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Gorgon resulteerde in de grootste reserve afwaar-dering van circa 600 m barrels.

Om deze reserves weer in de boeken te mogen opnemen moet aan diverse voorwaarden worden voldaan.

Verkoopcontracten (zoals degene in dit bericht) moeten gesloten zijn.
FID (finale investeringsbeslssing dient genomen te zijn) Shell heeft aangekondigt dat deze midden 2006 genomen wordt voor Gorgon.

De kans is dus groot dat deze reserves in 2006 weer geheel of gedeeltelijk in de boeken mogen.

Shell to sell Australian LNG to Guj Petrol: source By Hiral Vora
Mon Jan 16, 9:47 AM ET

Shell will ink an initial deal on Wednesday with India's Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. to supply 14 million tonnes of LNG from a Chevron-run project in Australia in which Shell has a stake, a source close to the deal said on Monday.

"Shell will supply 700,000 tonnes (a year) of LNG for 20 years to Gujarat State Petroleum from its merchant terminal in Hazira," the source, who did not wish to be identified, told Reuters.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) holds 25 percent of Australia's Gorgon LNG, as does Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM - news), while operator Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX - news) owns the remaining 50 percent.

The deal with Gujarat State Petroleum, Shell's sole Indian customer for liquefied natural gas (LNG) so far, follows the breakdown in talks between China's CNOOC and Chevron late last year over pricing of LNG from Gorgon.

Gujarat State Petroleum declined to comment. Shell officials in India could not be reached for comment.

The source said Gujarat State Petroleum had negotiated the LNG contract with Shell's Indian unit at about $4.50 per million British thermal units, for supply from 2010 onwards.

Shell has an annual share of 2.5 million tonnes of LNG from Gorgon, due to start shipping in 2010, and said last year that it would ship its entire share to a new import terminal to be built in northern Mexico to supply the U.S. West Coast.

Chevron has committed most of its share of LNG supplies to Japanese firms, signing sales deals with Chubu Electric Power Co. (9502.T) for 1.5 million tonnes a year, Japan's Osaka Gas Co. for 1.5 million tonnes and Tokyo Gas Co. (9531.T) for 1.2 million. That leaves it 800,000 tonnes of annual supply to market.


The source said Linda Cook, Shell's executive director (gas and power), would sign the preliminary deal on Wednesday with Narendra Modi, chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, in its capital, Gandhinagar.

He said Shell would also soon sign contracts with Malaysia's Petronas and Total SA's (TOTF.PA) Yemen LNG Company for supply of LNG to its 2.5-million-tonne LNG terminal in Hazira in Gujarat.

Shell is negotiating a 15-year contract with Petronas for 10.5 million tonnes of the super-cooled and compressed gas beginning 2007/08, the source added. Shell is looking at a short-term contract with Yemen LNG for 700,000 tonnes annually, also from 2007/08.

Industry sources say that after the expiry of its first contract with Gujarat State Petroleum last month, Shell's Hazira terminal has been operating significantly below capacity because Indian gas price controls made it hard for it to find buyers of gas at international market rates.

Early this month, Shell admitted it had been approached by several parties interested in taking a stake in the terminal.

While Total already owns a 26 percent strategic interest in the terminal, India's state-run Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL.BO) and Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. (ONGC.BO) have expressed interest in picking up equity in the project.

India is promoting LNG imports and is also in talks to build pipelines to bring natural gas from Iran, Turkmenistan and Myanmar as gas usage increases in the energy-hungry economy.

India plans to import 7.5 million tonnes of LNG a year from Iran, starting in 2009 and running for 25 years.

(Additional reporting by Tom Bergin in LONDON)

Gelezen bij Binck: Interview van WSJ met Jeroen van der Veer:

WSJE(1/17): Shell's Chief Pursues Simple Goals

dinsdag 17 januari 2006 07:19

By Chip Cummins and Michael Williams

THE HAGUE -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the world's third-biggest oil company by market value, is emerging from two of the most tumultuous years in its century-long run.

In early 2004, the Anglo-Dutch giant admitted it had inflated its oil and natural-gas reserves, a measure of how much energy a company has in the ground. The stock tanked, and the board cleaned out the executive suites. Into the breech in March 2004 stepped Jeroen van der Veer, at the time the company's little-known vice chairman.

Under siege by shareholders, regulators and even many of his own executives, the new chairman hammered out expensive but quick settlements with regulators. Then the Dutchman pushed through a big restructuring, ending a cumbersome dual-board structure that dated back to 1907, when Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport & Trading joined up to take on archrival Standard Oil. Mr. van der Veer took over as the company's first American-style chief executive.

