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Campaigners threaten legal action after Jackdaw gas field approved in Scottish waters

THE SCOTSMAN

Campaigners threaten legal action after Jackdaw gas field approved in Scottish waters

Environmental campaigners are threatening legal action in a bid to halt development of the Jackdaw gas field after it was awarded final regulatory approval.

By Katrine Bussey: Thursday, 2nd June 2022, 3:45 pm

Greenpeace insisted that by giving the development the green light, the UK Government had “shown no regard” for emissions or the project’s “ultimate climate impact”.

Ami McCarthy of Greenpeace UK said: “We think that’s unlawful. We’re looking at legal action to stop Jackdaw, and [to] fight this every step of the way.”

Her comments came after UK business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed Shell had been given the go-ahead for the field, which is situated in waters to the east of Aberdeen. read more

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Shell’s Jackdaw gas field given go-ahead by regulators

BBC NEWS

Shell’s Jackdaw gas field given go-ahead by regulators

By Justin Rowlatt: Climate editor:

June 1st, 2022

The development of a major North Sea gas field has been approved by regulators.

The Jackdaw field, east of Aberdeen, has the potential to produce 6.5% of Britain’s gas output.

The regulatory approval comes as the UK government seeks to boost domestic energy output following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Shell’s proposals were initially rejected on environmental grounds in October. read more

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Shell: ‘We understand worry for millions – but windfall tax creates uncertainty’

CITYA.M.

Shell: ‘We understand worry for millions – but windfall tax creates uncertainty’

 and : FRIDAY 27 MAY 2022

Shell has slammed the government’s windfall tax, saying while it “understands the worry for million” about the cost of living it will creates “uncertainty” about investment.

This follows Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing a so-called Energy Profits Levy, a 25 per cent surcharge on North Sea oil and gas sector profits, which could last for up to three years.

The Treasury expects the tax will raise around £5bn over the next 12 months – which will help fund a £15bn package to save the country’s most vulnerable households £1,200 this year.

After BP said the tax may force it to reconsider its UK investment plans, Shell is the latest energy giant to come out against the levy.

A spokesperson told City A.M. : “We understand the worry for millions of people about how high energy costs are challenging their household budgets – and the need for support to help make ends meet.” read more

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I worked at Shell for 33 years – the government is wrong on North Sea oil

SOURCE MSN/Independent

I worked at Shell for 33 years – the government is wrong on North Sea oil

By Grahame Buss: 27 May 2022

I was a principal scientist for the oil company Shell, for which I worked for 33 years. I have a degree in aeronautical engineering and a PhD in fluid mechanics.

I recently read a letter from the business and energy secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, in which he tries to justify government plans to encourage investment in new North Sea oil and gas. He says it would “protect Britain’s energy security” and smooth the “transition to cheap, clean, home-grown energy”, as well as cutting energy bills.

But expanding North Sea oil will do none of those things, for several reasons.

We don’t own the oil and gas, which we give away to energy companies together with substantial subsidies. They sell the oil and gas to the highest bidder on international markets, keep all the revenue, and are currently making eye-watering profits on which they pay almost no tax. Almost 80 per cent of UK production of crude oil is exported and plays no part in our domestic energy security.

We don’t own the companies that exploit this oil and gas. According to one study, more than a third of the licence blocks in the North Sea now have a private or state-backed controlling interest, with fossil fuel firms from China, Russia and the Middle East playing an increasingly dominant role. As well as being unaccountable to UK shareholders, these businesses have no strategic interest in UK energy security or in keeping bills low for UK households. read more

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Jackdaw gas field set for official approval

THE SUNDAY TIMES

Jackdaw gas field set for official approval

Michael Glackin:

Westminster’s oil and gas regulator is set to approve a controversial North Sea gas project it previously rejected on environmental grounds amid increased concerns about UK energy security.

It is understood approval for Shell’s Jackdaw gas field, 150 miles east of Aberdeen, is now “imminent” following Russia’s decision to cut off gas supplies to a number of European countries. read more

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Energy giant Shell fined £50,000 by North Sea regulators

Evening Standard

Energy giant Shell fined £50,000 by North Sea regulators

The North Sea Transition Authority imposed the penalty for breaches of production consents.

By Katrine Bussey: 28 April 2022

Energy giant shell has been fined £50,000 by North Sea regulators for breaching production consents.

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) requires the consents for companies to produce oil and gas.

It has now fined Shell and served the company with a sanction notice for breaching five field consents.

The NSTA said adhering to production consents is “an indicator of good stewardship of fields, and is an important component of a stable, well-regulated industry which has the trust and confidence of investors and the public”. read more

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Shell goes tax free in the North Sea after £100m government refund

CITYA.M.

Shell goes tax free in the North Sea after £100m government refund

: WEDNESDAY 06 APRIL 2022

Energy giant Shell paid no tax on its North Sea oil and gas production last year even as the global energy crunch saw it profits soar to more than $19bn.

The London-headquartered firm bagged tax refunds relating to the decommissioning of old oil platforms in the North Sea, meaning it received $131.8m from the UK treasury in 2021, according to details of its payments to government released yesterday. read more

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Shell says North Sea windfall tax won’t ease energy crisis

The Herald

Shell says North Sea windfall tax won’t ease energy crisis

By Mark Williamson Group Business Correspondent

SHELL chief executive Ben van Beurden has rejected calls for a windfall tax on North Sea firms and said the company remains keen to invest in new fields in the area after dropping plans for the controversial Cambo development.

