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Shell Canada withdraws oilsands mine application as a cost-cutting measure

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The Pierre River oilsands mine proposed by Shell Canada in 2007, split out of a joint application in 2009 and delayed indefinitely last year has been withdrawn entirely from the regulatory approval process.

“The Pierre River mine remains a very long-term opportunity for us but it’s not currently a priority,” said Lorraine Mitchelmore, president of Calgary-based Shell Canada, in a news release on Monday.

“Our current focus is on making our heavy oil business as economically and environmentally competitive as possible. We will continue to hold the leases and can reapply in the future when the time is right.” read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.


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Email received 23 Feb 2015 – presumably meant for Shell

Subject: Professionalism 


Can you please ask your subcontractor, Mike Gordon from Inverness, who is working for you guys offshore Gabon on board the Stingray to please refrain from posting updates on Facebook about the issues we have had onboard with welding.

He is starting to upset a few people.


N Van Oord


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Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 10 november 2014 – Van Oord has been awarded the EPC contract for the replacement of a dual 10 km long oil export line. The client is Shell Gabon. The execution period runs from November 2014 to the summer of 2015. The export line runs from the Gamba terminal, 200 NM south of Port of Gentil, to a pipeline end manifold (PLEM). The existing 30 inch line will be replaced by a looped dual 22 inch sea line system with pigging facilities allowing for inspection and cleaning. Van Oord will deploy shallow water pipe lay barge Stingray. The project contributes to Gabon’s export of energy and is important for the economic development in the region. – See more read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

USW Negotiations with Royal Dutch Shell deadlocked

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Published: Feb 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm EST

Tensions between Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) and the United Steelworkers (USW) union rise as more union workers have walked out of three additional US refineries. The latest negotiations between Shell and USW took place on February 20. However, no agreement between the two parties could be reached.

The USW workers on Friday midnight decided to impose a strike at the US Motiva Port Arthur refinery in Texas .On Saturday, the USW then decided to impose strikes in the Motiva Convent, Shell Chemicals Norco plants, and the Motiva Norco Refinery. Motiva Enterprises is a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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