Shell believes that natural gas could form a bigger part of the transport energy mix as a lower-carbon fuel, alongside developments in vehicle efficiency, biofuels, hydrogen and electric mobility. 

What is LNG for transport?

Cooling natural gas to -162° Celsius (-260° Fahrenheit) turns it into a liquid and reduces its volume by 600 times. LNG is easy and economical to ship to where it is needed.

Shell is an LNG pioneer with more than 50 years of expertise. We are expanding the use of LNG as a transport fuel for trucks and ships with potential economic and environmental benefits compared to diesel and fuel oil. Other uses include in trains, the mining sector and industrial applications. We are also looking at ways to use LNG more in our own operations.

Inside LNG for transport

LNG for Marine

In Europe and North America, environmental regulations introduced in 2015 require shipping operators to reduce local emissions. LNG fuel, which is virtually free of sulphur and particulates, can help them meet these requirements.

LNG for Road

Used in trucks delivering goods, LNG has the potential to offer fuel cost savings when compared to conventional diesel. It can also reduce sulphur emissions, particulates and nitrogen oxides, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from production to use.

LNG in our operations

In 2018, Shell chartered four LNG dual-fuel Aframax crude oil tankers on a long-term basis. In Europe, we have signed a charter agreement for 15 dual-fuel inland barges to transport mineral oil products in northwest Europe, which will run mainly on LNG. The 110-metre-long barges will feature main engines built by Wärtsilä, running 95-98% on LNG fuel, and using diesel for ignition.

In the USA, we have chartered three LNG-powered offshore supply vessels equipped with dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines to support our drilling operations in the US Gulf of Mexico. The vessels meet the stringent requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation, making them the most environmentally-friendly offshore supply vessels in the region. 

On shore, we are using LNG to power more of our drilling rigs.

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