Russia’s Lukoil awarded stake in ADNOC’s Ghasha concession


first_imgThe Ghasha gas project is expected to have production capacity of over 40 million cubic meters per day of natural gas and 120,000 barrels per day of crude oil and gas condensate Image: The agreement was signed by Vagit Alekperov, President of PJSC LUKOIL, and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Photo courtesy of LUKOIL. Russian energy firm PJSC Lukoil has reached a concession agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for a 5% stake in the Ghasha ultra-sour gas concession offshore Abu Dhabi.The Ghasha gas project involves the development of previously undeveloped deposits of gas, oil and gas condensate as part of nine shallow fields in the Arabian Gulf west of Abu Dhabi.Through the stake, the Russian company joins Eni (25%), Wintershall Dea (10%) and OMV (5%) as ADNOC’s partners in the sour gas concession.The project is expected to have a production capacity of over 40 million cubic meters per day of natural gas and 120,000 barrels per day of crude oil and gas condensate.Lukoil president Vagit Alekperov said: “The development of the Ghasha concession is the first LUKOIL project in the UAE and we are pleased to partner with ADNOC and cooperate with RDIF in this project. LUKOIL has extensive experience in offshore fields, both independently and in consortia with other major international companies.“We are glad to enter the project in the UAE with such a significant resource base and with such experienced partners. Joining this project is fully consistent with our strategy.”ADNOC, Lukoil and RDIF sign framework agreementA framework agreement has also been signed by ADNOC, Lukoil and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to explore potential future cooperation in relation to the Ghasha concession.ADNOC Group CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “We are very pleased to partner with LUKOIL on this crucial project, which also marks the first time that we partner with a Russian energy company across our full value chain.“LUKOIL joins our other value-add partners on the Ghasha concession, which is integral to our objective of enabling gas-self sufficiency for the UAE.“The transaction is consistent with ADNOC’s targeted approach to engage with strategic partners that contribute the right combination of best-in-class expertise and advanced technology, market access or capital to unlock maximum value from Abu Dhabi’s resources for our mutual benefit while delivering the greatest possible returns to the UAE.”Last year, Austrian oil and gas firm OMV was awarded a 5% stake in the Ghasha concession from ADNOC.The Ghasha ultra sour gas project involves the development of the Hail, Ghasha, Dalma, Nasr, Sarb and Mubarraz sour gas fields.last_img read more

Fintoil invests over €100m in a biorefinery in Hamina


first_imgOver 60% of the biorefinery’s output will be directed as feedstock to biodiesel production Fintoil invests over €100m in a biorefinery in Hamina. (Credit: Pixabay/SatyaPrem) Fintoil will build a crude tall oil refinery in Hamina. Fintoil and Port of HaminaKotka have today signed a lease agreement on a site located in the Hamina oil port area. Neste Engineering Solutions Ltd has been commissioned for engineering and delivery of the biorefinery. Construction of the biorefinery will begin as soon as the company has secured the environmental and building permits, estimated earliest at the end of 2020.Crude tall oil (CTO) is a by-product of softwood pulp production. The carbon footprint of CTO derivatives is up to 90% lower than that of comparable fossil alternative products. More than 60% of the biorefinery’s output will be directed as feedstock to biodiesel production. The extensive background of Fintoil Ltd’s key persons in the tall oil industry has enabled the company to secure long-term contracts for sufficient raw material and sales volumes.Chair John Lindahl’s career in the pulp and paper industry spans management of investment projects at e.g. UPM-Kymmene, Madison Paper, Pöyry, Metsä Group and most recently as the Group Technical and Sustainability Director and a member of the Group Executive Committee at Mondi Group. Jukka Ravaska has been appointed as the Managing Director of Fintoil Ltd. Mr Ravaska has an extensive background in the specialty chemicals industry from management and executive positions at e.g. Solvay, Akzo Nobel, Kraton and most recently as Supply Chain Manager at Forchem.For Taaleri, Fintoil Ltd’s biorefinery represents a significant investment in the Finnish industry and expertise which fosters Taaleri’s growth in impact investing and financing of renewable energy. Taaleri Capital acts as Fintoil Ltd’s financial advisor in the financing of the investment project. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Access to energy is still the priority in developing countries – not climate change, says industry veteran


