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Shell may have to abandon £3bn stake in Russian gas plant

The Guardian

Shell may have to abandon £3bn stake in Russian gas plant

Kremlin sets up new firm to own Sakhalin-2 plant, with stakeholders given a month to sign up or they could lose money

Alex Lawson Energy correspondent: Fri 1 Jul 2022: 12.50 BST

Shell could be forced to abandon a £3bn investment in a huge Russian gas plant after Vladimir Putin threatened to seize the rights to the project.

The Kremlin has said it plans to transfer the rights to the Sakhalin-2 plant in the far east of Russia to a new Russian company, citing economic security and national interests. read more

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Shell gets green light for biggest North Sea oil project in decades

The Telegraph

Shell gets green light for biggest North Sea oil project in decades

Jackdaw field expected to start production in 2025

Shell is to develop one of the biggest North Sea gas projects in years after winning approval from regulators as the Government scrambles to bolster domestic energy supplies. 

The FTSE 100 company’s Jackdaw project is set to produce about 6.5pc of Britain’s gas output with Shell aiming to start production by the second half of 2025. 

Shell’s plans for the field were initially knocked back by environmental regulators last year but have been approved after they were revised.

The Government wants to cut the use of fossil fuels in the long term but is also under pressure to bolster domestic supplies after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent international oil and gas markets into turmoil.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, tweeted on Wednesday: “Jackdaw gas field – originally licensed in 1970 – has today received final regulatory approval. read more

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Russia cuts gas supplies to Netherlands and firms in Denmark and Germany

The Guardian

Russia cuts gas supplies to Netherlands and firms in Denmark and Germany

Gazprom raises stakes in sanctions war after EU move to embargo most Russian oil imports and companies miss deadline to pay in roubles

Joanna Partridge: Tue 31 May 2022 19.25 BST

Russia has further cut off gas supplies to Europe, after state energy giant Gazprom turned off the taps to a top Dutch trader and halted flows to some companies in Denmark and Germany.

It later said it would also cut off gas flows to the Danish energy firm Ørsted and to Shell Energy for its contract to supply gas to Germany, after both companies failed to make payments in roubles. read more

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Shell profits soar to $9.1bn amid calls for windfall tax

The Guardian

Shell profits soar to $9.1bn amid calls for windfall tax

Record quarter piles pressure on government to issue one-off levy to curb rising energy bills

Alex Lawson: Thu 5 May 2022 02.55 EDT

Shell has reported a record quarterly profit of $9.1bn (£7.3bn) for the first three months of the year, piling more pressure on the government to implement a windfall tax to fund measures to tackle soaring household energy bills.

The first-quarter profit was boosted by a sharp rise in oil and gas prices, and compared with $6.3bn of profits in the final three months of 2021 and $3.2bn during the first quarter of last year. It was above analysts’ expectations of first-quarter adjusted earnings of $8.7bn.

Campaigners have called for a one-off levy on companies benefiting from soaring oil and gas prices to fund government initiatives to reduce the burden of rising bills.

Shell’s update comes after BP reported its highest quarterly profit in more than a decade on Tuesday. Its profits more than doubled to $6.2bn, and sparked a clamour for a windfall tax.

The government has resisted calls for such a levy. Boris Johnson has said it would discourage oil and gas producers from making investments into domestic energy.

But BP’s chief executive, Bernard Looney, has admitted none of the £18bn UK investments the company is planning would be dropped if a windfall tax were imposed. read more

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Shell and BP set for bumper payouts despite windfall tax threat

THE SUNDAY TIMES

Shell and BP set for bumper payouts despite windfall tax threat

01 May 2022

BP and Shell are set to unveil bumper payouts for shareholders this week as the government threatens to levy a windfall tax if the oil giants do not reinvest profits into the North Sea and clean energy projects.

At BP’s first quarter results this Tuesday, analysts from RBC expect the £77 billion company to announce a $1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) share buyback off the back of first-quarter profits of $5.1 billion. RBC said political pressure meant BP would likely wait until later in the year to ramp up payouts, forecasting share buybacks of $4.75 billion over the following two quarters. read more

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Ukraine brands Shell ‘deplorable’ after accusing it of using an ‘accounting trick’ to keep buying Russian oil

Ukraine brands Shell ‘deplorable’ after accusing it of using an ‘accounting trick’ to keep buying Russian oil

Ukraine’s government has branded Shell ‘deplorable’ after accusing it of using an ‘accounting trick’ to keep buying Russian oil.

