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2009 media releases
An overview of Royal Dutch Shell plc news and media releases published in 2009
21 Dec 2009
Shell in strategic asset swap with Hess
In a move to consolidate its exploration and production portfolio in the North Sea and West Africa, Shell has agreed to acquire Hess Corporation’s entire upstream portfolio in Gabon and its interest in the Clair field, which lies in British waters west of the Shetland Islands. In return, Hess would acquire Shell’s interest in a pair of Norwegian offshore fields, Valhall and Hod. This transaction is a strategic trade and no cash payment is involved.
16 Dec 2009
Shell awarded permit to study natural gas potential in central South Africa
The South African Petroleum Authorities (Petroleum Agency SA) today awarded Shell a Technical Cooperation Permit for a one-year study to determine the hydrocarbon potential in parts of the Karoo Basin in central South Africa.
14 Dec 2009
Royal Dutch Shell plc confirms intention to take up Woodside share offer
Woodside Petroleum Ltd, an Australian-listed exploration & production company focused on Australian LNG, has announced an entitlement offer of new shares today.
11 Dec 2009
Royal Dutch Shell plc welcomes Iraq Majnoon contract award
The Iraqi Ministry of Oil today awarded Shell and Petronas Carigali a contract for technical assistance in developing the Majnoon field, subject to ratification by the Iraqi authorities.
09 Dec 2009
First million barrels of oil from ultra-deep water off Brazil
Production has now hit over one million barrels of oil at the Parque das Conchas fields 120 kilometres off the coast of Brazil, where ultra-deep water and a constant swell makes for tough operating conditions.
26 Nov 2009
Shell opens state-of-the-art lubricants blending plant in China
Shell Lubricants today announced the start-up of its newest lubricants complex in Asia to meet growing demand in China. With a production capacity of 200 million litres a year, and the potential for a phased development to 400 million litres a year, the complex could become one of Shell’s top three lubricants blending plants worldwide in volume terms.
23 Nov 2009
Qatar set to be a new heartland for Shell
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) reconfirmed good progress of the Pearl GTL and the Qatargas 4 projects for a group of its shareholders and investment analysts.
17 Nov 2009
Shell starts-up world-scale monoethylene glycol plant in Singapore
Shell Chemicals Limited has announced the successful start-up of its new world-scale monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit at the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex in Singapore.
11 Nov 2009
Qatar Petroleum International acquires first downstream overseas assets in deal with Shell in Singapore
Qatar Petroleum International and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd (Shell) today signed a series of agreements which will see Qatar Petroleum International take a stake in two Shell Chemicals joint ventures in Singapore.
11 Nov 2009
Shell adds deep water acreage off coast of French Guiana
Today Shell announced the acquisition of a 33% interest in the Guyane Maritime Permit, approximately 150 kilometres off the coast of French Guiana, from an affiliate of Tullow Oil plc. The permit area covers approximately 32,000 square kilometres situated in water 2,000-3,000 metres deep.
05 Nov 2009
Shell successful in South African offshore bid
The South African Petroleum Authorities today confirmed Royal Dutch Shell plc as the successful bidder for exploration rights in the Orange Basin deep-water area, off the country’s west coast. Shell and the government will now negotiate the details of an exploration contract.
29 Oct 2009
Third quarter 2009 results and interim dividend announcement
At 07.00 GMT (08.00 CET and 03.00 EDT) on Thursday 29 October, 2009 Royal Dutch Shell plc released its third quarter results and third quarter interim dividend announcement for 2009.
29 Oct 2009
Royal Dutch Shell plc – 2010 interim dividend timetable
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc today announced the intended timetable for the 2010 quarterly interim dividends.
12 Oct 2009
World's first commercial passenger flight powered by fuel made from natural gas lands in Qatar
Qatar Airways makes historic journey from London to Gatwick to Doha --- New Gas to Liquids fuel offers diversity of supply and better local air quality to busy airports.
12 Oct 2009
HE Minister Al-Attiyah launches testing phase of Pearl GTL, cuts ribbon on central control room
His Excellency Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minster and Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar, today launched the testing phase of the Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) project by inaugurating the massive plant’s central control room.
08 Oct 2009
Prelude LNG development to deploy Shell's Floating LNG technology
Shell today announced that it plans to develop its Prelude and Concerto gas discoveries, located in the Browse Basin off the northwest coast of Western Australia, using its innovative Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) technology.
29 Sep 2009
GTL Jet Fuel approved for use in civil aviation
Shell today welcomed the release by ASTM International of a new specification that fully and unconditionally approves the use of Gas-to-Liquids Kerosene blends for powering commercial aircraft.
28 Sep 2009
New accounting segmentation
Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”) has implemented, as from 1 July, 2009, a series of changes to senior management roles and responsibilities. Accounting disclosure segmentation, as from the third quarter 2009, will reflect the new organisational structure.
