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Shell signs five-year contract to supply PetroChina with carbon neutral LNG

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Shell signs five-year contract to supply PetroChina with carbon neutral LNG

LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) – Oil major Shell (RDSa.L) has signed a five-year contract with PetroChina (601857.SS) to supply the Chinese company with carbon-neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargos, Shell said on Monday.

Reporting by Susanna Twidale, editing by Louise Heavens FULL ARTICLE
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Chevron, partners go ahead with $4 bln project at Gorgon LNG

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Chevron, partners go ahead with $4 bln project at Gorgon LNG

MELBOURNE, July 2 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp (CVX.N) and its partners in the Gorgon LNG project off Western Australia have agreed to go ahead with a $4 billion project to improve gas recovery from offshore wells and keep the huge liquefied natural gas plant filled for 40 years.

Chevron is the operator of Gorgon LNG and owns 47% of the project. Its partners are Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N), Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L), Osaka Gas (9532.T), Tokyo Gas (9531.T) and JERA (9501.T)(9502.T). read more

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Shell buys BP’s stake in North Sea field, scrapping previous deal

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Shell buys BP’s stake in North Sea field, scrapping previous deal

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Friday it had agreed to acquire BP’s (BP.L) 27.5% stake in the Shearwater North Sea gas field, raising its stake in the field to 55.5%.

Reporting by Ron Bousso, editing by Louise Heavens SOURCE
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Shell plans to bid in Norway’s 1st offshore wind tender

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Shell plans to bid in Norway’s 1st offshore wind tender

OSLO, June 17 (Reuters) – Oil major Shell (RDSa.L) teamed up with Norwegian utilities BKK and Lyse to bid in the Nordic country’s first offshore wind tender expected next year, the companies said on Thursday.

Shell has been active in oil and gas extraction on the Norwegian continental shelf for several decades, and like many of its peers sees offshore wind as a cross-over technology in a bid to become carbon neutral in its operations. read more

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Former Shell U.S. President John Hofmeister dies at 73

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Former Shell U.S. President John Hofmeister dies at 73

: June 7, 2021

Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister, who led the oil major’s U.S. efforts to help restore investor confidence after an accounting scandal nearly two decades ago and later set up an energy advocacy group, has died. read more

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OPEC, Russia seen gaining more power with Shell Dutch ruling

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OPEC, Russia seen gaining more power with Shell Dutch ruling

Dmitry Zhdannikov: June 1, 2021

Climate activists who scored big against Western majors last week had some unlikely cheerleaders in the oil capitals of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Russia.

Defeats in the courtroom and boardroom mean Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L), ExxonMobil (XOM.N) and Chevron (CVX.N) are all under pressure to cut carbon emissions faster. That’s good news for the likes of Saudi Arabia’s national oil company Saudi Aramco… read more

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Baton Rouge-based firm bids $1.25 bln for Shell’s idled Louisiana refinery

Baton Rouge-based firm bids $1.25 bln for Shell’s idled Louisiana refinery

CONTRIBUTOR: : PUBLISHED MAY 24, 2021 2:07AM EDT

HOUSTON, May 24 (Reuters) – American Clean Energy Refining LLC (ACER) is bidding to buy an idled refinery of Royal Dutch Shell Plc RDSa.L in Convent, Louisiana, the chief executive of the Baton Rouge-based company said on Sunday night.

ACER has offered $1.25 billion for the idled 211,146 barrel-per-day (bpd) Convent refinery, which was shut in December 2020, Chief Executive Officer George Dabbs said.

A Shell spokesman was not immediately available for comment. read more

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U.S. Supreme Court backs energy companies over Baltimore in climate case

U.S. Supreme Court backs energy companies over Baltimore in climate case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of BP PLC, Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other energy companies contesting a lawsuit filed by the city of Baltimore seeking monetary damages from them due to costs caused by global climate change.

