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How Chris Finlayson bungled the Mother of all Projects: Sakhalin II

Chris Finlayson representing Shell and Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Vice Chairman

By John Donovan

Chris Finlayson, the newly appointed Chief Executive of BG Group, held a leadership position in Shell’s Sakhalin II project in Russia from September 2005 to September 2009. The venture was described as “the Mother of all Projects” by the Financial Times.

We have already published an article about his involvement in the Royal Dutch Shell reserves scandal, providing evidence – in the form of authentic Shell internal documents – supporting my conclusion that he was either part of the cover-up, or negligent in his fiduciary duties as a senior Shell executive to protect the interests of investors. read more

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Donovans mud throwing campaign against Shell

“It looks like the Donovans, the Royal Dutch Shell humiliators and mud throwing campaign initiators, the donors of cheat and steal approach are indemnified, otherwise they could have been sued for their below the belt statements derogating human dignity and respect. And the methods they use are outrageous examples of brainwashing of the people not involved in the petroleum industry, mixing true and false facts making it almost impossible to separate the wheat from the chaff. I am writing this because I have worked on the Sakhalin 1 and 2 Project…”

By John Donovan

Printed below is an extraordinary email circulated overnight by a disgruntled former employee of Sakhalin Energy to various recipients, including senior people at Sakhalin Energy, Gazprom, Royal Dutch Shell, the Financial Times, Dow Jones Newswires, Bloomberg, the Russian government and the UK Police. It was originally sent to Thomas Zengerly, a director of Sakhalin Energy.

As can be seen, the sender does not seem to be particularly fond of us or our involvement in the Sakhalin 2 project as a conduit for whistleblowers.
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Shell’s pipeline costs overflow to $22bn

From our October 2005 Shell news archive

The Observer: Shell’s pipeline costs overflow to $22bn

“The financial crisis has prompted Gazprom, the state-owned Russian energy giant, to delay rubber-stamping a deal that would see it take a 25 per cent stake in Sakhalin-2.”: “Shell is desperately trying to secure bank loans to help finance Sakhalin-2, which it says will generate $45bn worth of oil and liquefied natural gas.”

Sunday 16 October 2005

Nick Mathiason

Sunday October 16, 2005

The escalating financial crisis at one of Shell’s most crucial energy projects, already massively over budget, has taken a turn for the worse.

It is understood that the Sakhalin-2 gas and oil pipeline project, which originally had a budget of $10 billion, could now cost $22bn. The scheme will transport oil and gas from an island off the east coast of Russia.

Last month the Anglo-Dutch energy giant admitted the project would cost around $20bn, but sources close to the Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, which Shell currently controls, suggest the final bill could be even higher. read more

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John Donovan and Sakhalin Energy

By John Donovan

23 August 2012

Interesting to note that within hours of the Shell’s Enemy No. 1 feature being published on YouTube and this website earlier today, comment about the development was widely circulated by an enigmatic third party to senior people at Sakhalin Energy, Gazprom, the Russian Federal Government and other  major Sakhalin/Russia players apparently deemed to be interested in such matters.

My activities are self-evidently still being closely monitored by this spooky third party (until recently connected with Sakhalin Energy) whose motives for an apparent obsession with my online activities is unknown.
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Shell Still in Talks Over Russia’s Shtokman Project, CEO Says

By Ben Farey – Jul 26, 2012 9:11 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is still in talks with OAO Gazprom about joining the Shtokman liquefied natural gas project in the Russian Arctic, one of the world’s biggest gas deposits.

“We now have interest in doing more LNG projects in Russia,” Shell Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser told Bloomberg Television today. “Discussions are ongoing. I can’t comment on any more details.”

Shell and Gazprom are already partners in the 9.6 million metric-ton-a-year Sakhalin-2 LNG plant on Sakhalin Island, off Russia’s far eastern coast. read more

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Rudderless Shell still worth backing

FROM OUR JULY 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE…

The Independent: Rudderless Shell still worth backing

“The company has also created a single board, after blaming its double-headed, dual-nationality structure for the disasters of recent years. Shell had been overstating its reserves of oil, and had to fess up last year, cutting the number by one-third. But only last week the company revealed the development of its Sakhalin natural gas field in Russia was 100 per cent over budget, a whopping extra cost of $10bn (£5.8bn) that had not even been hinted when Shell sold part of the field earlier this month.”

