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Shell to sign Russian Arctic deal with Gazprom Neft, Kremlin reveals

Royal Dutch Shell is poised for a fresh attempt at Arctic oil exploration through a deal with Russia’s Gazprom Neft, the Kremlin revealed on Thursday night.

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 Emily Gosden By 7:54PM BST 04 Apr 2013

The companies are preparing to sign an agreement that will cover joint offshore drilling in the Russian Arctic as well as shale oil projects onshore in Western Siberia, it said.

The agreement will be announced next week when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Netherlands, where the Anglo-Dutch company is headquartered.

Gazprom Neft is the majority-owned, oil-focused arm of gas giant Gazprom, which is in turn majority-owned by the Russian state.

The deal comes just weeks after Shell was forced to delay its high-profile exploration campaign in the Alaskan Arctic for another year after a series of setbacks blighted its campaign in 2012. read more

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Shell pipeline spills oil into Houston area bayou

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April 4, 2013, 3:29 p.m. EDT

By Ben Lefebvre

An estimated 50 barrels of oil spilled from a pipeline operated by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RSDA.LN, RDSA) into a waterway outside Houston, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Shell clean-up crews were working to clear the crude out of Vince Bayou, a waterway that connects to the Houston Ship Channel, which leads into the Gulf of Mexico, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Steven Lehman. The spill was contained but the total amount of oil was still being verified, Officer Lehman said. read more

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Gazprom Neft, Shell to team up on shale oil, Arctic

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By Alexei Anishchuk

MOSCOW, April 4 | Thu Apr 4, 2013 11:16am EDT

(Reuters) – Gazprom Neft and Royal Dutch Shell will agree to drill for shale oil in Western Siberia and explore Russia’s Arctic shelf when President Vladimir Putin visits the Netherlands next week, the Kremlin said.

The deals underscore the Kremlin’s drive to open up access to Russia’s trove of hard-to-recover energy reserves to international energy firms with the expertise needed to secure its position as a leading global oil and gas producer. read more

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No chance for Shell refinery sale: analyst

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Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 17.10.19ABOUT 450 fearful Shell refinery workers in Geelong face a long wait for a lifeline that analysts and unions doubt will ever come.

The petroleum giant has announced plans to sell its last remaining Australian refinery, but if it can’t find a buyer by the end of 2014 to keep it open, it may convert the site to a fuel import terminal.

If that happens, the Australian Workers Union (AWU) says hundreds of jobs will go, with only 50 to 100 workers needed to staff a terminal.

Financial data firm Morningstar’s head of equities, Peter Warnes, says Shell will struggle to sell the 60-year-old refinery.

“Shell have got no chance of finding a buyer,” Mr Warnes told AAP. read more

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Gazprom Neft to Bring Shell Into Shale Oil, Offshore Projects

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By Olga Tanas & Stephen Bierman – Apr 4, 2013 4:00 PM GMT+0100

OAO Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia’s natural gas exporter, plans to expand its partnership with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) to develop shale oil in Siberia and Arctic offshore blocks, according to a Kremlin official.

Gazprom Neft and Shell will sign agreements next week during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Netherlands, the Kremlin official said, asking not to be identified because talks are continuing. OAO Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, will also sign an accord with Nederlandse Gasunie NV, the official said without elaborating. read more

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Selection of links to Shell related articles 4 April 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor

Ogoni: US Supreme Court To Deliberate Kiobel case: UNPO-… and social injustice surrounding oil exploration by Royal Dutch Shell and … charged with specious crimes, tortured and summarily hanged.

Antitrust and competition–the EU weekly briefing, vol. 1, issue 21: Lexology (registration) … in Hamburg/Harburg owned by Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH (M.6360). … The OFT has confirmed that in February 2013 it opened a criminal …

Toughened oversight raises antitrust hazards of oil industry …:Oil & Gas Journal-Apr 1, 2013: Virtually all oil and gas companies—from the smallest independent producers to … on identifying civil or criminal violations in the oil and gasoline markets and …. Dagher, the US Supreme Court held that the Texaco-Shell joint … read more

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European Commission questions State licensing of seismic surveys

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European Commission questions State licensing of seismic surveys

Complaint lodged by Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Tuesday 2 April 2013

The European Commission has asked the Government to explain why seismic surveying currently under way off the west coast is not subject to the requirements of EU directives on environmental impact.

It has also asked the State to explain what measures are being taken to monitor and to minimise the impact of seismic surveying on whales and dolphins.

Seismic surveys conducted to map the ocean floor use airguns, comprising long submersible cannons towed behind vessels that fire shots of compressed air into the water every few seconds. The pulses penetrate the sea floor and rebound, giving results which are analysed for geological content. Explosives have been used in the past. read more

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Alleged Shell corruption surrounding Corrib Gas Project

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By John Donovan

A few days ago I sent an email to Mr. Alan Shatter TD, the Irish Minister responsible for Justice & Equality.

ALLEGED CORRUPTION OF THE IRISH POLICE BY SHELL

I have now received an acknowledgement on his behalf, but no indication yet of what steps, if any, are being taken to investigate.

The corruption allegations made by OSSL, a supplier to Shell E&P Ireland, are so serious, alleged to involve *hundreds of Garda police officers, that the Irish government will have to take action to establish whether the allegations are true or false. read more

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No delays from Prelude rig issues: Shell

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Royal Dutch Shell says the development schedule for the industry-leading Prelude floating LNG venture in the Browse Basin has not been affected by technical problems that have beset its drilling rig.

The Shell-chartered Noble Clyde Boudreaux had been out of action for more than a month off the coast of Exmouth, where it was scheduled to drill the Palta-1 exploration well. The Palta permit, owned by Shell and Mitsubishi, is 70km from the Ningaloo Reef. The drilling of the Palta-1 well has sparked widespread condemnation from environmental groups. read more

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Shell puts last remaining Australian refinery on sale, delivering a ‘hammer blow’ to Geelong

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  • Matt Chambers and Stuart Rintoul
  • From: The Australian
  • April 04, 2013 5:30PM

ROYAL Dutch Shell is putting its Geelong refinery up for sale, threatening the jobs of more than 500 workers in a city unions say is “already on its knees”.

The oil giant says if it can’t sell the refinery, it will consider turning it into a fuel import terminal to supply its local marketing and distribution business.

The move is another blow to Australia’s struggling refining industry, which cannot compete with giant refineries in Asia.

In 2011, Shell said it would close its only other refinery, at Clyde in Sydney, and convert it into an import terminal – a move that meant the loss of about 350 jobs. read more

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