The 7-1 ruling, authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, came on a technical legal issue that could help the companies in their effort to have the case heard in federal court, as they would prefer, instead of state court, which the city favors as it is seen as a more amenable venue. read more

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Shell tells Tunisia it plans to exit upstream activities next year

Shell tells Tunisia it plans to exit upstream activities next year

TUNIS (Reuters) -Royal Dutch Shell has informed Tunisian authorities it will hand back upstream concessions and leave the country next year as it turns its focus to renewable energy, Rania Marzouki a senior official in the energy ministry, told Reuters.

Shell’s departure will mean the Miskar concession in southern city of Gabes will be handed back to the government, she said, and Shell has also requested the early hand-back of the Asdrubal permit, which expires in 2035. read more

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Cheniere and Shell deliver carbon-neutral U.S. LNG to Europe

Cheniere and Shell deliver carbon-neutral U.S. LNG to Europe

Sabrina Valle: 

U.S. liquefied natural gas company Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG.A)said Tuesday it supplied a carbon neutral cargo to Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) as part of a long-term agreement, joining a list of sellers neutralizing emissions as more buyers commit to environmental targets.

“I think offering climate solutions to our customers is going to be a bigger and bigger portion of our business,” Cheniere Chief Executive Jack Fusco said during the company’s first quarter earnings call. read more

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New York City sues Exxon, BP, Shell in state court over climate change

New York City sues Exxon, BP, Shell in state court over climate change

By Reuters Staff: April 22, 2021

(Reuters) – New York City is suing three major oil companies and the top industry trade group in state court after a federal appeals court this month rejected its effort to hold the companies liable to help pay the costs of harm caused by global warming.

The lawsuit filed on Thursday said Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell and industry group the American Petroleum Institute “have systematically and intentionally misled consumers” about “the central role their products play in causing the climate crisis.” read more

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Brazil sees solar boom ahead of cut in subsidies for new projects

Brazil sees solar boom ahead of cut in subsidies for new projects

FILE PHOTO: A photovoltaic solar panel farm is seen in Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo state, Brazil February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

By : 2 MIN READ: APRIL 20, 2021

(Reuters) – Power utilities and developers are rushing to register solar projects in Brazil, one of the most promising markets for renewables, as it prepares to cut subsidies for new solar installations and wind farms, according to a report by consultancy ePowerBay.

Spain´s Iberdrola, France´s Voltalia, EDF, Italy´s Enel and Portugal´s EDP Renewables are among the main players developing solar projects in Brazil, as well as Atlas Energia, controlled by the British private equity firm Actis, ePowerBay said on Tuesday.

Only projects registered with the electricity industry regulator ANEEL by March 2022 will benefit from the subsidies, which will be scrapped. The subsidies halve the price renewable projects pay for the usage of transmission networks.

“Certainly the looming end of the subsidy has accelerated the seeking of approval for new projects by developers, primarily for the solar ones,” the consultancy said.

Last September, before the government proposed the law cutting subsidies, investors had filed requests with ANEEL for the development of 8.7 gigawatts (GW) in new renewable projects. In March, after the law passed, requests for new projects jumped to 18 GW, lead by solar projects.

The volume of projects seeking approval in just the month of March surpasses many times over the total capacity of solar parks currently operational in Brazil (3.3 GW).

According to ePowerBay, Voltalia registered 4 GW in new solar projects with ANEEL, followed by Iberdrola (2.1 GW), EDP Renewables (1.75GW), Atlas (1.2GW), EDF (1GW), and Enel Green Power (910 megawatts).

Oil majors are also betting on the Brazilian renewables market, the consultancy said, with Royal Dutch Shell registering solar projects totaling 1.5GW, while Total Eren, owned by France´s Total, has already obtained approval for 49 megawatts in solar projects.

Reporting by Luciano Costa in Sao Paulo; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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Shell to trial use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore

Shell to trial use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore

Jessica Jaganathan: April 21, 2021

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Wednesday it was conducting a feasibility study with partners to trial the use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore, the first such move for the oil major.

