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Shell is taking on Tesla with batteries for homes

Updated 1819 GMT (0219 HKT) February 15, 2019

London (CNN Business)Royal Dutch Shell is making a bet on home battery storage as it tries to boost its sustainable energy business.

The oil giant announced Friday that it has purchased Sonnen, a German startup that makes residential battery systems that store energy generated from solar panels.

The move puts Shell in direct competition with companies such as Samsung (SSNLF), LG (LPL) and Tesla (TSLA), which makes a home battery system called the Powerwall. read more

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Shell buys German solar battery maker sonnen

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy German residential solar battery maker sonnen, as the oil and gas major expands its electricity business in its bid for a bigger role in the global transition to low-carbon energy.

Sonnen, which has 40,000 battery systems worldwide and in 2017 had sales of 65 million euros ($73 million), is the German market leader in home storage batteries and has expanded into electric vehicle charging systems.

Regulatory approval and completion of the transaction, involving Shell New Energies, was expected in the first quarter of 2019, a sonnen spokesman said, without giving a value. read more

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Shell’s first condensate cargo from Australia’s Prelude FLNG project delayed

Singapore — Shell’s first condensate cargo from the Prelude FLNG project in Australia has been delayed further from its original February load date and possibly to March, due to production issues, trade sources said Friday.

Shell did not immediately respond to an email query seeking comment.

The first Prelude condensate cargo was originally scheduled to load over January 31-February 2, shipping reports showed at the start of January. Later reports subsequently showed this was delayed to February 12-14, and then to February 24-26. read more

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Shell plans 120MW solar farm, says Sonnen has sold 3,000 units in Australia

The Australian arm of global oil major, Royal Dutch Shell, has firmed up plans to build a 120MW solar farm in Queensland’s Western Downs region, which it describes as one of many “great opportunities” to evolve and grow the business in the Australian market.

In an address to the Melbourne Mining Club on Wednesday, Shell Australia chair Zoe Yujnovich said the “well-advanced plans” for the company’s first solar farm proposed building the 400,000 panel project on land adjacent to its QGC onshore natural gas business near Wandoan. read more

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Shell proposes multi billion dollar LNG project

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Shell proposes multi billion dollar LNG project

14 February 2019

Shell and its joint venture (JV) partners are officially seeking approval to develop the Crux gas field off the coast of Western Australia.

With JV partners Seven Group and Japan’s Osaka Gas, Shell has submitted a proposal – estimated to be worth more than $2 billion – to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to develop the field, located approximately 160 km northeast of the Prelude field in WA’s Browse Basin. read more

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Shell buys up controlling stake in floating wind project

Shell buys up controlling stake in floating wind project

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Energy giant Shell has bought a controlling stake in a floating wind project planned for 2020.

Originally investing 33% in the ‘TetraSpar’ floating foundation demonstrator turbine last year, Shell will now own 66% of the project.

The development project is a partnership between Shell, Innogy and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies (SOT).

It has a project budget of almost £16 million.

The demonstrator will also utilise a Siemens Gamesa 3.6 megawatt (MW) direct drive turbine.

Testing is due to begin in 2020 at the Marine Energy Test Centre (Metcentre) near Stavanger in Norway.

James Cotter, project manager at Shell, said: “Shell is working to grow our renewable power business and sees great promise in floating wind technologies that could change the face of the offshore wind industry over the next decade. read more

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Shell and Innogy agree investment on €18m floating wind project

Energy giants Shell and Innogy have teamed up with Stiesdal Offshore Technologies (SOT) to invest in an €18m demonstration project they hope could slash the costs of installing floating wind turbines.

The trio yesterday announced the final investment decision on the TetraSpar floating wind project, firing the starter gun on work to install a turbine with a floating foundation off the Norwegian coast.

The plan is to create a turbine foundation featuring a modular structure, which would be constructed from tubular steel and incorporate a suspended keel. The companies said that because the design can be assembled on land and towed fully constructed out to sea, it should deliver significant cost savings compared to current designs for floating turbines. read more

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Shell leads the way on upstream spending plans, says GlobalData

Shell leads the way on upstream spending plans, says GlobalData

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Shell is leading the way on new-build spending plans to 2025, according to a new report from GlobalData.

