Work started on this newest expansion in late 2011 and commercial operation will be fully up and running by the end of 2013. It becomes the largest, current plant in Shell’s China network, with a doubled capacity of 400 million litres per annum.

Zhapu is a strategic location for Shell due to its proximity to the industrial heart of the country in Central China. The location also offers a mature infrastructure which gives Shell better access to key customers including Original Equipment Manufacturers based in the region. The expansion will enable delivery further inland to customers.

Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President of Shell Global Commercial, attended the opening and stated, “This is another milestone in Shell’s business development in China and the latest evidence of our commitment to China, most especially in the Zhejiang province. We are grateful to all our staff and business partners along with local government that have made this expansion possible. We look forward to working together further to the benefit of the region.”  

Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Chairman of Shell Companies in China, also in attendance said: “We are excited about our upgraded lubricants capacity in China. It enables us to serve our Chinese customers better and faster.”

The new expansion is in fact an add-on plant, built on the newly acquired land adjacent to the existing plant. It is designed as a highly efficient plant, able to handle high volume of products. The existing plant will be used to manage a broader portfolio and smaller production batches. The plant has one of the fastest fully automatic filling lines of all Shell Lubricants plants globally.

This is the first Lubricants plant in Shell China where In-Line Blending technology has been incorporated into the plant design. This is a simultaneous blending technology with automated control systems. In a  time where the demand in China for larger, including bulk orders, is on the rise, on-time and reliable delivery becomes crucial. This technology facilitates the fast and accurate blending of larger volumes of lubricants.

This announcement follows on the heels of a series other recent investments. In January 2013, we opened our 18th and largest global grease plant in Zhuhai. Here we manufacture a range of greases used in passenger cars and industrial bearing lubrication. Shell announced in August 2012 its plans to build a second lubricants blending plant in Tianjin, focused on supplying the North of the country.


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Shell Lubricants in China

  • Shell has become one of the leading international lubricant companies in China by focusing on technology, quality products, its supply chain, distribution /channel management, operational excellence, manufacturing, management, leadership, and customer service. We have achieved double digit percentage growth year-on-year in China.  We are present in more than 200 cities across China; we have over 200 dealers, tens of thousands of transactional customers and millions of customers.
  • In 2006, Shell acquired a 75% share in Beijing Tongyi Petrochemical Company Ltd and Xianyang Tongyi. Since then, the joint venture has seen organic growth, achieving strong business results in recent years. 
  • Our consumer lubricants brands are Shell Helix and Shell Rimula (diesel lubricant). These rank number one in both brand awareness and preference and are the lubricants of choice for a large number of OEMs in China. Some of our most popular industrial lubricants brands are: Shell Tellus (hydraulic oil), Shell Gadus (lubricating grease), Shell Omala (gear lubricant), and Shell Spirax (transmission oil).
  • The supply chain is the part of Shell Lubricants’ business responsible for planning, production and delivery of products to Shell customers and distributor partners. It is the bedrock of the business and is critical to the security of product supply and assurance of superior product quality. Shell currently has 6 lubricant blending plants in mainland China in: Zhapu, Wuxhi, Tianjin, Xianyang, Tsing Yi and Beijing. Shell also has blending plants in Hong Kong and Taiwan and a grease manufacturing plant in Hong Kong.  
  • Shell’s first Lubricants Technical Service Centre is located in Zhuhai. There is an ongoing need for more technical research and service capacity in China hence the decision to build a new and bigger centre in Shanghai, a key location close to many of our Chinese customers. This centre will open in 2014.


  • Shell's story in China dates back to more than one century ago.  All of Shell’s core businesses are now represented in China and our head office in China is in Beijing: Upstream (oil and gas exploration and liquified natural gas), Downstream (Oil Products and Chemicals) and our Projects and Technology organisation (Shell Global Solutions and Coal Gasification).
  • Shell in China is one of the largest foreign investors in China. Our Downstream business in China has 15 joint ventures and 8 wholly-owned companies. The various Shell ventures, in addition to the Lubricants business, cover about 1,000 Retail fuel stations, 5 Bitumen plants, and the Nanhai Petrochemicals complex.
  • With PetroChina, Shell operates the onshore Changbei tight-gas field.  The two parties have also agreed to appraise, develop and produce tight gas in the Jinqiu block in central Sichuan province. Also in Sichuan, Shell and PetroChina are assessing shale gas opportunities in the Fushun-Yongchuan block. The two parties are also evaluating coalbed methane acreage in the Ordos Basin and are currently drilling wells and acquiring seismic data. 
  • In August 2013 Shell signed an offshore oil and gas Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with CNOOC in the Yinggehai Basin west of the Hainan Island, China. This followed on signed of two PSCs with CNOOC for the 62/02 and 62/17 Yinggehai blocks in 2012 which marked Shell’s return to offshore exploration in China. It was also an opportunity to work with CNOOC again on a major project after the successful Nanhai petrochemicals joint venture in Guangdong province.

About shell Lubricants

The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus and Shell Rimula.  We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in eight plants, blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 50 plants, distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries.

We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range.  These include: Shell LubeMatch –the market leading product on-line recommendation tool, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools, and Shell LubeAnalyst - an early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure.

Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers.  Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have leading lubricants research centres in Germany, Japan (in a joint venture with Showa Shell), the UK and the USA.  We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development.

Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.

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