Shell to Fight Chinese in Nigeria

October 30, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Shell is facing the humiliation of having to reduce its workforce by 5000 as part of a radical cost-cutting drive due to the falling oil price. As the oil giant’s profits had plummeted an amazing 73 per cent, Peter Voser, the chief executive, said “the outlook remains very uncertain, and we are not expecting a … Read More

Nigeria: MEND Dismiss Chinese Oil Bidders as “Locusts”

September 30, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Yesterday, the Financial Times rocked the oil world with a story about how the Chinese state-owned oil company, CNOC, was in talks with the Nigerian Government to buy large stakes in some of the country’s key oil blocks. The story was so compelling, because if it is accurate, it puts the Chinese in direct competition … Read More

Clinton’s African Scramble

August 10, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

First it was President Obama who delighted his audience when he undertook a whistle-stop tour. Now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is embarking on a seven-country tour of Africa.  Why is she going? It couldn’t be so crude to be about crude could it? The answer is yes. The visit could be construed as the … Read More

The First of Peter’s Problems: Nigeria

June 25, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

When Peter Voser takes control at Shell next week from his predecessor Jeroen van der Veer, he will have a bursting in-tray that includes one persistent problem for Shell: Nigeria. Here the oil giant faces a myriad of problems including continuing community unrest, militant attacks and what to do about gas flaring.

Shell Worried Ogoni PR was “Green Imagery”

June 16, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

It’s not often that a company’s public relations strategy is laid bare for all to see. It’s very rare that these most sensitive of company documents – the ones that talk of using the dark arts of persuasion – ever see the light of day. But occasionally it happens. It did with big tobacco when … Read More

Shell’s Secret Collusion Documents

June 15, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

A week ago, on the eve of a highly embarrassing trial, oil giant Shell was forced to pay out $15.5 million to settle a land-mark legal case that it had been fighting for thirteen years against the family of executed writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Nigerians. The legal case argued that Shell was complicit … Read More

Shell is Guilty of Much More than Human Rights Abuses

June 9, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

As the news sinks in of the Shell settlement, emails have been pouring in this morning asking what does it mean for the plaintiffs, the Ogoni and ongoing struggles on human rights and the environment? People are asking whether this is a victory for the Plaintiffs or a victory for Shell. You would have to … Read More

Shell Under Fire on all Sides

June 3, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

We will hear shortly when Shell will finally face charges of being complicit in human rights abuses in a New York court room, after the trial was delayed from last week. The pioneering court case is continuing to generate international news: it was the first item on the BBC’s flagship Today Programme, and has been … Read More

Shell: “A tough year to come in Nigeria”

April 28, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Yesterday a campaign was launched, called ShellGuilty. It is intended to stop Shell’s on-going gas flaring in the Niger Delta and to campaign for justice for the Ogoni people. The campaign highlights many of the issues that will come to trial next month in New York, in WiwavShell, including Shell being accused of complicity in … Read More