The analysts forecast that the energy giant is expected to spend £42.4billion on a total of 60 upstream projects over the period..

Total global capital expenditure on new-build developments in the next six years is £657.8bn.

Behind Shell in the spending ranks Gazprom and ExxonMobil, spending £38.7bn and £33.4bn respectively.

Canada, the US and Russia can expect to see the highest spending, according to the report, along with Mozambique.

GlobalData analyst Soorya Tejomoortula said: “Shell has spread its new-build capex for the development of 60 upcoming upstream projects. read more

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Shell backs Alphabet’s power-generating kites in latest renewable bet

Makani could become a player in offshore wind power.

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas: 13 Feb 2019

Alphabet is turning yet another one of its X projects into a business, but this time it’s enlisting the help of an unusual ally. Makani Power, a venture making electricity-generating kites (see above), has become a full-fledged subsidiary of Alphabet thanks in part to a minority investment from Shell — yes, the fossil fuel giant. The two hope to shift the technology from the land to offshore, where winds are stronger. They’re betting that the kites will be easier to deploy than conventional wind farms, since they could deploy with floating buoys instead of requiring platforms that reach down to the ocean bed. read more

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Shell unveils 120 MW Queensland PV project, to supply QGC onshore gas operations

Shell Australia has “well advanced” plans for a 120 MW utility scale PV array to supply its QGC onshore gas operations in northern Queensland. The announcement was made Shell Australia Chairman Zoe Yujnovich during a speech today, in which she pointed to an Australian “energy transition” in which “electrons will play a bigger role”.

The QGC operations sprawl across a landmass the size of Belgium and is Shell’s largest LNG project globally. Image: Shell

Fossil fuel giant Shell’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations globally is set to be partly supplied by PV power. Shell Australia announced the move today, which will come in the form of a 120 MW solar farm to be developed on land that forms some of its QGC fracking operations in Queensland. The gas is liquefied, in an energy intensive process, at the 8.5 million tonne Curtis Island export facility near Gladstone – the company’s biggest LNG operation globally. read more

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‘Backflips and turmoil’: Shell CEO urges business to take lead on climate

Shell Australia chairman Zoe Yujnovich said industry must help to direct government to create a durable energy policy after more than a decade of failed energy and climate policies. CREDIT: BEN RUSHTON

By Cole Latimer: 

Shell has blasted the federal government over climate and energy policies saying business needs to take the lead on climate action, and the Coalition blaming high gas prices on exports “cannot go unchallenged”.

In a speech, Australia chief Zoe Yujnovich lashed the government’s performance on climate change and threats to cut off gas exports, saying industry needs to take the lead on climate and energy as governments are unable to “sell” their constantly changing policies. read more

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Shell aims to increase LNG exports from Egypt -executive

Shell aims to increase LNG exports from Egypt -executive

FEBRUARY 12, 2019

CAIRO, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell aims to increase liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from Egypt this year as it ramps up production from a West Delta field, the company’s country chairman Gasser Hanter said on Tuesday.

The company shipped 12 LNG cargoes from the Idku plant last year and is “hoping for more” this year, Hanter told reporters in Cairo, adding that the West Delta Deep Marine field Phase 9B project should be completed by the end of this year. read more

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Shell, Eni, Exxon among winners in Egypt’s oil and gas exploration tender

Shell, Eni, Exxon among winners in Egypt’s oil and gas exploration tender

FEBRUARY 12, 2019

CAIRO (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, BP and Exxon Mobil were among winners of Egypt’s international tender for oil and gas exploration on Tuesday, with 12 concessions awarded in total.

It marks Exxon Mobil’s entry into gas exploration in Egypt, while Shell was awarded the most concessions in the tender – three for oil and two for gas.

Neptune Energy, Merlon, Shell, Eni and state-controlled Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) were awarded seven oil exploration concessions in total in which 39 wells will be drilled, Egypt’s petroleum ministry said in a statement. read more

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Shell fuels world’s first cruise ship powered by LNG

12 February 2019 13:33

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.12

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

Royal Dutch Shell has fuelled the world’s first cruise ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Trend reports citing the company’s Twitter page.

