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Shell greenlights Gulf of Mexico ‘Whale’ oilfield project

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Shell greenlights Gulf of Mexico ‘Whale’ oilfield project

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) announced plans on Monday to develop a new oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico, its first major project to get the go-ahead since a Dutch court ordered the energy company to accelerate its carbon emissions reduction targets.

Reporting by Ron Bousso; Editing by Edmund Blair and Barbara Lewis FULL ARTICLE
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Shell To Bow Out Of California Joint Venture With Exxon

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Shell To Bow Out Of California Joint Venture With Exxon

Shell (-2.37%) is reportedly planning to quit its California-based joint venture with fellow oil supermajor ExxonMobil (-3.56%) as it looks to accelerate its transition away from fossil fuels.

Four sources told Reuters that the FTSE blue chip had informed Exxon that it intended to exit subsidiary Aera Energy, in which it holds a 52 percent stake. The firm did not respond to a request for comment. read more

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Shell is said to evaluate sale of holdings in largest U.S. oil field valued at as much as $10B

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Shell is said to evaluate sale of holdings in largest U.S. oil field valued at as much as $10B

Jun. 13, 2021 7:19 PM ET Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A)RDS.BBy: Josh FinemanSA News Editor

  • Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) is said to be considering selling its holdings in the largest U.S. oil field, holdings that may be worth as much as $10B.
  • The oil major is said to be evaluating selling all of part of its about 260,000 acres (105,200 hectares) in the Permian Basin, located mostly in Texas, according to media reports earlier.
  • CNBC reported that a sale is not imminent, though talks with a buyer or multiple acquirers are ongoing.
  • Last week, Shell to speed up emissions cuts following Dutch court ruling, CEO says.
  • Also see, Watch out for the next ‘oil crisis’: Sector Watch.
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    Nord Stream 2’s completion a ‘fait accompli’

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    Nord Stream 2’s completion a ‘fait accompli,’ Blinken tells House panel

    Jun. 07, 2021 2:25 PM ETBASFY, ENGIY…By: Carl SurranSA News Editor

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken called completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline a “fait accompli” in testimony today before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and said the U.S. is working with Germany to mitigate the damage it will cause to Europe’s energy system.
  • Sanctioning the top executive of the project’s parent company would have led to worse U.S.-German relations, Blinken said, and now Germany has expressed a desire to prevent Russian President Putin from using Nord Stream 2 as leverage to weaken European nations by increasing dependency on Russia.
  • “We have an opportunity to make something positive out of a bad hand that we inherited when we came into office,” Blinken said.
  • The Gazprom-led (OTCPK:OGZPY) project also includes Western partners Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.ARDS.B), BASF’s (OTCQX:BASFY) Wintershall, Uniper (OTC:UNPPY), OMV (OTCPK:OMVJF) and Engie (OTCPK:ENGIY).
  • Putin said last week that the pipelaying of the first line of the pipeline from Russia to Germany had been completed.
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    Shell To Sell Interest In Deer Park Refinery To Partner Pemex

    Shell To Sell Interest In Deer Park Refinery To Partner Pemex

    THE HAGUE, NetherlandsMay 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Oil Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, has reached an agreement for the sale of its interest in Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and P.M.I. Norteamerica, S.A. De C.V. (a subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex). The transaction will transfer Shell’s interest in the partnership, and therefore full ownership of the refinery, to Pemex, subject to regulatory approvals. 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 Sells Washington Puget Sound Refinery To HollyFrontier

    Shell Sells Washington Puget Sound Refinery To HollyFrontier

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    Shell Oil Company 

    May 04, 2021, 16:40 ET

    HOUSTONMay 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Equilon Enterprises LLC d/b/a Shell Oil Products U.S. (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, has reached an agreement for the sale of its Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes, Washington to a subsidiary of HollyFrontier Corporation, an independent refiner headquartered in Texas (HollyFrontier), for $350 million in cash plus the value of the hydrocarbon inventory. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2021, subject to regulatory clearance and other customary closing conditions. 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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    Officials give notice to Shell refinery on emissions release

    Officials give notice to Shell refinery on emissions release

    ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — The Northwest Clean Air Agency issued Tuesday a violation notice against the Shell Puget Sound Refinery for the release of emissions in August and September.

