Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
When Shell started shelling out mega bucks to drill for oil off the coast of Sakhalin island, Russia wasn’t one of the global oil suppliers. Russia is now.
It is just plain costing too much for Shell to get the oil out of the icy water in the sea of Okhotsk.
So…Shell has teamed up with Russia’s Giant Gazprom.
Gazprom will get a share of whatever they find in the sea of Oshkosh and Shell gets a 50% stake in a Gazprom field in western Siberia.
The relationship with Gazprom is supposed to give Shell some political protection but it doesn’t always turn out that way when doing business with Russias big guns. For whatever reason, they sometimes just change their minds.
Executives at Shell are nervous as hell, say some.
But, what choice does Shell have? The aim is to have a first-mover advantage once the oil starts coming.
But, is it worth the risk?
What do you think?