Today, with energy prices high and profit rolling in, Mr. van der Veer says Shell is bouncing back. He sat down with The Wall Street Journal at his office in The Hague last month to give a progress report and talk about the future of Shell and the industry.

He rules out making huge acquisitions; instead, he is pushing two simple strategic goals. First, reviving Shell's tarnished "upstream" businesses, which deal with finding and pumping oil and natural gas. And he wants to boost profit "downstream," in operations like refining and chemicals. But just as important, he suggests, has been his use of clear and simple goals to rally the troops. Excerpts from the discussion:

WSJ: Where are you taking Shell?

Mr. van der Veer: You only get something out of a crisis by being very transparent about what happened, and then to point very clearly in the direction where to go. This is not the time for complicated stories. And that is why we have chosen [the slogan], `more upstream, profitable downstream.'

More upstream means we push our investment in the upstream [finding and producing oil and gas]: $15 billion out of $19 billion of [Shell's] total investment next year. . . .

In downstream [processing oil and chemical feedstocks and selling to users], we roughly keep the capital employed constant, but what we have should be profitable. . . .

My message is that the priorities are now delivery and growth -- with emphasis on delivery. You don't get a reputation by saying the things you are going to do. And we need more of our reputation back, in my view. And that is to have a consistent track record of basically [achieving] the performance we indicated.

We will not be perfect, but we can do a lot better. That is No. 1.

WSJ: What you're saying sounds similar to what Carlos Ghosn of Nissan said after he took over the car maker in crisis. To paraphrase him: We will make promises and keep them.

Mr. van der Veer: I'm very much of that school. I don't believe in `stretch' targets. With stretch targets, either people start to find ways of portraying that they achieved them, or after a helluva lot of stretch, they don't make them, and they walk with their heads down. I think [setting stretch targets] is a great academic theory, but it doesn't work. I believe in achievable targets, and if people do better, then success breeds success.

I think that we have come out of a difficult period, but we know where to go, and we are going there.

WSJ: Do you see any Western oil companies doing an industry-changing merger with each other? Or has Big Oil gotten as big as it is going to get?

Mr. van der Veer: This is a very good question, and I think you'll get as many answers as people you interview. We can't easily read the stars. What can you do? You can study history. Most major consolidation in the industry has happened when prices were falling -- and people expected them to stay low. You need both.

One very good example is how Shell Transport & Trading and Royal Dutch came together [in the early 1900s.] Prices were coming down, and it was because they were afraid of what Exxon [called Standard Oil at the time] and the Rockefellers would do.

I think 1998 is another interesting example. [BP PLC bought Amoco Corp., triggering a big wave of mergers.] The industry was consolidating, and The Economist wrote the world was `drowning in oil.'

At this moment, oil prices are very volatile. If I read analysts' reports -- I don't make forecasts here at Shell -- prices are relatively high, and they are not expected to fall a lot and stay low.

And the second point is that history doesn't always repeat itself. Are we at the breakdown of the paradigm? That could be the case. And that is back to this whole reserves-replacement story. [Oil companies have been finding it more difficult recently to replace the amount of reserves, or energy in the ground, that they deplete each year through production.]

If you read the [stories about the mergers] of 1998, or of the early 1980s, it was opportunities, or maybe cost synergies, that drove the deals, but it was not, `This is the best way to acquire reserves.' That was not the headline of the mergers. Hence, is there something new now?

And the third [point] is: Forget history, forget the breaking of paradigms, use common sense. Which sometimes is not a bad thing.

Common sense is: `I have a dollar here, what can I do with it?' I can give that dollar to the shareholder, I can put it to organic growth or I can buy somebody else with it. Then one has the whole debate over the money you return to shareholders . . . or, do I invest it in all new projects or do I invest it in acquisitions?

And then you come to the conclusion. We have been quite fortunate with our pipeline of future prospects, the things we can do with our own money, and that's why we increased our capital expenditure [budget] from $15 billion to $19 billion. And that's why we can afford to wait.

Minor acquisitions, below $10 billion, they will continue [in the industry] even at the present prices. . . . Big acquisitions, at this moment, it is very hard for us to see how you make shareholders money.

WSJ: How are plans for Shell's biggest projects coming along?

Mr. van der Veer: We have three what I call mammoth projects, multibillion-dollar projects. In 2015, we will have 10 mammoth projects. That is my forecast.

We have enough possibilities thanks to our deal flow and to our exploration finds. . . We have enough access to opportunity to invest so much money. Which feels a bit different than what I read about from the competition.