    The refinery, on March Point near Anacortes, may face a financial penalty because of the incidents, which impacted the surrounding community including the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

    The notice said two flaring events exceeded allowable, visible emissions for more than 5 minutes. The first occurred on Aug. 19, and the second on Sept. 29. The air agency received 12 complaints and verified the presence of odors following the Sept. 29 incident, according to a news release. read more

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    Shell looks to Gulf of Mexico for lower carbon oil drilling; here’s what it means for Louisiana

    Shell looks to Gulf of Mexico for lower carbon oil drilling; here’s what it means for Louisiana

    Despite headwinds from corporate mandates to reduce carbon emissions, a temporarily halt for new federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico while the Biden administration reviews its impact on climate change and low oil prices, Royal Dutch Shell sees itself drilling for more oil off the coast of Louisiana and Texas.

    “We still think that we’ll be here for decades to come,” said Rick Tallant, vice president Gulf of Mexico at Shell. “There’s still a lot of running room in the Gulf of Mexico, the margins are very good for our investors and the greenhouse gas intensity is arguably the best in the industry.” 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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    Shell: Pennsylvania ethane plant completion expected in 2022

    Shell: Pennsylvania ethane plant completion expected in 2022

    MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Shell Chemicals officials say the planned multi-billion-dollar petrochemical, or ethane cracker, plant in western Pennsylvania is expected to be completed next year.

    The company said in a statement Tuesday that the company is now in the early stages of commissioning and start-up activities, the Beaver County Times reported.

    Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden said in an earnings call last month that the complex, now more than 70 percent complete, would likely be “fully operational” sometime in 2022. read more

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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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    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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    Shell delays US offshore production start ups

     

    Shell delays US offshore production start ups

    Published date: 22 February 2021 Shell has delayed the startup of the PowerNap and Vito deepwater projects in the US Gulf of Mexico because of Covid-19-related issues.

    The first oil date for PowerNap has been delayed to early 2022, and the first oil date for Vito has been delayed to 2022, the company said. Both were expected to start up late this year to coincide with an expansion of the Mars offshore crude pipeline system.

    “Covid-19-related delays, including reductions in personnel and the impacts of Covid-19 barriers on day-to-day working, have impacted project timelines,” Shell said.

    Vito is expected to reach peak production of about 100,000 b/d of oil equivalent (boe/d) and PowerNap is expected to have a peak capacity of 35,000 boe/d. 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 pays $191K fine for 2015 refinery incident

    Shell pays $191K fine for 2015 refinery incident

    11 Feb 2021

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Shell Oil Products U.S. has paid a $191,000 fine for the release of pollutants from its Shell Puget Sound Refinery north of Seattle in Skagit County.

    The fine comes via a legal settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve federal Clean Air Act violations, The Skagit Valley Herald reported.

    During refinery maintenance on Feb. 20, 2015, several operating procedures were violated, resulting in the release of about 700 pounds of pollutants. Hydrogen sulfide, dimethyl sulfide, mercaptans, pyrophoric iron and benzene were released over a period of more than three hours. read more

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    EPA fines Shell Oil $191,000 over release of toxic vapors from Anacortes refinery

    EPA fines Shell Oil $191,000 over release of toxic vapors from Anacortes refinery

    by KOMO News Staff:

    SEATTLE – The company that operates the Anacortes oil refinery will pay a $191,000 fine for violations of the Clean Air Act stemming from a 2015 release of toxic vapors that sickened dozens of local residents of the area.