If successful, the trial will pave the way for cleaner, hydrogen-powered shipping, the company said, adding that its analysis points to hydrogen with fuel cells as the zero-emissions technology having the greatest potential to help the shipping sector achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. read more

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ZeroAvia raises fresh cash for zero-emission hydrogen planes

ZeroAvia raises fresh cash for zero-emission hydrogen planes

Other existing investors, including Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures and energy giant Royal Dutch Shell also joined this funding round…

By Nick Carey: 2 MIN READ: MARCH 31, 2021 / 11:19 AM

LONDON (Reuters) – Hydrogen plane startup ZeroAvia said on Wednesday it had secured $24.3 million in a third funding round from investors, including British Airways, which it will use to develop a regional zero-emissions aircraft that can seat more than 50 people. read more

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Shell To Tie Executive Bonus Pays With Energy Transition Goals

Shell To Tie Executive Bonus Pays With Energy Transition Goals

By Tsvetana Paraskova – Mar 29, 2021, 11:30 AM CDT

Oil and gas supermajor Shell is set to tie the bonuses for its top executive directors more closely to the group’s performance in reaching its net-zero goals, if shareholders approve the plan at the annual general meeting in May, Reuters reported on Monday.

Two years ago, Shell became the first supermajor to set short-term emission reduction targets and link these targets with executive pay, yielding to growing investor pressure about establishing short-term emission goals. read more

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Chevron eyes deal for Shell oil refinery in Pacific Northwest -sources

Chevron eyes deal for Shell oil refinery in Pacific Northwest -sources

HOUSTON, March 26 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp has emerged as a leading contender to buy a Royal Dutch Shell Plc refinery in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Shell has been trying to sell its 145,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Puget Sound refinery in Anacortes, Washington, for at least a year. Reuters reported in January 2020 that the refinery was for sale. read more

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Timeline: Nigeria’s OPL 245 oilfield licence bribery cases

Timeline: Nigeria’s OPL 245 oilfield licence bribery cases

LONDON (Reuters) – An Italian court acquitted Royal Dutch Shell and Italy’s Eni on Wednesday of corruption in one of the oil industry’s biggest court cases centred around the acquisition of a Nigerian oilfield in 2011.

Italian prosecutors alleged that most of the $1.3 billion purchase price for the licence for the offshore oilfield known as OPL 245 was siphoned off to politicians and middlemen. read more

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Shell mulls sale of non-operated assets in Malaysia

Shell mulls sale of non-operated assets in Malaysia

By Reuters Staff: March 13, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Malaysia unit said it is considering selling its stakes in two production-sharing contracts it does not operate off the coast of Sarawak state.

In a statement on Friday, Shell Malaysia said the decision to consider divestment options is part of Shell Group’s strategy to focus and increase resilience and competitiveness in its upstream business.

The Baram Delta EOR and the SK307 production-sharing contracts are operated by Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, a unit of state energy firm Petronas. Sarawak Shell Berhad owns a 40% equity interest in Baram Delta and 50% in SK307, with Petronas Carigali holding the remainder. read more

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Shell’s oil trading earnings double in 2020 to $2.6 bln

Shell’s oil trading earnings double in 2020 to $2.6 bln

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s 2020 earnings from crude oil and refined products trading nearly doubled from the previous year to $2.6 billion, according to the company’s annual report.

Reporting by Ron Bousso; Editing by Edmund Blair

SOURCE

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Shell pushes back Deer Park, Texas, refinery restart to March 13 – sources

Shell pushes back Deer Park, Texas, refinery restart to March 13 – sources

Mon, 8 March 2021

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc pushed back the restart of its 318,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery to March 13, said sources familiar with plant operations on Monday.

Shell spokesman Curtis Smith declined comment.

