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Designate Groningen earthquakes a national crisis, Ombudsman says

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Designate Groningen earthquakes a national crisis, Ombudsman says

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021

The consequences of the fracking earthquakes in Groningen have all the features of a national crisis and should therefore be designated as such, National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen said. He wants this to keep attention on the situation in Groningen until homes are reinforced, damages are repaired, and residents feel safe, Trouw reports.

“I wanted to choose words that hit so hard that people think: damn it, now we really have to do something,” the National Ombudsman said in an interview with Trouw. “In one way or another, the attention for Groningen is disappearing. Things are taking too long, and the good things don’t really happen. This is a national crisis, which the government and administration have to deal with differently.” read more

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Joe Lycett to tackle greenwashing for Channel 4

Joe Lycett to tackle greenwashing for Channel 4

By Harry Bennett: Monday, 11th October 2021

Lycett will focus on the energy giant Shell and their marketing as they continue to search for new oil reserves.

In May 2021, the International Energy Agency published a report that outlined a plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, including a call for an end to the exploration and development of new oil fields.

That same month, the District Court in The Hague judged that Shell’s parent company, Royal Dutch Shell, currently “disregards its individual responsibility” to reduce its overall emissions. It ordered the group to start reducing them by 45% by 2030, but they confirmed in July 2021 that they will appeal the ruling. read more

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Shell CEO Says Company Will Appeal Climate Ruling

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Shell CEO Says Company Will Appeal Climate Ruling

by Bloomberg| Laura Hurst & Diederik Baazil | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

(Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it will appeal a ruling by a Dutch court which ordered it to cut its carbon emissions by 45% over the next decade.

Shell has said it will speed up its energy transition plans in response to the order, but is looking to overturn it so it can stick to its own climate timetable. After intense pressure from investors, the May 26 ruling showed companies’ hands may increasingly be forced by courts, and result in far-reaching implications for the global energy industry. read more

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Exxon’s defeat in a boardroom battle is a turning point for social activism.

Exxon’s defeat in a boardroom battle is a turning point for social activism.

June 10, 2021, 4:59 a.m. ET

An activist investor successfully waged a battle to install three directors on the board of Exxon Mobil last week with the goal of pushing the energy giant to reduce its carbon footprint. The investor, a hedge fund called Engine No. 1, was virtually unknown before the fight.

The tiny firm wouldn’t have had a chance were it not for an unusual twist: the support of some of Exxon’s biggest institutional investors. BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street voted against Exxon’s leadership and gave Engine No. 1 powerful support. These huge investment companies rarely side with activists on such issues. read more

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Shell’s Australia boss says Big Oil faces a push for faster change

Shell’s Australia boss says Big Oil faces a push for faster change

By Nick Toscano

The Australian boss of global energy giant Shell says society’s growing determination to speed up the shift to cleaner energy has driven a sharp escalation of climate pressure engulfing oil and gas producers this year.

In his first public comments since a Dutch court ordered Shell to set deeper and faster emissions cuts targeting a 45 per cent reduction by 2030, Shell Australia chairman Tony Nunan said he believed industry, governments and the public were becoming increasingly aligned on the need to achieve net-zero emissions by the middle of the century. read more

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Shell climate case verdict: ‘A stark warning to any corporate polluter’

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Shell climate case verdict: ‘A stark warning to any corporate polluter’

By Johnny White

Last week a Dutch court ruled that one of the world’s biggest oil companies, Royal Dutch Shell, must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by almost half in the next nine years.

It’s no exaggeration to say this landmark verdict, which linked the need for the fossil fuel company to decarbonise to climate science and human rights, is a watershed moment for corporate climate accountability.