The Investment Column: Edited by Stephen Foley

Published: Thursday 21 July 2005

Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, has merged its Anglo half, Shell Transport & Trading, with its Dutch half, Royal Dutch. If you owned 100 Shell shares on Tuesday, you now own 29 Royal Dutch Shell shares. They fell in value a little on their stock market debut yesterday, but hang on to them.

Strictly speaking, you own Royal Dutch Shell ‘B’ shares, while Netherlands investors own ‘A’ shares. The difference is that ‘A’ shares attract a Dutch tax, but that will usually be reflected in the lower price of the ‘A’ shares. It is all a little confusing and UK investors might as well stick to the ‘B’ shares, but the important thing is that the company you own still has the same assets and prospects as it had at the start of the week. read more

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Bad Publicity plus British Humour puts Shell on the defensive

Translation of an article published in an April 2012 edition of the German magazine: ECOreporter

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Text in Nigeria Oil Spill Photo: The oil industry in Nigeria is the cause of ecological environmental problems

Article by Juergen Roettger.

April Fool

Bad Publicity plus British Humour –  puts Shell on the defensive

An early retired pensioner takes on the Shell Group : an unequal duel, one might think? Very likely. Because, the Shell Group has no chance against him. 

John Donovan is rapping the fingers of the Shell International Oil Multinational. For about ten years now, the early retired pensioner from the East English town of Colchester has been running a website: www.royaldutchshellplc.com. The Shell Group spends millions on image-polishing publicity, and Donovan only 150 Dollars for his internet website.  Donovan has published around 30,000 articles highlighting shortcomings of the British-Dutch Group. New reports are being added daily. Donovan gains support from a network of insiders who provide him with internal information and secret documentation, so that these can be made public. read more

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French Employee at Shell’s Russian Venture Is Killed

FROM OUR JULY 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE

BLOOMBERG: French Employee at Shell’s Russian Venture Is Killed

“A French expatriate working at a Royal Dutch Shell Plc-led oil and gas venture off Russia’s Pacific coast was killed at his apartment in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, on the southern end of Sakhalin Island.”: “Sakhalin Energy and Starstroi are investigating the murder, in part “to learn how to improve safety and security” for other employees…”

Wednesday 20 July 2005

July 20 (Bloomberg) — A French expatriate working at a Royal Dutch Shell Plc-led oil and gas venture off Russia’s Pacific coast was killed at his apartment in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, on the southern end of Sakhalin Island.

The employee of OOO Starstroi, a pipeline contractor for the Sakhalin-2 project, “died following a criminal incident at his apartment,” Ivan Chernyakhovsky, a spokesman for the project operator, Sakhalin Energy Investment Co., said in a telephone interview from Moscow today. read more

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Moscow Times: Gazprom Rethinks Value of Sakhalin-2

FROM OUR JULY 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE…

Moscow Times: Gazprom Rethinks Value of Sakhalin-2

Tuesday 19 July 2005

Gas giant Gazprom said on Friday it considered Royal Dutch/Shell’s assets on Sakhalin to be worth less after the oil major doubled the project’s cost estimates last week to $20 billion.

Earlier this month, Gazprom agreed to swap a 50 percent stake in its Siberian Zapolyarnoye gas field for a 25 percent stake in the Shell-led Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas project in the Far East.

On Thursday, Shell raised the cost estimate for Sakhalin-2 and postponed the first LNG shipment from the end of 2007 to summer 2008. read more

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Shell Sakhalin Project Cost Soars, Deliveries Late

FROM OUR JULY 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE…

BLOOMBERG: Shell Sakhalin Project Cost Soars, Deliveries Late

“Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East may cost $20 billion, 67 percent more than originally planned…”

Thursday 14 July 2005

July 14 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East may cost $20 billion, 67 percent more than originally planned, because of soaring metal prices and contractor fees and a declining U.S. dollar.

Deliveries of liquefied natural gas are now expected to start in the summer of 2008, the company said in a statement today, some eight months behind schedule. The project at Sakhalin island is the largest foreign direct investment anywhere in Russia. Shell shares pared gains in London after the statement. read more

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Sakhalin Energy Leaked Emails Intrigue

SELF-EXPLANATORY EMAIL SENT 2 JULY 2012 TO SAKHALIN ENERGY & ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC

The name of the source of the current emails has been deleted, but will be disclosed tomorrow.