    The fine, part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, is in addition to previous fines of over $420,000 levied by the Northwest Clean Air Agency and the Washington Safety and Health Agency against Shell Oil Products U.S. over the incident. read more

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    Shell plans to complete construction at Pennsylvania petchem project by 2022: CEO

    Shell plans to complete construction at Pennsylvania petchem project by 2022: CEO

    PETROCHEMICALS: 04 Feb 2021 | 21:06 UTC: New York

    New York — Shell Chemical announced that construction at its $6 billion petrochemical complex in Pennsylvania is expected to be completed in 2022, Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden said during an earnings call Feb. 4.

    Shell previously expected the Pennsylvania project to start up in the first half of 2021 after suspending work in mid-March 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic concerns. read more

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    Barrett hears climate case against her father’s ex-employer Shell

    Barrett hears climate case against her father’s ex-employer Shell

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    Shell details its layoff of hundreds at Convent site in 2021; full shutdown set for August

    Shell details its layoff of hundreds at Convent site in 2021; full shutdown set for August

    Shell plans to begin layoffs for nearly 700 workers in March at its Convent oil refinery, which it expects to fully shut down in August.

    The Louisiana subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, Equilon Enterprises LLC, previously had announced layoffs but has now filed an official notice with the Louisiana Workforce Commission outlining its plans. 

    Shell looks to lay off all 698 workers at the refinery, 340 of whom are represented by a union, according to the letter. read more

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    Shell to Provide Over One Million Pieces of PPE to U.S. Communities

    Shell to Provide Over One Million Pieces of PPE to U.S. Communities

    NEWS PROVIDED BY Shell Oil Company Dec 22, 2020, 09:00 ET

    HOUSTONDec. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As the number of COVID-19 cases surges across the country, Shell Oil Company (Shell) has announced it will contribute more than one million pieces of PPE to communities and medical care facilities from coast to coast. Extra face shields, non-medical masks and nitrile gloves are now arriving in some of the hardest hit areas of the country. read more

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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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    Shell Cracker Plant Has 39 Cases Of Coronavirus

    Shell Cracker Plant Has 39 Cases Of Coronavirus

    CBS Pittsburgh KDKA TV

    Thirty-nine workers at the Shell Cracker Plant in Beaver County have tested positive for the coronavirus.

    SOURCE

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    Environmental groups want Shell air permit denied

    Environmental groups want Shell air permit denied

    By   – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times, Nov 6, 2020, 1:44pm EST

    Environmental groups are urging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to deny Shell Pennsylvania Chemical’s air quality permits on the basis of what they say will be too much pollution into the Pittsburgh region.

    Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community’s letter is the latest volley in environmentalists’ battle against the Potter Township project, costing in excess of $6 billion, that has remade a portion of the Ohio River coastline and brought thousands of construction jobs into the region. They’ve asked for a 30-day extension for more information about the permits as well. 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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    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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    Shell invests $300,000 in the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s new arts center

    Shell invests $300,000 in the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s new arts center

    STAFF REPORT: JUL 27, 2020 – 4:03 PM

    Shell has invested $300,000 in the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s new Cary Saurage Community Arts Center at 233 St. Ferdinand St.

    These funds will support the Shell Gallery, an art exhibition and meeting space open to individuals, schools and organizations throughout the Capital Region and beyond.

    “Shell understands the vital role that arts and culture play in creating an appealing place to live and work,” said Renee Chatelain, president and CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. “They are industry leaders in investing in the quality of life for the Louisiana community, and we are excited about the many positive ways that this arts/business partnership will impact the community.” read more

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    Shell promotes Edward Hymes to President of Jiffy Lube

    Shell promotes Edward Hymes to President of Jiffy Lube

    TIRE BUSINESS STAFF: 15 JULY 2020

    Mr. Hymes, who’s been with Shell since 2001, will be responsible for the management and growth of the Jiffy Lube franchise, including oversight of more than 2,000 independently owned Jiffy Lube service centers in the U.S. and Canada.

    His appointment was effective in January. He succeeds Patrick Southwick, who stays with Shell Oil as vice president, Downstream Acquisitions and Divestments.