The case, brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands and over 17,000 Dutch citizens, established that Shell was in breach of its duty of care under the Dutch Civil Code, informed by its human rights responsibilities, by contributing dangerously to climate change. read more

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Big Oil’s Very Bad Wednesday

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Big Oil’s Very Bad Wednesday

May 30, 2021 11:55 PM ETBNO, CVX, DBE… MV Financial

Summary

  • Those paying attention to the market chatter this week may have heard the phrase “Black Wednesday” pass the lips of pundits who study the fossil fuels industry, though the events didn’t result in any kind of immediate panic-selling by investors of energy shares.
  • At the annual shareholder meeting of Exxon Mobil, the company ceded at least two seats on its board of directors to a climate activist group called Engine No. 1.
  • At Chevron’s general meeting, shareholders voted on a measure to set strict emissions targets from the products it sells.
  • A Dutch court in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled that Royal Dutch Shell must reduce its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030 against its 2019 levels – on an absolute basis, which is stricter than the carbon intensity targets that the company prefers to use as its benchmarks. Black Tuesday 1929 turned out to be a big deal.
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    Court orders Royal Dutch Shell to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030

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    Court orders Royal Dutch Shell to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030

    Daniel Boffey: Wed 26 May 2021 15.25 BST

    A court in the Hague has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its global carbon emissions by 45% by the end of 2030 compared to 2019 levels, in a landmark case brought by Friends of the Earth and over 17,000 co-plaintiffs.

    The oil giant’s sustainability policy was found to be insufficiently “concrete” by the Dutch court in an unprecedented ruling that will have wide implications for the industry. read more

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    Shell faces Dutch court ruling on global emissions

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    Shell faces Dutch court ruling on global emissions

    By Ed Reed: 24 May 2021

    A court in The Hague will rule on May 26 on a climate case against Shell, led by Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie).

    The environmentalist case demands that Shell cut CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030. Success for the NGO would see the corporation ordered to “reduce its emissions in line with global climate goals”.

    The outcome, it said, should “impact climate policy and corporate accountability globally”. It does not seek compensation, rather a change to Shell’s business plan. read more

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    Shell Green Plans Under Scrutiny as Holders Seek More Action

    Shell Green Plans Under Scrutiny as Holders Seek More Action

    Laura Hurst

    (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc has been under increasing pressure from investors to slash emissions and pivot toward cleaner energy, and the tension was on show at its shareholder meeting on Tuesday.

    The company’s long-term energy transition plan, laid out to investors for the first time, received overwhelming support, but a competing resolution asking for stricter targets also garnered more votes than ever. Adding to the tension, shareholders were meeting as the International Energy Agency warned that all new oil and gas developments need to stop immediately for climate targets to be met. read more

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    NAM director calls for rethink on Groningen earthquake damage

    NAM director calls for rethink on Groningen earthquake damage

    Just 50 not 26,000 homes in the Groningen earthquake area need strengthening to comply with the latest safety standards, according to Johan Atema, director of gas company NAM in the NRC.

    So far 2,000 homes have been strengthened because they are vulnerable to the quakes, caused by the ground settling after natural gas has been extracted. And only half the 26,000 homes identified as being problematic have actually been inspected. read more

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    NAM disputes Groningen gas extraction earthquake damage claims

    NAM disputes Groningen gas extraction earthquake damage claims

    THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021 – 10:00

    NAM, the Dutch gas concern responsible for gas extraction in Groningen, raised doubts about the level of damage claims and the home strengthening operation in the fracking earthquake zone in the province. In a statement, NAM said that a major part of the damages was wrongly attributed to earthquakes, and that the standards of the reinforcement project are far too strict, NOS reports.

    According to NAM, the risks in the earthquake zone are grossly overestimated, and as a result, many homes will be reinforced with measures that far outweigh the risks, “for some buildings even by a factor of a thousand to ten thousand”. “This leads to unnecessary feelings of insecurity among residents and additional costs.” read more

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    OPL 245: Dan Etete says he has no case to answer in Nigeria after Italian court verdict

    OPL 245: Dan Etete says he has no case to answer in Nigeria after Italian court verdict

    22 March 2021

    Dan Etete, former minister of petroleum, says Nigerian courts must now strike out charges against him after an Italian court ruled that there was no corruption involved in the OPL 245 transaction.

