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The Times: Police break up gas plant protest

November 10, 2007

Several hundred police overpowered about 300 protesters who tried to block construction of a natural-gas processing plant in western Ireland. Three protesters were arrested and another was taken to hospital as officers cleared a sit-down protest at the gates of Royal Dutch Shell’s planned refinery in the unpopulated bogland of Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, police said.

Shell to Sea, a group that has mounted several similar protests since construction of the Bellanaboy facility began 13 months ago, said that a lorry carrying Shell workers ran over a protester’s foot. The protest was timed to coincide with the 12th anniversary of the execution in Nigeria of nine antiShell campaigners, including Ken Saro-Wiwa, the writer. read more

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Houston Chronicle: Shell Traders to Pay $1M Penalty

Nov. 9, 2007, 12:23PM
© 2007 The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Five Royal Dutch Shell PLC energy traders will pay a $1 million total penalty to settle civil charges that they tried to manipulate natural-gas prices in 2001 and 2002.

The federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Friday that the current and former traders at Shell’s Coral Energy subsidiary would pay the fine.

Coral’s name was changed in September to Shell Energy North America.

The traders, Denette Johnson, Courtney Cubbison Moore and Robert Harp of Texas and John Tracy and Kelly Dyer of California, agreed to pay the fine without admitting or denying the allegations. read more

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Shell discovery documents added on Friday 9 November 2007: every page marked confidential

Shell confidential discovery documents added on 9 November 2007

Exhibit 112: December 2000 Shell SIEP Development Angola: Note for information: Block 18 Reserves SDAN: From Grigore Simon and Robert Inglis update to Gordan Parry and Peter Osborne: Every page marked “CONFIDENTIAL” (4 pages)

http://www.shellnews.net/classactiondocs/427_6_Exhibit_112_OCR.pdf

Exhibit 113: October 2000 Shell SIEP internal email involving Grigore Simon, Robert Inglis, Susan Lovelock, Heinz Rothermund and others: “Bichsel under pressure”: Every page marked “CONFIDENTIAL” : (3 pages) read more

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Bloomberg: Brent Crude Oil Exports May Plunge 17% Next Year (Update1)

By Alexander Kwiatkowski

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Exports of Brent crude, the North Sea’s benchmark grade, may decline 17 percent next year, cutting U.K. petroleum revenue as exploration companies turn to more promising regions to boost oil supply.

Brent shipments from the Sullom Voe terminal in Scotland will fall to 108 cargoes of 600,000 barrels next year from 130 in 2007, according to a report prepared for a meeting of the Shetland Islands Council yesterday. Brent’s decline is an indicator of U.K. oil output, which has dropped 44 percent since its 1999 peak. read more

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CNNMoney: Still waiting to cash in on Iraq’s oil

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Bush officials originally said oil money could help pay for reconstruction. But with production lagging, these funds barely cover the cost of running the government.

By Steve Hargreaves, CNNMoney.com staff writer
November 9 2007: 12:40 PM EST

 
Iraq’s oil money was supposed to help rebuild the country, but war, squabbling and uncertainty leaves production lagging.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — With the war in Iraq now estimated to cost the United States nearly $2 trillion over the next ten years, many taxpayers are probably wondering what happened to all that oil money that was supposed to help pay for the war. read more

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International Herald Tribune: Irish police arrest 3 as protesters try to block construction of Shell natural-gas refinery

The Associated Press
Published: November 9, 2007

DUBLIN, Ireland: Several hundred police overpowered about 300 protesters Friday as they tried to block construction of a natural-gas processing plant in remote western Ireland.

Three protesters were arrested and another was hospitalized as officers cleared away a sit-down protest at the gates of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s planned refinery in the unpopulated bogland of Bellanaboy in County Mayo, police said.

Shell to Sea, a protest group that has mounted several similar protests since construction of the Bellanaboy facility began 13 months ago, said a truck carrying Shell workers ran over a protester’s foot. read more

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Belfast Telegraph: Three arrested during protest at Shell refinery in Mayo

Friday, November 09, 2007

Gardai say three people have been arrested during a demonstration this morning at the site of the controversial Shell refinery being built in Co Mayo.

Several hundred demonstrators are understood to have attended the blockade arranged by the Shell to Sea campaign group.

Several hundred Gardai are also at the site.

The organisation says there were some minor confrontations and scuffles, but the overall demonstration is “pretty peaceful”.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article3143697.ece read more

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Financial Times: Who’s who: Ten top powers to be reckoned with

By Ed Crooks
Published: November 9 2007 04:36 | Last updated: November 9 2007 04:36

Abdallah Jum’ah
President and chief executive officer, Saudi Aramco

If there is one man on whom the future of global prosperity rests, it is Abdallah Jum’ah. As chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, he is responsible for delivering the planned increase in the country’s oil production that consuming countries hope will make the most important contribution to meeting their growing needs. Saudi Aramco has embarked on the biggest capital investment programme in its history, and is working on projects that are supposed to add an extra 3m barrels a day of potential output, taking its total capacity to 12m b/d. If it fails, the world is likely to run short of oil. Born in 1941, Mr Jum’ah has spent his entire career at Saudi Aramco since graduating from the American University in Beirut in 1968. He took over from Ali Naimi, who was made minister of petroleum and mineral resources in 1995, having been the head of Aramco’s international operations. As chief executive, he is credited with having led the company’s successful expansion into refining, and the rapid growth of its gas business. read more

