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20 years after gas discovery, Corrib opens in north Mayo

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Lorna Siggins: 24 JAN 2016

The €3.5 billion Corrib gas development is due to be opened by Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh on Monday, almost 20 years after the gas discovery was reported off the north Mayo coast.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been earmarked for the invitation-only event, but will be at Downing Street in London. Corrib shareholders Shell, Statoil and Vermillion are hosting a plaque unveiling and lunch in Belmullet, almost 15km from the gas refinery.

While much of the town’s focus is currently on sale of the €13.7 million winning Lotto ticket in Carey’s newsagent, the project opening represents a significant milestone. read more

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Shell’s white elephant?

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Sunday 24 January 2016 09.00 GMT

Oil workers in Aberdeen will be watching events in the Hague this coming Wednesday as closely as anyone.

They will be hoping that some miracle occurs so that Dutch and other international investors in Shell suddenly swing against the £35bn merger with rival BG that is coming up for a final vote.

Ben van Beurden, the Shell chief executive, will almost certainly win the day and that could result in many Scottish oil workers being sacrificed in a blitz of job cuts needed to justify the tie-up. read more

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Shell’s plan to take over BG is still in the pipeline

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Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 09.03.45Sunday 24 January 2016 08.59 GMT

It’s nine months since Shell announced it was buying BG Group in an agreed £47bn deal and almost everything has changed. Back in April, the oil price appeared to be recovering from its fall below $50 a barrel but the price has since plunged below $30. The International Energy Agency warned last week it could fall further in a world “awash” with oil.

Shell and BG shareholders vote on the takeover this week but, despite the industry’s dire state, they will approve the deal, now worth £35bn to reflect Shell’s depressed share price. This is partly due to faith in the ability of Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, to make it work. It’s also because most big shareholders don’t want to rock the boat in public with a company as powerful as Shell. Only Standard Life has broken ranks by declaring it would vote against. read more

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Shareholders smile on Shell-BG tie-up

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Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 08.29.05Dominic O’Connell Published: 24 January 2016

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL is expected to seal its takeover of rival oil and gas producer BG this week, with shareholders of both companies likely to vote in favour of the tie-up.

The deal, the largest in oil and gas for a decade, will create a British giant, bringing together companies with market values of £89bn (Shell) and £33.5bn (BG).

Some Shell investors have criticised the deal and vowed to vote against it, saying the tumbling oil price has made it unattractive. Shell’s boss Ben van Beurden has said oil needs to be above $60 a barrel over 20 to 30 years for the deal to pay off. Brent crude closed last week at $32.18 a barrel. read more

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Shell-BG deal set to get the green light this week

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By GEOFF HOSun, Jan 24, 2016

Since the Anglo-Dutch oil giant unveiled its recommended takeover offer for BG last April, the price of crude oil has continued its descent and is now 41 per cent lower than when the deal was announced.

Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 08.40.14On Friday the price of Brent crude oil closed at $31.18 (£21.86).

The collapse in the price of oil has led a number of Shell’s key investors, such as Standard Life Investments, to question whether or not it should proceed.

Despite their concerns, a number of them also own shares in BG and are believed to be prepared to approve the deal, reasoning that the two firms would be stronger together. read more

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