Officials in Kyiv said Western companies were continuing to ‘bankroll Putin’s war machine’ despite promising to cut ties with the Kremlin. read more

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Shell to write off up to $5bn on Russia exit

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Shell to write off up to $5bn on Russia exit

: Thu, April 7, 2022, 8:41 AM

Energy stalwart Shell (SHEL.L) has warned that its exit from Russia could cost it as much as $5bn (£3.8bn) in the first three months of this year.

Shell will write off between $4bn and $5bn in the value of its assets, but the post-tax impairments will not impact the company’s earnings, it said in an update ahead of its earnings announcement in May.

Thursday’s announcement offers a first glimpse of the potential financial hit to western oil companies withdrawing from the country following its invasion of Ukraine. read more

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Shell U-turn on Cambo oilfield would threaten green targets, say campaigners

The Guardian

Shell U-turn on Cambo oilfield would threaten green targets, say campaigners

Company is reviewing decision to withdraw from North Sea project because of high oil price, report claims

Jasper Jolly: Tue 22 Mar 2022 09.41 GMT

Climate activists have reacted with concern to reports that Shell is reconsidering its decision to abandon development of the Cambo oilfield, warning that such a reversal would further threaten emissions reductions targets.

The fossil fuel producer could U-turn on a decision to pull out of the North Sea project because the “economic, political and regulatory environment had changed enormously since the decision was announced just three months ago”, according to sources cited by the BBC. read more

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Shell boss bags 26% leap in annual pay package after COVID oil price recovery

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Shell boss bags 26% leap in annual pay package after COVID oil price recovery

Ben van Beurden took home 57 times more than the median Shell worker in 2021 but will be facing pressure to temper awards for the current year as surging oil and gas prices bring misery to households and business alike.

: Business reporter : Thursday 10 March 2022 10:40, UK

The chief executive of Shell’s pay package rose by 26% to €7.4bn (£6.2m) last year amid a recovery in oil prices from COVID crisis lows, according to the company’s annual report. read more

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Shell says it will stop buying Russian oil, natural gas

AP

Shell says it will stop buying Russian oil, natural gas

LONDON (AP) — Energy giant Shell said Tuesday that it will stop buying Russian oil and natural gas and shut down its service stations, aviation fuels and other operations in the country amid international pressure for companies to sever ties over the invasion of Ukraine.

The company said in a statement that it would withdraw from all Russian hydrocarbons, including crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas and liquefied natural gas, “in a phased manner.” read more

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Shell makes ‘difficult’ decision to purchase Russian crude oil, vows to buy elsewhere ‘whenever possible’

Fox Business

Shell makes ‘difficult’ decision to purchase Russian crude oil, vows to buy elsewhere ‘whenever possible’

The company says it will avoid purchasing Russian oil whenever possible

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Energy giant Shell to end partnership with Russia’s Gazprom as Ukraine conflict intensifies

CNBC

Energy giant Shell to end partnership with Russia’s Gazprom as Ukraine conflict intensifies

Fred Imbert@FOIMBERT KEY POINTS
  • Shell said it’s selling a 27.5% stake in Sakhalin-II, an integrated oil and gas project located on the Sakhalin island in Russia, as well as a 50% interest in Salym Petroleum Development N.V.
  • “We are shocked by the loss of life in Ukraine, which we deplore, resulting from a senseless act of military aggression which threatens European security,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said in a statement.
  • The company said that it had about $3 billion in “noncurrent assets” through its Gazprom ventures at the end of 2021.

Shell said Monday it is ending an “equity partnership” with Gazprom, a Russian state-owned energy company, as the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues.

Shell said it’s selling a 27.5% stake in Sakhalin-II, an integrated oil and gas project located on the Sakhalin island in Russia, as well as a 50% interest in Salym Petroleum Development N.V., “a joint venture with Gazprom Neft that is developing the Salym fields in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District of western Siberia.” The company also said it’s ending its involvement in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. read more

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Shell to hand £6bn to shareholders as oil and gas prices soar

London Evening Standard

Shell to hand £6bn to shareholders as oil and gas prices soar

The business said profits have risen dramatically in the last few months.

