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The US Geological Survey estimates that the Arctic holds around 30% of the world’s undiscovered natural gas, as well as 13% of its oil and 22% of its natural gas liquids also yet to be found. This amounts to around 400 billion barrels of oil equivalent, 10 times the total oil and gas produced in the North Sea to date.

Developing Arctic resources could be essential to securing energy supplies for the future, but it will mean balancing economic, environmental and social challenges.

Taking great care in the Arctic

Building on 50 years’ experience of operating in extreme Arctic and subarctic conditions.

Arctic exploration and production

Taking a responsible approach to unlocking new energy resources.

Oil spill prevention and response

Preventing incidents that could lead to oil spills is our priority.

Protecting biodiversity

Working with scientists to better understand the Arctic’s ecosystem and limit the possible impact of our operations.

Working with local communities

Learning from indigenous communities and bringing opportunity to the region.

Arctic technology

Multi-layered well control systems, dedicated response vessels and reinforced platforms are some of the technologies we have developed to help meet challenging Arctic conditions.

Arctic science

Decades of Arctic research help us consider how oil and gas activity can co-exist with a subsistence culture and local communities.

Softening the sound of drilling – with bubbles

Curtains of air bubbles could help dampen the sound of drilling in Arctic waters and avoid disturbing whales.

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Oil and gas in the Arctic


Shell’s Ann Pickard discussed how to responsibly address challenges from new frontiers at the WPC Leadership Conference on Responsibility, Cooperation and Sustainability.