Shell had planned to restart the 270,000-bpd DU-2 crude distillation unit (CDU), the largest at the refinery, by early this week, the sources said. read more

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Gazprom makes first delivery of carbon-neutral LNG to Europe

Gazprom makes first delivery of carbon-neutral LNG to Europe

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Monday it had delivered its first carbon-neutral shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe.

Gazprom said its shipment of Russian LNG, which it said was made carbon neutral by offsetting emissions resulting from its production and transport, had been delivered to Royal Dutch Shell at the Dragon terminal in Wales.

Carbon-neutral LNG typically involves companies supporting nature-based projects that reduce emissions to offset those generated from the exploration and production of natural gas. read more

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With oil past peak, Shell sharpens 2050 zero emissions goal

By Ron Bousso and Shadia Nasralla

LONDON (Reuters) – Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell vowed to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050, raising its ambition from previous targets, as its oil output declines from a 2019 peak.

The Anglo-Dutch company is in the midst of its largest overhaul yet as it prepares to expand its renewables and low-carbon business in the face of growing investor pressure on the oil and gas sector to battle climate change.

Shell last year laid out a plan to reach net zero by 2050, in line with the Paris climate agreement and European Union ambitions, but it said the goal depended on its customers. read more

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Canada’s Crescent Point to buy Shell’s Kaybob assets for C$900 mln

Canada’s Crescent Point to buy Shell’s Kaybob assets for C$900 mln

Feb 17 (Reuters) – Canadian oil and gas producer Crescent Point Energy Corp said it has agreed to buy Kaybob Duvernay assets in Alberta from oil major Royal Dutch Shell’s unit for C$900 million ($708.77 million). ($1 = 1.2698 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Rithika Krishna in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr) SOURCE
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Europe pulls ahead in race for hydrogen, as global project pipeline grows: report

Hydrogen Council members – including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BMW, Microsoft Corp and Sinopec – plan to increase hydrogen investments six-fold through 2025, from 2019 levels.

Europe pulls ahead in race for hydrogen, as global project pipeline grows: report

FILE PHOTO: The new Febus hydrogen bus is seen before a presentation in Pau, France, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

By : FEBRUARY 17, 2021

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Most of the world’s planned hydrogen projects and the biggest chunk of related investments this decade are expected to be in Europe, an industry report said on Wednesday, as the continent races to scale up the low-carbon fuel to meet climate goals. read more

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Shell Deer Park, Texas, refinery and chemical plant shut – company

Shell Deer Park, Texas, refinery and chemical plant shut – company

Reuters Staff: FEBRUARY 16, 2021

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut its 318,000 barrel-per-day joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery because of severe cold weather, the company said on Tuesday

The company’s adjoining chemical plant was also shut.

“Shell’s Deer Park facility has shut down due to unprecedented weather in the region,” the company said in an email. “As a result, flaring is expected to increase in the near term. There is no threat to the surrounding community and we continue to contribute power to the regional grid by way of our cogeneration facilities.” read more

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Shell Shuts Down 310,000 Bpd Deer Park Refinery

Shell Shuts Down 310,000 Bpd Deer Park Refinery

By Charles Kennedy – Feb 15, 2021, 9:30 AM CST

Shell has shut down the crude distillation units of its Deer Park refinery due to a malfunction, Reuters has reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

The two crude distillation units have a combined capacity of 310,000 barrels of oil daily. According to the Reuters sources, they were shut down after a seal failed on a pump that feeds crude to other units at the refinery. read more

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Shell plans show steep curve ahead for carbon offset market

Shell plans show steep curve ahead for carbon offset market

By Reuters: FEBRUARY 12, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has set forth plans for nature-based carbon offsets, derived from forestry and soil stewardship projects, which outstrip the entire global market in its current form, as do its carbon capture and storage (CCS) capacity aims.