These investment levels should bring us to our aspirations for 2015, which is between 4.5 million and five million barrels a day [of oil-equivalent of oil and gas output, up from estimates of about 3.5 million for 2005]. That is quite a tough call, because we will have inflation at the time, we will have some surprises.

WSJ: And Shell's oil- and gas-exploration program?

Mr. van der Veer: We went astray three years ago. When prices were low, we went for `near-field drilling' [looking for oil near already-discovered fields.] High success, but on small additional finds, using existing infrastruc
Shell makes fourth find off Sabah


Shell has made its fourth oil and gas find in deep waters off Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo island.

The Pisagan-1A exploration well encountered both oil and gas in the reservoir objective. The well is located in water depth of about 1465 metres.

Shell Malaysia chairman Jon Chadwick said: “The Pisagan discovery, following so soon after our previously announced Ubah-2 discovery, is another positive step for Malaysia and for the Block G joint venture partners.”

Shell holds a 35% stake in Block G while ConocoPhillips and Petronas Carigali hold 35% and 30% respectively.

Nigeria Sets Up Committee on Seized Oil Workers
Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) 1/17/2006

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo set up a special committee Tuesday to ensure the "prompt release" of oil workers seized by militants from Shell's "EA" oil field in Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta last Wednesday.

Obasanjo's spokesperson Remi Oyo said the decision was taken at a meeting Obasanjo held with the governors of Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, and Ondo states on Tuesday in Abuja.

The states are part of the nine oil-rich states in the Niger Delta. Senior security chiefs were also in attendance.

Oyo said Obasanjo once again appealed to the kidnappers "not to do anything that might result in the loss of lives."

Unofficial reports said men of "Operation Restore Hope" attacked Ogbotobo community in Bayelsa State on Tuesday in a bid to rescue the workers, believed held by ethnic Ijaw representatives.

"Operation Restore Hope" is the code name of a team of army navy and air force personnel combatting vandalism in the volatile Niger Delta area.

The reports said while many residents of Ogbotobo fled the area, youths of the community engaged the security operatives in a gun duel.

However, the commander of "Operation Restore Hope" troops Brigadier-General Zamani Elias denied any invasion of the community by his men.

Shell said in a statement Tuesday signed by its Corporate External Affairs Manager Don Boham that it had continued to keep the situation in the Western Delta under review.

"As we said yesterday, we have evacuated a number of our personnel from the affected facilities. This is in line with our safety and security policy and we will return to these areas when normality is restored," he said.

"The safety and security of our staff, contractors and communities in which we operate is our top priority. However, we are unable to comment on specific measures for security reasons."

Copyright 2006 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
Output keeps Woodside results up

Woodside Petroleum has posted a 31% rise in fourth-quarter 2005 revenues of A$758.9 million ($567 million) due to higher production and oil prices.
Output was up from 14.4 million barrels of oil equivalent in 2004 to 14.8 million boe in 2005 due to higher contributions from LNG, condensate, oil from Laminaria/Corallina and new production from the Gulf of Mexico.
However, production was 0.7% lower than the previous quarter due to routine maintenance on the Cossack Pioneer, the shut-in of Laminaria-2 for repairs to the subsea flowline and repairs to the Corallina subsea control module.


Woodside strikes again at Browse
The Woodside-led Browse Gas Project off north-west Australia has wrapped up a successful two-well appraisal programme with the most recent well hitting a 172- metre gross gas column.
The Calliance-1 exploratory appraisal well, located in WA-28-R about 12 kilometres north-west of the Brecknock South-1 well in 574 metres of water, was spudded by the Atwood Eagle semisub on 12 October 2005.
The well reached a total depth of 4177 metres and intersected a gross 172 metres column in the Plover formation. The well confirmed the extension of the Calliance field (formerly known as Brecknock South) into retention lease WA-28-R.
A production test in the main interval flowed 41 million cubic feet per day while a second zone flowed at 20 MMcfd.
Woodside said today that following on from this appraisal programme and concept screening in 2005, plans for 2006 included a further four appraisal wells and development concept definition studies.
The previous well, Brecknock-2, intersected a gross gas column of 151 metres.
Woodside hopes to sign preliminary gas sales agreements to develop the Browse fields as a standalone liquefied natural gas project with start-up in about 2011.
The project partners are Woodside, BP, Shell, BHP Billiton and Japan Australia LNG (MiMi).


