Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd. has finished much of the groundwork to build a substantial operation in the former Soviet Union (FSU) and central and eastern Europe. The company has set up operating companies or representative offices. It is building sales and trades for a wide range of products and is in the early stages of a number of exploration and development projects. Shell was operating in the FSU and eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Shell Transport & Trading Co. was formed in 1897 after Marcus Samuel won an exclusive deal to export Azerbaijani kerosine to the Far East via the newly opened Suez Canal. ...

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