NEW YORK David Lawrence,
Royal Dutch Shell Plcs executive vice president of
exploration and commercial, upstream Americas, is resigning
from the company.
"Mr. Lawrences departure
from Shell is by mutual consent," a company spokesman told
AMM in an e-mail.
include Shells Arctic drilling program in Alaskas
Beaufort and Chukchi seas, which was idled recently after one
of the companys exploration vessels was damaged (
amm.com, Feb. 28).
Shell, which failed to complete
any exploration wells in the region last year, was chided by
the U.S. Interior Department for its safety performance.
"Shells difficulties have raised serious questions
regarding its ability to operate safely and responsibly in the
challenging and unpredictable conditions offshore Alaska," the
Although Lawrence has tendered
his resignation, he remains with the company and his last day
has not been determined, the spokesman said.
His departure comes as the
Hague, Netherlands-based company is planning to split its
exploration and commercial portfolio in the Americas into three
distinct units, each headed by an executive vice president,
according to the spokesman.
"In the Americas, Shells
exploration and commercial portfolio includes onshore and
offshore exploration, commercial agreements, as well as
business opportunities for increasing domestic natural gas
production. Because each aspect of this portfolio continues to
grow, Shell has made the decision to restructure the
exploration and commercial organization," he said.
There will be one unit for the
Arctic, one for exploration and one for commercial, new
business development and integrated gas, according to the