Iconic projects at a glance

Tuen Mu-Chek Lap Kok,Hong Kong

Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok, undersea tunnel in Hong Kong
Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok, undersea tunnel in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong’s New Territories, our team supplied the bitumen for the undersea tunnel that was a key part of this major road project linking the city to an artificial peninsula where the region’s biggest international airport is located.

M25 motorway, London

M25 motorway, London
M25 motorway, London

The M25 is London’s main motorway ring road, serving thousands of motorists every day. Spanning five counties, it’s a major commuter artery and requires regular, ongoing maintenance. Shell has been a key partner helping to keep this vital road moving for over 30 years.

New Brighton Project, UK

New Brighton Project, United Kingdom
New Brighton Project, United Kingdom

Part of our efforts to improve roads involve road safety and urban architecture. A good example of this is when we were involved in renovating a 9 kilometre stretch of seafront in Wirral, England. In total, 800 tonnes of coloured asphalt supplied by Tarmac incorporating Mexphalte C LT binder, was used to cover the promenade. A sandy finish designed to emulate the colours of the New Brighton coastline, gave it both durability and visual appeal.

The Rion-Antiron Bridge,Greece

The Rion-Antiron Bridge, Greece
The Rion-Antiron Bridge, Greece

This bridge is one of modern day's most complex civil engineering projects. At 2,252m it’s the longest stayed-girder bridge in the world, exceeding even the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Shell Cariphalte© was chosen to cover the surface of the bridge and the two viaducts because of its resistance to rutting cracking, stripping and ageing.

Church of Plonéour-Lanvern

Church of Plonéour-Lanvern, France
Church of Plonéour-Lanvern, France

This unique project saw Shell Bitumen help to resurface the central aisle of a church in France, in keeping with the traditional look and feel of the building. By combining our Mexphalte C© LT binder with sand and gravel from the quarry of Le Goasq in Scringnac, it was possible to achieve greater creativity in terms of the aisle’s colour compared to its previous surface.

Latschau Reservoir, Austria

Latschau Reservoir, Austria
Latschau Reservoir, Austria

The Latschau reservoir is part of a hydroelectric power hub providing sustainable power to western Austria. During restoration works in 2017 to prolong the life of the reservoir, Shell helped reseal the basin. We provided over 1,150 tonnes of our RC 70/100 binder to help repave around 60,000 square meters of surface area. Due to the high-mountain location and need for the facility to have a long lifespan, testing and planning for the project was intensive. The RC binder achieved good results in a laboratory environment, offering the high permeability needed during installation, and was used alongside a thick, sealing layer that provides vital protection from water leakage.

Cologne Ring Road, Germany

Cologne Ring Road, Germany
Cologne Ring Road, Germany

The Cologne ring road system is an endurance test dreaded by motorists due to the heavy traffic it carries every day. To ease traffic, local authorities decided to widen the six-lane motorway to eight lanes. The technical focus lay mainly on the asphalt which covers around 100,000 square metres of road surface bearing the brunt of heavy goods vehicles. Alongside high stability the asphalt also needed to comply with stringent noise-control requirements to protect the residential areas bordering the motorway. Shell Bitumen provided Cariphalte OPA to enable an asphalt to be produced with a significant five-decibel noise reduction.

Dinorwig Power Station

Dinorwig Power Station, North Wales
Dinorwig Power Station, North Wales

Hidden deep inside the Elidir Fawr mountain to preserve the beauty of Snowdonia National Park above it, lies the Dinorwig Power Station. Known as Electric Mountain, Dinorwig Power Station supplies sustainable hydroelectric energy to the National Grid. Shell’s Tixophalte plays a big role in helping to seal the 620-metre long Marchlyn Mawr dam, which forms the upper reservoir of the facility. An impressive 16 kilometres of tunnels and caverns run through the mountain, servicing the facility, and waterproofing is a key element that keeps the station running.

