SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
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UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For October 2016
Commission File Number: 1-32575
Royal Dutch Shell plc
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shell divests non-core shale acreage in Western Canada for total consideration of US$1 billion
CALGARY, AB - 20 October 2016 Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Canada Energy (Shell) today announced it has agreed to sell approximately 206,000 net acres of non-core oil and gas properties in Western Canada to Tourmaline Oil Corp. for a total consideration of approximately $1,037 million (C$1,369 million). The consideration is comprised of $758 million in cash and Tourmaline shares valued at $279 million. Subject to regulatory approvals the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The acreage includes 61,000 net acres in the Gundy area of Northeast British Columbia, Canada, and 145,000 net acres in the Deep Basin area of West Central Alberta, Canada. The assets are a combination of developed and undeveloped lands, along with related infrastructure, producing 24,850 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) of dry gas and liquids.
Shell retains a significant shale position in Canada and we are actively working to mature our attractive core asset base in the Montney and Duvernay, said Andy Brown, Shell Upstream Director. At the same time we are strengthening our shales business and creating shareholder value by selling assets that do not fit our near-term development plans.
Shell has a large shales portfolio focused on North America and Argentina, and is currently maturing this portfolio as a growth option for beyond 2020 with material value and substantial long-term potential.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
|||In Canada, Shell retains approximately 430,000 net acres in the Duvernay liquids play in Alberta and approximately 218,000 net acres in the Montney gas play in Northeast British Columbia.|
|||Shell also has material shale positions in the United States in the Permian and Appalachia (Marcellus/Utica) basins and Haynesville, and in the Vaca Muerta in Argentina.|
|||Production from Shells Americas shales portfolio, excluding the divested assets in this release, is approximately 250,000 boe/d.|
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorised.
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Date: October 24, 2016
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