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Financial Times: International oil companies: Big shift in balance of power

By Ed Crooks
Published: November 9 2007 04:36 | Last updated: November 9 2007 04:36

November 5, 2007 deserves to go down in history as a momentous day in the the world’s energy industries: it was when ExxonMobil was displaced as the world’s biggest quoted company by market capitalisation by PetroChina. The thin float and volatility of PetroChina’s shares arguably render the standard calculation of its market value misleading. But the symbolism of the moment still stands: the most admired of all western oil companies is no longer king of the hill. read more

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Financial Times: Resource nationalism: State groups give majors a run for their money

By Dino Mahtani
Published: November 9 2007 04:36 | Last updated: November 9 2007 04:36

With the steep rise in oil prices over the past four years, a new group of companies has risen to the fore. National companies, from Saudi Aramco, to Russia’s Gazprom and Venezuela’s PdVSA control about 80 per cent of the world’s oil reserves and 50 per cent of gas reserves, and have become increasingly important as resource nationalism has resurfaced as a global phenomenon.

The multinationals that have traditionally dominated oil and gas operations are shut out of some of the world’s most prolific hydrocarbons basins, notably in Saudi Arabia, which expects to entrench its position as the global swing producer of oil by expanding output over the next years. International oil companies everywhere are struggling to pump more from maturing fields elsewhere and are increasingly under pressure from governments, such as Venezuela and Russia, to accept harsher economic terms. read more

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Financial Times: Climate change: US change of tack seen as proof of pressure

By Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent
Published: November 9 2007 04:36 | Last updated: November 9 2007 04:36

The US Congress recently began to consider proposals to impose a carbon cap on businesses, at a federal level. There is no guarantee that such proposals will succeed, though there is strong support for them within the Democratic party and some members of the Republican party. They could be mired in the legislative process for months or years.

But the mere fact that a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system has a serious chance of being adopted denotes a big change in the US attitude towards climate change, and the actions that will be needed to bring down carbon emissions. read more

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Financial Times: Transport: Big debate over benefits and costs of biofuels

By John Reed
Published: November 9 2007 04:36 | Last updated: November 9 2007 04:36

If money talks, then a terse deal announcement by Daimler and Volkswagen in October spoke eloquently about the car industry’s growing interest in biofuels. Europe’s two largest automakers said they would take a minority stake in Choren Industries, a German biofuel company building a biomass-to-liquids plant in partnership with Shell.

Carmakers, under pressure from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic and in Asia to improve their vehicles’ fuel economy and cut carbon emissions, are investing heavily in cars that run on alternative fuels or electric power. read more

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FT REPORT – ENERGY 2007: Big hopes pinned on carbon capture

By Rebecca Bream, Utilities Correspondent, Financial Times
Published: Nov 09, 2007

While debates about whether to build nuclear reactors rage on and the developed world frets about its reliance on imported gas, the issue of coal is often overlooked. But a growing number of energy industry figures believe that coal, and technology that reduces its impact on the environment, will be one of the fastest-growing parts of the energy market in the coming decades.

Coal is abundant and relatively cheap. China and India have huge coal reserves and are using it to fuel their rapid economic development. But coal is a dirty fuel, and burning it in power stations produces significantly more carbon dioxide than burning gas. If the burning of coal goes unchecked, the affect on the global climate and sea levels is likely to be catastrophic. read more

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Financial Times: LNG: Opportunity lost as gas markets set to tighten

By Dino Mahtani
Published: November 9 2007 04:36 | Last updated: November 9 2007 04:36

The past decade has seen the beginnings of the creation of a global gas market with the emergence of liquefied natural gas as a fully flexible option of delivering gas supply.

Strong demand for gas-fired power stations in industrial nations coupled with high energy prices have provided the economic conditions for investment in the expensive process of cooling gas to minus 160°C and shipping it anywhere in the world in large tankers. read more

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Financial Times: Protest builds amid contamination fears

By Sheila McNulty in Fort McMurray
Published: November 9 2007 02:00 | Last updated: November 9 2007 02:00

In the past few years, as countries such as Venezuela and Russia have made it increasingly difficult and expensive for international oil companies to explore for, and produce, oil, the ExxonMobils and Royal Dutch Shells of the world have sought refuge in the politically stable oil sands of Canada.

Here there are vast pools of oil trapped deep in sand, from which it is expensive and time-consuming to extract. But there is so much of it. The tar sands represent the world’s biggest proven reserve outside Saudi Arabia. read more

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The Wall Street Journal: How Big Oil Is Forced To Share the Wealth

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As Crude Prices Rise,
Contracts Give Nations
More of the Output Pie
By GUY CHAZAN
November 9, 2007; Page A12

LONDON — Oil at $100 a barrel is a bane for fuel consumers. But it isn’t entirely a boon for major oil companies, either.

