Shell Oil President at Platts Energy Outlook Forum: Government and Business
Can Work Together To Overcome "Divide"
Oil Exec, Economists, Industry Experts Examine Global Energy Issues at Sixth
NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012
NEW YORK , Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The shale gas "revolution" is
"redrawing the geopolitical map of the world," and Shell has a four-pronged
approach toward capitalizing on that new supply, the president of Shell Oil
Company told the 2012 Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum "Fuel Fight:
Environment Meets Economics" Thursday in New York City.
Marvin Odum, giving the keynote address at the Forum's luncheon, said his
company has four "pillars" of its gas strategy. He cited specific instances
where Shell is looking at projects that would make those "pillars" actual
"The gas revolution is a creator of new jobs, a catalyst for a renaissance in
American manufacturing, a bridge to future renewables and with carbon capture
and storage, a destination fuel for an increasingly carbon-constrained
economy," Odum said.
Odum made his remarks before an audience of more than a hundred energy
executives, government officials and other industry representatives. The
Forum, now in its sixth year, consisted of two panel discussions onchallenges
and vulnerabilities of the world's energy systems, including the U.S. shale
boom and nuclear safety.
A recurring theme of the day was the ever-present tension and conflicts
between the energy industry, government and society, which Odum called a
"divide" that did not have to exist.
Speaking to recent issues within Shell Oil Company, which is the U.S. arm of
Royal Dutch Shell, Odum said the company's drilling program in federal waters
offshore Alaska is a sign of a "real example where business and government
work together to secure both the opportunity and the protection." (Shell
received limited permission to drill in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas this
summer, but the limitations on the permit required the company to halt
operations for this year before it reached the hydrocarbon-bearing zone.)
To balance the "rewards and the risks" inherent in drilling in such an
environmentally sensitive area, "government, society and business (must) work
with one another to define expectations, agree on operations standards, and
collaborate on solutions," Odum said. Both the Bush and Obama administrations
"did their due diligence" and Shell was issued drilling permits.
"I believe that this administration sees these resources as critical and
strategic to the nation and part of their 'all of the above' energy strategy,"
Odum also noted in his address that even as the U.S. is dealing with a glut of
natural gas that is creating the opportunities for the four pillars, there are
still major supply/demand balance issues for the world going forward.
"It's true that the world's total supply of energy has never failed to meet
demand...not yet, anyway," Odum said. "And it's true that technology
breakthroughs have resulted in such a short-term glut of natural gas in this
country that fears about supply seem irrelevant."
But long-term global demand continues to rise, Odum noted. "Even if energy
efficiencies reduce growth by 20 percent, and even if ordinary rates of supply
growth boost supply by 50 percent, we could still face a gap between supply
and demand equivalent to the size of the entire industry in the year 2000."
Earlier during the Forum - which featured opening remarks from World Energy
Council Chairman Pierre Gadonneix – participants discussed numerous topics,
including recent fuel prices, climate change, natural disasters and elections,
during two roundtable discussions, "The Technology Battle" and "Global
Face-Off: Governments Lock Horns with Industry."
Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Forum panelist,
said renewable energy "may be a darling of politicos and the Green/Left, but
it simply cannot provide the enormous scale of energy that the world demands
at prices consumers can afford."
"Furthermore, the growth in the coal market is swamping any gains that might
be had from renewables," Bryce said. "In 2011 alone, global coal consumption
increased by aboutby 3.9 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.That's
about the same amount of energy as is provided by all global non-hydro
renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and biomass."
To the contrary, said fellow panelist Jigar Shah, founder of SunEdison and
former CEO of Carbon War Room. "We can solve climate change," Shah said. "The
deployment of cost-effective technologies we have invented since the 1970s
represent the largest wealth creation opportunity on the planet."
The Forum, which this year sponsored by Fortune magazine, is held annually in
association with the Platts Global Energy Awards, a program now in its 14^th
year, which recognizes exemplary industry leadership and innovation in more
than a dozen performance categories.
About Platts: Founded in 1909, Platts is a leading global provider of energy,
petrochemicals and metals information and a premier source of benchmark prices
for those markets. Platts' news, pricing, analytics, commentary and
conferences help customers make better-informed trading and business decisions
and help the markets operate with greater transparency and efficiency.
Customers in 150 countries benefit from Platts' coverage of the oil,
petrochemicals, natural gas, electricity, coal, nuclear power, shipping, and
metals markets. A division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Platts has
approximately 900 employees in more than 15 offices worldwide.
About The McGraw-Hill Companies: McGraw-Hill announced on September 12, 2011,
its intention to separate into two public companies: McGraw-Hill Financial, a
leading provider of content and analytics to global financial markets, and
McGraw-Hill Education, a leading education company focused on digital learning
and education services worldwide. McGraw-Hill Financial's leading brands
include Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Indices,
Platts energy information services and J.D. Power and Associates. With sales
of $6.2 billion in 2011, the Corporation has approximately 23,000 employees
across more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Additional information is
available at www.mcgraw-hill.com.
Contact: Kathleen Tanzy, +1-212-904-2860, Kathleen_tanzy@platts.com, or
Additional media contact: Elizabeth Catalano at +44 777 133 4140.
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.