• 5 hours The Federal Reserve and Money...Aspects which are not widely known
  • 8 minutes How Far Have We Really Gotten With Alternative Energy
  • 12 minutes  What Russia has reached over three months diplomatic and military pressure on West ?
  • 1 hour GREEN NEW DEAL = BLIZZARD OF LIES
  • 6 days "And this is perhaps the most dangerous kind of government there can be."
  • 6 hours Coincidence of EIA Report Delay? - "I had seen it delayed minutes, and a couple of times a few hours, but don’t recall something like this — do others?" asks Javier Blas
  • 1 day Demonising fossil fuels has caused major grid problem in Australia
  • 6 hours "...too many politicians believe things that aren’t true." says Robert Rapier
  • 2 days Oil Stocks, Market Direction, Bitcoin, Minerals, Gold, Silver - Technical Trading <--- Chris Vermeulen & Gareth Soloway weigh in
  • 21 hours Welcome to Technocracy - The New World Energy Order... "1000s Of Sydney Homes Plunged Into Darkness As Aussie 'Price Cap' Policy Sparks Energy Shortage"
  • 3 days "How to Calculate Your Individual ESG Score to ensure that your Digital ID 'benefits' and money are accessible"
  • 327 days Beware the Left's 'Degrowth' Movement (i.e. why Covid-19 is Good)
  • 5 days ESG Topic - "German Police Raid Deutsche Bank, DWS Over Allegations Of Greenwashing" - ZeroHedge Bloomberg and others
James Burgess

James Burgess

James Burgess studied Business Management at the University of Nottingham. He has worked in property development, chartered surveying, marketing, law, and accounts. He has also…

More Info

Premium Content

Shell’s Asset Purge to Hit UK North Sea

Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to sell three oil and gas assets in the North Sea as the supermajor seeks to divest some $15 billion in assets.

Shell is planning to sell off its Anasuria, Nelson and Sean North Sea platforms, whose production represents around 2% of total oil production in the United Kingdom.

The North Sea sale plans follow Shell’s divestment of stakes in a Brazilian oil project and an Australian liquefied natural gas venture since the beginning of 2014.

The pending sale also comes amid growing uncertainty over developments in the North Sea. However, according to British media reports, Shell’s move to divest in the North Sea was in no way influenced by the scheduled 18 September referendum on Scottish independence, which could potentially harm the investment climate.

Related Articles: Shell to Sell Brazilian Oil Field to Qatar for $1bn

Shell’s oil production declined by 5% in 2013 to 3.25 million barrels per day due to well shut-ins from security issues in Nigeria, as well as natural decline in many of its oil fields.

In October 2013, Shell announced it would begin selling off significant assets in 2014 and 2015 in order to reduce liabilities and improve cash flow.

The company’s new CEO, Ben van Beurden, who took over less than a month ago, began working together late last year with outgoing CEO Peter Vosser to put a concrete divestment plan together. Late last year, they announced the cancellation of a gas-to-liquids plant in the US. Shareholders were hopeful that it would be the beginning of a period of tighter spending and better cost control.

It is believed that Van Beurden will oversee a phase that focuses on capital discipline, higher returns, and divestment of non-essential assets.

Many of the large integrated oil companies are facing pressure from shareholders to reduce spending as costs of projects soar and as the price of oil is expected to fall.

By James Burgess of Oilprice.com


Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage





Leave a comment

Leave a comment




EXXON Mobil -0.35
Open57.81 Trading Vol.6.96M Previous Vol.241.7B
BUY 57.15
Sell 57.00
Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News