By August Graham: 3 Feb 2022

It has been a bumper three months for energy giant Shell, which managed to increase its profits nearly fourteen-fold amid soaring oil and gas prices.

As prices surged, the company’s upstream unit was able to collect 8.88 dollars for every thousand cubic feet of gas it sold to customers over the last quarter of 2021.

Just six months earlier gas had been selling for 4.31 dollars, less than half of its most recent level. read more

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Shell considers Russia important region of presence in energy transition period

Tass

Shell considers Russia important region of presence in energy transition period

MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. Shell considers it important to keep its oil and gas assets in Russia in the period of energy transition as the consumption of traditional energy resources globally will be rising in coming decades, Country Chair Shell Russia Ekaterina Grushetskaya said in an interview with TASS.

“In the era of energy transition Russia remains a very important country for Shell, both in the upstream and downstream segments,” she said. Shell is implementing the program for reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, Grushetskaya said, adding that the company believes “the necessity to produce traditional resources exists, and it will persist for decades.” read more

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OPEC, Russia seen gaining more power with Shell Dutch ruling

REUTERS

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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Why the World Worries About Russia’s Nord Stream Pipeline

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Why the World Worries About Russia’s Nord Stream Pipeline

May 20, 2021 at 3:26 p.m. GMT+1

A natural gas pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea from Russia to the German coast is shaking up geopolitics. Nord Stream 2, as it’s called, fuels worries in the U.S. and other countries that the Kremlin’s leverage over Europe and its energy market may increase once the pipeline is operational. The U.S. administration has admitted that stopping the gas link, which the project operator says is 95% complete, would be a long shot yet remains committed to opposing it. read more

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Just 100 km left to complete Nord Stream 2 pipeline, ambassador says

Just 100 km left to complete Nord Stream 2 pipeline, ambassador says

May 10, 2021 11:43 AM ET Public Joint Stock Company Gazprom (OGZPY)By Carl SurranSA News Editor

  • Only ~100 km of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are left to lay, according to Russia’s ambassador to Germany, meaning the remaining pipeline could need just three more months for completion.
  • In an interview with German media outlet RND, Sergei Nechayev also said he was hopeful the Gazprom-led (OTCPK:OGZPY) pipeline would be completed before the upcoming German election on Sept. 26.
  • The ambassador’s comments suggest ~21 km have been laid in Danish waters in the April 1-May 7 period, according to S&P Global Platts.
  • Two Russian vessels – the Fortuna and the Akademik Cherskiy – currently are operating in Danish waters; it they will lay pipe at a combined 1 km/day, and assuming weather conditions allow, it would take ~100 days to lay the remaining pipeline.
  • Gazprom leads European partners Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.ARDS.B), BASF’s (OTCQX:BASFY) Wintershall, Uniper (OTC:UNPPY), OMV (OTCPK:OMVJF) and Engie (OTCPK:ENGIY) in building Nord Stream 2.
  • 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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    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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    EU should include ‘methane performance’ standard in emissions legislation: Shell

    EU should include ‘methane performance’ standard in emissions legislation: Shell

    London — The EU should include a “methane performance” standard in its upcoming legislative proposals to tackle the issue of methane emissions to ensure it only imports gas from countries with similar policies, a senior official from Shell said Feb. 24.

    Speaking during IP Week, Shell’s head of integrated gas, Maarten Wetselaar, said Europe has a major role to play in helping reduce methane emissions from upstream activity. 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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    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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    Shell’s share price is down 46% in 2020. Is now the time to buy?

    Shell’s share price is down 46% in 2020. Is now the time to buy?

    Edward Sheldon, CFA | Tuesday, 21st July, 2020

    The last time I covered Shell (LSE: RDSB) shares was on 10 March. At the time, Shell’s share price had just crashed spectacularly due to plunging oil prices and the oil price war that had erupted between Saudi Arabia and Russia. My view back then was that Shell’s share price weakness was a buying opportunity.