Graphic: Shell’s carbon offset ambition

Graphic: Big Oil’s 2019 greenhouse gas emissions Big Oil’s 2019 greenhouse gas emissions read more

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Shell LNG Canada’s coronavirus restart plan approved

Shell LNG Canada’s coronavirus restart plan approved

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Feb 12 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s LNG Canada export project in British Columbia has won approval from health officials for construction to ramp back up with improved coronavirus protection measures.

Work at the site was curtailed last month by an order from the Provincial Health Officer which applied to five major industrial projects in British Columbia, including LNG Canada.

“Our approved restart and measured workforce increase at the project site will continue over the coming months,” LNG Canada and JGC I Fluor, the engineering joint venture building the project, said in a statement on Thursday. read more

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Hedge funds bet on oil’s ‘big comeback’ after pandemic hobbles producers

Hedge funds bet on oil’s ‘big comeback’ after pandemic hobbles producers

FILE PHOTO: A combination of file photos shows the logos of five of the largest publicly traded oil companies; BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and Total. REUTERS/File Photo

TORONTO (Reuters) – Hedge funds are turning bullish on oil once again, betting the pandemic and investors’ environmental focus has severely damaged companies’ ability to ramp up production. 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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Investors see splits among energy company climate efforts

Investors see splits among energy company climate efforts

(Reuters) – Investors are judging how well energy companies have reoriented their businesses to cut emissions as they weigh activists’ calls for divestment, climate finance specialists said on Thursday.

Growing differences between oil majors have clarified when companies are positioned to achieve “net-zero” emissions, becoming more focused on renewable power and offsetting remaining greenhouse gas emissions with measures like carbon sequestration or conservation efforts, specialists said at a Reuters Next panel held online. 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 warns of flaring at Dutch Pernis oil refinery due to ‘malfunctioning’ unit

Shell warns of flaring at Dutch Pernis oil refinery due to ‘malfunctioning’ unit

By Reuters Staff: DECEMBER 21, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell warned on Twitter on Monday of increased flaring at its 400,000 barrel per day Dutch Pernis oil refinery, Europe’s largest, due to a “malfunctioning” unit which it did not name.

Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar and Shadia Nasralla; editing by David Evans

SOURCE

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Layoffs at shuttered Shell Convent, Louisiana, refinery to begin in late Feb -sources

Layoffs at shuttered Shell Convent, Louisiana, refinery to begin in late Feb -sources

By Reuters Staff: DECEMBER 18, 2020

HOUSTON (Reuters) -Layoffs of hourly workers at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s shuttered Convent, Louisiana, refinery are scheduled to begin on the last day of February, said sources familiar with plant operations.

The next round of layoffs is scheduled for March 31, the sources said.

A Shell spokesman did not reply to a request for comment.

About 350 hourly workers will leave jobs they have performed for years at the 211,146 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery located 46 miles (74 km) west of New Orleans. read more

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TIMELINE-Nord Stream 2: Russia to Germany gas pipeline’s difficult birth

TIMELINE-Nord Stream 2: Russia to Germany gas pipeline’s difficult birth

Maarten Wetselaar, Klaus Schaefer, Mario Mehren, Alexey Miller, Gerhard Schroeder, Isabelle Kocher, Gerard Mestrallet, Rainer Seele, and Matthias Warnig after signing of financing agreements for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project on April 24, 2017

Reuters Staff: DECEMBER 11, 2020

Dec 11 (Reuters) – Russia has resumed construction of the politically-charged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, laying pipes after a one-year hiatus prompted by U.S. sanctions, the pipeline operator said on Friday. 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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Oil majors wipe $80 billion off books as epidemic, energy transition bite

Oil majors wipe $80 billion off books as epidemic, energy transition bite

By Ron Bousso:

By Ron Bousso

LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s top energy companies have slashed the value of their oil and gas assets by around $80 billion (60.05 billion pounds) in recent months after revising lower the long-term outlook for fuel prices in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic and the energy transition.