    He also said Malabu Oil and Gas lost over $10 billion to the corruption allegations tied to the oil block.

    The OPL 245 deal involved the $1.3 billion purchase of an oil bloc by Royal Dutch Shell and Eni from Malabu, a company in which Etete held majority shares. read more

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    Shell Using Battery Power Storage for EV Use in Europe

    Shell Using Battery Power Storage for EV Use in Europe

    Dutch energy giant partners with Alfen for trials in Netherlands of EV forecourt system using fast chargers and battery storage, with ability to sell power back to the grid at peak times.

    Shell and Alfen have launched a pilot to trial an on-site battery-powered system to support ultra-fast electric vehicle charging at Shell’s Zaltbommel forecourt in the Netherlands.

    A Shell first, the battery-powered system offers an alternative solution to costly and time-consuming public grid upgrades by storing electricity in an on-site battery. The increased supply of energy helps power ultra-fast chargers, allowing drivers to simultaneously use the site’s two 175kW charge points. read more

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    Shell May Re-evaluate Oil Operations Onshore Nigeria

    Shell May Re-evaluate Oil Operations Onshore Nigeria

    By Charles Kennedy – Feb 05, 2021, 1:30 PM CST

    Persistent issues with theft and sabotage in the Niger Delta could prompt Shell to take a hard look at its operations onshore Nigeria, the supermajor’s chief executive Ben van Beurden said this week.

    “Our onshore oil position, despite all the efforts we put in against theft and sabotage, is under challenge,” van Beurden told reporters, as carried by Reuters, after Shell reported another set of weak Big Oil results affected by the pandemic. read more

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    Shell makes record loss in 2020 after more write-offs

    Shell makes record loss in 2020 after more write-offs

    Published date: 04 February 2021

    Shell posted a record loss in 2020 after it booked more hefty write-offs in the fourth quarter.

    Excluding inventory effects, Shell made a loss of $4.48bn in the October-December period, compared with a profit of $871mn a year earlier. The quarterly loss was largely driven by pre-announced, non-cash post-tax impairment charges of $2.7bn and charges of $1.1bn mainly for “onerous contract provisions”. read more

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    Dutch appeals court rules Shell Nigeria unit responsible for oil leaks

    Dutch appeals court rules Shell Nigeria unit responsible for oil leaks

    Reuters Staff: JANUARY 2021/ 10:32 

    AMSTERDAM, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A Dutch appeals court on Friday said that the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell was responsible for oil pipeline leaks in the Niger Delta and ordered it to pay unspecified damages farmers.

    The decision went a step further than a 2013 ruling by a lower court, saying that Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary was responsible for multiple cases of oil pollution.

    Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; editing by Jason Neely read more

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    Shell Is Back in Court for Nigeria Oil Spills Liability Ruling

    Shell Is Back in Court for Nigeria Oil Spills Liability Ruling

    Bloomberg News: Laura Hurst and Diederik Baazil: Jan 29, 2021

    (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc faces the latest ruling in a long-running legal dispute with Nigerian farmers who say the energy giant is responsible for oil leaks that have polluted their villages.

    The case is the first in which a company and its foreign subsidiary have been tried in the Netherlands for allegedly breaching duty of care abroad, and it could have far-reaching implications for future suits brought against oil firms. read more

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    Shell-Exxon aims at $2.5 bln in Dutch subsidies for carbon storage

    Shell-Exxon aims at $2.5 bln in Dutch subsidies for carbon storage

    Thu, January 14, 2021, 6:17 PM

    AMSTERDAM, Jan 14 (Reuters) – A consortium that includes oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil has requested a total of 2.1 billion euros ($2.55 billion) in subsidies for a project to store CO2 gasses in empty Dutch gas fields in the North Sea, the Dutch Economy ministry said on Thursday.

