The Reading / Listening - Oil Production - Level 4

The oil company Shell has passed its peak production. Its production peaked in 2019. Production is falling, a year ahead of Shell's forecasts. In 2015, it predicted peak demand would be in 2020. The company expects a drop of two per cent per year. Shell will also cut the number of its oil refineries from 14 to six. This means the loss of around 9,000 jobs, or more than 10 per cent of its workforce.



Shell will shift to renewables and reducing its carbon footprint. It wants to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It will diversify into providing energy. It will explore green technologies such as carbon capture and electric vehicle charging stations. Shell's CEO wants to give customers the products and services they want, that have the lowest environmental impact. He said: "We will...grow in markets where demand for cleaner products...is strongest."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Oil Production - Level 5 or  Oil Production - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1131263_shell-admits-it-s-past-peak-oil-eyes-carbon-offsets-as-a-business-opportunity
  • https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-9250857/Oil-production-passed-peak-admits-Shell.html
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-shell-results-idUSKBN27E119


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Its production
  2. Production is
  3. a year ahead of Shell's
  4. a drop of
  5. Shell will also
  6. oil
  7. This means the loss of
  8. more than 10 per cent
  1. two per cent
  2. around 9,000 jobs
  3. falling
  4. of its workforce
  5. peaked in 2019
  6. cut the number
  7. refineries
  8. forecasts

Paragraph 2

  1. Shell will shift
  2. net-zero carbon
  3. carbon
  4. electric vehicle charging
  5. the products and
  6. have the lowest environmental
  7. We will grow
  8. demand for cleaner products
  1. capture
  2. is strongest
  3. services they want
  4. emissions
  5. in markets
  6. to renewables
  7. impact
  8. stations

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The oil company Shell has (1) ___________________ production. Its production peaked in 2019. Production is falling, (2) _________________ of Shell's forecasts. In 2015, it predicted peak (3) __________________ in 2020. The company expects a drop of two per cent per year. Shell will also cut (4) ___________________ its oil refineries from 14 to six. This means (5) ___________________ around 9,000 jobs, or more than 10 per cent (6) ___________________.

Shell (7) ___________________ renewables and reducing its carbon footprint. It wants to have net-zero (8) ___________________ 2050. It will diversify into providing energy. It (9) ___________________ technologies such as carbon capture and electric vehicle charging stations. Shell's CEO wants (10) ___________________ the products and services they want, that (11) ___________________ environmental impact. He said: "We will...grow in markets where demand (12) ___________________...is strongest."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheoilcompanyShellhaspasseditspeakproduction.Itsproductionpea
kedin2019.Productionisfalling,ayearaheadofShell'sforecasts.In201
5,itpredictedpeakdemandwouldbein2020.Thecompanyexpectsadro
poftwopercentperyear.Shellwillalsocutthenumberofitsoilrefineriesfr
om14tosix.Thismeansthelossofaround9,000jobs,ormorethan10per
centofitsworkforce.Shellwillshifttorenewablesandreducingitscarbon
footprint.Itwantstohavenetzerocarbonemissionsby2050.Itwilldiver
sifyintoprovidingenergy.Itwillexploregreentechnologiessuchascarb
oncaptureandelectricvehiclechargingstations.Shell'sCEOwantstogi
vecustomerstheproductsandservicestheywant,thathavetheloweste
nvironmentalimpact.Hesaid:"Wewill...growinmarketswheredeman
dforcleanerproducts...isstrongest."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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