It is an understatement to say that the source is not fond of “the Donovans” or their website.

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject:
Date: 2 July 2012 15:29:42 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected],

Dear Mr Chernyakhovskiy

Please be advised that it is my intention for reasons of transparency to publish in full the emails sent by XXXXX XXXXXXXX earlier today. read more

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Mysterious email to Sakhalin Energy

By John Donovan

I have printed below extracts from a mysterious email, partly in English and partly in Russian, circulated to a number of people at Sakhalin Energy earlier today, with a copy supplied to us. it seems to have been sent by a disgruntled employee (an interpreter/translator?) and has a sinister aspect with a reference to the Mafia (the Russian Mafia?).

It also makes a reference to plagiarism and contains a threat to “sell my story to royaldutchshellplc.com and become the Donovans’ friend…” read more

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Recent seismic (earthquake) activity in the area of the Beaufort Sea where Shell’s concession lies

FROM A SHELL RELATED EXPERT SOURCE (Alarming information supplied to John Donovan)

John

The attach file highlights a number of known hazards which Shell will need to address in their Arctic drilling and development work. One such hazard is highlighted on a map showing recent seismic (earthquake) activity in the area of the Beaufort Sea where Shell’s concession lies.

You make recall that this is the same issue that led to the takeover of Sakhalin 2 by Gazprom!

Chapter Three: Description of the Beaufort Sea Lease Sale Area ( Patience is required as document takes some time to load) read more

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Gazprom and Shell highlight Sakhalin II project success

06/04/2012 | 12:19pm

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) hosted today a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell within the 25th World Gas Conference.

The parties discussed bilateral cooperation in the energy sector.

Alexey Miller and Peter Voser highlighted that the Sakhalin II project was progressing successfully as well as examined the issues of bilateral cooperation deepening.

Background Shell is a British-Dutch petroleum company focused on hydrocarbons production, processing and marketing in over 90 countries of the world.

On April 18, 2007 Gazprom and the shareholders of Sakhalin Energy (Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsui & Co., and Mitsubishi Corporation), the Sakhalin II project operator, signed the Purchase and Sale Agreement providing for Gazprom to acquire a stake of 50 per cent plus one share in Sakhalin Energy. read more

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Sueddeutsche Zeitung article on Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com

I am described as having a stately stomach and accurately combed hair over a bald head. So we know that the journalist in question is unbiased, fearless, and truthful.

By John Donovan

On Saturday 17 March 2012 the largest broadsheet German daily national newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, published a whole page article by the journalist Christoph Giesen about this website royaldutchshellplc.com, which it correctly says has cost Shell billions of dollars.

SEE: Royal Dutch Shell’s No1 Enemy

The article is displayed below divided into two images, each of which can be enlarged by clicking on the image. PDF and English translation versions will be published.

I am described as having a stately stomach and accurately combed hair over a bald head. So we know that the journalist in question is unbiased, fearless, and truthful. read more

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Was Brinded pushed?

The Financial Times has described the unexpected exit of Malcolm Brinded from Royal Dutch Shell, as a surprise. Probably an even a bigger surprise to Brinded bearing in mind that at 58, he is still a few years from retirement. It seems to have been a case of premature ejection.

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Sakhalin Energy’s 2011 Sales Rose by $1 Billion, Vedomosti Says

By Yuliya Fedorinova – Feb 8, 2012 4:53 AM GMT

Sakhalin Energy, Russia’s liquefied natural-gas producer, increased its revenue by $1 billion last year after raising prices, Vedomosti reported today, citing Chief Executive Officer Andrey Galayev.

The project may break even as soon as this spring rather than in 2013 or 2014, as initially planned, Galayev told the Moscow-based newspaper.

OAO Gazprom has a 50 percent stake in Sakhalin Energy.

To contact the reporter on this story: Yuliya Fedorinova in Moscow at [email protected] read more

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Sakhalin-2 News

Gazprom Expansion of Sakhalin-2 LNG Plant May Cost $7 Billion

January 30, 2012, 5:20 AM EST

By Jake Rudnitsky

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — OAO Gazprom and its partners in the Sakhalin-2 project may decide on expanding their liquefied natural gas plant this year, to add supplies by 2018, said Andrey Galaev, the venture’s chief executive officer.