Woodside plots California LNG delivery

Australia's Woodside Petroleum is seeking approval to install a pipeline off California as part of a plan to bring liquefied natural gas to the Golden State from Oz.
The proposed project, known as OceanWay, would be installed at least 15 miles off the coast of California. A final site has not yet been determined.
The LNG would be regasified onboard tankers and then delivered to shore via the subsea pipeline.
Once a permit application is filed, Woodside will seek approval from federal, state, and local agencies, including the US Coast Guard and the California State Lands Commission, before the project proceeds.


Financial Times: Shell signs broad business pact with India’s ONGC: Posted 19 January 2006

By Carola Hoyos in London and Jo Johnson in New Dehli

Royal Dutch Shell, Europe's second-largest energy group, on Thursday will sign a far-reaching joint venture agreement with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, India's most valuable company.

The memorandum of understanding covers a sweeping canvas of potential joint operations, including finding, securing and producing oil and natural gas internationally, as well as a activities within India.

“It is an umbrella memorandum of understanding with an extremely broad horizon that spans upstream and products,” said ONGC. “ONGC provides the opportunity, Shell the expertise.”

The move is the latest by an oil major to invest in projects in Asia. In October, BP announced a $3bn deal with Hindustan Petroleum, a partly state-owned Indian company, to build oil refineries and petrol stations in India.

Shell, which is developing a large liquefied natural gas terminal in India’s western state of Gujarat, a flagship foreign direct investment, is keen to develop a presence in India’s retail fuels sector and has been given permission to market transportation fuels.

Saad Rahim, an analyst at PFC Energy, the Washington-based consultancy, said Shell’s tie-up with
ONGC “clearly signals the intention that they are committed, at least in principle, to enter into a serious partnership. This is the first deal of its kind where you have a major international oil company and a major national oil company working across the spectrum of the oil industry.”
Within India, the agreement covers a comprehensive range of potential joint operations. They include bidding on exploration and production licences, finding ways to bring ONGC’s natural gas reserves to market, using Shell's advanced technology to squeeze more oil from older fields, and developing coal conversion technologies.

The memorandum would also allow for the joint construction oil refineries, petrochemical plants, product terminals and depots, the establishment of a bitumen business, supply of oil products, marine fuels and lubricants and co-operation to improve ONGC's health, environmental and safety procedures.

Shell and ONGC have fallen behind competitors in finding reserves. Shell has yet to recover from misstating its reserves, an affair that has left it chasing after peers such as ExxonMobil of the US and the UK's BP.
ONGC, meanwhile, is under pressure from the government to secure the energy sources the country needs for economic development. The Indian group has also lost out to Chinese state oil companies in almost every big exploration or production deal it has tried to secure.

Mr Rahim said: “It is a case of both of them bringing something to the table that the other needs. Shell is looking to improve its reserve picture, find new direction and differentiate itself from its competitors. For ONGC, which holds most of the prime oil and gas acreage in India, the worry is that if they don't live up to the government's requirement, the government may take some of the acreage away

Shell, Total Sign Accord to Sell LNG to Gujarat State (Update1)

Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe's second-biggest oil company, and Total SA signed an initial accord to sell as much as 2 million metric tons a year of liquefied natural gas to Gujarat State Petroleum Corp.

As much as 500,000 metric tons a year of the gas will be supplied from the Gorgon LNG venture in Western Australia, said Anita Harben, Perth-based external affairs adviser at Shell's Australian unit. Deliveries may start in 2010, she said.

Shell owns 25 percent of the Chevron Corp.-operated Gorgon venture, which so far has initial accords to sell LNG to customers in Japan and Mexico. Shell hasn't specified where the rest of the LNG volumes it will supply to India will come from, or how many years the agreement will last, Harben said.

``Negotiations will ensue over the course of the rest of this year to finalize the details,'' Harben said in an interview. The LNG will be shipped to the Hazira LNG receiving terminal, in the western state of Gujarat, she said.

Demand for gas in India, which started importing LNG in 2004, is increasing, driven by strong growth in the economy and demand for electricity, along with efforts to reduce pollution. Imports may reach 8.1 million tons a year by 2010, from 2 million tons in 2004, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics estimated last year.

Shell said earlier this month the Hazira terminal is seeking additional customers for gas, as prices for the fuel remain near records. An earlier report in the Business Standard said the terminal wasn't operating because it wasn't able to sell the fuel to Indian buyers at world prices.

Shell, the world's largest non-government-owned LNG producer, spent 30 billion rupees ($667 million) to build India's second LNG terminal and a port at Hazira.

