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Matthias Bichsel’s Arctic Role

Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 20.09.51In our article about the role of Matthias Bichsel in the reserves scandal, we listed from the Shell website his current duties as Royal Dutch Shell Plc Director of Projects & Technology. His responsibilities include “Safety and Environment.”

In view of this fact, does anyone know the role of Bichsel’s Projects and Technology group in Shell’s aborted Arctic programme?

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Shell to Take a Gap Year in the Arctic

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By Ben Winkley: February 28, 2013

Shell will postpone a second summer of drilling in the U.S. Arctic Ocean as it sends its two drilling rigs to Asian ports for repairs, The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Fowler and Ben Lefebvre report.

The move comes as no surprise. Shell has poured billions of dollars into the region and has no production to show for it. Last year it was beset with problems including bad weather, mechanical failures and regulatory challenges.

The Anglo-Dutch major has also faced challenges from environmental groups concerned about the possible effects of an accident in the pristine wilderness (the danger of a spill was shown this week when a shut-in Gulf of Mexico wellhead was struck by a boat, Upstream Online reports). read more

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Shell Sees Solar as Biggest Energy Source After Exiting Industry

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) says solar power, a business it abandoned four years ago, may expand into the world’s biggest source of energy in the next half century.

The proposition that photovoltaic panels will be the main power source by 2070 is one of the New Lens Scenarios Europe’s largest oil company published today in a report on energy demand this century. A second has natural gas as the main fuel by 2030.

“These scenarios show how the choices made by governments, businesses and individuals in the next few years will have a major impact on the way the future unfolds,” Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser said in a statement accompanying the report. read more

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Shell suspends Arctic drilling for 2013

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27 February 2013 Last updated at 22:40

Royal Dutch Shell has said that it will suspend its offshore drilling programme in the Arctic for the rest of 2013 in order to give time to ensure safety.

The decision to pause drilling for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska was widely expected, following a catalogue of problems last year.

The US Department of Justice is looking into safety failures at one rig.

The move “will give us time to ensure the readiness of all our equipment and people”, said Marvin Odum of Shell Oil. read more

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With 2 Ships Out of Commission, Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling

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By February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON — After a series of costly and embarrassing accidents in its efforts to drill exploratory wells off the north coast of Alaska last year, Royal Dutch Shell announced on Wednesday that it would not return to the Arctic in 2013.

The company’s two drill ships suffered serious accidents as they were leaving drilling sites in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas last fall and winter and are being sent to Asia for repairs. Shell acknowledged in a statement that the ships would not be fixed in time to drill during the short summer window this year. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell calls time in the Arctic for another year

Royal Dutch Shell has called time on its troubled Arctic exploration programme for another year after a series of mishaps in 2012 scuppered its plans to drill for oil in the region this summer.

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By 8:20PM GMT 27 Feb 2013

The controversial campaign has so far cost Shell about $5bn (£3.3bn) over seven years. The company has faced a string of delays that have as yet prevented it from drilling into potentially oil-bearing rocks.

The energy giant concluded its 2012 programme in October by saying it looked forward to “picking up where we left off when the sea ice retreats next summer”, but the plans for 2013 were thrown into doubt on New Year’s Eve, when Shell’s Kulluk rig ran aground in a storm off Alaska and was damaged. read more

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