The rub: The economics of the production deals governing some of the world’s biggest oil fields stipulate that the higher the oil price, the less production and reserves oil companies get. Host countries such as Nigeria, Angola and Azerbaijan gain a bigger share. read more

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The New York Times: Brazil Oil Field May Hold 8B Barrels

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 8, 2007
Filed at 9:08 p.m. ET

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s state oil company said Thursday that it has discovered as much as 8 billion barrels of light crude in an ultra-deep field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, an amount that could help transform the country into a major world oil exporter.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA’s announcement that the Tupi field has between 5 billion and 8 billion barrels of recoverable light oil sent Petrobras shares soaring 26 percent in New York, to a close at a new 52-week high. read more

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The New York Times: Rising Demand for Oil Provokes New Energy Crisis

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Hiroke Masuike for The New York Times
Traders at the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday, where the price for a barrel of crude oil settled at $95.46.

By JAD MOUAWAD
Published: November 9, 2007

With oil prices approaching the symbolic threshold of $100 a barrel, the world is headed toward its third energy shock in a generation. But today’s surge is fundamentally different from the previous oil crises, with broad and longer-lasting global implications.

Just as in the energy crises of the 1970s and ’80s, today’s high prices are causing anxiety and pain for consumers, and igniting wider fears about the impact on the economy. read more

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The Peninsula (Qatar): Shell, Oxy lead race for Dubai gas project

Web posted at: 11/9/2007 9:27:1
Source ::: REUTERS

DUBAI • Royal Dutch Shell and US Occidental Petroleum are the front-runners to win a multibillion-dollar project to develop sour gas reserves in the United Arab Emirates, industry sources said yesterday.

The project is one of the biggest this year available to international companies competing for limited access to the Middle East’s oil and gas fields.

“Shell and Oxy are still in the race,” said one industry source. “They’re in a sort of final within a final. It may be one or the other that wins, or they may work together.” read more

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Bloomberg: Crude Oil Rises on Concern Disruptions May Cut U.S. Stockpiles

By Christian Schmollinger and Gavin Evans

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil rose for the first time in three days in New York on concern supply disruptions may hamper U.S. efforts to store fuel for peak winter demand.

A fire at Valero Energy Corp.’s refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, the company’s largest, left processing rates “somewhat reduced,” a company spokesman said. Strong currents in the Gulf of Mexico are delaying the restart of the 150,000 barrel-a-day Mars platform shut for maintenance since Nov. 3, Royal Dutch Shell Plc said yesterday. read more

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The Boston Globe: Diverting oil into reserves defended

Associated Press / November 9, 2007

WASHINGTON – Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman yesterday defended plans to divert oil into the federal emergency reserve, although he acknowledged that tight supplies likely are one reason for surging crude oil prices.

The Energy Department said it has awarded contracts to three companies – Shell Trading Co., Sunoco Logistics, and BP North America – for 12.3 million barrels of oil to go into the government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, beginning in January. read more

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FuturePundit.com: Royal Dutch Shell In Lead With Oil Shale Technology

November 08, 2007

Royal Dutch Shell decided to lift some (though not all) of the secrecy surrounding their research into extracting oil from oil shale in Colorado and Wyoming. Jon Birger of Fortune magazine was given access to Shell oil shale researchers and has written a pretty good piece on the prospects for oil shale energy production.

Spanning some 17,000 square miles across parts of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, this underground lakebed holds at least 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil. That’s triple the reserves of Saudi Arabia. read more

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Reuters: UPDATE 1-US awards 12.3 mln bbl royalty-in-kind SPRdeals

Thu Nov 8, 2007 6:44 PM GMT
(Adds details, background)

By Chris Baltimore

WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department on Thursday awarded contracts to units of Shell Oil , Sunoco and BP Plc to deliver 12.3 million barrels of royalty oil to the U.S. strategic reserve, the department said in a release.

Flows of oil will start in January at a rate of about 70,000 barrels per day and last about six months, the department said.

The department pressed ahead with its plan over objections of some Democrats in the U.S. Senate who want the royalty oil shipments delayed until oil prices fall below their recent highs near $100 a barrel. read more

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The Moscow Times: Shell Suggests Developing Yamal Field With Gazprom

Friday, November 9, 2007. Issue 3782. Page 7.
Bloomberg

British-Dutch oil firm Shell has proposed developing oil and gas reserves in the far northern Yamal Peninsula with Gazprom.

The project, put forward with other Dutch companies, involves the production and transportation of oil, natural gas, gas condensate and liquefied natural gas on the Yamal Peninsula and surrounding Arctic Ocean, Kirill Fyodorov, spokesman for the Industry and Energy Ministry, said by telephone Thursday.

Gazprom estimates the Yamal Peninsula’s reserves at 10.4 trillion cubic meters of gas and has called the region “one of the most promising oil and gas regions in western Siberia.” Shell agreed to cede control of its $22 billion Sakhalin-2 offshore oil and gas project to Gazprom last year after regulatory agencies threatened to shut it down over purported environmental violations. read more

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