The initial agreement was signed between Gujarat State Petroleum and Hazira LNG Pte, a unit owned 74 percent by Shell and 26 percent by France's Total, Harben said.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Angela Macdonald-Smith in Sydney at

Last Updated: January 18, 2006 20:33 EST
Shell tekent verregaand samenwerkingscontract met ONGC (Ind)
AMSTERDAM ( - Royal Dutch Shell, het tweede olieconcern van Europa, heeft onder meer voor de Indiase markt een 'verregaande' samenwerkingsovereenkomst gesloten met Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). Dat heeft het bedrijf donderdag bevestigd in een persbericht.

Volgens de Financial Times is ONGC het meest grootste bedrijf naar marktwaarde van India. Shell benadrukt dat de samenwerking niet alleen India betreft, maar ook andere regio's in de wereld.

Deze stap past in het streven van grote oliebedrijven om te investeren in Aziatische projecten. Zo kondigde BP, Europa's grootste oliebedrijf, in oktober een contract met Hindustan Petroleum aan.

Edwin van der Aa

(c) Het Financieele Dagblad in samenwerking met Betten Beursmedia News (contact: 020-5928456)

^Market Talk: Adviesverlaging Shell van Merrill Lynch
19-1-2006 10:49
(Nieuwe, gecorrigeerde versie van eerder gepubliceerd bericht om advieswijziging van 'buy' naar 'neutral' aan te geven)

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Het aandeel Shell krijgt van de Amerikaanse zakenbank Merrill Lynch een adviesverlaging, van 'buy' naar 'neutral'.

De bank blijft 'overweight' over olies, maar waarschuwt selectiever te werk te gaan in 2006 dan in 2005 omdat winstmomentum een minder belangrijk thema lijkt te worden.

Merrill merkt verder op dat de nieuwsstroom van het eerste kwartaal van 2006 wat negatieve berichten zal kunnen bevatten ten aanzien van vervanging reserves en het opschroeven kapitaalinvesteringen.

Het advies voor de branchegenoot BP blijft gehandhaafd op 'buy'. Het aandeel Shell daalde omstreeks 10.30 uur 0,7% tot 26,72 euro, de AEX steeg 0,7%.

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US Gulf TLP in better condition than expected after Katrina

Shell eases fears for Mars damage

Damage to Shell's Mars tension-leg platform in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico looks to be less severe than the operator initially expected, but the supermajor is not budging from its aim of restoring production in the second half of 2006.

Mars was damaged last August by Hurricane Katrina, when it was exposed to 175 miles-per-hour (280 kilometres-per-hour) winds for at least four hours.

The platform rig that sat atop the 39,000-tonne structure was toppled, sending the derrick overboard and portions of the rig's substructure crashing down on the topsides.

Last month, Shell removed the rig wreckage as part of a two-phase lift carried out by the Heerema derrick semi-submersible Hermod.

"Some of the facilities are in better condition than we thought," said Marvin Odum, executive vice president of Shell EP Americas, who added that some of the damage might take more time to repair than estimated, but it is all within the expected range.

The remains of Helmerich&Payne Rig 201 have been returned to shore for repairs. The contractor previously said that it does not believe the unit will return to work in 2006.

Prosafe Offshore's dedicated accommodation semisub Safe Scandinavia is now on-site in the Mississippi Canyon area and is housing the repair workers.

Shell has contracted the unit for three-months, with an optional three-month extension.

Shell has resumed production at most of its deep-water fields following the hurricanes.

Only Cognac in Mississippi Canyon Block 194 and Mars are off-line.

Repairs at West Delta Block 143 an important hub for Shell's deep-water volumes were completed, allowing flows to resume from fields such as Ursa and Mensa.

Shell is touting its success in getting its larger fields back up on being a prime mover for key equipment and services. "The key... was to get out there quick, assess what the difficulties were... and to make sure that equipment and the services were available," said Odum. He added that this was one aspect he was "extremely pleased about. There was a lot of work to be done in a lot of places".

Before Katrina, Mars was producing about 147,000 barrels per day of oil and 157 million cubic feet per day of gas.

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LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - OPEC producer Kuwait's oil reserves are only half those officially stated, according to internal Kuwaiti records seen by industry newsletter Petroleum Intelligence Weekly (PIW).

"PIW learns from sources that Kuwait's actual oil reserves, which are officially stated at around 99 billion barrels, or close to 10 percent of the global total, are a good deal lower, according to internal Kuwaiti records," the weekly PIW reported on Friday.

It said that according to data circulated in Kuwait Oil Co

(KOC), the upstream arm of state Kuwait Petroleum Corp, Kuwait's remaining proven and non-proven oil reserves are about 48 billion barrels.

