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Shell Confirms $5B Hit From Quitting Russia

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The oil giant, Shell said last month it would offload its businesses in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Oil giant Shell has confirmed it will take a hit of between 4 billion and 5 billion dollars (£3.1bn-£3.8bn) from offloading its Russian assets as the company pulls back from the country.

Bosses said they will no longer buy oil on the so-called spot market but would continue to fulfill contracts on buying fuel from Russia that had been signed before its invasion of Ukraine.

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The company said: “Shell has not renewed longer-term contracts for Russian oil, and will only do so under explicit government direction, but we are legally obliged to take delivery of crude bought under contracts that were signed before the invasion.”

It added that the state of the global oil markets remains “volatile”.

Last month Shell’s boss was forced to apologize after buying oil on the spot market from Russia at knock-down prices.

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The update on the cost of no longer doing business in Russia includes Shell quitting joint ventures with Gazprom.

The company said previously that it will offload a 27.5% stake in a Russian liquefied natural gas facility, a 50% stake in an oilfield project in Siberia, and an energy joint venture.

It will also end its involvement in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany, which has been put on hold by ministers in Berlin.

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Updating the stock market on its expected results for the first three months of the year, Shell added it will see a pre-tax depreciation of 1.2 billion to 1.4 billion dollars (£920m-£1.1bn) in its integrated gas division.

There is also expected to be a depreciation in its upstream business of 2.8 billion to 3.1 billion dollars (£2.1bn to £2.4bn), 700 million to 900 million dollars (£530m to £690m) for oil products, and 250 million to 300 million dollars (£190m to £230m) for its chemicals division.

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