first_imgWhy access to energy is still an important priority in developing countriesBrinded, a former executive board member at Royal Dutch Shell who was president of the UK-based Energy Institute professional body from 2017 to 2019, told the organisation’s IP Week industry conference in London that affordable and reliable energy had been a “major transforming force for good and progress in the world over the past 100 years”.“During my lifetime, life expectancy has risen by 50% from 48 to 72 globally,” the 66-year-old said.Former Energy Institute president Malcolm Brinded speaking at IP Week in London (Credit: Twitter/Energy Institute)“This is driven by reductions in hunger, progress in medicine, but underpinning that is economic growth – and underpinning economic growth is affordable and reliable energy.“And that’s what’s transformed our standard of life, health and human happiness.“But global use of energy remains incredibly unequal. Three-times as much energy per head is consumed in the OECD as the non-OECD world.“People in the USA each use 10-times as much energy as people in India. And that’s 30-times as much as the 170 million people in Bangladesh, and hundreds of millions in Africa.“So as we think about the huge changes in the global energy system needed to address what is clearly a climate emergency, we have to recognise the very important principle of shared, very differentiated responsibility to take action quickly on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“A lot of the discussion we tend to hear is very much from an OECD perspective. The reductions required in the developed world are massive and urgent, which is why commitments to net zero by countries and companies are so important both practically and from a global equity perspective.“But for many lower and middle-income countries, unsurprisingly, that priority at the moment is less about reducing emissions and much more about providing access to affordable energy.” An estimated three billion have no access to clean cooking facilities, according to the 2019 Energy Progress Report (Credit: Flickr/Karan Singh Rathore; www.sanjhi.org) While the world seeks solutions to stem the tide of rising emissions, the wealthiest nations mustn’t forget that developing countries are still tussling with the issue of people gaining access to energy in the first place.That’s the view of former Shell executive Malcolm Brinded, who believes much of the climate change discussion comes from the perspective of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), whose 36 members are from developed nations predominantly in North America and Europe.While their energy policies often focus on replacing fossil fuels with renewables, countries in regions such as Africa and Asia have different priorities to reduce fuel poverty. Countries in the OECD can take for granted the fact they have access to affordable and reliable energy, but hundreds of millions in Africa and Asia are still without clean cooking facilities Climate change is one of just two emergenciesAccording to the 2019 Energy Progress Report compiled by multiple international agencies including the UN and International Energy Agency, there are still 840 million people without any power at all in the world.It also found that three billion have no access to clean cooking facilities, with many preparing food on open fires of animal dung, wood and charcoal – mostly inside their homes.Common theory has suggested each person needs 100 gigajoules of energy per year in order to achieve a high standard of human development – but Brinded said six billion consume below this amount.“So the world actually has two emergencies – one on climate and another one on access to energy,” he added.“It’s very important to think about how we can actually deliver and address both those challenges.“They are daunting but I’m an optimist about the pace of technological change, the astonishing progress in driving down the cost of renewables and the revolution in shale gas – which is now producing well over 15 million barrels of oil equivalent per day just from the US alone, and displacing coal around the world.“Such unexpectedly fast progress gives me hope for the future, but it’s also changing the geography of energy production and trade much quicker than was previously expected.“So we can be sure the race to address both the climate and access to energy emergencies, together with the ever-more rapid progress in technology, will lead to seismic shifts in economic and geopolitical power.” Regional differences in energy transition needs greater considerationThe so-called energy transition is a topic that has grabbed the entire industry’s attention as a combination of wind, solar and hydro take on an increasingly important role alongside traditional sources like oil, natural gas and coal.But in some parts of the world, a diverse energy mix is a relatively alien concept.Speaking at IP Week, Dr Carole Nakhle, an energy economist who is the founder and CEO of London-based consultancy Crystol Energy, pointed out how many parts of the Middle East and Africa are powered by only oil and gas, which are also the backbones of their economies.Crystol Energy CEO and founder Dr Carole Nakhle speaking at IP Week in London (Credit: Twitter/Energy Institute)She said: “If these countries are going to implement the definition of the energy transition as we have in Europe or the rest of the OECD, this means they’re going to have to invest significantly in renewable energy and nuclear power.“For me, it’s quite a simple equation as the more revenues they’ll need to generate from oil and gas in order to invest in these technologies.“It would be very misleading to say everyone is in the same boat. Of course, we’re all facing the same challenges but our interpretation of what should be done is quite different from one region to another.”last_img read more