    “Edward’s extensive retail experience coupled with his real estate and business investment expertise position him well to lead the Jiffy Lube business,” said Machteld de Haan, president, Shell Lubricants Americas. read more

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    Wells Fargo and Shell join in solar deal

    Wells Fargo and Shell join in solar deal

    By Steven Mufson: June 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. GMT+1

    Wells Fargo will buy 150 megawatts of solar power from Shell Energy, a move that demonstrates widening corporate interest in renewable energy even among some of the strongest supporters of fossil fuels.

    The deal is modest: Wells Fargo says the 150 megawatts, purchased from three locations in Virginia and one in California, would meet about 8 percent of its global energy needs.

    But it carries symbolic value. Wells Fargo, the second-biggest lender to fossil fuel companies over the past four years, is buying carbon-free electricity from Shell, a company that’s been in the oil business since the 1880s. The deal also shows the appeal of solar projects even in the midst of the punishing economic downturn brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic. read more

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    Pandemic exposes cracks in oil majors’ bet on plastic

    A massive Pennsylvania plastics project, owned by Shell, that President Donald Trump touted during a visit last year faces risks of oversupply and a low price outlook, an energy industry report said on Thursday.

    Pandemic exposes cracks in oil majors’ bet on plastic

    Joe Brock: JUNE 4, 2020

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The energy industry’s bet that a petrochemicals boom would support decades of oil and gas sales growth is on shaky ground as an already saturated plastic market is hit by a coronavirus demand shock.

    While soaring demand for personal protective equipment and takeaway food containers has boosted sales of some plastics, it is likely to be only a temporary spike, say analysts. read more

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    Shell adding more workers to Beaver County construction site

    Shell adding more workers to Beaver County construction site

    By: Paul J. Gough – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times
    Updated: May 14, 2020 – 5:13 PM

    BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. — Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals is planning to reintroduce more workers to its Beaver County construction site, which had been temporarily shut down in March over Covid-19 safety concerns.

    Several weeks ago, Shell began to add more workers from the 300 or so that had remained there for security and other approved purposes even after the construction had been temporarily halted. It now has 800 workers there as it adds employees, but it’s a small portion of the 7,000 or so it had two months ago. read more

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    Shell provides a glimpse inside its lobbying

    Royal Dutch Shell paid the American Petroleum Institute, the industry’s most powerful lobbying group, at least $12.5 million in 2019, the oil giant revealed.

    Driving the news: The tally, which Shell tells Axios is consistent with recent years, shows up in a report Shell published yesterday on its trade group memberships.

    Why it matters: The report, posted the same day Shell announced new climate pledges, provides a look at how much a major oil company pays to be part of various associations. read more

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    Shell To Post Q1 Charges Up To $800 Mln; Sees Uncertainty Due To COVID-19

    : MAR 31, 2020

    (RTTNews) – Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS-B, RDSB.L, RDSA.L, RDS-A) Tuesday said it expects to record post-tax impairment charges in the range of $400 million to $800 million for the first quarter, based on changes to oil price outlook for 2020.

    In its first-quarter trading update, the company said it expects Integrated Gas production to be between 920 and 970 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. LNG liquefaction volumes are expected to be between 8.8 and 9.2 million tonnes.

    In the Upstream, production for the quarter is expected to be between 2,650 and 2,720 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. read more

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    Shell pulls out of U.S. Lake Charles LNG project, Energy Transfer delays FID

    UPDATE 2-Shell pulls out of U.S. Lake Charles LNG project, Energy Transfer delays FID

    Ron Bousso, Shradha Singh: MARCH 30, 2020 

    * Energy Transfer delays FID from late 2020 to early 2021

    * Shell relinquishes 50% stake amid spending cuts

    * Decision comes after collapse in oil prices 

    By Ron Bousso and Shradha Singh

    March 30 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc pulled out of a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant under development in Louisiana following the recent crash in oil and natural gas prices that has forced the company to make deep spending cuts.