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with an average of 86,000 employees in more than 70 countries. Its operations are divided into the company’s businesses: Upstream, Integrated Gas and New Energies, Downstream. read more

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Shell wins most blocks in Egypt oil and gas tender; Exxon makes debut

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Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Eni (NYSE:E), BP and Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) are among the winners of Egypt’s international tender for oil and gas exploration, with 12 concessions awarded in total.

The tender marks XOM’s entry into gas exploration in Egypt, while Shell is awarded the most concessions – three for oil and two for gas.

Egypt expects investments of at least $750M-$800M in the first stage of exploration in the 12 concessions, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla says. 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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Shell, Mitsubishi and Brazil’s Pátria in $700 million power JV in Rio

FEBRUARY 11, 2019 / 8:55 PM

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Brazil’s private equity group Pátria Investimentos and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, on Monday said they would invest $700 million to build and operate a gas-fired power plant in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The joint venture will build the Marlim Azul thermal power plant with capacity of 565 megawatts (MW) in Macaé, along Rio’s coast, and will use natural gas supplied by Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. Pátria will have 50.1 percent of the venture, with 29.9 percent held by Shell and 20 percent by Mitsubishi. 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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Safety strife for Shell’s LNG giant Prelude

The Prelude project will be fired up 475 kilometres north-east of Broome, ready to liquefy natural gas straight from the ocean floor and ship it around the world.

Peter Milne: The West Australian: 

Shell has struggled through a series of safety missteps as it readies its cutting-edge Prelude floating LNG vessel for production.

Shell reported 17 incidents to the offshore safety regulator NOPSEMA between May and October 2018 that the regulator classified as dangerous occurrences.

The reports, obtained by WestBusiness through a freedom of information request, show the challenges facing hundreds of WA workers that have helicoptered about 500km back and forth between Broome and the 488m-long giant since it arrived from South Korea in July 2017.

One difficulty with floating LNG vessels is that an LNG carrier must berth alongside as the two vessels bob about in the sea, unlike floating oil production facilities that offload oil to a tanker a safe distance away through long flexible hoses.

In early May 2018 Shell tried to bring the LNG carrier Gallina alongside.

A tow rope to a tug failed when the 290m-long carrier was just 50m from Prelude and the operation had to be aborted.

That problem was caused by a tow rope that was incorrectly assembled.

Nine days later something as trivial as wrongly shaped plastic thwarted another attempt to load LNG on to Prelude.

It was thought the Gallina was safely secured to the Prelude by 16 mooring lines that ran through guides on the Prelude called fairleads. As the crew prepared to connect the LNG loading arms a mooring line failed and the Gallina was released and pulled away.

Afterwards it was found that all 16 lines had been significantly damaged by rubbing against sharp edges of nylon liners in the fairleads.

This seemingly trifling detail could have caused a “complete mooring failure” with “potential for serious consequences” if it had occurred later while LNG was being transferred.

Two weeks later the Gallina successfully offloaded its LNG and Prelude had gas to power itself and test its processing plant.

However, having gas on board the Prelude increased the risks Shell had to manage.

A flange leaked near the LNG loading arms as super-cold -162C LNG sitting at the bottom of a pipe caused it to contract and bend.

Another type of gas, hydrogen sulphide, was released when construction debris from the Korean shipyard was being removed from a tank and the area was evacuated.

In July a fire damper intended to keep gas from entering the air-conditioning system for the accommodation quarters failed to close when tested but was repaired quickly.

In August, Prelude lost all its power supply when a pump sending water to a gas-fired boiler tripped.

All workers on the Prelude and the attached 750-bed Posh Arcadia floating hotel went to their muster stations as the diesel emergency generators powered up to supply essential services.

But a transformer failed and the system to cover the deck with firefighting foam was left without power and unable to operate.

Other problems included a test of a system to cover the top of LNG tanks with a deluge of water in an emergency that found it delivered only half the planned amount of water as the system used undersized valves.

There was a small fire when dust in an oxygen cylinder valve ignited, leading to a muster of all personnel.

Newly installed insulation on a hot high-pressure steam line was seen smouldering and when the insulation was pulled away it caught fire. The insulation had been secured by combustible tape.

A Shell spokeswoman said the company had a rigorous program on Prelude to identify and manage risk in a controlled way.