Officials from KOC were not immediately available for comment to Reuters.

PIW said the official public Kuwaiti figures do not distinguish between proven, probable and possible reserves.

But it said the data it had seen show that of the current remaining 48 billion barrels of proven and non-proven reserves, only about 24 billion barrels are so far fully proven -- 15 billion in its biggest oilfield Burgan.

Kuwait has been adding up to 500 million barrels a year at Burgan which means the remaining non-proven reserves of some 5.3 billion barrels will likely be upgraded to proven, according to PIW.

Three consortia led by BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research), Chevron (CVX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and ExxonMobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) are in the race for Project Kuwait, a 20-year operating service contract to raise crude capacity at four oilfields in the north of Kuwait.

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Belastingclaim Shell in Venezuela met 90% verlaagd
Vrijdag 20 Januari 2006 22:11

CARACAS (Dow Jones)--Venezuela heeft de belastingaanslag voor Royal Dutch Shell plc verlaagd met 90% tot 13 miljoen dollar, aldus de belastingautoriteit van het land vrijdag.

'Dit is heel goed nieuws,' zei een woordvoerder van Shell in Caracas.

Vorig jaar kreeg Shell een belastingaanslag van 130 miljoen dollar van vermeende niet-betaalde belastingen van 2001 tot en met 2004.

Volgens de woordvoerder is het cijfer van de autoriteit in overeenstemming met de schatting van het oliebedrijf zelf. Hij voegde daar aan toe dat Shell van plan is de claim van Venezuela volgende week te voldoen.

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MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta), een groep die zegt vier buitenlandse medewerkers van Shell in Nigeria te hebben ontvoerd, dreigt vandaag in een e-mail aan het Franse persbureau AFP met raketaanvallen op olie-installaties. MEND streeft naar een zelfbestuur van de 14 miljoen mensen tellende Ijaw-stam in de Niger-delta. Bij de ontvoeringen, die op 11 januari plaatsvonden, werden Shell-werknemers uit Groot-Brittannië, de VS, Honduras en Bulgarije ontvoerd.

Nigeria's oil firms, unions say all is quiet after unrest

Last Update: 6:28 AM ET Jan. 23, 2006

LAGOS (MarketWatch) -- Multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta said Monday there had been no disruptions to their oil operations over the weekend.

Their comments came as one of the country's oil workers' unions said the crisis in the region hadn't reached an "alarm" stage.

Spokesmen at the local units of ChevronTexaco (CVX), ENI group, and Total (TOT), told Dow Jones Newswires that there was "no problem" with their operations.

"All is quiet at our end here," a spokesman for ENI said.

However, at Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB.LN), a spokesman said the force majeure it declared on 115,000 barrels-a-day was still in force, while its oil wells remained closed.

An attack on a major Shell pipeline some 10 days ago has forced the oil giant to shut down a chunk of its daily production and evacuate about 330 workers from four installations deemed vulnerable.

As of Monday, Shell has cut production by 221,000 b/d due to a combination of attacks and technical problems.

The unrest has been one factor in driving crude oil prices higher. Monday, the U.S. oil price hit $69.20/bbl.

The latest comments come as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta or Mend, said Monday it would unleash rocket attacks on oil installations in the region.

Mend has said it would release four expatriate oil workers it abducted about two weeks ago, if two jailed Ijaw leaders are released.

An official from the blue-collar National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers, or Nupeng, said although the hostage crisis had persisted and made "people apprehensive, it had not reached an alarm stage."

"Operations are still going on, and oil is still flowing," he added.

Both Nupeng and its senior counterpart, the Petroleum and Natural Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, or Pengassan, have planned to write letters to the management of oil companies, requesting them to ensure the safety of workers.

The Nupeng official explained, however, that the unions had agreed that their branches, and not the national secretariats, should write the letter, "because we do not want to blow the issue out of proportion."

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Fusie Shell: Record aan uitgaande investeringen
GENEVE (ANP) - Een recordbedrag aan investeringen is vorig jaar uit Nederland verdwenen: 140 miljard dollar. Dat had vooral te maken met de fusie van de Britse en de Nederlandse tak van Shell.

Dat blijkt uit een overzicht van de buitenlandse directe investeringen van de VN-organisatie voor handel en ontwikkeling, Unctad.
Shell werd vorig jaar omgevormd tot één onderneming. Koninklijke Olie fuseerde toen met de Britse Shell Transport and Trading Company in Royal Dutch Shell. Dit is een Britse vennootschap, die zijn hoofdkantoor in Den Haag heeft. In het jaarlijkse overzicht van buitenlandse directe investeringen van Unctad leggen fusies vaak veel gewicht in de schaal.

