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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Shell Reports They Have Taken a £3.8bn Hit by Leaving Russia

Shell has stated that disposing its Russian assets will cost them up to $5 billion (£3.8 billion) as part of plans to exit the country.

The company has stated that it would no longer buy oil, but that contracts inked before to the invasion of Ukraine will be honored.

Shell’s exit from Russia comes with a price: the termination of joint ventures with Gazprom.

When Shell acquired Russian crude oil at a low price immediately after the conflict began, it was chastised.

In reaction to the outcry, the corporation issued an apology and stated that it would no again purchase oil from Russia.

The corporation estimated that severing connections with the country would cost between $4 billion and $5 billion.

“Shell has not extended longer-term contracts for Russian oil and would only do so under clear government order,” the firm added. “However, we are legally required to take delivery of petroleum purchased under contracts made before to the invasion.”

The status of the global oil markets remained “volatile,” according to the oil company.

Early on Thursday, Brent Crude, the worldwide standard for oil prices, was trading at around $100 a barrel, but it has since surged to new highs due to the Ukraine conflict.

Oil prices have risen as a result of Russia’s position as one of the world’s top producers of the commodity and worries that supply may be affected as a result of the conflict.

Despite the fact that the UK imports very little oil from Russia, it has been affected by the worldwide price spike, which has seen petrol and diesel prices reach new highs.

Shell previously stated that it will sell a 27.5 percent investment in a Russian liquefied natural gas plant, a 50 percent stake in a Siberian oilfield project, and an energy joint venture as part of its pullout plans.

It will also withdraw from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project between Russia and Germany, which has been placed on hold by German ministers.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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