A changing landscape
Bitumen forms on average 5% of the volume and 50% of the cost of a typical asphalt mixture and continues to be an important raw material, yet the bitumen supply landscape is changing fast and becoming ever more volatile. Almost all oil refineries used to produce bitumen, but the new generation of super complex refineries has the flexibility to stop bitumen production, depending on the availability of crude oil and the value returned by the end product.
As a result, a steady supply of bitumen can no longer be taken for granted. The operating environment is also changing significantly as project managers place longer-term contracts with tighter budgets, shorter operating windows and requirements for supply security.
Supply disruptions present a major challenge to maintaining operations and have the potential to cause significant delays. Supply disruption can be caused by product shortages or inconsistent quality and may result in cost overruns, penalties or even reputational damage to your organisation. With our global reach, extensive supply network, and stringent quality control procedures, our customers can rely on Shell to help mitigate these risks and provide solutions designed to help them achieve operational continuity.
Consistent product quality
Stringent quality control procedures are designed to ensure that the product does not leave our facilities unless the quality is assured to meet specifications. The processes we follow also make sure that batch variation is minimised which saves our customers valuable time and avoids costs linked to rework.
Managing your risk
Working with our customers and industry partners we have a range of customised solutions to meet your needs.
Long Term Supply Reliability:
Our global reach and end-to-end supply chain gives us the leverage to provide reliable supply to you for long periods of time, giving you confidence to commit to long-term projects in volatile supply environments. Shell can also offer flexible volume commitments, and pricing mechanisms to help you meet your project requirements.
Established logistical capability:
Our network of strategically located terminals all conform to Shell’s robust operational and quality processes with the aim of ensuring safe and interruption-free operations. Our dedicated operations team is able to provide a variety of options to suit your needs including:
- Long opening hours.
- Flexible logistics.
- Multimodal logistics.
Working closely with our customers, our in-house operations team strive to ensure that the right product arrives, on specification, at the right time, every time.