Canada invests in clean technology for Alberta’s natural resources sectors


first_imgCERIN is a collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates Canada invests in clean technology for Alberta’s natural resources sectors. (Credit: Wonita & Troy Janzen from Pixabay) Developing Canada’s natural resources in more sustainable, more responsible ways drives our economy, reduces our environmental impacts and creates jobs. This will be more important than ever as we reopen the economy and plan our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of $6 million, as part of the Canadian Emissions Reduction Innovation Network (CERIN) initiative, to the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and Canadian Gas Association (CGA), through their Natural Gas Innovation Fund, to support their work in the oil and gas sector.CERIN is a collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates, which contributed $4.3 million to accelerate the development of technologies that reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The program brings together a unique collaborative network across Canada of academia, government and industry test centres, including a fully operational natural gas testing facility, focused on finding the right technologies so that they can be deployed quickly in Alberta, across Canada and globally.These investments will inform protocols and standards for the detection and mitigation of methane emissions that will become the benchmark for Canada and the world. Through strong industry collaboration these investments will help Canada better understand and reduce methane emissions.Reducing methane emissions is a significant part of Canada’s plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and is a focus of the recently announced $750 million Emissions Reduction Fund. The government remains committed to building a clean energy future, and to supporting our natural resource sectors through this tough economic time.Quotes“Canada can’t get to net zero emissions by 2050 without Alberta. This helps us achieve that goal.”The Honourable Seamus O’ReganCanada’s Minister of Natural Resources“Methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas, and we have significant expertise in Alberta in mitigation and emissions reduction. CERIN leverages these strengths, along with our research facilities and industry partnerships, to test and apply the latest technologies far more rapidly. This cooperation between industry and innovation system players unlocks economic potential immediately as it works to solve the climate challenge.”Laura Kilcrease, CEOAlberta Innovates“We are excited to be part of the CERIN initiative leading the development, demonstration and deployment of clean technologies in methane emissions management including quantification at a fully operational natural gas production facility. This opportunity brings increased data availability, verified clean technology performance and a greater understanding of high-impact opportunities.”John AdamsManaging Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Former Unaoil executive jailed for five years on Iraq bribery offences


first_imgZiad Akle was sentenced in a London court after being found guilty of corrupting commercial tender processes for oil infrastructure on behalf of the consultancy’s clients following Saddam Hussein’s overthrow Al Basrah Oil Terminal in Iraq (Credit: US Army/Spc. Darryl L Montgomery) Former Unaoil executive Ziad Akle, 45, was sentenced to five years in prison today (23 July) for bribing an Iraq government official to secure oil infrastructure projects in the post-war rebuilding period.The British-Lebanese businessman was found guilty earlier this month of paying more than $500,000 in bribes to secure a $55m contract to build single point mooring (SPM) infrastructure on behalf of Unaoil client SBM Offshore, a Dutch manufacturing company.It follows a months-long trial prosecuted by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in London of three former associates of Unaoil, a Monaco-based energy consultancy that is subject to a global corruption investigation for its activities in Iraq and other countries.Steven Whiteley, 65, who was Unaoil’s general territories manager for Iraq, and formerly a vice-president of SBM Offshore, was also due to be sentenced alongside Akle today, but was unable to attend the hearing for health reasons. His sentencing has been postponed to a later date.Jurors in the trial were unable to reach a verdict on a third man, Paul Bond, 68, who was a former vice-president of SBM Offshore. He faces a retrial next year.Co-conspirator Basil Al Jarah, 71, Unaoil’s former country manager for Iraq, pleaded guilty last year to five related corruption offences brought by the SFO. He is due to be sentenced in October. Judge labels offences ‘utterly exploitative’ of a country in need of economic supportIn the immediate post-Hussein years, efforts were made to rebuild the oil industry in southern Iraq. To this end, the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP) was conceived in 2007 to boost crude export capacity in the region from 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) to 4.5 million bpd.The SFO’s case presented hundreds of emails between Unaoil executives and their associates, which it said detailed a co-ordinated effort to corrupt tendering processes worth $1.6bn for infrastructure contracts handed out as part of the ICOEEP scheme.Judge Beddoe said: “Email traffic in which Akle is included is riddled with evidence that corruption was rife. Tendering processes were wholly compromised by and through [Al Quoraishi].“The corruption was successful and very fruitful. Akle knew that what Al Quoraishi was doing was not out of the kindness of his heart or for the benefit of Iraq.“The offences were committed across borders and at a time of serious need for the government of Iraq to rebuild after years of sanctions and the devastation of war.“They were utterly exploitative at a time when the political and economic situation was extremely fragile, and when we owed it our best to help overcome a war that we had chosen to start.”center_img Unaoil positioned itself to take advantage of oil infrastructure rebuilding in post-war IraqUnaoil is accused of positioning itself to fraudulently take advantage of a project to revitalise dilapidated oil and gas infrastructure in the south of the country in the years following US invasion in 2003 and Saddam Hussein’s subsequent fall from power.Akle “played a full part [in the] direct and sustained corruption of a senior figure performing a public function,” said Judge Martin Beddoe at London’s Southwark Crown Court.He added the businessman was “fully aware” of a plan to corrupt Oday Al Quoraishi, a project manager for Iraq’s state-owned South Oil Company (SOC), who the court was told used his position within the company “to do Unaoil’s bidding” by influencing commercial tender processes in favour of the consultancy’s clients.SFO director Lisa Osofsky said: “Akle and his co-conspirators exploited a country reeling from years of dictatorship and military occupation to line his own pockets and win business. It is this combination of greed and heartless avarice that led to these convictions.”last_img read more