    Energy Transfer LP, which was developing the project with Shell, said it remains focused on the commercial development of Lake Charles and is working toward making an early 2021 final investment decision (FID) to build the plant. read more

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    Shell to explore sale of two U.S. refineries

    Shell to explore sale of two U.S. refineries

    Mar. 6, 2020 6:30 PM ET|About: Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A)|By: , SA News Editor

    Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) says it will seek to sell two U.S. refineries, in Alabama and Washington state, the latest step in the drive by European oil majors to reduce their refining footprints.

    The Mobile, Ala., facility has a crude capacity of 79K bbl/day and is oriented toward chemicals.

    A sale of the Puget Sound refinery in Anacortes, Wash., with a 145K bbl/day processing capacity, would limit Shell’s U.S. refining presence to the Gulf Coast, where its two main facilities are the Convent and Norco refineries in Louisiana. read more

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    Big Oil Explores Adding More Cheap Ethanol to Gasoline in Iowa

    BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc are exploring adding more ethanol in gasoline in top corn state Iowa to take advantage of how cheap the biofuel has become.

    The oil majors are gauging driver interest at a small number of stations in 15% ethanol blends, up from the current state standard of 10%, after the Trump administration in May allowed an increase nationwide.

    Adding more ethanol to gasoline may help Midwest farmers who have been struggling to find markets for corn after biofuels demand plateaued last year. Ethanol futures slumped to the lowest in more than a decade in 2019, making it unprofitable to make the biofuel that accounts for about a third of demand for the U.S. corn crop. But cheap ethanol won’t save drivers much money: At current prices, filling up a Ford-F150 would only cost about a quarter less. read more

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    Shell boosts crude output in top U.S. shale field to 250,000 bpd

    FEBRUARY 5, 2020

    (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell, which plans billions of dollars in spending on shale drilling projects, boosted output in the top U.S. shale field to 250,000 barrels per day in December, the company’s Permian Basin head said on Wednesday.

    Shell plans to spend about $3 billion per year for the next five years on shale projects, said Amir Gerges, vice president of Permian assets for Shell, at the Argus Americas Crude Summit in Houston. Its Permian Basin production rose more than 100,000 barrels per day in the last year. read more

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    After 105 years, Martinez refinery no longer owned by Shell

    2 February 2020: Martinez Bay City News

    After 105 years of Shell ownership, the Martinez Refining Co., LLC is, as of Saturday, the new owner of the refinery on the Carquinez Strait just west of Interstate Highway 680.

    PBF Energy Inc., headquartered in New Jersey, will now operate the facility under the name Martinez Refining Co. LLC, and the $1 billion acquisition became official Saturday. The deal was struck in mid-2019.

    The Martinez refinery employs approximately 700 people. It produces gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel, petroleum coke, industrial fuel oils, liquefied petroleum gas, asphalt and sulfur. It also has a “coker” unit for processing heavy crude. read more

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    Shell finalizes sale of Martinez Refinery

    NEWS PROVIDED BY Shell : Feb 01, 2020, 03:17 ET

    HOUSTON, Feb. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Equilon Enterprises LLC d/b/a Shell Oil Products US (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc announced today that it has formally closed on the sale of Shell’s Martinez Refinery in California to PBF Holding Company LLC (PBF), a subsidiary of PBF Energy, Inc., in exchange for $1.2 billion which includes the refinery and inventory. The deal also includes crude oil supply and product offtake agreements, and other adjustments. read more

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    Shell releases new details on Ascension chemical leak, some roads back open

    January 24, 2020 12:10 PM: Source: WBRZ: By: WBRZ Staf

    GEISMAR – An incident involving hazardous materials has prompted law enforcement to close off multiple intersections near a chemical plant in Ascension Parish.

    The sheriff’s office says a situation at the Shell plant along LA 75 prompted them to shut down several roadways nearby. The department says the closures are precautionary, and there appears to be no off-site impact at this time.

