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Our Upstream business searches for and recovers crude oil and natural gas. It liquefies and transports natural gas, and operates the infrastructure needed to deliver both oil and natural gas to market. The Upstream business also extracts bitumen – an especially thick, heavy oil – from oil sands and converts it into synthetic crude oil. We are also developers of wind power as a means to generate electricity.

Our Upstream businesses are grouped into two organisational units: Upstream Americas, covering the Americas, and Upstream International, covering the rest of the world with major interests in Europe, Asia/Middle East/Russia, Australia/Oceania and Africa.


Our Downstream business manages Shell’s refining and marketing activities for oil products and chemicals. Refining includes manufacturing, supply and shipping of crude oil. Marketing sells a range of products, including fuels, lubricants, bitumen and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), for home, transport and industrial use. Chemicals produces and markets petrochemicals for industrial customers, including the raw materials for plastics, coatings and detergents.

The Downstream business also trades crude oil, oil products and petrochemicals – including supply to our own businesses – and markets gas and power. It provides shipping services by managing one of the world’s largest fleets of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers) and oil tankers. In addition, Downstream oversees Shell’s interests in alternative energy (excluding wind) and CO2 management.

Projects & Technology

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Our Projects & Technology organisation manages the delivery of major projects and drives research and innovation to develop new technologies. It provides technical services and technology capability in upstream and downstream activities. It is also responsible for providing leadership across Shell in the areas of safety & environment and contracting & procurement.

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