An expansion may cost $5 billion to $7 billion based on preliminary estimates, Galaev told reporters today in Moscow. Depending on changes in oil and gas prices, the construction cost may drop as low as $3 billion or climb as high as $8 billion, he said. read more

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Shell Sees Window to Expand Sakhalin LNG in Asia Market

By Stephen Bierman – Dec 7, 2011 12:15 PM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSA) said its Sakhalin venture with OAO Gazprom, Russia’s natural gas export monopoly needs to expand fast to sell liquefied natural gas to Asia at maximum profit.

There’s a window of opportunity in the Asia Pacific from 2015 to 2020, Harry Brekelmans, the head of the energy company’s Russian unit, told reporters today in Moscow. The market will tighten after that with additional LNG volumes coming from Australia, Shell spokesman Maxim Shoob said today. read more

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Another shell director playing General Patton?

Purported leaked email with video link received from an anonymous source with the covering message:

“Potential for another Shell director playing *General Patton…listen to the video…”

THE INTERNAL EMAIL

On behalf of Bob Turner,

All,
We have just posted the latest video clip on the IPO website. In this clip I talk about Gas to Offshore and our preparations and some issues around our culture which I call “NO” will no longer be the low risk option”.

Please have a look. I hope you find it informative and topical. My previous clips will be archived in the Library folder.

As always I welcome your feedback.

Have a safe day

Bob.

?Bob Turner Video

ENDS

*From Wikipedia article “List of plagiarism controversies

On 6 June 2007, the Financial Times published a front page article under the headline: “‘Pipeliners All!’ Shell’s memo to Sakhalin”[24] read more

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Shell was squeezed out of the Sakhalin-2 project precisely five years ago

By Motley Fool Staff Posted 9:58PM 11/03/11

EXTRACTS

Last week, my Foolish colleague Alex Planes wrote a superb article offering the conclusion that “Cheap Oil Isn’t Coming Back,” an assessment with which I completely agree. Beyond that, though, I’d add, “And Cheap Gas Has a Brief Future, Too.” With that in mind, it’s crucial to look back at the recent earnings season to garner what we can about which major oil companies appear to offer the biggest boosts for our portfolios.

Shell’s full of LNG
Royal Dutch Shell also doubled its earnings in the past quarter, chalking up a growth rate that one advertisement used to refer to as “a silly millimeter” beneath Chevron’s. The company is casting a major lot with LNG, where it leads the world in production and distribution. That’s a sufficient reason for placing the Anglo-Dutch giant next to Chevron as another member of Big Oil’s most promising trio.
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Sakhalin: the last 130 Western Gray Whales

From pages 48 & 49 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

The Sakhalin-2 project

According to its developers, the Sakhalin-2 project is the world’s largest integrated oil and gas project. The capital expenditure for this project amounted to USD 21.3 billion from 2001 through 2009, while total costs exceeded USD 24 billion.

The project is about extracting gas and oil offshore Sakhalin Island, in the Russian Far East. The fields are called Lunskoye (mostly gas) and Piltun-Astokhskoye (mostly oil). The company Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) is the operator of the project. Royal Dutch Shell is a partner and lead technical adviser to the operator. Under the shareholding structure of Sakhalin Energy, Gazprom holds 50% (plus one share), Shell 27.5% (minus one share), Mitsui 12.5% and Mitsubishi 10%. read more

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6 Oil Wells On Sakhalin Go Offline

14 October 2011
Vedomosti

Dysfunctional oil wells at Sakhalin-2 are threatening to decrease production at the field in Russia’s Far East and could be indicative of more serious problems.

The problems on Sakhalin-2 in the Piltun-Astokhskoye oil field were documented in a government report to the State Duma on the implementation of the production sharing agreement, a copy of which was obtained by Vedomosti.

According to the report, the wells are not functioning “due to the need to remove a significant amount of sand after a water breakthrough.” This mishap prompted a shutdown of six of the 13 oil wells on the Astokhskoye section, where the Molikpaq Platform extracts oil. read more

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Gazprom Sees LNG Plant Expansion Backed By Sakhalin-2 Fields

That’s in marked contrast to Shell, which while operating Sakhalin-2 in 2006, was forced to execute a below-market sale of its operating position at bargain prices to Gazprom, the country’s giant gas gathering and distribution company.