Exxon Mobil, the largest U.S. oil company, announced on Monday it would write down the value of natural gas properties by $17 billion to $20 billion, its biggest ever impairment following the sharp drop in energy prices this year. read more

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SSE, Equinor sign PPA for UK Dogger Bank offshore wind farm first phases

SSE, Equinor sign PPA for UK Dogger Bank offshore wind farm first phases

By Reuters Staff: NOVEMBER 24, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – SSE and Equinor have agreed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the first two phases of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm they are developing off the coast of Britain, the companies said on Tuesday.

Separate PPA’s totalling 2.4 gigawatts of capacity for power from Dogger Bank A and B have been reached with Orsted, Shell Energy Europe Ltd, Danske Commodities and SSE’s energy supply business, SSE and Equinor said in a statement. read more

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Shell hires Orsted’s Brostrom to lead global renewables unit

Shell hires Orsted’s Brostrom to lead global renewables unit

By Reuters Staff: October 23, 2020 read more

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Shell says Pennsylvania ethane cracker about 70% complete

Shell says Pennsylvania ethane cracker about 70% complete

By Reuters Staff: October 9, 2020

Oct 9 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Friday its multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex near Pittsburgh was about 70% complete and remains on track to enter service in the early 2020s.

After temporarily suspending construction activities on the ethane cracker in March to limit the spread of coronavirus, Shell said it has been re-introducing workers at a measured pace – bringing the total number of workers on site to about 6,500. read more

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TIMELINE-Twists and turns in Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany

TIMELINE-Twists and turns in Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany

By Reuters Staff: OCTOBER 7, 2020

Oct 7 (Reuters) – Poland has fined Russia’s Gazprom more than $7.6 billion for building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline without Warsaw’s approval, its watchdog said on Wednesday.

Russia’s bid to double its gas export capacity across the Baltic Sea has prompted opposition, including U.S. sanctions, stalling completion of the $11 billion pipeline.

In addition to Europe’s increased reliance on Russian gas, opponents are wary of Moscow’s motives as the pipeline will allow it to curb gas transit via Ukraine, cutting off a source of revenue for Kiev. read more

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Big Oil’s $110 billion asset sale target could prove big ask

Big Oil’s $110 billion asset sale target could prove big ask

By Ron Bousso: October 1, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Leading energy companies are hoping to sell dozens of oil and gas fields and refineries worth more than $110 billion to curb both their ballooning debt and their carbon footprints.

But with the outlook for oil and gas prices uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic and a shift to cleaner energy, finding buyers and striking deals might prove tricky.

“This is not a very good time to sell assets,” Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said while presenting the French giant’s strategy to switch to renewables on Wednesday. read more

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Kosmos Energy to sell some exploration assets to Shell

COMMODITIES: SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 / 8:01 AM

Kosmos Energy to sell some exploration assets to Shell

(Reuters) – Oil and gas producer Kosmos Energy said on Wednesday it agreed to sell certain exploration assets in Africa and South America to a unit of Royal Dutch Shell for up to $200 million.

Shell will acquire the company’s participating interest in blocks offshore São Tomé and Príncipe, Suriname, Namibia and South Africa, Kosmos said in a statement.

Kosmos said it plans to use up to one-third of the initial sale proceeds of $100 million to test two high-quality infrastructure-led exploration prospects in the Gulf of Mexico. read more

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Kazakh gas station chain scraps Shell/Gulf franchise plans -sources

Kazakh gas station chain scraps Shell/Gulf franchise plans -sources

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

MOSCOW/NUR-SULTAN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – PetroRetail, operator of Kazakhstan’s biggest gas station network, has scrapped plans to switch to either Shell or a Gulf brand and will instead revive its own Qazaq Oil brand, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

PetroRetail in a statement to Reuters confirmed plans to use its own brand but declined to disclose details.