“It is not unexpected for issues to arise during this phase of a project and it is standard practice to notify NOPSEMA,” she said. “We are proud of our safety and reporting culture.”

She said Shell encouraged workers to raise safety concerns.

TEETHING PROBLEMS

2017

July: Prelude arrives from Korea

2018

May: Tow line to tug fails, mooring lines fail

June: LNG loaded onto Prelude, gas leak, flood detection not working

July: Hydrogen sulfide leak, flooded machinery room, fire dampers did not close

August: No power to fire-fighting foam

September: Smouldering insulation

October: Small fire

December: 750-bed accommodation vessel for additional workers leaves, wells opened and gas flows to Prelude.

2019

February: Preparing for first export of condensate

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The links below are to a series of articles, many triggered by a well-placed whistleblower directly involved in the pioneering Royal Dutch Shell Prelude project. Includes articles by Mr Bill Campbell, the retired distinguished HSE Group Auditor of Shell International and another retired Shell guru with a track record of spotting potential pitfalls in major Shell projects. read more

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Shell deal ‘huge step’ for Cluff’s North Sea growth, says CEO

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The chief executive of Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) has said the company’s farm-out deal with Shell will be “transformational” in its North Sea growth plans.

Yesterday CLNR announced it will farm-out 70% of its P2552 licence to Shell, along with the option for the energy giant to acquire a 50% stake in the P2437 licence.

CLNR saw its share price surge following the announcement, and CEO Graham Swindells said it gives them “clear line of sight” with Shell set to bear most of the costs.

He believes the deal will raise the profile of the company and offers a platform for growth as it aims to take on more licences in the next round from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

He said: “This takes us from a company with a portfolio of highly prospective assets to a company that’s trying to position ourselves as one of the leading independent exploration and appraisal-focussed companies in the North Sea.

“A big part of this is it provides a platform for us from which to work and build on these assets that we have farmed out.

“We have the intention to further expand and diversify our portfolio when the 32nd licensing round is opened up, hopefully in the summer of this year.” read more

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Shell agrees farm-in to Cluff North Sea licence

Shell agrees farm-in to Cluff North Sea licence

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Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) has announced it will farm-out a southern North Sea licence to Shell, with the possibility of an agreement on a second.

The deal will see CLNR farm-out 70% of its P2252 licence to the energy giant, which contains the Penascola prospect estimated to hold around 100 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Cluff will retain the remaining 30% non-operated interest and the costs will be “satisfied by each party in proportion to their working interests”.

The agreed work programme includes shooting of at least 400km2   of new seismic data over the Penascola prospect this summer to support a well investment decision before the end of 2020. read more

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Shell leads cash race but Exxon catching up

Shell leads cash race but Exxon catching up

Ron Bousso: 8 Feb 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell widened its lead over Exxon Mobil as king of cash among the world’s top oil and gas companies last year but its U.S. rival could catch up with its investment drive in new production.

The five leading firms, known as oil majors, more than tripled profits and doubled cash generation since 2016 as deep cost cutting bore fruit after an industry slump. read more

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Shell ‘has it’s eye’ on more North Sea tie-backs

Shell said it “has its eye” on more tie-back opportunities for its central North Sea gas hub.

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Shearwater plays a key role in the energy giant’s “Central Graben Strategy”, making the platform the main production site for nearby fields like Arran and Fram.

Speaking at the Subsea Expo today, UK Commercial Manager Nina Holm Vista said Shell is eyeing more opportunities to tie-back to Shearwater as part of the plan to prolong the installation’s life. read more

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Aberdeen engineering giant helps Shell develop Australian business

WOOD has won a multi-million dollar contract to work on the development of an Australian gas field.

The Aberdeen engineering giant will complete design work in connection with Shell’s Crux field, which lies around 115 miles off Western Australia.

The award provides a vote of confidence in Wood on the part of Shell, which describes Crux as an important part of its Australian gas portfolio.

Wood stepped up efforts to win business overseas in response to the crude price plunge, which took a heavy toll on the North Sea oil services business on which it used to focus. read more

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Unplanned smoke and flaring at Shell in Deer Park

Unplanned smoke and flaring at Shell in Deer Park

DEER PARK, Texas (KTRK) —

Officials are working to resolve an unplanned flaring activity at the Shell in Deer Park.