    Fast forward to today, and Shell’s share price is actually lower than it was when I covered the stock in March. Did I get it wrong? Let’s take another look at the investment case for Shell. read more

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    US sanctions trying to stop Nord Stream 2 are unacceptable – German Foreign Office

    1 JUL, 17:49

    US sanctions trying to stop Nord Stream 2 are unacceptable – German Foreign Office

    Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Niels Annen pointed out that, in addition to German, French, Dutch, and Austrian companies, as well as services, in particular, certification and supervision, may be at risk of restrictive measures

    BERLIN, July 1. /TASS/. Possible new US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 are aimed at halting the project’s implementation, which complies with EU legislation, and therefore unacceptable, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Niels Annen said on Wednesday.

    “It would block a commercial project, which is being implemented on the basis of EU law,” he said. “The position of the German government on this issue is unequivocal: extraterritorial sanctions are a blatant interference with EU sovereignty. It is obvious that the US side is trying to unilaterally stop the project,” Annen said. He pointed out that, in addition to German, French, Dutch, and Austrian companies, as well as services, in particular, certification and supervision, may be at risk of restrictive measures. read more

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    Shell Offers Staff Voluntary Severance Pay

    Shell Offers Staff Voluntary Severance Pay

    As the price of a Brent barrel is trading at nearly half of what it was at the beginning of the year, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (NYSE: RDS.A) is planning on offering some staff voluntary severance, according to Bloomberg sources.

    In a note to its staff, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said that the Dutch oil major was working to become leaner and more resilient, according to the Bloomberg sources who saw the correspondence. read more

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    Germany denies Nord Stream 2 pipeline waiver of EU rules

    The regulator said the Nord Stream 2 consortium – which also includes Uniper, Wintershall-Dea, Royal Dutch Shell, OMV and Engie – did not qualify for an exemption…

    Vera Eckert: MAY 15, 2020

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s energy regulator on Friday declined to grant a waiver of European Union gas directives to the operators of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, dealing a fresh blow to the project to carry gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

    Nord Stream 2, designed by Russia’s Gazprom to increase direct shipments to Europe, is far behind schedule and has faced political opposition from Washington, as well as from Ukraine and Poland through whose territory Russian gas is shipped to consumers in western Europe. read more

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    Sakhalin-2 LNG postpones part of maintenance to 2021 -source

    Sakhalin-2 LNG postpones part of maintenance to 2021 -source

    Russia’s Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant will postpone some annual maintenance work to 2021 due to logistic difficulties over the spread of the coronavirus, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters on Tuesday.

    Russia’s second-largest LNG plant after Novatek-led Yamal LNG had initially planned to complete the work this summer.

    However, the source said the maintenance would be done gradually, at one of two lines and start in June. The first stage of the maintenance would last about a month, the source said. read more

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    Is Gazprom’s LNG Megaproject Doomed To Fail?

    Viktor Katona: Oilprice.com April 4, 2020

    The gas giant Gazprom is no longer in the spotlight after the US Treasury sanctioned Rosneft, the Russian national oil company, most probably triggering the collapse of the OPEC+ agreement and bringing about an unexpectedly low pricing environment for March 2020 within both the oil and gas segments. Having launched Power of Siberia to China, Gazprom is now intent on bringing Nord Stream-2 online before the end of the year, moving its own pipe-laying vessel from the Russian Far East to the Baltic region to deliver on all its major promises from the 2010s. Yet there is one project that has had significant problems starting up, combining in itself all the deficiencies of modern-day Russia. read more

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    Shell plans to save $10bn in face of oil price crash and coronavirus pandemic

    Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB.L) has announced plans to cut costs, slash planned spending, and abandon a share buyback, as businesses look to hold on to cash in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    Shell said on Monday it would cut operating costs by up to $4bn over the next 12 months and reduce planned spending by $5bn in 2020. The company is also abandoning a planned $1bn share buyback.

    Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, said the cash conservation measures were driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to a slump in demand for oil as the global economy grinds to a halt, and the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. read more

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    Nord Stream 2 Pins Hope on Germany to Clear EU Gas Rule Hurdle

    Nord Stream 2 Pins Hope on Germany to Clear EU Gas Rule Hurdle

    Brian Parkin: Jan 21 2020, 9:30 AM

    (Bloomberg) — Nord Stream 2 expects regulators to decide by May whether its contested natural gas pipeline linking Germany to Russia will be able to operate as planned.

