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Shell looks to avoid paying for low-value drilling

Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:06pm GMT

* Push against paying service firms for low-margin work

* Oil service profit margins rising again with oil prices

HOUSTON, July 21 (Reuters) – An executive at Royal Dutch Shell Plc sees a new Chinese partnership as an opportunity to avoid paying oilfield service companies for drilling they could do just as effectively themselves.

The venture with state-owned China National Petroleum Corp will build systems to automate repetitive drilling, with a goal of having them in the field by 2013, said Peter Sharpe, executive vice president, wells, at Shell Global Solutions International BV.

While Shell expects it will need traditional services in most instances, drilling in coalbed methane and heavy oil fields is relatively simple and can often be automated, he said. read more

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Ogoni pollution: Delayed release of UNEP report is suspicious?

Press Release

July 21, 2011

Ogoni pollution: Delayed release of UNEP report is suspicious, says ERA

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and other civil society groups have cautioned the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from further prevarication on the planned release of its two-year assessment of the environmental and public health impacts of oil spills in Ogoniland.

In a statement issued in Lagos, ERA/FoEN said the people of Ogoniland and the entire Niger Delta are becoming worried over UNEP’s continued delay in releasing the report after failing to honour a pledge to do same earlier in the year. read more

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