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Working in partnerships
We work with governments, world-class academics and industry specialists in our quest to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. Our collaborations range from developing advanced fuels to improving data processing with the IT industry. Thanks to this approach, we bring in new ideas and share expertise to drive innovation forward.
Data processing and seeing more clearly underground:
Shell works closely with Intel on High Performance Computer technologies to help gather, process and visualise more detailed data. The partnership addresses current and future seismic data-processing challenges and informs Shell’s decisions related to technology and investment in new algorithms.
China National Petroleum
Drilling wells efficiently:
Together with China National Petroleum, we formed the Sirius Well Manufacturing Services venture to develop a highly automated well manufacturing system. It aims to reduce the environmental footprint of drilling and better manage logistics.
We work closely with Cyber Hawk, an aerial inspection and surveying company. It inspects locations using remotely operated aerial vehicles, common in the military. This helps improve safety, saves time and reduce risk in the occurrence that a refinery or chemical plant need to be shut down.
Monitoring oil and gas production with fibre optics:
We partner with aerospace company Qinetiq for fibre optics for sensing in tight gas fields and field monitoring. Fibre- optic sensing is compact, and can operate in a wide range of temperatures.
Dutch Polymer Institute
Boosting oil recovery:
Polymers can be used to create a water-based chemical solution that flushes oil out of a field’s reservoir rock, boosting production. We are working with the Dutch Polymer Institute to develop these water-soluble polymers.
The Institute for Sustainable Process Technology
Cleaning up natural gas:
Shell is working with the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology in the Netherlands on a project that uses membranes to separate natural gas from other impurities. This research will help us extract natural gas from so-called sour fields that are high in hydrogen sulphide.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Developing technologies for the future:
Our collaboration with MIT in the USA covers a broad array of technologies. These include next-generation applications in geophysical imaging, advanced visualisation, nanotechnology, bio-and molecule chemistry, electronics, structural engineering and computer modelling.
Advancing fuels and lubricants:
Storing carbon underground could serve as a significant long term capture of CO2 that comes from industrial sources and so help reduce the emissions contributing to global climate change. Therefore, together with Imperial College in the UK, Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Science and Technology Park, Shell has applied a decade of fundamental and applied research and development into cost effective, secure and permanent carbon storage in Qatar.
China University of Petroleum & Tsinghua University
Researching alternative technologies:
Shell works with the China University of Petroleum in the fields of geosciences, petroleum and chemical engineering and develops the technology to use biological materials as a future energy source. Tsinghua University in China collaborates with Shell with research into lubricants technology and CO2 storage.
Boosting oil and gas recovery:
Shell, Delft University in the Netherlands and the Integrated System Approach Petroleum Production (ISAPP) invest in joint research into oil and gas production technology. The research aims to increase the recovery of oil and gas by developing more intelligent, faster, flexible and cost-effective production systems.
Understanding more about energy:
Shell collaborates with Oxford University in the UK to understand fundamental relationships between the carbon cycle, past climate change and emerging energy resources such a shale gas.
Research institute collaborations
Research Institute for Petroleum Exploration and Development
Enhancing techniques in oil recovery:
Shell collaborates with China National Petroleum Corporation’s Research Institute for Petroleum Exploration and Development on Enhanced Oil Recovery, Unconventional Gas and Liquid Rich Shale.
Shanghai Advanced Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Cutting CO2 emissions:
Our strategic partnership with the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences focuses on joint research projects in “frontier science”. These include hybrid energy systems, carbon capture and storage and new materials and catalysts.
Developing sustainable biofuels:
In partnership with CatchBio we are researching new materials for the chemical and energy industries, based on renewable feedstocks.
City of Dawson Creek, Canada
Recycling waste water:
We have been partnering with the City of Dawson Creek in Canada since 2012 to recycle waste water which we then use at our Groundbirch project to make natural gas wells productive.
The Energy Technology Institute
Supporting climate change goals:
Shell is a member of the Energy Technology Institute, a UK-based partnership formed between global industries and UK Government. Together, we work to speed up the development and commercial use of secure, reliable and cost-effective low-carbon technologies. Currently, some of the technological focuses are on distributing energy, carbon capture and storage and bio energy