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All Headline News: Green Activists Put Shell Explorations On Hold In Alaska

November 6, 2007 6:14 p.m. EST 
Paul Icamina – AHN News Writer

San Francisco, CA (AHN) – Industrial noise and oil spills could disturb or harm endangered bowhead whales, polar bears, fish and birds that sustain the Inupiat subsistence culture in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea.

These were the arguments put forward by native whale hunters, environmentalists and the North Slope Borough when they sued successfully to stop Shell’s exploratory efforts in Camden Bay this summer, saying they fear the risks to wildlife and the environment. read more

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Reuters: Dutch firms eye Russian gas in Yamal region

Tue Nov 6, 2007 7:00pm GMT 

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Dutch firms are looking for more gas exploration opportunities in Russia, the world’s biggest gas producer, a Dutch minister of foreign trade told reporters on Tuesday.

“Dutch companies are looking at possibilities to explore gas fields in Yamal… it’s very cold, it’s very difficult, but there’s a lot of gas,” Frank Heemskerk said on the sidelines of a state visit by Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende to Moscow. read more

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Reuters: $100 oil not such a boon for oil majors

Tue Nov 6, 2007 10:58am EST 
By Tom Bergin and Michael Erman – Analysis

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – If $100 dollars a barrel becomes a long term oil price, shares in top crude producing companies should benefit, but the dramatic boost implied by traditional financial models is unlikely.

Analysts’ existing assumptions indicate as much as a 50 percent uplift in profitability and as much as a 100 percent rise in asset values among companies such as Exxon Mobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research), should prices settle at a new norm above the record $96/bbl seen last week. read more

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Bloomberg: Nigeria Plans to Stop Funding Joint Ventures With Oil Majors

By Julie Ziegler

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — Nigeria, Africa’s biggest producer of crude oil, is planning to stop funding joint ventures with major oil companies and instead wants the money raised on international capital markets.

President Umaru Yar’Adua said that money spent by the government to finance partnerships with Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and others would be better used for public works and social services.

“Part of the reasons why we are restructuring our oil sector is to free the resources that we pay the oil companies under joint venture agreements for critical areas like power, education and health,” Yar’Adua said Nov. 2 in Wiesbaden, Germany, according to a statement from his office in Abuja, Nigeria. read more

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Reuters: Oil rebounds above $95

Tue Nov 6, 2007 5:59 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil leapt more than a dollar on Tuesday, rebounding to above $95 a barrel as financial players drove volatility.

Investors, wary of global equity markets where the full impact of the credit crunch has yet to become clear, see oil as a good bet, especially given tight fuel supplies in the run up to the northern hemisphere winter.

U.S. crude rose $1.23 to $95.21 a barrel, closing in on its peak of $96.24 hit last week.

London Brent crude jumped $1.26 to $91.75 a barrel. read more

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Paddy Briggs comments on The Washington Times article: Socialist oil death spiral

Former Royal Dutch Shell Brand Executive, Paddy Briggs, comments on todays Washington Times article…

The Washington Times: Socialist oil death spiral (6 November 2007)

November 6th, 2007 04:37

I am surprised that a newspaper in America’s Federal capital would give space to an article so woefully short on logic and verifiable facts. To suggest that America’s car fleets will be electric powered in ten years time is just hokum! And to charge that oil producing States with as diverse political systems as Iran, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia are “socialist” is equally absurd. I wonder how the Saudi King Abdullah would react if someone said to his face that he is a “socialist”!

Richard Rahn’s right-wing rant does not only misuse its invective (the use of “socialist” as a term of abuse, for example) but adds little or nothing to the furthering of the debate about the realties of the energy world. To suggest that the multinational oil companies would prefer that the oil price be determined by a “truly free market” is ignorant in the extreme. The huge profits in recent years of Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and others have been primarily driven by high oil prices. Nothing that an oil Major does in the short term (acquisitions aside) has any discernable affect on their profitability for a very long time. The lead times of the industry are just too long for there to be an immediate response in profits to any action taken today. Even the predilection for cost-cutting (that has led to disasters like the BP Texas oil refinery explosion) produces only a small blip on profit performance. So oil companies are adept at managing things in such a way that the higher the oil price the better their results. Whilst I would not charge that there is a conspiracy between the national oil companies and the oil majors to keep prices high there is undoubtedly mutual advantage! read more

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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Shell Re-Opens Plant, Resumes Gas Supply to National Grid

This Day (Lagos)
6 November 2007
Chika Amanze-Nwachuku
Lagos And Omon-Julius Onabu in Warri

Utorogu Gas Plant, belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), has been reopened.

The plant was shut in the wake of the fire that gutted the 10-inch Utorogu-Ughelli Pumping Station condensate trunkline mid last month.
 