    Already suffering U.S. sanctions, the project led by Gazprom PJSC is pinning its hopes on Germany’s Bnetza regulator to help it clear hurdles erected by European Union competition authorities.

    The consortium is being financed by Royal Dutch Shell Plc; Uniper SE and Wintershall AG in Germany; France’s Engie SA; and Austria’s OMV AG. read more

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    Russia set for long-term partnership with OPEC, says Gazprom Neft

    JANUARY 17, 2020

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Gazprom Neft, Russia’s third largest oil producer, believes Moscow’s cooperation with OPEC on output will continue into the long term, Deputy Chief Executive Vadim Yakovlev told reporters on Friday.

    He praised the decision by OPEC and non-OPEC nations, a group known as OPEC+, to exclude Russian gas condensate from Moscow’s quotas under their latest agreement to curb output, a move that allows Gazprom Neft to expand its condensate production. read more

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    Shell-Gazprom Neft JV gets West Siberia license

    JANUARY 17, 2020

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Shell and Russia’s Gazprom Neft have expanded their Russian joint venture by acquiring a license for exploration and production of conventional hydrocarbon reserves in West Siberia, the two companies said on Friday.

    The JV, Salym Petroleum Development (SPD), will get the Salymsky 2 block in the Khanty Mansiisk Autonomous Region.

    There are no field-specific infrastructure facilities at the site, the companies said.

    “However, close proximity to the areas which are being developed by SPD will have a synergistic effect, allowing efficient use of the existing SPD production facilities,” they said. read more

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    U.S. Sanctions On Russia’s Nord Stream 2 May Be Half-Hearted

    Russia is not forcing Shell to buy its gas. Shell is also a big investor in solar power and is a 50% owner in offshore wind farms Atlantic Shores in New Jersey and the Mayflower Consortium in Massachusetts.

    Kenneth Rapoza

    Last week’s announcement from the White House of a cease and desist order for the foreign firms building the Russia-to-Germany natural gas line may come about a year too late.

    Nord Stream 2 was always seen as a slap in the face to Ukraine, once a main route into Europe for Gazprom’s natural gas from Russia. But Russia and Ukraine have since gone their separate ways, pulled closer into Europe and the U.S.’s orbit by both Washington and Brussels, and now Russia has opted to look for alternatives. read more

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    US sanctions won’t stop completion of Russian natural gas pipeline to Europe – Kremlin

    European companies involved in the project include German energy firms Wintershall and Uniper, French multinational Engie, British-Dutch oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell, and Austrian energy company OMV.

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    It Is Time To Place Energy At The Heart Of The U.S.-Europe Security Relationship

    While it is unclear whether sanctions would stop the project, they would certainly alienate major European energy companies, including Royal Dutch Shell…

    By Ike Brannon and Eric Miller

    A central plank of President Trump’s foreign policy toward Europe has been a demand for greater “burden-sharing” in the costs of defending the continent. Since the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949, the United States has paid the lion’s share of the bill for the Alliance. In 2006, NATO Defense Ministers formally agreed that each of its 29 members would spend a minimum of 2% of their GDP on defense. Yet, according to a March 2019 NATO report, only 7 of the 29 members have reached the 2% goal. read more

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    REUTERS: Russia’s Putin to meet Shell CEO on Thursday: Kremlin

    FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell company, in Moscow, Russia June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

    JULY 18, 2019

    ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden in St Petersburg later on Thursday, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said.

    Ushakov did not say what the two men would talk about. read more

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    German Refinery Halts Russian Oil Imports Again On Poor Crude Quality

    Just days after Russia said it had fully resumed oil flows to Europe via the Druzhba pipeline after a major disruption in supplies due to crude contamination in April, a Shell oil refinery in Germany halted imports via the pipeline because, again, slightly higher concentration of organic chlorine was found in the crude, a Shell spokesman told Germany business daily Handelsblatt on Friday.