OKEA announces acquisition of Calypso prospect near Draugen


first_imgNeptune will remain as operator with 30% working interest in the licence OKEA announces acquisition of Calypso prospect near Draugen. (Credit: OKEA ASA) OKEA ASA (“OKEA” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company has signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Neptune Energy Norge AS (“Neptune”) for the acquisition of a 30% working interest in PL938. Effective date for the transaction is 1 January 2020. Neptune will remain as operator with 30% working interest in the licence.PL938 is located less than 10km north-west of the OKEA-operated Draugen field and directly north of the Bauge and Hyme fields.  The licensees have committed to drill an exploration well on the Calypso prospect in the licence and the plan is to drill in late 2021 or 2022. As part of the agreement, OKEA will carry a portion of Neptune’s costs for the well.‘Calypso is an attractive prospect close to Draugen with a potential of up to 37 million barrels of oil’ comments Andrew McCann, SVP Subsurface & Wells in OKEA. ‘As operator of Draugen we are keen to find resources in the nearby area with the potential to be developed through our existing infrastructure and Calypso fits this exploration strategy well. We look forward to working with the operator and other licensees to ensure an efficient exploration well and further activity in the licence.’‘This transaction further diversifies OKEA’s exploration portfolio and strengthens our position in the Draugen area. If a discovery is made in the licence, we will work to ensure an efficient development given our strategy and experience with low-cost field development of smaller discoveries’, adds Erik Haugane, CEO of OKEA. ‘Coming only two months since we acquired the Aurora discovery from Equinor, this transaction further demonstrates our focus on building our portfolio around our key production hubs.’PL938 was awarded in March 2018 as part of the APA2017 licensing round. The other licensees are Vår Energi AS (20%) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (20%). The transaction is subject to approval by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

