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Sunday Telegraph: Shell’s fifth columnist

Jeroen van der Veer 

 Van der Veer skates along Holland’s canals

08 April 2007

THERE are not many chief executives who travel by bike these days – let alone ones at major oil companies. But perhaps appropriately for a Dutchman, Royal Dutch CEO Jeroen van derVeer, pictured, is the exception, doing his bit for pedal power in a country where something like a third of all journeys are made on bicycles.

Van der Veer may be one of the world’s fittest chief execs. He keeps in shape by skating along Holland’s canals – he has twice skated the 200km 11-cities marathon – and can often be found cycling to work to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague. read more

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The Daily Yomiuri (Osaka, Japan): Govt wary over Iran-Russia plan for natural gas cartel

Hiroshi Ikematsu Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
Monday, 9 April 2007

As the world’s largest importer of natural gas, Japan is keeping a cautious eye on moves by major natural gas-producing countries to create a cartel similar to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is expected to discuss a plan to launch such a body during a meeting of countries concerned that kicks off in Doha on Monday.

Russia and Iran, the two largest natural gas producers, have taken the lead in establishing the cartel that, if realized, would account for more than 60 percent of the world’s natural gas production. read more

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OhmyNews.com: What Does Iraq’s New Oil Law Say About an Invasion?

Critics charge Iraq’s new hydrocarbon law is unfair to Iraqi people
 
By Cody Lyon (shelby): Published 2007-04-08 13:00 (KST)   
 
Amman, Jordan, is set to play host to a three-day economic trade show, a corporate meet and greet between powerful, well-moneyed investors and those who the guard the gates of vital decision-making government ministries in perilous but oil-rich Iraq.

On its Web site, loosely defined organizer Iraq Development Program (IDP) calls the Jordan gathering a “historic landmark event” Officially titled the Iraq Oil, Gas, Petrochemical and Electricity Summit, the three days of face to face meetings that begins on May 28 could impact Iraq’s economic future for years to come. 
 
Efforts to contact IDP directly and understand the origin of their funding and purpose were not successful. But the group’s stated mission is to “aid Iraq as an economic force.” read more

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Gulf-Times (Qatar): ‘Gas Opec’ least of consumers’ worries

Published: Sunday, 8 April, 2007, 08:47 AM Doha Time
 
LONDON: The headlines may focus on discussions about forming a “gas Opec” as energy ministers from the key gas-exporting countries gather in Qatar tomorrow, but industry experts say there are far more pressing issues surrounding future gas supplies.

Comments from some oaf the top gas-producing nationa have led to speculation that the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, a grouping of 16 countries with significant gas reserves, could announce the formation of a gas pricing grouping with the clout of Opec. read more

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Newsweek: Beyond British Petroleum: Why Royal Dutch Shell ranks best among the Big Oil companies on a list of the most environmentally correct corporations.

By Tracy Mcnicoll
Newsweek International

April 16, 2007 issue – The side wall of Hurricane Katrina’s eye passed directly over Shell Exploration & Production’s Mars Tension Leg Platform, the largest producer in the Gulf of Mexico, battering it with waves 120 feet high and winds of 170mph for four hours. All told, the gulf hurricanes inflicted $300 million of damage to Shell’s offshore operations in 2005. But there was a silver lining. The hurricanes prompted Shell to make redesigns, including higher decks and new materials, to protect platforms from extreme storms. “We got quite a bit of data out of the hurricane season in 2005,” says Marvin Odum, Shell Exploration & Production’s executive vice president for the Americas. “And that data has been rolled into the design parameters for future systems.” read more

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Gulf-Times (Qatar): ‘Easy oil’ gone, say Shell, Total chiefs

Published: Sunday, 8 April, 2007, 08:47 AM Doha Time
 
Paris: The days of so-called “easy oil” are over, making it harder to meet supply targets without complicated and expensive projects, the heads of two of Europe’s largest oil companies said on Friday.

The International Energy Agency, an adviser to energy importing nations, estimates oil supplies will have to rise 39% to 116mn bpd by 2030 from about 84mn bpd in 2005 to meet world demand.

Meeting such targets with conventional oil sources will be “extremely difficult,” Christophe de Margerie, chief executive officer of Total, Europe’s third-largest oil company and its largest refiner, said at a conference in Paris on Friday. New supply will be based on “huge high-tech” projects. read more

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