24 Sep 2009
Shell to sell Downstream assets in Greece
Shell today agreed to sell its Downstream businesses in Greece to Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries S.A. The deal, which is subject to competition authority clearance, follows a review by Shell of its Downstream businesses in the country and is consistent with the company’s strategy to concentrate its global Downstream portfolio.
14 Sep 2009
Royal Dutch Shell takes Final Investment Decision on Gorgon LNG project, Australia
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the Final Investment Decision on the Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, signalling the start of initial construction on one of the world’s largest natural gas developments. Chevron will operate the project, with a 50% stake, with participants Shell and ExxonMobil each holding 25% shares.
11 Sep 2009
Royal Dutch Shell plc announces Board Committee changes
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell today announced that Mr Hans Wijers steps down from the Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee and joins the Remuneration Committee where he will succeed Sir Peter Job as Chairman of that Committee with effect from 1 October 2009.
31 Aug 2009
Shell to build lubricants blending plant in Russia
Today Shell announced that it is starting construction of a major new lubricants blending plant - the first to be built by an international oil company in Russia.
13 Aug 2009
Shell maintains leadership position as number one lubricants supplier in turbulent year
For the third consecutive year, Shell has been named the number one global lubricants supplier – selling more lubricants in 2008 than any other supplier in the world.
13 Aug 2009
Shell to increase low-sulphur fuel capability at Europe's largest refinery
Royal Dutch Shell plc today said it will build a new hydrodesulphurisation plant at its Pernis Refinery in the Netherlands. The plant, expected to come on stream in the second half of 2011, will increase cleaner-burning, low-sulphur fuels production at the 400 thousand barrels per day refinery.
30 Jul 2009
Second quarter 2009 results and interim dividend announcement
At 07.00 BST (08.00 CEST and 02.00 EDT) on Thursday 30 July, 2009 Royal Dutch Shell plc released its second quarter results and second quarter interim dividend announcement for 2009.
28 Jul 2009
Shell awards floating LNG contracts to Technip and Samsung
Shell Gas & Power Developments BV (Shell) today signed a master agreement with a consortium comprising Technip and Samsung for the design, construction and installation of multiple floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facilities over a period of up to fifteen years. Shell and Technip-Samsung also signed a contract for execution of the front end engineering and design (FEED) for Shell's 3.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) FLNG solution.
14 Jul 2009
Shell set to open first cluster of hydrogen filling stations
Shell today opens its second hydrogen filling station in the greater New York City area. With a third due to open in the area later this month and one already operating there for more than a year, this is Shell’s first cluster of hydrogen filling stations.
13 Jul 2009
Shell begins production at Parque das Conchas (BC-10) offshore Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 2009 — Shell today started production at its multi-field Parque das Conchas project 110 kilometres off Brazil’s south-east coast, where heavy oil resources lie beneath waters nearly two kilometres deep in the Campos Basin.
27 Jun 2009
Shell and Sovcomflot sign shipping co-operation agreements
Novo-Ogarevo, today, Open Joint Stock Company ‘Sovcomflot’ and Shell International Trading & Shipping Company Limited (Shell) signed a General Cooperation Agreement. The official signing ceremony was held within the framework of the meeting of Russian Federation Prime Minister, Mr Vladimir Putin, with outgoing Chief Executive Royal Dutch Shell plc, Mr Jeroen van der Veer and his successor from 1st July, Mr Peter Voser.
24 Jun 2009
Global Business Coalition recognises Shell Petroleum Development Company for Niger Delta Aids Response programme
Washington, DC -- The Global Business Coalition (GBC) announced today that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has been named the first winner of the annual award for Partnership in Collective Action. GBC recognised SPDC for work in helping to prevent the spread of AIDS in the Niger Delta through its Niger Delta AIDS Response (NiDAR) programme.
11 Jun 2009
Shell blends advanced biofuel into Shell V-Power gasoline race fuel at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race
Shell is demonstrating its commitment to fuels innovation and the development of sustainable, low-carbon fuels with the blending of 10% cellulosic ethanol into its Shell V-Power race fuel at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, in France on 13 June, 2009.
10 Jun 2009
Shell first to sell gasoline blended with advanced biofuel
From today, customers at a Shell service station will become the first in the world to fill their tanks with gasoline containing advanced biofuel made from wheat straw.
08 Jun 2009
Shell settles Wiwa case with humanitarian gesture
Shell today agreed to settle a court case in New York related to allegations in connection with the Nigerian military government's execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and others in 1995, making a humanitarian gesture to set up a trust fund to benefit the Ogoni people.