NWS project participants execute gas processing agreements


first_img Execution of the GPAs is a key milestone in the transformation of the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) into a third-party gas tolling facility. (Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay.) The North West Shelf (NWS) Project participants have executed fully-termed gas processing agreements(GPAs) for processing third-party gas through the NWS Project facilities with Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd (Woodside Burrup), in respect of gas from the Pluto fields, and with subsidiaries of Mitsui & Co Ltd and Beach Energy Limited (Mitsui and Beach), in respect of the Waitsia Gas Project Stage 2.Execution of the GPAs is a key milestone in the transformation of the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) into a third-party gas tolling facility and secures gas to fill emerging processing capacity. Both GPAs are subject to conditions precedent including relevant government and regulatory approvals.The GPA with Woodside Burrup is to process approximately 3.0 million tonnes of LNG in aggregate and approximately 24.7 petajoules of domestic gas at KGP in the period 2022-2025. The gas will be sourced from the offshore Pluto fields and transported to the NWS Project facilities through the Pluto-KGP Interconnector, which is targeted to be ready for start-up in 2022.The GPA with Mitsui and Beach is to provide gas processing services for gas from the onshore Waitsia Gas Project Stage 2 for an aggregate of approximately 7.5 million tonnes of LNG in the period between H2 2023 and the end of 2028.In support of the GPAs, the NWS Project participants have also taken a final investment decision for the infrastructure required to receive gas from the Pluto-KGP Interconnector and the Burrup Extension Pipeline (which will be utilised for Waitsia gas). Construction is targeted to commence in Q1 2021.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the transformation of KGP into a third-party tolling facility would create new opportunities for Western Australia’s gas industry.“The processing of third-party gas resources will unlock further value for the NWS Project.“It will provide new revenue and LNG exports from the NWS Project, add to Western Australia’s domestic gas supplies from Pluto and help underpin Australia’s economic recovery,” he said.The NWS Project participants are: Woodside Energy Ltd (Operator; 16.67%); BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd (16.67%); BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%); Chevron Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%); Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd (16.67%) and Shell Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%).Woodside Burrup holds a 90% interest in Pluto LNG and operates the Pluto LNG facilities Source: Company Press Release Execution of the GPAs is a key milestone in the transformation of the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) into a third-party gas tolling facility last_img read more

Qatar set for ‘boom’ in new gas investments after hosting FIFA World Cup in 2022


first_imgMuch of the nation’s attention over the past decade has been focused on preparations for hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022 – but gas investments could be set to take centre stage beyond next year Increase in upcoming gas investments to be similar to early 2000s boomGlobalData noted that Qatar’s projects market in the 2020s will have “many similarities” to the boom experienced in the opening decade of the 2000s and it said the similarity “goes beyond LNG”.Another reminder came at the end of last year when Doha was selected to host the Asian Games in 2030. The Qatari capital hosted the games for the first time in 2006 and a range of major sporting and hospitality projects were completed ahead of the event.Doha is also implementing a new tourism strategy that it hopes will turn the one-off economic and political capital boost of the World Cup into a long-term driver of sports, business and leisure tourism.Thompson said: “This time around, Qatar’s gas projects come in parallel to the Qatar National Vision 2030, Doha’s long-term strategy to transition away from energy, diversify economically and attract investment.”The plan includes the vigorous pursuit of investment in research and development in the hope of stimulating the formation of a broader knowledge economy, according to GlobalData.Doha is stepping up its efforts to draw investment through public-private partnership (PPP) schemes and issued a new PPP law in May 2020.The city has also been making progressive reforms with respect to worker welfare and its Kafala system, which monitors migrant labourers and is deemed necessary for Qatar’s future economy. GlobalData noted that Qatar’s projects market in the 2020s will have “many similarities” to the boom experienced in the opening decade of the 2000s (Credit: Shutterstock/Gimas) Qatar could be set for a “boom” in new gas investments across the coming years, says an industry analyst.This comes after much of the nation’s attention over the past decade has been focused on preparations for hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022, with a range of key infrastructures – such as stadiums, airports, metro lines, and leisure and hospitality facilities – being developed in recent years.Analysis by data and analytics firm GlobalData claims the recent agreement signed between state-owned Qatar Petroleum, Singapore-based LNT Marine, the American Bureau of Shipping and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding for LNG carrier designs is the “latest sign of a new surge in gas investment” that is set to shape the small Gulf state after the World Cup next year.center_img World Cup underpinned about $13.6bn a year of project contract awards in Qatar over past decadeThe World Cup has underpinned about $13.6bn a year of project contract awards in Qatar over the past 10 years, with the peak years coming in 2014 and 2015 when award levels increased to about $20.9bn and $17.4bn. Since 2015, however, awards have slowed, and questions have arisen about what comes after the World Cup.Richard Thompson, editorial director of GlobalData’s MEED, said: “Part of the answer came on 8 February 2021, when Qatargas awarded a $13bn contract for the main package of the first phase of its North Field Expansion megaproject to a consortium of Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation and France-based Technip Energies.“It is the biggest single EPC contract ever awarded in the region, and is redolent of the early 2000s when investments to develop six large LNG trains propelled Qatar to become the world’s biggest gas exporter.”last_img read more