    The subsidies were requested together with industrial gas suppliers Air Liquide and Air Products for a project which aims to capture carbon dioxide emitted by factories and refineries in the Rotterdam port area in order to significantly reduce emissions in Europe’s largest sea port. read more

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    Shell climate lawsuit: Dutch activists push courts for steeper emissions cuts

    Shell climate lawsuit: Dutch activists push courts for steeper emissions cuts

    Companies that make money selling coal, oil and gas could be held more accountable if judges in the Hague order fossil fuel giant Shell to cut its emissions.

    Backed by 17,000 Dutch citizens, climate activists are wrestling fossil fuel giant Royal Dutch Shell in court over its responsibility to cut emissions to levels that comply with global treaties.

    On the last of four days of hearings in the District Court of the Hague, seven environmental groups led by Friends of the Earth Netherlands pressed the court to force the oil major to commit to the Paris Agreement target of keeping warming to 1.5C. This would mean cutting net carbon emissions by 45% from today’s levels in a decade, the campaigners say, at a time where Shell is still investing heavily in fossil fuels. read more

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    Communities in oil-rich Niger Delta pin hopes on Shell climate case

    Communities in oil-rich Niger Delta pin hopes on Shell climate case

    DAKAR, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As a legal case over energy giant Shell’s planet-heating emissions kicked off in the Netherlands, activists said the health and livelihoods of people in Nigeria’s oil-producing region would hinge on its outcome.

    Royal Dutch Shell faced its first court hearing on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by environmental and human rights groups in The Hague, the company’s headquarters. read more

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    Gas company NAM to cut hundreds of jobs as prices drop and production is squeezed

    Gas company NAM to cut hundreds of jobs as prices drop and production is squeezed

    October 15, 2020

    Dutch gas company NAM is cutting its workforce by hundreds of jobs as gas prices fall and production is cut back.

    Over the next six months, 200 to 300 of the permanent workforce of 1,300 will be able to take advantage of a voluntary redundancy scheme and a further 300 contract workers will be let go, regional paper Dagblad van het Noorden said.

    Director Johan Atema told the paper that the company had been hit by falling gas prices. ‘We are supplying almost as much gas as last year, but our income has halved,’ he said. ‘Then you are talking about a crisis situation.’ read more

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    Shell, XOM to seek arbitration against Netherlands: report

    Shell, XOM to seek arbitration against Netherlands: report

    May 29, 2020

    Shell and ExxonMobil will file an arbitration claim against the Netherlands government over compensation for the early closure of gas field, according to Global Arbitration Review (GAR).

    The companies operate the Groningen gas field through NAM — a 50-50 Dutch joint venture. Production from the onshore gas field causes earthquakes affecting local communities, which has prompted the government to shut it down early.

    NAM is working with the Dutch government and other stakeholders to fulfill its obligations to residents of the area, which include compensation for damage caused by the earthquakes. read more

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    Shell has bid in Dutch wind tender, eyes Rotterdam hydrogen plant

    AMSTERDAM, May 7 (Reuters) – Shell Netherlands said on Thursday it bid in a tender last week to build a 760 MW wind farm off the Dutch coast, and it hopes to couple it with a large new hydrogen plant it would build in Rotterdam.

    The Dutch subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell said it had entered a bid in the Hollandse Kust Noord tender, together with a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi.

    Other known bidders in the tender, the latest in a series of such auctions by the Dutch government, include Orsted of Denmark. read more

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    Shell New Energies executive steps down

    by Tom Russell in Corporate 10/01/2020

    Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President at Shell New Energies, has revealed that he is stepping down from his role after being involved with the company for 39 years. Gainsborough is to be replaced from 1st April by Elisabeth Brinton, who has been serving as Global VP Strategy & Portfolio for Shell New Energies.

