1890s

Sabic Bunkering Teesside

Shipping

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Oil tankers safe enough for the Suez Canal

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Conceptual design for new LNG carriers

1900s

Automated drilling machine

Wells

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Core sampling and analysis

Today:

Automated drilling

1910s

Man robotics testing new catalyst

Refining

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Extraction of aromatics from kerosene

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High-throughput robotic testing of new catalysts

1920s

workers working in GTL station

Gas-to-liquids (GTL)

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Conversion of synthesis gas into liquids

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Pearl – the largest GTL plant in the world

1930s

Shell V-Power signage

Fuels and lubricants

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High-octane aviation fuels

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V-Power fuel & PurePlus  technology in motor oils

1940s

Woman in white lab coat wearing protective glasses

Petrochemicals

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Catalytic hydration of  ethylene to ethanol

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OMEGA process for  ethylene glycol manufacture

1950s

Floating oil facility in sea

Offshore Engineering

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Submersible drilling rig in the Gulf  of Mexico (12 metres depth)

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Floating facility in the Gulf  of Mexico (2,900 metres depth)

1960s

Worker walking up ramp of LNG facility

Liquefied natural gas (LNG)

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Commercialisation of LNG technology

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Prelude floating LNG facility

1970s

Plant showing ASU & UTL units

Enhanced recovery

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Surfactant for enhanced  recovery of oil

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Nitrogen for enhanced  recovery of gas

1980s

Financial statistics graphs on a screen

Seismic imaging

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Data rendered in 3D

Today:

Data rendered in time-lapse 3D

1990s