Marathon magic


first_imgThe Negotiator’s Grant Leonard ran the London Marathon on 26 April, in aid of Crisis, the charity which aims to end homelessness. He was part of a team of over 30 runners who between them raised £80,000, smashing their target for donations for Crisis.Grant’s fund has topped £3,000, but is still open for donations at:uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GrantLeonardIf you would like to contribute, we’ll give you a namecheck and thank you in the next issue of The Negotiator. Grant’s effort was supported by many in the agency industry, such as Countrywide Residential Lettings, CPBigwood, Thomas Property Group, Ravensworth Print, Let Alliance, Pensord Press, Glide, The Inhouse Way, Homeflow and LWPR, Intermedia Brand Marketing, OnBoard Pro – as well as his family and friends, of course.It was Grant’s first attempt at a marathon and he finished in 3hr 49m, which was 10,638th out of 37,540 finishers! “A massive ‘thank you’ to those in the property industry who supported me in this – and of course, my friends and family,” said Grant. “It’s a crazy thing to put yourself through, and it was one of the most rewarding, exciting – and physically difficult days of my life. And for me, that’s it – a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience… maybe!”London Marathon 2015 Grant Leonard charity run Crisis May 1, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marathon magic previous nextMarathon magicIt’s all over bar the stiff legs and blisters. A big thanks to those who supported The Negotiator’s London Marathon effort – over £3,000 raised for the charity Crisis.PROPERTYdrum1st May 20150564 Viewslast_img read more

Property portals heavily criticised for allowing ‘No DSS’ rental listings


first_imgHome » News » Property portals heavily criticised for allowing ‘No DSS’ rental listings previous nextRegulation & LawProperty portals heavily criticised for allowing ‘No DSS’ rental listingsResearch by Shelter and the National Housing Federation used Zoopla listings to discover that 10% of them featured ‘discriminatory’ requirements.Nigel Lewis8th November 201801,585 Views An example of the kind of adverts targeted by the NHF/Shelter is this flat for rent above an estate agency in Birmingham, a one-bedroom apartment apparently above its own branch. The UK’s leading property portals are facilitating the potentially illegal advertising of homes to rent by allowing letting agents to stipulate ‘no DSS’ or ‘no benefits’ within their listings.This claim is made today jointly by charity Shelter and the National Housing Federation (NHF), which says that one in ten rental properties advertised on Zoopla are explicitly discriminating against people who rely on housing benefit.The joint report looked at 86,000 listings on Zoopla and found that 8,710 excluded those by specifying ‘no DSS or ‘no housing benefit’ applicants.The NHF claims there are 1.4 million people in the UK who receive benefits but cannot access social housing and turn to the private sector to rent a home.Because women and those with disabilities are over represented within this group, excluding them as rental applicants is “likely to violate the 2010 Equality Act”, the NHF says.Property portalsShelter and the NHF used Zoopla’s listings to make their point, but say they found many other discriminatory adverts on other major portals and larger agencies’ websites including Rightmove, SpareRoom.com and OpenRent.“Zoopla supports the recommendations of the National Landlords Association and the Residents Landlords Association, which have advocated that landlords do not impose blanket bans against tenants on benefits,” says a Zoopla spokesperson.“Zoopla is aware of a small number of rental listings on its websites that fit into this category and Zoopla will write to all of its member agents to recommend that they follow the NLA and RLA guidance.”Some areas of the UK are worse than others, the NHF/Shelter report highlights. North Cumbria has the highest proportion of adverts that say ‘No DSS’ at 59% while neighbour West Cumbria has 38% and Gloucester 35%.“This research shows that blatant discrimination against people on housing benefit is widespread. Landlords and letting agents are pushing people towards homelessness and could be breaking equality law.” Says Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the NHF (left).“It is beyond me why property portals are permitting these adverts. They’re sending the message that they’re ok discriminating against someone, simply because they’re on benefits. This has to change.”The Negotiator also approached Rightmove for comment but at time of publishing, only received a response from Zoopla. OpenRent declined to comment.NO DSS Rightmove openrent benefit claimants SpareRoom Zoopla November 8, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more