SPDC official who confirmed this in a telephone chat with THISDAY said, the company has resumed gas supply to the national grid which was suspended since the fire incident.

The condensate trunkline was been repaired a few days after the fire incident, but some leakages were discovered, a development which forced the company to again shut down the gas plant. read more

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Shell and Codexis expand collaboration to explore new super enzymes for next-generation biofuels

Information released by Shell Media Office
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
VOLUME 1 ISSUE 310

The development of sustainable biofuel took a step forward today as Royal Dutch Shell plc expanded its collaboration with Codexis Inc. to develop new super enzymes to convert biomass to fuel.

The new agreement covers five years of research collaboration and includes Shell making an equity investment in Codexis and taking a seat on the company’s board. Research will focus on adapting enzymes to improve the conversion of a range of raw materials into high-performance fuels. It will assist Shell in developing the next generation of biofuels as it explores a number of non-food bio materials, new conversion processes and alternative fuel products. read more

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Confidential Royal Dutch Shell documents added to royaldutchshellplc.com on 6 November 2007

Shell discovery documents added on 6 November 2007

Shell Confidential Economics, Planning and Portfolio Analysis (EPPA) Review – SNEP Co: Nov 2000 (32 pages)

http://www.shellnews.net/classactiondocs/425_4.pdf

Note From: A A Barendregt Group Reserves Auditor to A J Parsley, Director, SEPIV BV 8 February 1999: Confidential (13 Pages)

http://www.shellnews.net/classactiondocs/425_5.pdf

Shell Confidential: Petrol Resource Volume Guidelines Resource Classification and Value Realisation: SIEP EPB-P SEPTEMBER 2001 (49 pages) read more

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From a high level ‘Shell insider’: Clearly in the mind of that demented and delusional soul Jeroen van der Veer he is innocent…

6 November 2007

John

Your piece on what van der Veer knew and when is excellent and should, in a world that should be critical of corporate unlawfulness be fatal to that fellow and his sidekick Malcolm Brinded. So why do the newspapers and more importantly the investment groups not pick this up?.  In light of what van der Veer told the Guardian you would think MacAlister would be hitting the keyboard.

Clearly in the mind of that demented and delusional soul van der Veer he is innocent.

Court document revelations damage Shell CEO, Jeroen van der Veer read more

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Daily Telegraph: Iran wants the Bomb so it can use it (*the business partner Shell refuses to give up despite ethical considerations)

By Daniel Hannan

One of the many tragic consequences of the Iraq war is that it has made it harder to act against Iran. The geographical and alphabetical proximity of the two countries tempts us into false comparisons. Look at the mess the neo-cons made in Iraq, we think. We surely can’t let those clots try the same failed strategy against Iran. Nor do you hear this argument only from tousled students.

Mohammed El-Baradei, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, says that Iraq should serve as a warning to those who want a forward policy against Teheran. read more

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The Guardian: PetroChina makes its debut as world’s first trillion-dollar firm

· Energy company shares triple in value on flotation
· Analysts warn that China’s market boom is a bubble

Jonathan Watts in Kunming and Graeme Wearden
Tuesday November 6, 2007

PetroChina became the world’s first trillion-dollar company yesterday after shares in the business almost tripled in value on its flotation on the Shanghai stock market.
The energy company’s soaring valuation underlines the frenzy among Chinese investors for new stock despite concerns that a bubble has formed in the country’s closed equity markets. read more

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Alaska Journal: Battle of the fields continues in Sakhalin

By Gordon Feller
For the Journal

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered his advisors to draft a detailed plan to develop Sakhalin Island’s infrastructure in the wake of a major earthquake there earlier this year.
The situation in Sakhalin “should be radically improved,” Putin told a cabinet meeting Oct. 1.

In the meantime, Russia’s state-controlled oil company, Rosneft, questioned the commercial relevance of one Sakhalin offshore project. The East Kaigan deposit was discovered within the framework of the Sakhalin-5 project, but reserves there are yet to prove large enough to be considered commercially viable, according to Rosneft CEO Sergei Bogdanchikov. read more

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The Washington Times: Socialist oil death spiral

Richard W. Rahn
November 6, 2007

Socialism always plants the seeds of its own destruction, and state-owned oil is no exception. Most people do not realize that about 90 percent of the world’s liquid oil reserves are controlled by governments or state-owned companies. Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest privately owned oil company, owns only 1.08 percent of the world’s oil reserves, and the five largest private global oil companies together own only about 4 percent of the world’s oil reserves. read more

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IranMania.com: Iran warns foreign firms to complete oil deals

LONDON, November 5 (IranMania) – Iran warned foreign oil and gas firms that it will implement major projects with domestic companies alone if they do not speed up the completion of negotiations, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

Acting Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said the signing on Sunday of a subcontract for Iran’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant with an Iranian contractor showed that Tehran was prepared to ignore foreign partners.