The company tweeted Wednesday that a process unit upset caused noticeable flames and smoke to appear from the facility.

Shell says they are working to control the smoke and flaring, and that there’s no danger to the surrounding community or industry neighbors.

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Shell awards FEED contract for Prelude ‘satellite’ gas platform

Offshore staff: 6 February 2019

PERTH, Australia – Shell Australia has contracted Wood and KBR to undertake integrated front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Crux gas project, 600 km (373 mi) north of Broome, offshore Western Australia.

The main facilities will comprise a remotely operated, not normally manned platform and a gas export pipeline.

Shell will use these as a source of backfill gas supply to the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas vessel, with the platform drying the gas and exporting gas/condensate to Prelude via a new 160-km (99-mi) multi-phase pipeline.

Wood and KBR’s engineering and project management teams in Perth will manage the program over 18 months, supported by Wood’s Kuala Lumpur division, providing integrated FEED for the topsides, jacket, export pipeline and subsea pipeline end manifold. read more

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Shell ponders Crux field connection to Prelude FLNG project

2019: By Rick Wilkinson OGJ Correspondent The Perth-based Australian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC has begun the approval process for a potential $2-billion (Aus.) development of its Crux natural gas-condensate field in the Browse basin license AC/L9 offshore Western Australia as a tie in to the company’s Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facilities.

Crux has long been considered a likely second phase to Shell’s $16.6-billion (Aus.) Prelude development that has recently been brought on stream via the world’s largest FLNG vessel permanently moored in the field.

Initially the hook-up was not envisioned for many years, as a back-fill when production of gas from Prelude began to decline late next decade. A development plan recently submitted to Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety & Management Authority (NOPSEMA), however, outlines the start of front-end engineering and design work for Crux later this year leading to a final investment decision in 2020. read more

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Pearl GTL project is operating efficiently: Shell Qatar Chairman

Doha:  Shell Qatar Chairman and Managing Director Andrew Faulkner (pictured) said the Pearl Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) project is operating efficiently and achieving the business objectives for which it was founded.

Speaking to Qatar News Agency, Faulkner said Pearl GTL, which is the largest of its type and managed by Shell Qatar is benefiting the economic performance in the State of Qatar and is achieving strong financial returns that contribute to the sustainable development it seeks, and represents a serious opportunity for professional development as there are more than 300 Qataris occupying different positions. He added that the project also represents investment opportunities for many local companies through its operational and supply opportunities. read more

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Shell inks renewable diesel deal in Oregon

Shell inks renewable diesel deal in Oregon

Feb. 5, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell has inked a long-term deal to purchase renewable diesel from a proposed $1 billion renewable project in Oregon.

Shell Trading Co. said it would purchase renewable diesel from NEXT Renewable Fuels Inc.’s proposed 12.3 million barrel (600 million gallon) project in Port Westward on the Columbia River in northern Oregon, according to an announcement from NEXT. The company will supply Shell and other partners with its alternative liquid fuels once the project opens in 2021. read more

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Shell Offshore to pay $2.2 million fine for 2016 Gulf spill

Shell Offshore to pay $2.2 million fine for 2016 Gulf spill

Shell Offshore Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.2 million civil fine to the federal government to settle charges that the company violated the Clean Water Act by spilling 1,900 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in May 2016 when a subsea pipeline cracked at the company’s Green Canyon oil field.

The fine, announced in the Federal Register on Friday (Feb. 1), will be paid after the expiration of a 30-day comment period. The money will be deposited in the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is used to pay for oil spill cleanups. read more

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Shell’s Prelude LNG inches ahead amid talk of technical problems

Shell’s Prelude floating LNG project has taken longer than expected to start up.  Shell Australia

By Angela Macdonald-Smith: 01 Feb 2019

Energy giant Shell has brushed off persistent talk about technical problems dogging the start-up of the huge Prelude floating LNG project off Australia’s far north-west coast but has signalled the first LNG cargo from the closely watched venture may still be several weeks away.

