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Shell and natural gas
Today, more than ever, energy powers human civilisation. At the same time, the world needs to mitigate the threat of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. An affordable, environmentally acceptable and technically proven option to power and sustain people’s lives is to increase the world’s reliance on natural gas, the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.
For most countries, using more gas in power generation can make the largest, fastest and most affordable contribution to meeting short-term emission-reduction targets. Natural gas will play an increasingly significant role in reducing CO2 emissions in the coming decades if combined with renewable energy and carbon capture and storage technology (CCS). But both of these will take time to achieve widespread use.
As technology advances, so does the ability of energy companies to unlock the world’s gas resources. Technically available gas resources equal 250 years of current production, according to the IEA.
Leading the way
Natural gas is abundant, acceptable and affordable. At Shell we believe that it is an important component of a sustainable global energy mix.
We are helping to meet the world’s growing energy demand while limiting CO2 emissions by delivering more cleaner burning natural gas. Shell is one of the world’s largest suppliers of natural gas.
We are also pioneering new techniques to help tap difficult-to-reach natural gas deposits.
These include unlocking natural gas trapped tightly in rock pores, producing gas in harsh sub-Arctic conditions, and cooling gas at sea to turn it into liquid for shipment by carriers.
We develop groundbreaking technology that transforms natural gas into valuable liquid products. A good example is Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant, located in Qatar.
We also announced in 2011 our investment decision for Prelude FLNG, a floating liquefied natural gas facility to be located off the coast of Australia. This would be the first of its kind in the world.