His comments come amid growing pressure from Washington and pro-US EU countries on energy giants to reduce their new business with Iran at a time of mounting tensions over its nuclear programme. read more

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The New York Times: Flying and Blood Clots: A Deadly Risk

By TANYA MOHN
Published: November 6, 2007

Life-threatening blood clots and flying have been linked for more than 50 years, but a new study of business travelers confirms the risk, particularly for those who take long flights or fly frequently.

Michael G. Reiff, an executive with Royal Dutch Shell, was hospitalized with blood clots several years ago. He has cut his flying time since then.

Immobility is considered a major factor behind the condition, called deep vein thrombosis.

But while it is often referred to as “economy-class syndrome” because of the cramped seating there, D.V.T. also occurs among those who fly in business class and first class, the researchers found. read more

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Financial Times: Oil price showdown

By Paul Betts, Chris Hughes and Peter Smith
Published: November 6 2007 02:00 | Last updated: November 6 2007 02:00

Oil is now flirting with $100 a barrel – a level never seen before. Governments and industry leaders are fretting and some, such as the former French energy regulator, are even suggesting that the price could hit $150 over the next decade.

But the panic may be overdone. In fact, we have been here before. Back in 1979-80, oil prices hit historic highs of around $40 a barrel which when adjusted for inflation is still slightly above today’s levels. read more

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Financial Times: PetroChina becomes world’s first $1,000bn company after debut

By Geoff Dyer in Shanghai and Francesco Guerrera in New,York
Published: November 6 2007 02:00 | Last updated: November 6 2007 02:00

PetroChina became the first company in the world to be valued at more than $1,000bn yesterday after a dramatic stock market debut in Shanghai that saw its shares surge by 163 per cent.

The huge jump in the company’s share price, which surprised analysts, gave the state-controlled oil group a market value of more than double its nearest rival, Exxon Mobil, which was worth $488bn at the close of trading on Friday in New York. read more

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FT REPORT – FUND MANAGEMENT: The rise of the activist shareholder in the US boosts socially responsible investment

By Sam Mamudi, Financial Times
Published: Nov 05, 2007

Socially responsible investing, typically a small corner of the fund world, is starting to attract mainstream attention in the US.

As concerns about topics such as climate change and human rights grow, SRI funds are a useful option for investors who do not want their savings invested in companies whose policies they disapprove of.

This trend has seen assets in SRI mutual funds grow almost 50 per cent in less than four years, from $23.3bn (£11.2bn, €16.1bn) at the start of 2004 to $34.6bn as of September 30, according to figures from Lipper. read more

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FT: Scramble to insure against more oil price rises: Some have taken out contracts to protect against prices rising to $250 a barrel

By Javier Blas, Commodities Correspondent
Published: November 5 2007 22:18 | Last updated: November 5 2007 23:13

Energy consumers and speculators are scrambling to take out options contracts to insure themselves against oil prices rising above $100 a barrel – a further sign of growing expectations of a spike in the crude market.

Some have even taken out contracts to protect themselves against prices rising to $250 a barrel in the next two years.

The buying frenzy has been “extraordinarily” strong in the past week as oil prices rose to a record high of $96.24 a barrel, according to traders and bankers. read more

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MSN Money: Royal Dutch Shell Plc: FSA Document Viewing Facility E-comm Letter to Shareholder

All PR Newswire newsLONDON, November 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —

Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B)

Two copies of a letter sent to shareholders concerning electronic shareholder communications have been submitted to the UK Listing Authority.

These will shortly be available for inspection at the UK Listing Authority’s Document Viewing Facility, which is situated at:

The Financial Services Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

E14 5HS

Telephone no: +44(0)20-7066-1000

Copyright 2007 PR Newswire read more

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The Detroit News: Nicaraguans winner of Dow pesticide suit

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg News

Dow Chemical Co. and Dole Food Co. were found liable for causing the sterility of six of 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers in the first U.S. jury trial over a pesticide used in Central America.

A Los Angeles jury Monday awarded $3.29 million to the six workers, who sued Midland- based Dow and closely held Dole, based in Westlake Village, Calif., in 2004. The jury of five women and seven men will hear arguments today on whether to award punitive damages. read more

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Reuters: Yanchang, Shell plan gasoline retail JV in China

Tue Nov 6, 2007 6:02am GMT

SHANGHAI, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is finalising plans for a gasoline retailing venture with Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group) Co, with total investment of up to 4 billion yuan ($537 million), a Shaanxi Yanchang executive said on Tuesday.

“We’ve signed an initial agreement with Shell to build and operate roughly 100 petrol stations in Shaanxi,” Xue Junmin, the planning chief of Shaanxi Yanchang, told Reuters on the sidelines of an industry fair in Shanghai. read more

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