Helping to increase energy access
We work to help communities gain access to safe, reliable, affordable energy which can spur economic development and improve healthcare, education and livelihoods. We aim to support the development of a sustainable market for energy products and services, directly and indirectly creating enterprises and jobs.
We know there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to the complex global challenge of energy access. Shell’s approach is based on developing tailored solutions that are driven by local markets, needs and opportunities. We apply our core business skills and technical resources to play an active role in improving communities’ access to energy, particularly in regions where the need is great and we have a presence.
Since 2001, we have undertaken a number of energy access projects around the world totalling millions of dollars in investment. These projects include community lighting, power generation and small-scale grid infrastructure projects. In Nigeria, for example, Nigeria LNG Limited (Shell interest 25.6%) launched the Bonny Utility Company to provide safe, modern, reliable energy.
In Iraq, the joint venture Basrah Gas Company (Shell interest 44%) captures natural gas associated with oil production from three non-operated fields in the south of the country – gas which was previously flared. We supply the captured gas for power generation in the domestic market.
Switching on lights for one of the Philippines' oldest tribes
The Batak are one of the Philippines’ oldest indigenous peoples, living deep in the forest of Palawan island. At night, they have relied on light provided by burning wood wrapped in leaves. As part of our social investment programme, Shell Philippines, through the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, funded a micro-grid that uses hydropower and solar energy to bring electricity to their homes for the first time, helping to create new opportunities. Watch a film to find out more.