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Shell fined £300,000 over fire safety breaches

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  • The Guardian, Wednesday 3 June 2009

Shell International was fined £300,000 yesterday over deficiencies in fire safety at the Shell Centre in central London, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said. The company was also ordered to pay £45,000 in costs.It pleaded guilty at Inner London crown court to three breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It was the largest fine imposed under the measure. The LFB prosecution followed two small fires in three weeks at the Shell Centre on York Road, Waterloo. Fire officers found extensive breaches, including blocked escape routes and fire exits, defective fire doors and excessive fire loading. read more

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Shell fined record sum for fire safety breaches

LONDON FIRE BRIGADE

02 June 2009

Shell International Ltd. was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £45,000 in costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the “RRO”).  This fine is the largest imposed under the RRO.

The London Fire Brigade prosecuted Shell following two small fires in the space of three weeks at the Shell Centre on York Road, SE1 7NA. These fires resulted in an inspection being carried out on 12 January 2007. The Inspecting Officers found extensive breaches including blocked escape routes and fire exits, defective fire doors and excessive fire loading. The fire loading in the Shell Tower had been dramatically increased because of refurbishments taking place in the upper floors. read more

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New Shell boss Peter Voser must dig deep on costs and production

Jeroen van der Veer inherited a company in crisis. As he prepares to step down at the end of this month, Shell faces another major problem — a market in crisis.

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Surprise departure as Shell set for revamp

Royaldutchshellplc.com, an independent website used by Shell staff, said yesterday that more than 30 per cent of senior managers were expected to go.

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Corrib pipeline

June 7, 2009

Briefing: Corrib pipeline

Opposition to the energy giant’s plan to tap gas field 83km off the coast of Mayo is becoming increasingly confrontational

Activists clash with Gardai as they try to pull down security fences at the Shell plant at Glengad beach in Co Mayo, Ireland.

Activists clash with Gardai as they try to pull down security fences at the Shell plant at Glengad beach in Co Mayo, Ireland.

ROCKING THE BOAT: The Solitaire returns this summer

The pipe-laying ship Solitaire is due to arrive in Broadhaven Bay within weeks to link the Corrib gas field to Glengad beach, near Belmullet. In September the pipe-laying was called off when a section of the ship’s apparatus became detached in high winds and heavy swell. Shell said: “The intention is to have the pipe laid by the end of the summer but it’s very weather dependent.” Protests will start as soon as the Solitaire looms into view. Last summer protesters in kayaks clashed with gardai; this year the Naval Service is to provide back-up. But Mary Sweeney of the Rossport Solidarity Camp said: “Resistance is building. We’re expecting waterborne activists from across Europe. The Solitaire will leave Irish waters once again with no pipeline laid.” read more

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Final-salary pensions are now ‘finished’

June 7, 2009

Final-salary pensions are now ‘finished’

Your benefits will be scaled back.

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Pension experts last week said that final-salary schemes were “finished” after three big British firms moved to reduce members’ benefits.

BP said on Tuesday that it would close its final-salary scheme for anyone joining after April 2010. A day later, Barclays said existing members would stop accruing benefits in its scheme, a move expected to hit 18,000 employees. On Friday, Morrisons, the supermarket group, said it would scrap its final-salary scheme for 4,500 existing members.

“These are just the latest major companies to throw in the towel: the writing’s been on the wall for many years,” said Ros Altmann, a pensions expert and former Treasury adviser. read more

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