    Mark Gainsborough commented on LinkedIn: “It is time for a transition of a different kind! After an amazing 39 years with Shell and almost four years leading our New Energies business, I will end my Shell career later this year. I’m looking forward to contributing to the energy transition in new ways in the next few years. Congratulations to Elisabeth Brinton, who takes the reins from April 1st, and a huge thank you to everyone for all we have achieved together.” read more

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    EBN and Shell joining geothermal heat consortium in the Netherlands

    EBN and Shell joining geothermal heat consortium in the Netherlands

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    Dutch firms to study solar-to-hydrogen project

    Dutch firms to study solar-to-hydrogen project

    By Energy Reporters  |

    Dutch transmission operator Enexis, natural gas infrastructure firm Gasunie and oil producer Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) are in discussions over plans to convert spare solar power into hydrogen.

    The three firms said a feasibility study was being conducted for sites owned by NAM, a joint venture formed by Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, in Emmen and Drenthe with the results expected in the middle of next month. 

    Enexis said: “The research is examining the conditions under which it is feasible to directly convert locally generated sustainable energy into hydrogen. And whether that energy can be transported via existing gas pipelines to customers so that this green energy still contributes to the energy transition.” read more

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    Reuters: Shell Says Gas Leak on Unit at Pernis Oil Refinery Under Control

    LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell said there was a gas leak on Friday on a unit at its 404,000 barrel per day Pernis oil refinery in the Netherlands.

    The leak has been stopped and the situation at the refinery is under control, a spokesman said.

    Shell did not specify the unit involved.

    The company separately reported on Nov 6 that while taking one of the units at Pernis offline for scheduled maintenance flaring occurred.

    Shell did not specify which unit that was.

    (Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar; editing by Jason Neely) read more

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    Shell appoints new head of downstream business

    Shell appoints new head of downstream business

    By Ron Bousso: Reuters: November 1, 2019

    * Downstream business seen as key to Shell’s energy transition

    * Vigeveno previously led Shell’s global commercial business 

    By Ron Bousso

    LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Huibert Vigeveno to head its downstream businesss, the refining, trading and marketing operations that are to become a key pillar for the oil and gas company as it transitions to cleaner energy.

    Vigeveno, 50, previously led Shell’s global commercial business and rose to prominence when he oversaw the integration of smaller rival BG Group after its $53 billion acquisition in 2016. read more

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    Remembering HON, DR BARINEM NUBARI KIOBEL’S BIRTHDAY: 23rd September

    Remembering HON, DR BARINEM NUBARI KIOBEL’S BIRTHDAY: 23rd September

    Happy Birthday HON, Dr. Barinem Nubari Kiobel. Though you are not physically with us, your spirit lives on and your memory remains fresh in our hearts. Your legacy will live forever. You shall always be remembered. We love you but Jesus Loves You more. May your precious soul continue to rest in peace. Remain in the bosom of the LORD Almighty God until we meet to part no more. Happy posthumous birthday. We Love you.

    See more information below about the career of Dr. Kiobel and a loving memorial salute by his widow. 

    Esther Kiobel (above) the widow of DR Kiobel is currently suing Royal Dutch Shell in the Dutch courts for alleged complicity in his murder.  A panel of three Dutch judges has given approval for the case to proceed. Esther is the lead plaintiff in the action brought collectively by three Ogoni 9 widows whose husbands were all hanged by the Nigerian military regime allegedly in collaboration with Shell. 

    Remembering (Hon) Dr. Barinem Nubari Kiobel

    PH.D MCOM, MBA, BBA, DIPM DIPMGT-ABE MCIM MINSTT

    Dr. Barinem Nubari Kiobel was born in Kpor Town, Gokana local Gov’t area of River State, Ogoni in Niger Delta into the family of Madam Vurage Kile Diiyor (mother) and chief Francis Kiobel Barika (father) on September 23rd, 1959. read more

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    Dutch prosecutors investigate whether small gas fields exceed output limits

    AMSTERDAM, July 12 (Reuters) – Dutch prosecutors said on Friday they were investigating whether producers at some of the country’s small gas fields had exceeded the amount they were licensed to produce.

