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Shell Takes Aim at Biggest Prize in Energy

April 26, 2012, 1:15 PM GM

By James Herron

Shell is moving ahead with plans to build plants in the U.S. that could convert dirt cheap natural gas into high-valued diesel fuel, hoping to profit from an almost tenfold mark-up in prices that many analysts say is the biggest prize in the world of energy today.

With U.S. natural gas trading at the equivalent of $12 per barrel of oil, and crude oil at over $100 a barrel, the opportunity for profit is huge, but not without its risks. Building a gas-to-liquids facility would cost billions of dollars and take most of this decade to complete. The U.S. is already littered with money-losing long-term investments that fell victim to unexpected shifts in natural gas supply and demand. read more

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Shell Boosts Asset Sales, Posts Consensus-Beating Profit

By Alexis Flynn

Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) Thursday raised the amount of asset sales it plans for this year as it posted consensus-beating adjusted profit for the first quarter due to high oil prices and a small increase in its production.

The results marked a return to form for Europe’s largest energy firm, which disappointed investors with lackluster numbers in the prior period. Shell’s strategy of focusing on boosting output from its gas-to-liquids and oil-sands projects paid off modestly, even though some analysts are wary that such unconventional projects rely on high energy prices to cover the higher costs of unconventional production. read more

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Motiva Port Arthur refinery becomes U.S. largest -Shell

Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:27pm EDT

By Jeffrey Kerr

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Saudi Aramco became co-owners of the largest U.S. refinery on Thursday when a new crude distillation unit at their joint-venture Motiva Enterprises Port Arthur, Texas, plant received oil for the first time, said Shell’s Chief Financial Officer.

The 325,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) atmospheric crude distillation unit that started processing on Thursday combines with existing crude units to give Motiva’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery a total crude oil refining capacity of 600,000 bpd, said Shell Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry during the company’s first quarter earnings call. read more

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Shell looks at Gulf states gas-to-liquids sites

NEW YORK, April 26 | Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:42am EDT

Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell CFO Simon Henry said on Thursday that Shell was looking at brownfield sites in Louisiana and Texas for the construction of a possible gas-to-liquids plant.

Henry said an investment decision was a long way off and would likely not be made until the end of the decade at the earliest.

The gas-to-liquids plant would be modeled on the company’s GTL plants in Bintulu, Malaysia, and Qatar and would use natural gas as a feedstock to produce very low sulfur middle distillates and natural gas liquids. read more

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Shell bullish on China shale gas

Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:40am EDT

* Shale gas seen economic in China

* Govt policy, not geology more likely to determine pace

By Tom Bergin

LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell gave a bullish outlook for the development of shale gas in China on Thursday, saying the Anglo-Dutch oil major’s drilling there suggested vast resources could be unlocked at a relatively low cost.

Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said Shell had not yet determined the cost of producing shale gas in China but that it would probably be within the $2 to $6 per million British thermal units (Btu) seen in North America, a level that would be competitive with alternative gas sources. read more

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Australia LNG Boom Threatened by U.S. Shale Exporters

By Eduard Gismatullin – Apr 26, 2012 1:10 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and PetroChina Co. are designing a liquefied natural gas plant in Australia with capacity of about 9 million metric tons a year that Deutsche Bank AG says will cost more than $20 billion.

Arrow Energy Ltd., the partners’ Brisbane-based venture, plans to decide on whether to invest in the project by the end of next year, Shell Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said.

“There have been and are ongoing discussions between partners as to whether gas can potentially be taken from one producer through other peoples’ facilities,” Henry said today on a conference call. “If there’s a deal there to be done, we’ll do the deal, if not then we move on” with building the joint venture’s own LNG plant in Queensland, he said. read more

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Shell Net Little Changed, Projects Offset Lower Output

By Eduard Gismatullin – Apr 26, 2012 7:48 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, reported first-quarter earnings that beat estimates and raised a target for asset sales this year.

Excluding one-time items and inventory changes, Shell posted profit of $7.28 billion, compared with the $6.7 billion average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser said asset sales this year are likely to be in excess of $4 billion, compared with earlier expectations of $2 billion to $3 billion. The company generated additional cash in the quarter from new projects in Canada’s Athabasca oil sands and Qatar as Brent crude traded 12 percent higher than a year earlier. read more

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