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Powering our lives with natural gas

Powering our lives with natural gas

We are one of the world’s largest suppliers of natural gas and LNG. We are also pioneering new techniques to extract natural gas deposits, which are particularly difficult to reach.

Global demand for gas – which makes up more than half of our total production – is on the rise. By 2030, Shell expects it to increase by 60% from its 2010 level.  

Shell explores for, and produces, natural gas both on and offshore. Our projects range from converting natural gas into cleaner-burning fuels and other products at the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant, in Qatar, to developing the biggest floating LNG production facility in the world, which will be located off the coast of Australia.

What is natural gas and what is it used for?

Natural gas is the lowest-carbon hydrocarbon, odourless, colourless and non-toxic. It has a broad range of uses across the residential, transportation, industrial and commercial sectors. It heats and lights homes and businesses, and fuels ships, trucks, buses and trains when converted into different forms. It is also a critical part of many industrial processes, which produce everything from glass to clothing, and is an important raw material in many products from paints to plastics.

New in Natural Gas

Malampaya gets a lift

Malampaya gets a lift

Upstream Technology talks to Shell about the latest development phase of the Malampaya gas-to-power project in the Philippines, and its technical and logistical challenges.

Overcoming cost and carbon challenges (PDF, 377 KB) - opens in new window

Neil Gilmour

Neil Gilmour, Shell VP Integrated Gas, speaks to Gas Strategies about the need to implement innovation and the move to a low-carbon economy. Download the interview as a PDF file.

Prelude takes shape

Take a bird’s eye view of the largest offshore floating facility ever built, Shell Prelude FLNG

Watch a short film to get a bird’s eye view of the largest offshore floating facility ever built, Shell Prelude FLNG

Clearing the skies over Beijing

Air pollution in Beijing

China is taking steps to reduce air pollution by developing more renewable energy and building new gas-fired power plants.

LNG – Balancing domestic and export needs (PDF, 194 KB) - opens in new window

Maarten Wetselaar, World Gas Conference, Paris

Speech given by Maarten Wetselaar, Executive Vice President, Shell Integrated Gas, at the World Gas Conference, Paris, France on June 3 2015.

One industry, one voice

Maarten Wetselaar, Shell EVP for Integrated Gas

Maarten Wetselaar, Shell Executive Vice President for Integrated Gas, calls for gas sector companies to come together and speak with a united voice. Featured in the World Gas Conference edition of the Petroleum Economist.

Widespread carbon pricing is vital to tackling climate change

Widespread carbon pricing is vital to tackling climate change

Six energy CEOs, including Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, write to the FT about the role natural gas can play in addressing climate change, and the need for effective carbon pricing.

Unlocking new energy resources for Europe

Unlocking new energy resources for Europe

A new pipeline under the Norwegian Sea and the expansion of a gas processing plant will help boost supplies of energy for millions of people in the European Union.

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