By Anna Shiryaevskaya – Sep 14, 2011 4:04 PM GMT+0100

OAO Gazprom expects the Sakhalin-2 venture to produce enough fuel to support the expansion of Russia’s only liquefied natural gas plant as its partner Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) seeks resources outside the project.

The partners plan to extend the Piltun-Astokhskoye field to feed Sakhalin-2’s liquefied natural gas plant, Vsevolod Cherepanov, head of Gazprom’s gas, condensate and oil production department, told reporters today in St. Petersburg. Additional volumes from producing fields may feed the plant’s expansion or be shipped via the Gazprom-owned pipeline network, he said. read more

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Whales ‘at risk’ from oil surveys

Restrictions put on development are not enough, delegates urged

12 July 2011

Oil and gas exploration in the Russian Far East continues to threaten whales, delegates at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting have warned.

The critically endangered western population of gray whales spends its summer feeding around Sakhalin island.

Companies using seismic guns to find oil and gas in the area do take steps to reduce the impact; but scientists with the IWC say they need to do more.

Surprising new evidence has also emerged on the whales’ migration. read more

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Shell Said to Offer Gazprom Assets to Gain LNG Plant Expansion

By Anna Shiryaevskaya – Feb 7, 2011 9:00 PM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc may offer OAO Gazprom assets in Asia in exchange for a deal to expand Russia’s only liquefied gas export plant, part of talks on a wider global alliance, said people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Shell wants to add a third liquefied natural gas production unit at the $22 billion Sakhalin-2 venture north of Japan, raising output 50 percent. The Hague-based company is selecting overseas assets to win support from Gazprom, said three people, declining to be identified because the plans are private. Shell may gain access to new offshore blocks to supply the plant. read more

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BP’s Exploration Plans in the Arctic of Russia Draw Opposition From Partners

A version of this article appeared in print on January 19, 2011, on page B3 of the New York edition.

By ANDREW E. KRAMER and JULIA WERDIGIER

MOSCOW — The British petroleum giant BP’s new deal to explore the Russian Arctic in partnership with a state-owned oil company has drawn protests from a group of private Russian investors with whom BP has a separate partnership.

The Russian private partners of BP’s separate and longstanding joint venture here, TNK-BP, say they were not adequately consulted about the Arctic exploration agreement that BP announced on Friday with the state-owned Rosneft.

On Tuesday, a representative of the TNK-BP partners said the Rosneft deal violated a 2003 shareholder agreement that required BP to first consult the management of that joint venture before negotiating new business with others in Russia or Ukraine. read more

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Shell led Sakhalin II construction threatens endangered gray whales

The multi-billion-dollar project, led by Royal Dutch Shell, has also been accused of inflicting large-scale damage on Sakhalin’s ecosystem, including illegal deforestation, the dumping of toxic waste, and soil erosion.

The construction of a third oil platform for the Shell-led Sakhalin II energy project may threaten a critically endangered population of gray whales off Russia’s eastern coast, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Monday.

The company, which already has two platforms in the Russian Far East, announced in December its plans to build another one near the crucial feeding habitat of the gray whale population.

“The construction and operation of an additional off-shore platform could have numerous negative impacts on the whales, potentially disrupting feeding behavior and increasing the chance of fatal ship strikes,” WWF said in a statement. “Also, a third platform heightens the risk of an environmentally catastrophic oil spill in this sensitive habitat.” read more

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Shell and Gazprom sign ‘global co-operation’ pact

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Deal will give Shell access to Russia’s huge oil and gas reserves

Tuesday 30 November 2010 19.05 GMT

Tim Webb

In 2006, Shell was forced to halve its controlling stake in Sakhalin II and hand control to Gazprom following intense pressure from the Kremlin. Photograph: Newscast/Jess Jones/EPA

Almost four years after Shell was forced to cede control of a $20bn (£12.8bn) gas project to its Russian rival Gazprom, the two companies have signed a new agreement on “global co-operation”.

The pact will make it easier for Shell to access Russia‘s vast oil and gas reserves in Siberia and the far east. In return, state controlled Gazprom will become a partner on as yet unspecified Shell projects outside Russia. read more

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Shell, Gazprom to Combine Beyond Russia

By JAMES HERRON

LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Russian gas giant OAO Gazprom signed an agreement on Tuesday that will deepen their existing partnership within Russia and see them work together outside Russia for the first time, Shell said in a statement.