Waar de fusie tot Royal Dutch Shell in Nederland leidde tot een recordbedrag aan uitgaande investeringen, gebeurde in Groot-Brittannië het omgekeerde. Daar kwamen de zogeheten inkomende investeringen op een niveau dat nog nooit eerder was bereikt, ook niet door een ander Europees land. Groot-Brittannië was in zijn eentje goed voor 219 miljard dollar. Ongeveer 100 miljard kwam voor rekening van Shell.


De fusie van de Britse en de Nederlandse tak van Shell verklaart ook waardoor de buitenlandse investeringen vorig jaar in industrielanden zijn gestegen, aldus Unctad. In 2005 ging het om 573 miljard dollar, in 2004 om 415 miljard. In dat jaar was sprake van een daling, net als in de drie jaar daarvoor.

De Verenigde Staten waren vorig jaar goed voor 106 miljard dollar aan investeringen, ongeveer de helft van wat de Britten realiseerden. De totale omvang van de directe buitenlandse investeringen was vorig jaar 897 miljard dollar. Dat betekent een groei van 29 procent ten opzichte van 2004.

In ontwikkelingslanden was sprake van een stijging van de buitenlandse directe investeringen. De groei bedroeg daar op basis van de gegevens die Unctad nu heeft 13 procent en kwam uit op 274 miljard dollar. In 2004 was de groei 41 procent. In Afrika namen de investeringen 55 procent toe naar 29 miljard dollar. Dat had vooral te maken met investeringen in de oliesector.

De Aziatische landen zetten hun opmars voort. Daar was sprake van een toename van 11 procent naar 173 miljard dollar. In China bleven de investeringen in 2005 op hetzelfde peil als in het voorgaande jaar (60,3 miljard dollar).

Publicatiedatum: maandag 23 januari 2006
Auteur: ANP
Shell announces two new oil/gas finds in Egypt
Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:49 PM GMT

CAIRO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell <RDSa.L> <RDSb.L> on Wednesday announced two new oil and gas discoveries in its Badr El-Din (BED) concession in Egypt's Western Desert.

The firm said in a statement the discoveries were made by Bapetco, its joint venture with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC).

Shell said an initial test showed the BED 17-2 exploration well tested at a rate of 2,200 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boe/d) and the BED 16-4 appraisal well at 1,340 boe/d.

"These are the 12th and 13th discoveries in the BED area," the firm said in the statement.

Reserves at the two discoveries will be calculated once they go into production, a source at the company said. The firm said in the statement the discoveries would start producing this year.

Shell added that Bapetco, which is responsible for development and production at Shell's fields in Egypt, already operates production facilities in the Western Desert.

Shell said last month it had found up to 1 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas so far in a deepwater concession off Egypt.

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Shell Canada ziet nettowinst ruim verdrievoudigen
Uitgegeven op woensdag 25 januari 2006 om 19:26:54

(Novum/Betten) - Shell Canada, voor 78% in handen van Royal Dutch Shell, heeft over het vierde kwartaal van 2005 een nettowinst gerealiseerd van CAD 614 miljoen, of CAD 0,73 per verwaterd aandeel. Dat heeft de dochtermaatschappij van Royal Dutch Shell woensdag bekendgemaakt in een persbericht.

In het vierde kwartaal van 2004 was nog sprake van een nettowinst van CAD 182 miljoen, of CAD 0,22 per aandeel.

De omzet steeg in het vierde kwartaal van CAD 3.076 miljoen naar CAD 4.043 miljoen. De winstgroei is volgens het concern te danken aan de hogere olieprijzen alsmede de wat het bedrijf noemt 'sterke' raffinagemarges.

Daarnaast droeg het Athabasca Oil Sands-project bij aan de winststijging. De winst van Oil Sands steeg in het vierde kwartaal naar CAD 196 miljoen van CAD 13 miljoen een jaar eerder.

Over geheel 2005 was sprake van een winst van CAD 2.014 miljoen tegen CAD 1.286 miljoen in 2004. De omzet steeg vorig jaar van CAD 11.288 miljoen naar CAD 14.394 miljoen.

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Koc-Shell consortium pays US$4b for 51% of Turkish oil refinery

ISTANBUL: A consortium led by Turkey's Koc Holding and including Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC officially purchased a controlling stake of Turkey's state-owned oil refiner Tupras on Thursday, a state-run news agency reported.