    Gas production limits have become a sensitive issue in the Netherlands as the country tries to reduce production at its large Groningen gas field that has caused damaging earthquakes.

    Prosecution spokeswoman Marieke van der Moolen confirmed a report by regional broadcaster RTV Drente that investigations in several locations were ongoing and were taking place in collaboration with the country’s State Supervisor of Mines. read more

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    Shell’s lead in bidding for Dutch Eneco increases as Enel, Total drop out: sources

    Clara Denina, Stephen Jewkes, Toby Sterling: JUNE 24, 2019 / 4:43PM

    LONDON (Reuters) – A domestic consortium set up by Royal Dutch Shell and pension fund manager PGGM has taken a bigger lead in the race for Dutch energy company Eneco as two other contenders have dropped out, sources close to the matter said.

    French oil and gas company Total SA and Italy’s electricity giant Enel, which had teamed up with Dutch pension fund manager APG, have both withdrawn their non-binding offers, said the sources.

    One of the sources added that APG was now looking for a new partner.

    Infrastructure fund Macquarie and Japan’s biggest trading house Mitsubishi Corp are also still in the race for the company estimated by analysts to be worth about 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion), sources said. One said French nuclear energy utility EDF had also made a non-binding offer. read more

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    Wood finishes work on Shell solar plant

    Work on Shell’s first solar plant in the Netherlands is complete, according to engineering and construction firm Wood.

    The Moerdijk Solar PV Plant is a 27 megawatt (MW) development near the city of Breda.

    The new plant holds 76,000 solar PV panels and is one of the country’s largest facilities.

    Wood, who acted as Shell’s engineering contractor throughout the project, provided Shell’s clean energy team with “technical procurement expertise” during the 16-month contract. read more

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    Dutch court orders Shell to pay $2.8 million fine for 2014 plant blast

    JUNE 17, 2019 / 2:17 PM

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutch court on Monday ordered Royal Dutch Shell to pay a 2.5 million euro ($2.8 million) fine for failing to prevent an explosion at its Moerdijk facility in 2014 and for breaching emissions limits at the plant.

    The district court in Den Bosch said Shell had not done enough to prevent an incident on June 3, 2014 which resulted in a series of explosions and a large fire at the Moerdijk chemical plant.

    “The factory, employees, the surroundings and the environment were subject to great danger that day”, the court said. “This justifies a significant punishment.” read more

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    Shell Vows Not To Return Pumping Oil In Troubled Nigerian Region

    Earlier this month, a Dutch court ruled that it had the jurisdiction and would hear a damages lawsuit against Shell brought by the widows of activists executed by Nigeria’s government after the protests in Ogoniland in the 1990s.

    By Tsvetana Paraskova May 27, 2019, 4:00 PM CDT

    The Nigerian unit of Royal Dutch Shell doesn’t have any plans to return to exploring or producing oil in Ogoniland in Nigeria’s Rivers state after it ceased operations there in the 1990s, Igo Weli, General Manager, External Relations, at the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) said this weekend at the release of Shell Nigeria’s 2019 Briefing Notes.

    SPDC, as operator of the SPDC Joint Venture, carried out exploration and production operations in Ogoniland from the 1950s until the early 1990s. Production ceased in 1993 following a rise in violence, threats to staff, and attacks on facilities, Shell said. read more

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    Dutch government to review Groningen gas plans after latest quake

    By: , SA News Editor: 22 MAY 2019

    A 3.4 magnitude earthquake has hit the northern Dutch region of Groningen in the latest in a series of tremors blamed on decades of gas extraction.

    The Dutch government says it will decide in the coming weeks whether the quake should lead to a change in plans to end production from the Groningen field by 2030.