The agreement promises “further development of bilateral cooperation in exploration and production of hydrocarbons in western Siberia and the far east of Russia [and] cooperation in the downstream oil products business in Russia and Europe, as well as Gazprom participation in Shell upstream projects outside of Russia,” Shell said. read more

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Gazprom and Shell To Expand Cooperation – Medvedev

MOSCOW -(Dow Jones)- Russia’s state-run gas firm OAO Gazprom (GAZP.RS) and Royal Dutch Shell PLC(RDSA.LN) are to sign a memorandum on the expansion of their cooperation in and outside Russia, Gazprom Deputy Chief Executive Alexander Medvedev said Monday.

Gazprom’s cooperation with Shell could expand in Sakhalin, Medvedev said, without giving any more details on the memorandum.

“We are happy to invite foreign partners to develop our upstream reserves, but only if in exchange we get the access to their first class projects somewhere in the world,” Medvedev said. “We do know Shell has good assets, which could be of interest for us.” read more

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Gazprom, Shell Sakhalin Gas Venture Reports Unexpected Profit

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July 16 (Bloomberg) — OAO Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Sakhalin-2 venture in Russia posted an unexpected profit last year after oil and liquefied natural gas shipments beat targets to offset losses from a delay in the project.

The partners had estimated a loss because a delay in the start of LNG output forced them to compensate customers for contracted volumes, two people familiar with the results said, declining to be identified in line with company policy. The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin Island-based venture doesn’t report financial results. Sakhalin is off Russia’s far eastern coast. read more

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Shell Says Sakhalin LNG Project With Gazprom Turns Profit

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By Ilya Khrennikov – Jul 14, 2010

Shell Says Sakhalin LNG Project With Gazprom Turns Profit, Vedomosti Says

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said its liquiefied natural gas venture with OAO Gazprom on Russia’s Sakhalin Island reached operational profitability, Vedomosti reported, citing Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser.

Shell is seeking licenses to produce oil in Russia, both by itself and with domestic companies, Voser was cited as saying in an interview published in the Moscow-based newspaper today.

Voser also reiterated Shell’s interest in joining Russia’s second LNG project, run by OAO Novatek on the Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic, Vedomosti reported. read more

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Blog costs Shell US$15 Billion

Article by Glen Frost, Editor, The PR Report

Yes, 15 billion. This is the claim of John Donovan, a UK blogger who campaigns against  the global oil producing giant Shell (full name Royal Dutch Shell) using his blog www.royaldutchshellplc.com .

Arguably the most powerful blog in the world dedicated to covering one company; and intrigued as to how the site developed such influence, Glen Frost met with the blog’s founders, John and Alfred Donovan, to get the full story.

EXTRACTS

The blog is now so popular, and trusted, the site appears on the front page of major newspapers (see pictures), and has ex?employees from Shell contributing regular articles read more

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Gazprom raking it in at the expense of Shell

Below an extract from a Wall Street Journal article published today reporting on the profits of Gazprom and Sakhalin Energy, the company in which Shell was forced to surrender its majority stake. read more

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John Donovan Russian intervention cost billions – no denial by Shell

Documents released by Royal Dutch Shell Plc under the Data Protection Act to John Donovan, a prominent critic of the world’s largest oil company, show that Shell does not deny that his intervention in the Sakhalin2 project in Russia cost Shell billions – according to the Sunday Times – $22 billion.

Shell internal correspondence from December 2006 to March 2007 reveal that Shell was concerned that:

“…the Sunday Times has picked up the Sakhalin/drilling leaked e-mail story from Donovan’s website, They are responding with agree Os and As that have been used previously with the Guardian, but are first trying to kill the story by pointing out that is old news – slim chance that this will work.” read more

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Sakhalin Energy CEO To Head Embattled Shell Africa Unit

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

JUNE 19, 2009, 10:53 A.M. ET

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Sakhalin Energy’s chief executive, Ian Craig, is to head Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB.LN) embattled Africa unit, with the incumbent moving to the firm’s Australian business, according to an email Friday, as the oil major’s corporate shakeup continues.