    At the end of April, Russia halted supplies via the Druzhba oil pipeline to several European countries due to a contamination issue, which the Russians said was deliberate. read more

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    Shell explains why it withdrew from Baltic LNG project with Gazprom

    After Shell’s exit from the project, Gazprom reported that they were considering technologies of Shell and Germany’s Linde AG for the LNG integrated complex project in Ust-Luga

    OIL& GAS INDUSTRY: 24 JUN, 14:39

    ST.PETERSBURG, June 24. /TASS/. Shell decided to withdraw from the Baltic LNG project because it does not agree with the change in its concept, Cederic Cremers, Shell Russia Chairman, told TASS on the sidelines of the forum of future leaders of the World Petroleum Council.

    “The reason is that we don’t believe into an integrated concept. We were discussing the initial concept which was to separate LNG project from the chemical plant. That was the concept that we believed would be properly technical and economically investable. So that is why we decided to exit because we don’t have the same view on the integrated development,” he explained. read more

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    Gazprom Neft to set up Shell joint venture for Yamal oil field

    JUNE 6, 2019 / 2:17 PM

    ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom Neft said on Thursday it would set up a joint venture with Shell to develop an oil field in Yamal estimated to hold reserves of around 1.1 billion tonnes of oil.

    Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of state gas company Gazprom, said it planned to close the deal late this year or early next and that both it and Shell would hold 50% stakes in the joint venture.

    Reporting by Olesya Astakhova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jane Merriman

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    LATER VERSION JUNE 6, 2019 / 3:49 PM

    Russia’s Gazprom Neft, on JV with Shell, says field not under sanctions

    ST PETERSBURG, June 6 (Reuters) – Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft’s CEO Alexander Dyukov said reserves held in a field which it is looking at as part of a joint venture with Shell were not under Western sanctions.

    Speaking on the sidelines of Russia’s flagship economic forum in the city of St Petersburg, Dyukov said that financing for the joint venture with Shell would be split evenly.

    (Reporting by Olesya Astakhova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova) read more

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    Shell exits Gazprom-led LNG project in Russia

    April 10, 2019: 12:58PM

    ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has decided to exit the Baltic liquefied natural gas (LNG) project led by Russian state gas giant Gazprom in the Leningrad region, the chairman of Shell’s Russian unit said on Wednesday.

    Shell, which has a long history of energy cooperation with Russia, said earlier on Wednesday it was studying the possible implications of a recent decision by Gazprom to move toward the full integration of its Baltic LNG and gas processing plants. read more

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    Russian LNG can compete with North American projects despite challenges: Shell

    Moscow — Russian LNG is well positioned to compete with North American projects to reach new markets in Asia and the Atlantic Basin despite the challenges, a Shell executive said Wednesday at the LNG Congress in Moscow.

    He pointed to the Far East, with the planned capacity expansion at the Sakhalin plant, the Arctic with Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG 2 projects led by Russian Novatek, and the Baltic coast, with the Baltic LNG project.

    But Russia is facing a challenge from North America as capital expenditure is generally lower over there. “Projects are built in a mature market,” he said. North American projects also benefit from special partnerships, supported by a low-tax regime. read more

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    Russia Could Be World’s Largest Natural Gas Producer – Shell CEO

    Shell CEO Ben van Beurden subservient bow to Putin: Good Friday 18 April 2014

    Source:sputniknews.com Published: 2019/3/19 18:16:45

    Russia could become the largest natural gas producer in the world, Ben van Beurden, the CEO of Shell, wrote in an article for RIA Novosti.

    “The world needs more natural gas to meet rising energy demand, to complement renewables and to replace coal in power generation. And the opportunity for Russia is huge. It is already the world’s largest exporter of natural gas and it enjoys the world’s largest commercial gas reserves. It is the second largest producer of natural gas. It could be the largest,” van Beurden said. read more

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    Russia can become the world’s top natural gas producer – Shell CEO

    Russia can become the world’s top natural gas producer – Shell CEO

    Published time: 15 March 2019

    With the biggest natural gas reserves on the planet, Russia could become the world’s number one producer of the fuel, according to Ben van Beurden, the CEO of Anglo-Dutch energy major Shell.

    The top executive says that rapidly increasing demand for natural gas has occurred due to the worldwide trend aimed at forcing out coal from power generation and the widening opportunity of available renewable energy sources.

    “Russia’s chances in the field are huge,” van Beurden wrote in an article for RIA Novosti, stressing that the country is the world’s largest exporter of natural gas.