The multinational announced the beginning of production from the offshore Prelude gas field in late December but is still in the process of commissioning the complex LNG processing systems on board what is the world’s largest floating structure. read more

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Shell highlights progress made West of Shetland amid Brexit uncertainty

ROYAL Dutch Shell boss Ben van Beurden has underlined the fact the company wants to grow in the UK North Sea even as he expressed concern about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking after Shell posted a 36 per cent increase in annual profits to a four year high of $21.4 billion (£16.3bn), from $15.8bn, Mr van Beurden said the oil giant believed a no deal Brexit would be “a very bad outcome” but had prepared for the possibility.

Indicating that even a messy Brexit would have limited impact on the company’s plans, he said Shell was very pleased with its UK business. read more

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Shell’s £4.3bn profit fuels anger

FUEL giant Shell came under fire yesterday after unveiling a 36 percent profit leap – while “exploiting hardworking motorists”.

By CYRIL DIXON

Executives at the British-Dutch company were jubilant after reporting a £4.3billion surplus for the final quarter of last year. But critics pointed out that the “strong financial performance” came at the expense of millions of drivers. Campaigners are demanding a new watchdog for pump prices after they rose more than 11 percent year-on-year.

They pointed out that profits made by fuel retailers on every unit of petrol have rocketed by 60 percent to 13p per litre.

Howard Cox, founder of pressure group FairFuelUK, said: “Greedy oil companies continue to ride roughshod over hard-working, low income families and small businesses. read more

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Shell executive balances two energy worlds

Shell has named Gretchen Watkins as the new president of its North American operations in Houston. Watkins is the former CEO of Maersk Oil. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Houston. Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Gretchen Watkins’ family was living an idyllic life in Copenhagen, where bicycles outnumber cars on many the city’s roadways. The oil industry veteran said it was the norm for her kids to take public transportation to commute.

That was less than a year ago. Now her family has moved from one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world to a city dominated by highways and traffic congestion. Watkins, 50, went from living in a country whose leaders are debating ambitious new climate laws to a city whose fate is tied to the proliferation of fossil fuels.

It’s been almost a year since Watkins relocated her family to Houston so she could prepare to take over in one of Shell Oil Co.’s most iconic positions: She officially started as Shell’s president of U.S. operations in January, the first female in a position typically filled internally by longtime male employees. read more

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Shell open to carmaker partners in EV charging expansion

Shell open to carmaker partners in EV charging expansion

FEBRUARY 1, 2019

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Shell is open to partnerships with carmakers to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging beyond its petrol stations, one of the oil major’s executives said on Friday.

As part of efforts to compete with rival BP in the growing EV sector, Shell this week bought U.S. charger provider Greenlots – a supplier for Volvo and Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary as well as for utilities and residential sites – for an undisclosed sum. read more

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Shell: Tentative deal impacting 30,000 refinery workers reached

Royal Dutch Shell says it has reached a tentative deal with the union impacting 30,000 refinery workers and a consortium of Big Oil majors and energy companies nationally. The deal affects 5,000 refinery, chemical and pipeline workers in the Houston area.

Royal Dutch Shell – representing several energy companies including Exxon Mobil, Shell, PBF Energy, Valero, Phillips 66, Chevron, Chevron Phillips Chemical, LyondellBasell and Marathon Petroleum – said it has struck a tentative deal with the United Steelworkers union just hours before a 12:01 a.m. deadline. read more

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Shell delivers on buyback promise after profits double

Resurgent oil and gas prices helped Royal Dutch Shell to double its profit to almost $24 billion last year, the highest since 2012.

Ben van Beurden, chief executive of the Anglo-Dutch energy group, said it was “delivering on pretty big promises” to investors as it embarked on the latest tranche of its $25 billion share buyback.

Mr van Beurden, 60, also became the latest voice in big business to warn against a no-deal Brexit, saying that it would be “a very bad outcome”.

Shell employs about 80,000 people worldwide, primarily in the production and sale of oil and gas. It produced the equivalent of 3.7 million barrels of oil per day last year and benefited from the rise in prices after supply curbs by Opec… read more

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Shell sticking with spending discipline as 2018 profits soar

Shell sticking with spending discipline as 2018 profits soar

Ron Bousso: January 31, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said to would stick to spending discipline this year after 2018 profits jumped by more than a third to $21.4 billion, their highest since 2014.