The company, which purchased hundreds of gas stations from state energy firm KazMunayGaz in 2018, has moved to cut costs, including spending on brands, in the wake of a sharp drop in fuel demand due to the pandemic, market players say. read more

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INSIGHT- In the run-up to U.S. election, drilling lobby promotes natural gas as ‘clean’

INSIGHT- In the run-up to U.S. election, drilling lobby promotes natural gas as “clean”

By Valerie Volcovici, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Matthew Green: AUGUST 18, 2020

WASHINGTON/LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – America’s biggest oil and gas lobby group is ramping up its advertising spending ahead of the November election to persuade voters that natural gas is a climate-friendly fuel, according to ad buying data.

The campaign by the American Petroleum Institute (API), targeted at younger voters and some tight congressional races, is part of a global battle by the drilling industry to assuage growing fears over the role of natural gas in driving climate change. read more

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Unit failure at Shell’s Pernis oil refinery resolved

Unit failure at Shell’s Pernis oil refinery resolved

AUGUST 18, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – A unit failure at Royal Dutch Shell’s 404,000 barrel per day Pernis oil refinery in Rotterdam on Aug. 17 has been resolved, the company said on Twitter on Tuesday

The oil major said on Monday that the unit failure had led to flaring at the refinery, without identifying the unit in question.

Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar; Editing by David Goodman

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Oil refiners shut plants as demand losses seen continuing

FACTBOX-Oil refiners shut plants as demand losses seen continuing

AUGUST 17, 2020 / 6:01 AM

Aug 17 (Reuters) – Oil refiners are permanently closing processing plants in Asia and North America and facilities in Europe could be next as uncertain prospects for a recovery in fuel demand after the coronavirus pandemic triggered losses.

The pandemic initially cut global fuel demand 30% and refiners temporarily idled plants. But consumption has not returned to pre-pandemic levels and lower travel may be here to stay, leading to tough decisions for permanent shutdowns. Here are some of the plants involved: read more

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Shell avoids loss with strong trading, wipes $17 billion off assets

Shell avoids loss with strong trading, wipes $17 billion off assets

Ron BoussoShadia Nasralla: JULY 30, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) avoided its first quarterly loss in recent history, helped by a booming trading business, but announced nearly $17 billion in impairment charges reflecting a pessimistic outlook for oil and gas prices.

Shell had warned last month it was set to slash the value of its oil and gas assets by up to $22 billion as the coronavirus crisis hollowed out energy demand.

“Shell has delivered resilient cash flow in a remarkably challenging environment,” CEO Ben van Beurden said in a statement on Thursday. read more

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Exclusive: Raízen, Wilmar set to end sugar trading venture RAW – sources

Exclusive: Raízen, Wilmar set to end sugar trading venture RAW – sources

Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira and Maytaal Angel; editing by Jonathan Oatis: 02 JULY 2020

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Brazil’s Raízen, the world’s largest sugar-making company, and Asian commodities trader Wilmar International (WLIL.SI) are set to end their partnership in the global sugar trading joint venture RAW, four sources familiar with the process said.

The joint venture, formed in 2016, was the second-largest trader of Brazilian sugar, with volumes around 4 million tonnes annually, and its dissolution will make the market more fragmented. read more

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DNV GL approves Shell’s CO2 technology use at Fortum’s plant

DNV GL approves Shell’s CO2 technology use at Fortum’s plant

JULY 2, 2020 OSLO, July 2 (Reuters) – EShell’s carbon dioxide capture technology has been approved for use at Fortum’s waste-to-energy plant in Oslo, the risk management and quality assurance firm DNV GL said on Thursday.

Fortum plans to build a full scale CO2 capture facility at the plant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 400,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of emissions from 200,000 cars.

The pilot project showed that Shell’s CONSOLV CO2 technology could capture more than 90% of CO2 from the flue gas, DNV GL, which certifies that technology is as described and meets existing standards, said in a statement.

“The third-party technology qualification by DNV GL gave us confidence that the project risk related to implementing the Shell technology was low,” said Jannicke Gerner Bjerkas, the head of the project at the plant. read more

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