    The government has pledged to end production from the field by 2030 and to lower it as quickly as possible in coming years; output is set to fall to 19.4B cm in the year through October 2019, down from a peak of 54B cm in 2013. read more

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    Shell in court over Moerdijk blast, faces maximum fine of €2.4m

    MAY 15, 2019

    The public prosecution department says Shell should pay the maximum fine of €2.4m for the explosion on the Moerdijk industrial estate in 2014 and a further €250,000 for not taking immediate action to halt the leak of a dangerous gas in 2016.

    Shell should pay the maximum fine for the explosion because it had not done all it could to prevent the blast taking place, placing both workers and local residents in danger, the prosecutor said at a court hearing in Den Bosch on Tuesday. read more

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    Shell, Dutch unions agree to end Pernis strike on Friday

    APRIL 25, 2019 / 10:44 PM

    AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) – Dutch trade unions and oil major Royal Dutch Shell have agreed to end a wage dispute which has hit production at the company’s Pernis oil refinery and Moerdijk chemical plants in the Netherlands in recent weeks.

    CNV union spokesman Piet Verburg said unions on Friday will advise employees at Europe’s largest oil refinery and the chemical plants to end their strikes, which started on April 8.

    “Shell has offered an improved and ultimate proposal for the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Pernis and Moerdijk to the unions,” a Shell spokesman said late on Thursday. read more

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    Union workers to extend strike at Shell’s Pernis refinery -spokesman

    AMSTERDAM, April 16 (Reuters) – Dutch trade union workers decided on Tuesday to extend strike action at Royal Dutch Shell’s Pernis refinery that they said will limit production to 65 percent of capacity, union spokesman Egbert Schellenberg said.

    Schellenberg, spokesman for the FNV union, said that in addition to the action at the 404,000 barrel a day Pernis, Europe’s largest refinery, the strike will continue to prevent maintenance at Shell’s Moerdijk facility.

    (Reporting by Bart Meijer; Writing by Anthony Deutsch; editing by David Evans) read more

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    Strikes impact Shell’s Pernis oil refinery but extent unclear

    Strikes impact Shell’s Pernis oil refinery but extent unclear

    Ahmad Ghaddar: APRIL 15, 2019 LONDON (Reuters) – Striking workers at Royal Dutch Shell’s Pernis plant in the Netherlands have taken offline a thermal gasoil installation, a Dutch union said on Monday, in the first sign of any impact from industrial action on Europe’s largest oil refinery.

    Shell said earlier in the day that the unit had been shut. It later clarified that it had only repeated what the unions had said and would not comment on the status of the refinery.

    The refinery, near Rotterdam, has the capacity to process 404,000 barrels per day of oil.

    The CNV union also said strike action had disrupted planned maintenance at the adjacent Moerdijk petrochemical site.

    A Shell spokeswoman said striking workers were trying to disrupt planned maintenance on the Moerdijk Lower Olefins (MLO) unit. read more

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    Shell’s Netherlands CEO to attend parliament panel on tax

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The chief executive of Shell’s Dutch business said on Thursday she is willing to attend a parliamentary panel on tax avoidance by multinational companies, but she will not discuss Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s tax filings.

    Marjan van Loon had initially declined the invitation, saying it made more sense for the Netherlands’ business association to represent all taxpaying companies.

    She then said she would attend the April 18 meeting after Dutch lawmakers insisted that a Shell representative should be present. read more

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    Shell faces lawsuit from climate change activists over fossil fuels

    APRIL 5, 2019

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Environmentalist and human rights groups said on Friday they had started a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands to force the energy firm to cut its reliance on fossil fuels.

    The groups, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Netherlands, handed over a court summons to Shell at its headquarters in The Hague, demanding it stop extracting oil and gas and cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

    “Shell spends billions on oil and gas exploration each year, with current plans to invest just 5 percent of its budget in sustainable energy and 95 percent in exploiting fossil fuels,” the groups said. read more

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    Environmental groups to sue Shell over climate change

    By Associated Press: April 5 at 7:01 AM

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Climate activists are planning to deliver a court summons to Shell in a court case aimed at forcing the energy giant to do more to rein in carbon emissions.