The Anglo-Dutch oil company also reported a sharp rise in cash generation, in a further sign that cost savings since the 2014 oil market downturn are filtering into its operations.

Its shares were up by more than 4 percent at 1120 GMT.

A strong performance in the fourth quarter was driven by higher oil and gas prices, year-on-year, as well as a stronger contribution from crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading. read more

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Shell Still Isn’t Earning Enough Money

The oil giant is finally making enough cash to pay its dividends and cut debt. But it’s yet to show that it can boost returns while shifting to renewables.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc appears at first glance to have arrived at its destination. The Anglo-Dutch oil major made enough cash last year to pay its dividends and cut debt, seemingly confounding skeptics who feared the payout would need to be cut. But this isn’t yet a sustainable performance. Shell is still traveling.

The company’s dividend yield hit about 9 percent in 2015 as falling oil prices and the acquisition of BG Group, funded partly by debt, sowed doubts over whether the payout was affordable. Shell has since cut costs and capital expenditure and brought new production on stream. Add an oil price recovery and the group generated $53 billion of operating cash flow last year. That left it able to fund $14 billion of capital spending and other investments, net of disposals, and a $20 billion bill for interest payments and dividends.

Shell has used the surplus cash to cut debt and buy back its own shares. Net borrowings of $51 billion at the end of the fourth quarter are down from nearly $80 billion in the aftermath of the BG takeover and stood at 20 percent of total capital, Shell’s target.

Job done? Not so fast. This is still only a snapshot, rather than sustained proof. The debt reduction was aided by a huge boost from working capital movements in the last three months of 2018. The volatility in Shell’s working capital as inventories jump around is one reason why investors can’t be sure just yet that the company’s leverage will stay at or below the threshold.

The average price for Brent crude in the fourth quarter was about $69 per barrel. It is around $62 currently. While Shell could have afforded its cash dividends for 2018 had the oil price averaged out at that lower level over the whole year, it’s hard to be confident about crude’s buoyancy right now. read more

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Shell ‘leading the way’ on climate change

Shell ‘leading the way’ on climate change

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Oil super major Shell is “ahead of the curve” on facing up to climate change responsibilities, its boss said today.

Green investor groups have been putting increasing pressure on oil companies to clean up their acts in recent times.

In December, Shell revealed plans to link pay for its top brass to the achievement of emissions targets.

Shell said it would start setting targets for shorter periods in an effort to cut the net carbon footprint of its energy products by around half by 2050, and 20% by 2035. read more

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Shell profit rises on higher oil, gas prices

By Published: Jan 31

Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDSB on Thursday reported a rise in profit for the fourth quarter of 2018, saying it had benefited from high prices in oil, gas and liquid natural gas.

The British-Dutch oil giant said its profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 on a net current cost-of-supplies basis–a number similar to the net income that U.S. oil companies report–was $7.33 billion compared with $3.08 billion in the year-earlier period.

Adjusted CCS earnings–Shell’s preferred metric–came to $5.81 billion in the fourth quarter, beating a consensus estimate from Vara Research that forecast $5.28 billion in adjusted CCS earnings. read more

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Shell’s full-year profit surges to four-year high, beats expectations

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Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell reported better-than-expected full-year earnings on Thursday, as deep cost cuts introduced after the 2014 energy market downturn filtered through.

Full-year profits jumped 36 percent to $21.4 billion in 2018 — with cost savings helping the Anglo-Dutch company record its highest annual profits since 2014.

Net income attributable to shareholders on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis, used as a proxy for net profit, and excluding identified items, came in at $5.7 billion. This compared to a company-provided analyst consensus of $5.28 billion for the final three months of 2018, according to Reuters. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell plc Fourth Quarter 2018 Interim Dividend

Royal Dutch Shell plc Fourth Quarter 2018 Interim Dividend

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Jan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (“RDS” or the “Company”) (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B)today announced an interim dividend in respect of the fourth quarter of 2018 of US$0.47 per A ordinary share (“A Share”) and B ordinary share (“B Share”), equal to the US dollar dividend for the same quarter last year.

