00

The Bush administration is to launch a big “energy independence” initiative, likely to include renewed emphasis on biofuels, as part of an attempt to regain the political initiative following the mid-term elections. read more

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Financial Times: BP settles Texas City blast lawsuit

By Sheila McNulty in Houston: Published: November 9 2006 18:30 | Last updated: November 10 2006 02:11

BP on Thursday settled the main civil case arising from the fatal Texas City refinery explosion.

It lifts the immediate threat of highly damaging documents being made public and the prospect of Lord Browne, BP’s chief executive, being forced to testify.

BP said it would make $32m (£17m) in worker training and healthcare donations to help those in the industry, and provide a private settlement to the claimant to end the trial, which was to have started with opening arguments on Monday. read more

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hertsessexnews.co.uk: Shell fined £30,000 for petrol leak

A CANCER-causing chemical was found in ground-water contaminated by unleaded petrol leaking from a Bishop’s Stortford filling station.

Borehole samples at the scene in Stansted Road included levels of benzene “thousands of times above the UK standard for safe drinking water”, stated the Environment Agency.

The information was revealed in court evidence against Shell over the leak at its Oaklands Park station, discovered in March last year.

Almost 3,500 litres went missing from the underground tank, polluting a major aquifer, which could potentially be used for drinking water, reported the EA. There was a second leak at the same site the following July. read more

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