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South Africa court blocks Shell’s oil exploration

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South Africa court blocks Shell’s oil exploration

28 Dec 2021

A South African court has halted oil giant Shell’s seismic testing for oil and gas along the country’s eastern coastline, pending a final ruling.

The decision has been hailed by environmentalists who fear that the sound blasting will harm marine life.

Shell said it had “paused” operations while it reviewed the judgement.

South Africa’s Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe had condemned the project’s critics, saying they wanted to deprive Africa of energy resources. read more

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Cambo: Jobs warning as Shell pulls out of oil field development

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Cambo: Jobs warning as Shell pulls out of oil field development

3 Dec 2021

Business leaders have warned that thousands of oil and gas jobs could be at risk in the UK after Shell pulled out of the Cambo oil field development.

  • Located in the North Atlantic, about 125km (75 miles) north west of the Shetland islands.
  • Major stakeholder is Siccar Point Energy, with a 70% stake, backed by private equity firm investors.
  • Siccar Point Energy says Cambo could deliver 170 million barrels of oil over 25 years, and 53.5 billion cubic feet of gas.
  • The exploration licences dates back to 2001, but UK government must approve drilling – which could start as early as 2022.

Aberdeen’s Chamber of Commerce said a “premature” end to domestic production could see some areas suffer the fate of mining communities in the 1980s.

Environmentalists say new fossil fuel projects like Cambo are incompatible with action on climate change.

Cambo’s majority stakeholder said it still planned to take it forward. read more

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Oil giant Shell says it needs oil to pay for green shift

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Oil giant Shell says it needs oil to pay for green shift

By Simon Jack Business editor: 4 Nov 2021

The boss of oil giant Shell has insisted it can transition to net zero by 2050, but it will need the cash from its oil and gas business to pay for it.

Ben van Beurden dismissed splitting its legacy oil and gas business from its renewables investment, a move urged by activist shareholder Third Point.

Talking exclusively to the BBC, he said the company’s plans for greener energy could only be funded by oil and gas. read more

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Shell aiming to install 50,000 charging points on Britain’s streets

Photo Credit: Photographic Services, Shell International Limited.

BBC News: Sept 1, 2021

Oil giant Shell announced on Wednesday it was aiming to install 50,000 charging points on Britain’s streets by 2025, as part of a government-backed push to increase electric vehicle numbers and reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

Shell will roll out the charging points through on-street charging point company Ubitricity, which it acquired in February.

The government has estimated that the UK will need between 280,000 and 480,000 charging points by 2030, the year it plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. read more

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Shell pays $111m over 1970s oil spill in Nigeria

Wed, 11 August 2021

Oil giant Shell will pay a Nigerian community $111m (£80m) over an oil spill more than 50 years ago.

A spokesman said the payment would mark the “full and final settlement” to the Ejama-Ebubu community over a spill during the 1967-70 Biafran War.

The company has maintained that the damage was caused by third parties.

A Nigerian court fined Shell the equivalent of $41.36m in 2010, but the company launched a number of unsuccessful appeals.

Last year, the country’s Supreme Court said that, with interest, the fine owed by the company was more than ten times greater than the original judgement, although Shell denied this. The case was launched in 1991. read more

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Climate change: Courts set for rise in compensation cases

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Climate change: Courts set for rise in compensation cases

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent: 28 JUne 2021

There’s likely to be a significant increase in the number of lawsuits brought against fossil fuel companies in the coming years, say researchers.

Their new study finds that to date, lawyers have failed to use the most up-to-date scientific evidence on the cause of rising temperatures.

As a result, there have been few successful claims for compensation.

That could change, say the authors, as evidence linking specific weather events to carbon emissions increases. read more

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Shell promises to accelerate shift to low carbon

Shell promises to accelerate shift to low carbon

The oil giant Shell will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions more quickly than planned following a legal ruling in the Netherlands, its chief executive has promised in a blog post.

The firm would take “some bold but measured steps,” Ben van Beurden wrote.

Environmentalists won a court case in May, arguing Shell was failing to reduce emissions quickly enough.

Mr van Beurden said Shell would appeal against the ruling, but meanwhile he would look at hastening the transition. read more

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Extinction Rebellion: Conditional discharge for Shell protest woman

Extinction Rebellion: Conditional discharge for Shell protest woman

A climate activist who admitted causing criminal damage to Shell’s London HQ has been given a conditional discharge days after her co-defendants were cleared of the charge.

Katerina Hasapopoulous, 43, glued herself to a door of the building in Belvedere Road on 15 April 2019.

The Extinction Rebellion (XR) member also spray painted the building.

The judge said the sentence would have been “different” had the others been found guilty by a jury. read more

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Over a million UK energy customers who switched providers overcharged

Over a million UK energy customers who switched providers overcharged

Ovo and Shell were identified as the worst offenders.