In comments sent to Dow Jones Newswires via the Shell press office, Ann Pickard, Shell’s current vice president for exploration and production in Africa, said: “Major changes take place in Shell’s leadership, and after four exciting years running our upstream business in Africa, I will look after our gas and oil production in Australia.” read more

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Sakhalin Energy CEO Ian Craig key player in Shell Executive reshuffle

Ian Craig, CEO, Sakhalin Energy

Ian Craig, CEO, Sakhalin Energy

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Shell Mulls Sakhalin JV CEO To Head Africa Op – Source

JUNE 19, 2009, 5:28 A.M. ET

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDBS.LN) is considering Sakhalin Energy Chief Executive Ian Craig to head its embattled West Africa operation, a person familiar with the matter said this week, as Shell’s incoming chief executive, Peter Voser, extends its corporate shakeup.

As head of Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. Ltd., Craig presided over Shell’s single largest and most challenging oil and gas project before OAO Gazprom (GAZP.LN) took control in 2007. read more

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Japan joins Russian push for Pacific gas projects

The first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Gazprom-led Sakhalin-2 project arrived in Japan last month. The next wave of projects could include a gas processing plant near Vladivostok, Miller said.

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Sakhalin Energy Halts 09 Seismic Work To Protect Whales – WWF

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Dow JonesApril 24, 2009: 11:50 AM ET

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Sakhalin Energy, which recently started a large liquefied natural gas plant in Russia’s far east, has canceled all planned 2009 seismic surveys following pressure from environmental groups and scientists seeking to protect the habitat of the Western Gray Whale, the Russian branch of the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement Friday.

The WWF Russia called on other companies operating in the area -BP PLC (BP), ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM) and OAO Rosneft (ROSN.RS) – to take similar action. read more

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Shell, Gazprom sign LNG, pipeline supply agreements

Miller and Shell chief executive Jeroen Van der Veer also discussed further collaboration in LNG projects in Russia when they met Wednesday to sign the agreements, the statement said.

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Unexpected friends

When a consortium called Sakhalin Energy, led by Royal Dutch Shell, announced plans to build an oil platform and lay pipelines in the only bay where the whales were known to congregate, these protests proliferated.

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Russia ships first Sakhalin LNG to Japan

MOSCOW, March 29 (Reuters) - Russia sent its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan on Sunday from a Pacific island project that will allow the Kremlin to extend its reach in world energy markets from Europe into Asia and North America

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Russia opens new energy supply front to Asia

The inauguration of the Sakhalin-2 project comes after years of delays and political wrangling over control of the venture in which Royal Dutch Shell was forced to sell control to Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled gas monopoly, at the height of the Kremlin’s bid to reassert control over the energy sector in 2006.

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Sakhalin Energy to export about 50 LNG lots in ’09

Gazprom bought control of the $22 billion Sakhalin-2 project after a prolonged crisis that forced Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L), the project's former leader, and its partners to reduce their holdings. Analysts had expected the battle would lead to delays. Shell is now a minority shareholder, along with Japan's Mitsubishi (8058.T) and Mitsui (8031.T).

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Sakhalin Energy terminates offshore support rig contract

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd has convenience terminated the remaining contract duration for the use of the Safe Astoria accommodation support rig offshore Sakhalin Island in the Russian Federation. Sakhalin Energy had originally contracted the Safe Astoria for a period of around two years from December 2007.

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Shell Criticized for Manipulating Environmental Audit Report

Dozens of e-mails secured through the Freedom of Information Act show how Shell officials in London attempted to downplay and edit environmental criticism of the $22 billion Sakhalin II energy scheme.

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Gazprom, Shell May Delay Exports of Russia’s First LNG Cargo

Japanese utilities may face a delay in receiving the first liquefied-natural gas cargoes from an OAO Gazprom-led project in Russia, an official said.

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Hundreds of birds die in oil spill into Aniva Bay from the Sakhalin II plant

The oil spill is believed to have occurred on Sunday after a tanker left the liquefied natural gas plant which is still under construction. The plant is owned by Sakhalin Energy which is the operator and investor for the $20 billion Sakhalin II project.

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Sakhalin Energy CEO to keep post in 2009 – Gazprom

A contract with the chief executive of Sakhalin Energy, the operator of the Sakhalin II oil and gas project off Russia's Pacific Coast, has been extended for 2009, a Gazprom executive said Thursday.

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