    “It is the second largest producer of natural gas. It could be the largest,” he said. read more

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    Novatek, Shell see Russian gas keeping edge in Europe over U.S

    Dmitry Zhdannikov: FEBRUARY 27, 2019 LONDON (Reuters) – Russian gas giant Novatek and oil major Shell said on Wednesday Russian gas would remain more competitive in Europe than U.S. gas, as Moscow pursues new mega projects that would be insulated from any new U.S. sanctions.

    The United States has already imposed numerous sanctions against Russian individuals and companies over Moscow’s interference in Ukraine, alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and accusations it was behind a nerve agent attack in Britain. Russia denies the allegations.

    Washington is mulling new sanctions that could put further strain on Russia’s economy and companies. So far, there have been no sanctions affecting conventional or liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Russia. read more

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    Shell teams up with Repsol to explore for oil and gas off Bulgarian coast

    FEBRUARY 20, 2019

    SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria has given permission to Royal Dutch Shell to transfer 20 percent of the rights to explore a block off its Black Sea coastline for gas and oil to Spain’s Repsol, the government said on Wednesday.

    In December, Shell was allowed to transfer 30 percent of its drilling rights to Australia’s Woodside Energy.

    The Balkan country contracted Shell for deepwater exploratory drilling in 2016 as part of its efforts to end its almost complete reliance on Russia’s natural gas supplies. 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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    Germany Wobbles on Russian Gas Pipeline as Trump Pressure Starts to Bite

    By Patrick Donahue: 7 January 2019, 17:00 GMT Updated on 8 January 2019, 10:10 GMT
    • Merkel coalition lawmakers become more critical of Nord Stream
    • Mood shift may place pressure on government to shift stance

    Support in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition for a major new Russian gas pipeline is slipping as frustration with the Kremlin’s brinkmanship grows and pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump starts to bite.

    Nord Stream 2, an $11 billion project that will double the natural gas supply under the Baltic Sea to Germany, faces growing skepticism among German officials who had previously defended it against criticism from Trump and some European Union allies, according to senior lawmakers. The shift could translate into pressure on Merkel’s government to back down on the controversial pipeline and possibly delay its implementation. read more

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    Shell says talks over asset swap with Gazprom are suspended: Kommersant

    Dec 12, 2018

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Talks about a possible asset swap deal between Royal Dutch Shell and Gazprom have been suspended, Kommersant business daily reported on Wednesday, citing Cederic Cremers, head of Shell’s business in Russia.

    The memorandum on the possible asset swap was signed in 2015 and was seen as a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies were reducing their exposure to Russia because of Western sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

    Cremers also told the newspaper that the plans for the expansion of Sakhalin-2 plant, which produces 11 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year, hinge on the outcome of the talks with the Sakhalin-1 consortium led by Exxon Mobil Corp and Rosneft about gas supplies. read more

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    Shell News 5 Dec 2018: Includes latest on OPL 245 graft case

    DECEMBER 5, 2018

    MILAN (Reuters) – The Russian government has asked Italy to be “reasonable” over a Russian citizen caught up in a Nigerian graft case in Milan and drop the charges against him, according to legal documents seen by Reuters.

    Ednan Tofik ogly Agaev, a former Russian ambassador in Colombia, is charged with international corruption in a case revolving around the 2011 purchase by oil majors Eni and Shell of Nigeria’s OPL 245 oilfield.

    Milan prosecutors allege bribes totalling around $1.1 billion (£862.4 million) were paid to win the licence to explore the field. read more

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    Saudi Aramco ‘on way to becoming gas powerhouse’

    Aramco this year signed a memorandum of understanding with Royal Dutch Shell to jointly pursue global gas business opportunities…

    LONDON: Saudi Aramco has outlined to Arab News how it plans to massively ramp up its multibillion-dollar natural gas business, both in the Kingdom and overseas, as gas gradually replaces coal and oil in global power generation.

    Gas is viewed as a cleaner energy source than coal or oil in power stations, and there is soaring demand in Asia.

    “Gas is already a large global business and is expected to be among the fastest-growing fuels (60 percent growth) over the next quarter-century. And LNG (liquefied natural gas) is expected to make up almost half of global gas trade over the same period,” Aramco said in a statement. read more

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