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Shell cuts spending in U.S. to lower shale exposure

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 00.25.04Extracts from a Reuters article by Karolin Schaps and Dmitry Zhdannikov published 13 March 2014

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will cut spending by a fifth and lay off staff at its American exploration and production business, the company said on Thursday, in another sign that oil majors are struggling to profit from the booming U.S. shale sector. The spending cuts announced on Thursday follow Shell’s decision in January to suspend its controversial Arctic drilling programme and pledge to cut capital expenditure and streamline operations worldwide after the company’s least profitable fourth quarter in five years. “I don’t think it is a matter of trying to reinvent the company in a fundamentally different way; it is a matter of tackling some of the issues that we know need tackling,” van Beurden told journalists on a conference call after Thursday’s strategy update.

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