Details relating to the fourth quarter 2018 interim dividend

It is expected that cash dividends on the B Shares will be paid via the Dividend Access Mechanism from UK-sourced income of the Shell group. read more

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Time to reset relations with supply chain, Shell VP says

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The Anglo-Dutch firm wants to “reset” the way it works with suppliers and will look to cement “fewer, but deeper” relationships, said Neil Gilmour, vice president CP integrated gas, projects and new energies.

Mr Gilmour said more benefit could be extracted from longer-term relationships were operators and suppliers “keep each other on their toes commercially”.

Speaking at BHGE’s annual meeting in Florence, Mr Gilmour said: “It’s a pivotal moment for the energy industry. It’s a pivotal moment for Shell and also for its relationships with suppliers. read more

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Union says time running out for new refinery contract: sources

Union says time running out for new refinery contract: sources

JANUARY 29, 2019

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The United Steelworkers union (USW) warned on Tuesday that time was running out to reach a new national agreement for U.S. refinery and chemical plant workers before the current pact expires on Friday, sources familiar with the talks said.

The USW and Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, have been in talks since Jan. 16 for an accord on wages, benefits and safety covering 30,000 refinery, chemical plant and pipeline workers. read more

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Shell set to post best profits since 2014

Shell set to post best profits since 2014

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Royal Dutch Shell is set to unveil its highest annual profits for four years next week, but fourth-quarter figures are expected to take a hit from recent oil price falls.

Results on Thursday are expected to reveal a 39% surge in underlying earnings to £16.8 billion for 2018, up from £12.1 billion in 2017.

This would mark its highest profits since 2014 and comes after Shell hailed one of its “strongest ever quarters” for the three months to September as higher oil prices drove earnings up 37%.

But fourth-quarter results may take the shine off the performance after oil prices went into reverse since reaching a heady high of nearly $87 per barrel in October. read more

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Union says Shell dragging feet in refinery contract talks: sources

Union says Shell dragging feet in refinery contract talks: sources

JANUARY 26, 2019 / 3:05 AM

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The United Steelworkers union (USW) said on Friday Shell Oil Co is delaying progress on important issues in negotiations for a new national agreement covering 30,000 U.S. refinery and chemical workers, according to sources familiar with the talks.

Shell spokesman Ray Fisher declined to discuss specifics about negotiations.

“We look forward to the bargaining process working through to its completion and a conclusion that can be satisfactory with all parties,” Fisher said. read more

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LNG Canada approves $937 million in contracts and subcontracts to First Nations and Canadian businesses

NEWS PROVIDED BY LNG Canada

Jan 21, 2019, 17:35 ET

VANCOUVER, Jan. 21, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, LNG Canada announces the value of contracts and subcontracts approved as of December 2018, following the first three months of the construction phase of the large-scale LNG export project near Kitimat, British Columbia.

LNG Canada has thus far approved over $937 million (CAD) in contracts and subcontracts with First Nations enterprises and other businesses across Canada. This includes $175 million (CAD) to local First Nations businesses and, with the addition of contracts awarded to local Kitimat area businesses, including First Nations businesses, that total increases to $330 million (CAD) and $530 million (CAD) with the addition of BC businesses outside the local area. read more

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USW and Shell make some progress in refinery talks -sources

JANUARY 22, 2019

HOUSTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The United Steelworkers union (USW) has made progress on some issues in contract talks with Shell Oil Co, which is the lead negotiator for U.S. refinery and chemical plant owners, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Monday.

Many tough issues remain to be resolved at the bargaining table, the sources said.

The sources declined to identify on which issues progress has been made or which remain to be resolved between the union negotiating on behalf of 30,000 refinery, chemical plant and pipeline workers and Shell Oil, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc read more

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Shell chairman says clean energy moving too slow to meet UN climate goals

by John Siciliano | January 17, 2019 11:47 AM

The chairman of oil giant Shell said Thursday that he doubts clean energy can move fast enough to meet the United Nations climate warnings without a substantial policy push, despite the technology being readily at hand.

“Our analysis says we could solve this problem with the technology we have, but there is not enough pull to get it over in the kind of time frame that the scientists say we really need to avoid that,” said Chad Holliday, chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, speaking at an energy innovation forum in Washington. read more

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