    A Shell spokesperson response stemmed from a hydrocarbon leak that was first noticed around 8 a.m. The plant’s deluge system was activated to reduce the vapors and a response team was immediately dispatched. read more

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    ‘Elevated flaring’ at Shell Norco plant — visible for miles — should end by midweek, company says

    The unusually large streak of fire visible recently in the sky over St. Charles Parish should be gone within the next few days, according to a spokesman for Shell Oil Co.

    For more than a week, the company’s Shell Norco complex has been in a state of “elevated flaring,” creating what at times has been a flare over its facility large enough that it can be seen for miles.

    Shell has said the flaring — which can also be accompanied by loud rumbling noises — was necessary after the complex experienced a series of power dips as a line of storms moved through the area on Jan. 11. read more

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    Shell Launches In-Vehicle Payment Platform

    HOUSTON — Shell Oil Co. is launching a nationwide in-vehicle payment platform. Shell-branded gas stations across the United States will now accept payment through Uconnect Market, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) new in-vehicle commerce platform.

    This makes Shell the only vendor in Uconnect Market that allows consumers to find the nearest gas station, purchase fuel and services and save money on Shell fuel purchases from the comfort of their vehicles, the company said.

    Customers who fuel eligible Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brand vehicles at participating Shell stations will be able to use Shell Pay & Save within Uconnect Market to pay for their fuel directly from their in-vehicle touchscreens, earn and redeem valuable Fuel Rewards savings and quickly get back on the road. read more

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    Shell Aims For Dominance In $325 Billion Aviation Fuel Market

    Shell thinks aviation fuel will be one of the critical growth areas to explore, as ground vehicle transportation fuel and other segments are expected to decline over time. One of these expected growth segments will be sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), where a project with Lufthansa and World Energy is starting up in California.

    Shell Aviation and Boston-based World Energy will help Lufthansa meet carbon emissions reduction targets by supplying the SAF on three routes operated by Deutsche Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Frankfurt, Munich, and Zurich. The project is expected to supply up to one million gallons of SAF to Lufthansa over the duration of the agreement. read more

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    Shell New Energies executive steps down

    by Tom Russell in Corporate 10/01/2020

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

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

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    U.S. refinery sales hit the brakes, with 5% of capacity on block

    Jessica Resnick-Ault, Laura Sanicola: 10 JANUARY 2020 NEW YORK (Reuters) – From coast to coast, U.S. refineries are available for the taking, but nobody is buying.

    With the news that Royal Dutch Shell Plc is looking to unload its Anacortes, Washington, facility, there are seven different U.S. refineries on the block now, accounting for about 5% of U.S. crude oil processing capacity, according to data compiled by Reuters.

    Even with U.S. energy production at an all-time record, these properties, located from Washington state to Pennsylvania, are having trouble finding bidders because of unfavorable locales, worries about falling margins, and the coming restart of nearby facilities in the Caribbean that will add to competition, bankers and analysts said. read more

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    Shell Midstream: Has Some Potential, But Still Has Problems

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    About: Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. (SHLX), Includes: RDS.A

    : Macro, energy, alternative energy, contrarian

    Summary

  • Shell Midstream’s performance was similar to what it had seen last quarter, although Hurricane Barry had a negative impact because of the shutdowns it caused.
  • The company’s onshore pipelines continue to perform well, with Zydeco a very notable example.
  • There is some very real growth potential offshore as Shell ramps up Appomattox and other companies in the region do the same and pump oil into the Mars pipeline.
  • The company generated an adequate distribution coverage, although it was not as high in this quarter as I would normally like to see.
  • The financial structure is still concerning, as it does not have sufficient assets to cover its debt.
  • read more

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    Shell sells last of its Haynesville position

    Royal Dutch Shell is officially moving out of the gassy Haynesville shale after selling its last package of acreage to a private Houston firm.

    Houston-based Castleton Resources, which primarily focuses on the Haynesville in East Texas and Louisiana, will scoop up about 55,000 net acres from Shell that’s currently producing more than 100,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day. The companies are not revealing the sale price.

    Shell previously sold most of its Haynesville position five years ago, but still had some piecemeal remaining acreage. 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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