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Leaving a sinking ship: Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 14.58.51Bichsel will undoubtedly leave shortly, joining Ollila, Rees, Brown, Brinded, Voser, Finlayson, Carne… And when everything starts to collapse, he will at least now have the satisfaction of saying “I told you so”. This is typical for a coward…

By John Donovan

Earlier today Reuters published comments attributed to Royal Dutch Shell Plc Executive Director, Matthias Bichsel.

Extract

“There is always so much talk about these big LNG projects around the world, but only a small fraction of them will get built,” said Matthias Bichsel, who is also a member of Shell’s Executive Committee.

The Financial Times has this weekend pointed put “the company’s leadership is changing at a time when its financial performance has been under scrutiny from investors” and also drew attention to the recent profit warning, following a succession of dismal quarterly results.  read more

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Peter Voser spending more time with his family

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 14.32.05By John Donovan

When the surprise announcement was made by Peter Voser that he would be stepping down early from his position as Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, it was claimed that his early exit was prompted by a sudden desire to spend more time with his family.

It supposedly had nothing to do with the financial meltdown that happened on his watch and resulted in a profits warning being issued as soon as he had been pushed out the door. 

Voser was responsible for a number of bungled mega projects, including Arctic oil exploration. read more

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Only a fraction of big gas export projects will be built – Shell

Screen Shot 2013-11-16 at 09.16.49Extracts from a Reuters article published Monday 9 June 2014

LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) – Only a fraction of the natural gas export projects being developed around the globe will become reality as high costs and weakening gas prices torpedo those that until recently promised huge returns on investment. 

But high development costs and low profit margins in the gas sector mean most of the projects will fail, Royal Dutch Shell’s director of projects and technology told Reuters in an interview.

“There is always so much talk about these big LNG projects around the world, but only a small fraction of them will get built,” said Matthias Bichsel, who is also a member of Shell’s Executive Committee. read more

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Shell starts search for successor to chief

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 14.37.49Extract from a Financila Times article by Andrew Parker and Guy Chazan published 8 June 2014

One person familiar with the situation said Mr Ollila was planning to step down because of corporate governance rules, and that the timing of his departure had nothing to do with Shell’s recent financial difficulties. Ben van Beurden became the company’s chief executive in January, when it issued the first profit warning in its history. This… followed several quarters of disappointing results. read more

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Quest project attracts worldwide interest

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extract from Financial Times article by Ed Crooks published 8 June 2014

Royal Dutch Shell’s Quest project does not look much like a potential saviour of civilisation. Quest is one of the world’s most advanced projects for capturing and storing carbon dioxide, and many people believe this type of technology will have to be deployed on a vast scale to avert the threat of catastrophic global warming.

FULL ARTICLE

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