    The summons is being delivered to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague on Friday afternoon.

    The move comes a year after the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth sent a letter to Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden accusing the company of “breaching its legal duty of care” by causing climate damage across the globe. read more

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    Dutch environmental groups take Shell to court over climate change

    April 5, 2019

    Environmental activists take Shell to court on Friday to try to stop the Anglo Dutch oil giant drilling for gas and oil, and to ensure it meets climate change targets.

    Some 17,000 people and six organisations have signed up to Milieudefensie’s call for co-defendants in the case, which the green group hopes will lead to a judge ‘forcing Shell to stop being a major cause of climate change.’

    The 2015 Paris agreement on climate change included a commitment to leave oil, gas and coal in the grounds as much as possible, the lobby group says. ‘These three fuels are major causes of global warning and this is why we have to stop our dependence on them as soon as possible. ‘ read more

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    Dutch Shell workers threaten to strike after rejecting labour deal

    7 March 2019

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Workers at Royal Dutch Shell’s Pernis refinery in the Netherlands might go on strike at the end of the month, after having rejected a proposed labour agreement, Dutch labour union FNV said on Thursday.

    Workers at the 400,000 barrels per day refinery will vote on possible action on March 19 and 21, FNV spokesman Egbert Vellenberg said.

    (Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

    SOURCE

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    The crooks at USB Bank and Royal Dutch Shell

    Former Shell CEO Peter Voser is an unlucky man. He had the incredible misfortune to be in charge of the bad guys at both corporate giants, Shell and UBS Bank simultaneously, while presumably being personally innocent of any criminal acts? What are the chances of that happening? The question of managerial negligence, twice-over, must surely be another matter?

    By John Donovan

    Printed below is an article published yesterday by BBC News reporting that the “Swiss banking giant UBS has been fined €3.7bn (£3.2bn; $4.2bn) in a French tax fraud case.”

    The article goes on to say that “Following similar cases in the US in 2009 and Germany in 2014, the bank accepted large fines.”

    During the period of criminal activity the then Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc – Peter Voser – was paid millions of Swiss francs in his role as a director of UBS AG. He was also a member of the governance and nominating committee and of the strategy committee. read more

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    Climate groups threaten lawsuit to force Shell to ditch oil

    Updated 0832 GMT (1632 HKT) February 12, 2019

    London (CNN Business)Climate activists are preparing legal action aimed at forcing Royal Dutch Shell to exit the oil business.

    A coalition of environmental groups in the Netherlands said Tuesday that they will hand over a court summons on April 5 if Shell does not change its business model to comply with the Paris climate accord. read more

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    Groningen gas production falling faster than planned -Dutch gov’t

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    FEBRUARY 8, 2019

    AMSTERDAM, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Gas production at the Groningen field in the north of the Netherlands is falling faster than planned, the Dutch government said on Friday.

    Output at the field will fall to 15.9 billion cubic metres (bcm) in the year ending October 2020, the government said, which is 1.5 bcm lower than originally planned.

    The Dutch government last year said it would end production by 2030 and lower it as quickly as possible in coming years, as decades of extraction have led to a series of damaging earthquakes in the region. read more

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    Dutch citizens demand end to quake-hit Groningen gas production

    Angry Dutch citizens on Thursday will ask their country’s highest court to put an immediate end to gas production in the Groningen region due to the risk of life-endangering earthquakes.

    17 Jan 2019 

    THE HAGUE: Angry Dutch citizens on Thursday will ask their country’s highest court to put an immediate end to gas production in the Groningen region due to the risk of life-endangering earthquakes.

    Decades of extraction from what once was Europe’s largest natural gas field have led to dozens of minor tremors every year, damaging thousands of homes and sparking unrest among locals.

    An unusually severe, magnitude 3.4 quake prompted the Dutch government last year to decide to end production by 2030 and to lower it as quickly as possible in coming years. read more

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