27 May 2009
Royal Dutch Shell plc announces new senior management structure
Royal Dutch Shell plc ("Shell") today announced a series of changes to senior management roles and responsibilities, aimed at sharper focus on operating performance and technology. The changes will be effective as of 1st July 2009.
26 May 2009
Royal Dutch Shell plc announces directorate change
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc announced today that Mrs Linda Cook will resign as Executive Director of the Company on 1st June 2009. She has served the Company for 29 years of which the last 5 years as Executive Director of Gas & Power, Shell Trading, Global Solutions and Technology.
20 May 2009
Sakhalin II gears up for full production
The last major offshore gas well is being completed at the Lunskoye platform in Russia’s sub-Arctic Sea of Okhotsk preparing the way for full production capacity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Sakhalin II, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas projects. Production at Sakhalin II’s first LNG unit got under way in March 2009 with a flawless start-up programme. Completion of the final gas well - Russia’s largest - is a vital step towards starting operations at its second LNG unit. Full capacity of 9.6 million tonnes a year is expected to be reached in 2010.
09 May 2009
An impressive seven new records set at the Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2009
Lausitz, Germany, 09 May 2009 - The 25th edition of the Shell Eco-marathon Europe has seen a groundbreaking total of seven new records set over the course of the three day event, two of which were beaten the very next day. The records were set in: internal combustion Prototype; internal combustion UrbanConcept overall fuel consumption; lowest CO2 emissions UrbanConcept, and solar energy.
29 Apr 2009
First quarter 2009 results and interim dividend announcement
At 07.00 BST (08.00 CEST and 02.00 DST) on Wednesday 29 April, 2009 Royal Dutch Shell plc released its first quarter results and first quarter interim dividend announcement for 2009.
08 Apr 2009
Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell announce the signing of LNG and natural gas contracts
Alexey Miller, Chairman of OAO Gazprom’s Management committee, and Jeroen Van der Veer, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell, met today at Gazprom Headquarters in Moscow. During the meeting the parties announced the signing of agreements concerning LNG and pipeline gas supplies.
29 Mar 2009
First Russian LNG cargo starts its journey to Japan
The first Russian LNG cargo for delivery to Japan has been successfully loaded from the Sakhalin II LNG plant into the Energy Frontier LNG carrier. The Energy Frontier left the Prigorodnoye port on 29 March for the Sodegaura terminal in Tokyo Bay, with a cargo of some 145 thousand cubic metres of LNG intended for two of the Company’s foundation customers - Tokyo Gas and Tokyo Electric. The LNG was loaded through the 805-metre long jetty at the Prigorodnoye port, which was purpose built for the year-round export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil.
17 Mar 2009
Filing of Annual Report and Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2008
On March 17, 2009 Royal Dutch Shell plc filed its Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2008 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
17 Mar 2009
March 2009 strategy update: building new heartlands, managing recession challenges
As part of its annual review of strategy, Shell said it is continuing with plans to build new upstream and downstream capacity, while managing the near-term challenges of the global economic slowdown.
12 Mar 2009
Royal Dutch Shell plc - Non-Executive Directorate - Succession
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc announced today that Mr Maarten van den Bergh will be retiring as Non-Executive Director at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 19 May 2009. He has served the Company for 41 years of which the last 9 years as a Non-Executive Director.
12 Mar 2009
Royal Dutch Shell Board proposes new Chief Financial Officer
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc today announced the appointment with effect from 1 May 2009 of Mr. Simon Henry, currently Executive Vice President Finance in Shell International Exploration and Production, as Chief Financial Officer to succeed Mr. Peter Voser who will become the Chief Executive on 1 July 2009.
10 Mar 2009
Shell and Codexis deepen collaboration to speed arrival of next generation biofuel
Royal Dutch Shell plc and Codexis, Inc. today announced an expanded agreement to develop better enzymes that could accelerate commercialisation of next generation biofuels. Shell also increased its equity stake in Codexis and will take an additional seat on the company’s board.
18 Feb 2009
New energy source comes onstream at Sakhalin II
Russian President Medvedev inaugurates the first LNG plant in Russia.
05 Feb 2009
Pearl GTL: building the world’s largest gas to liquids plant
The drive is on to make tomorrow's transport fuels and lubricants on a large scale from clean-burning natural gas. Construction of the world's largest gas to liquids (GTL) plant, Pearl GTL in Qatar, is a major step towards meeting the world’s growing demand for cleaner energy.
03 Feb 2009
Pearl GTL images
Below a selection of images taken at the Pearl GTL project in Qatar.
29 Jan 2009
Fourth quarter and full year 2008 results and interim dividend announcement
At 07.00 GMT (08.00 CET and 02.00 EST) on Thursday 29 January, 2009 Royal Dutch Shell plc released its fourth quarter and full year results and fourth quarter interim dividend announcement for 2008.