The energy giant may have helped stoke calls for a one-off tax to be imposed on firms to help tackle the energy crisis in the UK yesterday when it posted a 300 per cent increase in annual profits, to $19.3 billion (£14.3bn), from $4.8bn. read more

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Brits face a massive increase in energy bills. BP and Shell could be on the hook to pay

CNN BUSINESS

Brits face a massive increase in energy bills. BP and Shell could be on the hook to pay

Updated 1221 GMT (2021 HKT) January 10, 2022

London (CNN Business)The UK government is coming under mounting pressure to increase taxes on oil and gas companies, including BP and Shell. The aim: to help British households cope with skyrocketing energy bills.

The main opposition Labour Party this weekend called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose a windfall tax on companies pumping oil and gas from the North Sea, saying that the money raised could be used to cut £200 ($272) from soaring household bills. read more

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The tragedy of lifeboat accidents relating to offshore drilling rigs

EXPERT COMMENT ON THE ARTICLE…

Report: Fatal Lifeboat Accident Caused by Damaged Release Cable

…MADE BY “AN  OLD SHELL E&P ENGINEERING SEA DOG”

RELATED CHILLING STORIES ALSO INVOLVING SHELL

FROM 2019: Shell confirms two fatalities in a routine lifeboat drill

FROM 2017: Shell North Sea Lifeboats Dangerous Farce No. 3 

FROM 2008: Lifeboats trouble at Brent field

23 Dec 2021

Following the Alexander Kielland disaster in 1981 and the subsequent enquiry of the many recommendations made lifeboats launching arrangements were to be changed to on load release.  This recommendation was endorsed by the Norwegian Government despite objections regarding this system requiring specialist attention due to complexity and sequence of use. read more

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Report: Fatal Lifeboat Accident Caused by Damaged Release Cable

The Maritime Executive

Report: Fatal Lifeboat Accident Caused by Damaged Release Cable

RELATED STORIES

FROM 2019: Shell confirms two fatalities in routine lifeboat drill

FROM 2017: Shell North Sea Lifeboats Dangerous Farce No. 3 

FROM 2008: Lifeboats trouble at Brent field

20 December 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued its final report into the fatal lifeboat accident that occurred aboard Shell’s Auger platform in 2019. The inquiry concluded that a degraded release cable – which had previously been identified by service technicians – was the primary root cause of the casualty. read more

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Shell pulling the plug on the Cambo North Sea oilfield is a problem for us, too

The Sunday Times

Shell pulling the plug on the Cambo North Sea oilfield is a problem for us, too

Oliver Shah Sunday December 05 2021, 12.01am, The Sunday Times

You can’t be sure of much when it comes to Shell these days — and Shell, it seems, can’t be sure of anything when it comes to politics. Last month, chief executive Ben van Beurden was fêted for moving the oil major’s headquarters from Holland to London as part of a simplification of its corporate structure.

On Thursday, Shell pulled out of a major oil project in a storm of recrimination, saying the economics were “not strong enough at this time” and complaining of “potential for delays”. read more

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

The Telegraph

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

Energy companies’ reputational struggles and Whitehall’s green ambitions leave oil investment in limbo  and 4 December 2021 

It was less than a month ago that Kwasi Kwarteng was celebrating Shell’s plans to move its group headquarters out of Holland and to the UK.

The business secretary heralded the decision as “a clear vote of confidence in the British economy as we work to strengthen competitiveness, attract investment and create jobs”.

Today he may have more complex feelings towards the FTSE 100 oil giant – and greater uncertainty about the challenges ahead for the economy. read more

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

BBC NEWS

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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Shell pulls out of controversial Cambo project in Scotland

The Washington Post Shell pulls out of controversial Cambo project in Scotland By Danica Kirka | AP: 3 Dec 2021 at 10:26 a.m. EST

LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of a controversial plan to develop a new oil field near Scotland’s Shetland Islands, buoying environmentalists’ hopes that the project may be shelved altogether as Britain seeks to combat global warming.

Shell, which had a 30% stake in the Cambo project, said Friday that the decision was based on an assessment of what was best for the company and its shareholders.

The project has faced stiff opposition from groups such as Greenpeace, which argue Britain must stop developing new oil and gas fields if it is serious about reducing carbon emissions. U.K. authorities granted an exploration license for the project in 2001 and the government is now considering whether to authorize commercial operations. read more

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Shell’s decision to abandon Cambo oil field does nothing to aid the transition to green energy

sky news

Shell’s decision to abandon Cambo oil field does nothing to aid the transition to green energy

Sky’s Ian King argues that environmental campaigners and other critics have scored an own goal by opposing the project and will only force us to buy in more energy from abroad.

: Business presenter : Friday 3 December 2021 

Shell’s decision not to proceed with its interest in the Cambo oil field may not necessarily be the triumph for environmental campaigners that they seem to think.

It does not, for example, guarantee that Cambo’s oil – some 170 million barrels worth over 25 years – will stay in the ground. read more

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