Paying US$4.14 billion (euro3.35 billion) to the country's Privatization Administration, the consortium officially took control of the 51-percent stake, according to Anatolia.

The payment valued Tupras at around US$8.1 billion (euro6.56 billion).

The consortium had outbid eight other competitors in 11 stages of bidding for what was one of the most important sales on Turkey's privatization agenda.

Koc Holding holds 75 percent of the consortium's shares, while Turkish gas company Aygaz has 20 percent and several other companies - OPET Petroleum, Shell Overseas Investment and the Shell Company of Turkey - all have less than 5 percent, Anatolia said.

The Koc family that runs Koc Holding placed 103rd on Forbes' 2005 list of the world's richest people. - AP

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Supermajor set to add a third facility in Mars deep-water area.

Shell puts Gumbo on US Gulf menu

By Upstream staff

Shell is working on plans to add a third stand-alone facility to its prolific Mars mini-basin region in the deep-water Mississippi Canyon area of the US Gulf.
According to the supermajor, the project dubbed the Greater Ursa-Mars Basin Opportunity, or Gumbo centres around both known reserves and new drilling targets.

Despite the basin's maturity, Shell believes that recent work in the area has yielded a high density of hub-class exploration opportunities.

"The big areas continue to give and Mars has been such a rich area," said Marvin Odum, executive vice president of Shell EP Americas.

He added that Gumbo represents a look at redevelopment and additional drilling opportunities, "and to what extent you tie into existing infrastructure or to what extent it could support new infrastructure new, relatively stand-alone, pieces".

Shell has had a Gumbo team assembled since last year that has quietly been looking at the feasibility of adding a new hub to the region.

Over the past decade and a half, the Ursa-Mars basin has experienced significant exploration and development activity, resulting in production of 400,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent from two TLP hubs Mars and Ursa and a myriad of satellites including Princess, Crosby, Europa and King.

"You can look at it two ways," said Odum. "In a way, it is just another phase on what we have been doing on Mars for years.

"But in the past year, we have had a very strong concerted effort on that piece of business. There is real enthusiasm in that team."

Work on Gumbo started well before the devastation to the Mars facility caused by Hurricane Katrina last year. The work to restore Mars has not slowed the Gumbo team, but neither has it sped up the process.

"I think it is more the location and the size that is going to drive whether it all goes to the same platform or if there is a separate system, rather than the experience of the hurricane," said Odum.

Shell has worked with some outside contractors on the early stages of what a third hub in the area might look like.

Sources indicate the notion of another stand-alone facility in the basin has been tossed around for a long while.

"There have been suggestions over the years that the Mars basin could support another facility besides Mars," said one source familiar with the job. "Now there is a team working on that issue. It is a job."

Shell officials are not speculating on what any Gumbo stand-alone might look like, but others both within and outside the company believe there is a good chance it will be another four-column tension-leg platform.

"The team that has been assembled has been talking about taking Mars or Ursa and cloning it," added the source. However, given the company's decision to move ahead with a spar-based concept for its Great White find in the deep-water US Gulf, sources do not consider the TLP a "slam dunk" winner.

Shell is also keeping quiet on any timetable for a decision over any new Gumbo infrastructure.

However, industry sources indicate a firm decision on whether or not to move ahead could come later this year.

January 27, 2006]

Shell leads consortium in oil search off Palawan

(Philippine Daily Inquirer Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)THE OPERATOR OF THE MULTIBILlion-dollar Malampaya natural gas project has teamed up with the government and two private firms to look for oil and gas in an area near its current production field.

In a joint satement, Shell Philippines Exploration BV said it signed with the Department of Energy, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co. (Philippines), and South China Resources Inc. a deal on Service Contract No. 60, which covers a relatively unexplored area of 1.01 million hectares offshore north of Palawan.

Interest in SC 60 is distributed as follows: Spex, 55 percent; Kufpec Philippines, 30 percent, and SCR, 15 percent.

Kufpec is a subsidiary of state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corp. while SCR is a local firm listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange and involved mainly in oil exploration.

An SC is a license issued by the energy department allowing explorers and developers to scour oil and gas prospects within the country and continue to the production stage in case petroleum reserves were found.

The partners said the SC 60 project, which used to be covered by Geophysical Survey and Exploration Contract No. 99, involves one of the promising sites for petroleum exploration identified by the Philippine Petroleum Resource Assessment Project Study.

The study, conducted by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the DOE, provided updated data on the petroleum basins in the country and identified the level of prospectivity of each area.

Under SC 60, the consortium committed to spend at least $24 million or about P1.27 billion during the seven-year exploration period.
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