Sepang International Circuit

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit is the venue for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race, Formula One and a host of other major motorsport events. We have been supplying Shell Cariphalte Racetrack to Sepang for a number of years, ensuring a reliable supply of highly workable bitumen that meets the needs of motorsport circuit. The racetrack was resurfaced in 2016 and a more advanced bitumen solution was vital for longevity in view of the high temperatures and humidity.

UK & Europe

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UK & Europe
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Saint Nazaire Airport, France

To enable Saint Nazaire to welcome the Beluga XL, the world’s largest cargo plane, we provided hard grade 20/30 bitumen to resurface the airport’s runway, supplied from our depot in nearby Nantes.

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Silverstone Circuit, UK

On a racetrack like Silverstone the surface experiences extremely high stress, particularly in the corners where there's a lateral force. We resurfaced Silverstone with a tailormade binder for the conditions to prevent stone from ‘chipping out’, ensuring a quicker, grippier track.

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Zandvoort, The Netherlands

Certain challenges arose during the renovation of this popular track. The track was scheduled to be paved in February, when it was still cold and windy. Our special bitumen solution helped improve the workability of the asphalt during installation and was formulated to withstand the demands of the local weather conditions.

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CEREMA Project, France

In 2019, Shell Bitumen FreshAir© was chosen as a winner of the Roads Innovation Project organised by CEREMA (Center for Studies & Expertise on Risks, the Environment, Mobility & Planning) and MTES (The Ministry of Ecology & Environment). Each year, this project selects the industry’s most innovative road solutions. 

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South East Asia

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South East Asia
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Trans Sumatra toll road, Sumatra

In partnership with Indonesia’s state-owned contractor PT Hakaaston, our team was chosen to supply bitumen for the 2,048 kilometre long Trans-Sumatra toll road. This US$208 billion project is a strategically important link that will connect the Southern and Northern tips of Eastern Sumatra Island.

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Bayan Mining Road, Indonesia

In East Kalimantan in Indonesia, we’re demonstrating how PG76 is the ideal bitumen product for the heavy traffic and high temperatures of the region’s mining road project. It’s currently being tested on a 30- kilometre stretch with a view to using it on the next 100 kilometres that needs re-paving.

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Phuket Airport, Thailand

At Phuket’s busy airport, taxiway construction had to happen with extremely quick turnaround times. By developing a tailormade low temperature bitumen – a first product of its type to be used in the Asia region – we were able to complete resurfacing work within 6 hours

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Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand

With maximum average surface temperatures of 72°C on its runways, Suvarnabhumi Airport asked Shell Bitumen to help develop a new specification of binders that could withstand the hot and humid conditions. We used the SUPERPAVE approach to create a surface that will be used on future maintenance at the airport.

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Hong Kong & China

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Hong Kong & China
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Nansha Bridge, China

The 12.89 km bridge with a two way eight-lane design is designed to handle 100,000 vehicles per day and has a design speed of 100km/per hour with a designed service life of 100 years. Shell was appointed as the exclusive bitumen supplier for this project to overcome the challenge of instantaneous high-density traffic putting extreme demands on the road quality.

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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZM)

Shell Bitumen was selected as the exclusive supplier of specialised bitumen for the main bridge deck of the HKZM bridge, the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge. Our solutions and expertise were key to satisfying the bridge design, which has to tackle extreme conditions such as high temperatures, high winds, high salt content in the air and heavy traffic loads.

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Jing-Jin-Tang Expressway, China

This expressway is China’s first modern Express Highway that was built according to international standards and has slashed driving time from Beijing to Tianjin to around one hour, thus creating a corridor between Beijing and Tianjin.

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An evolving region

Shell has supplied high-quality products to many well-known projects across Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, helping support the region’s economic and infrastructure growth over the last few years. Watch this video which shows some of the projects that have transformed transport networks in these markets, and also celebrates Shell Bitumen’s 100th anniversary.

Shell Bitumen is making connections

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge was one of our most iconic projects to date – find out how Shell Bitumen helped deliver it. 

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