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Shell to Make First Profit From Oil Output Since Pandemic

April 7, 2021

Royal Dutch Shell Plc expects to make its first profit from pumping oil since the start of the pandemic, the petroleum giant said.

Shell’s upstream unit, which largely handles the exploration and production of crude, was able to capture “the upside from the current commodity price environment” in the first quarter, according to a statement April 7.

While earnings from natural gas, refining and chemicals helped Shell post an overall profit last year, its core business reported consistent losses after energy prices plunged due to COVID-19. The return to profit in the upstream is another signal that the industry is recovering from the historic slump.

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