Lucy Harley-McKeown

More than a million UK energy customers that switched providers could have been overcharged due to errors made by suppliers.

According to Ofgem, the sector’s biggest suppliers made mistakes, including Ovo Energy, Shell, British Gas, E.On, EDF, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE and Octopus.

Ovo and Shell were identified as the worst offenders. read more

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Shell’s woes over NIgerian Oil

By John Donovan

The BBC recently published an article under the headline: Shell’s legal woes over Nigeria’s oil.

The article listed some of the growing numbers of lawsuits being brought against Shell in multiple legal jurisdictions, all arising from Shell’s deplorable conduct in Nigeria.

The damaging global news coverage reporting on the various court actions seems to have stung Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden into threatening that Shell may pack its corporate bags and pull out of Nigeria. read more

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Shell’s legal woes over Nigeria’s oil

Shell’s legal woes over Nigeria’s oil

Environmental cases:

  • February 2021: UK Supreme Court rules that some 42,500 residents of the Ogale and Bille communities can sue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil pollution
  • January 2021Dutch appeals court rules that the Nigerian branch of Shell was responsible for damage caused by leaks in the Niger Delta and orders Shell Nigeria to pay compensation to four farmers. The amount of compensation is yet to be announced
  • 2012: Members of the Bodo community file a lawsuit against Shell in a London High Court, seeking compensation for two oil spills. In 2015, Shell accepts responsibility for the spill and agrees to a £55m ($76m) out-of-court settlement and to assist in the cleanup
  • 2006: A Nigerian court orders Shell and its partners to pay $1.5bn to the Ijaw people of Bayelsa state for environmental degradation in the area
  • read more

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    Shell in Nigeria: Polluted communities ‘can sue in English courts’

    Shell in Nigeria: Polluted communities ‘can sue in English courts’

    12 FEBRUARY 2021

    The UK Supreme Court has ruled that polluted Nigerian communities can sue oil giant Shell in English courts.

    The decision is a victory for the communities after a five-year battle and overturns a Court of Appeal ruling.

    The Niger Delta communities of more than 40,000 people say decades of pollution have severely impacted their lives, health and local environment.

    Shell had argued it was only a holding company for a firm that should be judged under Nigerian law. read more

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    Royal Dutch Shell to cut more than 300 North Sea jobs

    Royal Dutch Shell to cut more than 300 North Sea jobs

    By Kevin Keane: BBC Scotland energy correspondent: 12 Jan 2021

    The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is to cut 330 jobs from its operations in the North Sea.

    The company said most of the posts are based at its office in Aberdeen and will be lost over the next two years.

    In September, it was announced that up to 9,000 jobs would go worldwide as the company responded to the slump in demand for oil.

    Shell insists it remains committed to the North Sea and will continue to invest in its operations. read more

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    Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs as oil demand slumps

    Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs as oil demand slumps

    30 Sept 2020

    Royal Dutch Shell has said it plans to cut 7,000 to 9,000 jobs as it responds to challenges including the slump in oil demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The oil giant said the cuts would be implemented by 2022 and included 1,500 people who were taking voluntary redundancy.

    It gave no indication of where the job losses would happen.

    The move comes five months after it cut its dividend for the first time since World War Two.

    Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden said the job cuts were “the right thing to do for the future of the company” as it strives to become a net-zero emissions energy business. read more

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    Daily Mail: Shell pays BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James £100,000 to front campaign plugging the oil company’s ‘green’ credentials

    Radio 1 DJ Greg James was paid £100,000 by oil giant Shell to front an online campaign which plugged the company’s ‘green’ credentials.

    The Breakfast Show presenter, who is paid £229,999 a year by the BBC, is the latest star to be accused of cashing in on their public profiles by moonlighting for corporate firms.

    The 34-year-old, who broadcasts to around 5.6 million listeners each Monday to Thursday, fronted a five-part series for Shell called The Great Travel Hack.

    The Top Gear-style programme followed two teams of competitors racing from London to Istanbul while using environmentally friendly vehicles. read more

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    BBC News:Climate change: Extinction Rebellion end blockade at Shell’s Aberdeen HQ

    Governments and corporations like Shell all agree that my children are facing a catastrophic climate and ecological collapse yet are doing next to nothing to prevent this.”

    16 Jan 2020

    Extinction Rebellion protesters have ended a blockade at the entrances to Shell’s Aberdeen headquarters.

    Activists arrived at the Altens base at about 06:30 and remained at the site until 19:30 in a bid to “hold Shell to account”.

    The group said the protest was part of its two-week long campaign targeting the fossil fuel industry.

    Shell said it was addressing its emissions and helping customers to reduce theirs.

    And industry body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) said climate change would not be solved by “stunts”. read more

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