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Shell worker in front of equipment in Alaska

The oil and natural gas locked beneath the seas in offshore Alaska has the potential to help meet increased global energy demand into the future. 

Shell in Alaska

We believe the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf has significant untapped potential and will play an increasingly important role in meeting the energy challenge in the future.

We have a long history in Alaska, dating back to 1918. Shell was one of the most prominent explorers in all of the frontier basins of Alaska, as well as being an operator and major producer in Cook Inlet. We are responsible for safely drilling many of the wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in the 1980s.

The National Petroleum Council (NPC) released a 2015 study about prudent development titled Arctic Potential: Realizing the Promise of U.S. Arctic Oil and Gas Resources. The study – co-authored by a diverse group of government regulators, Alaska Native representatives, scientists, industry members and NGOs – found that the Arctic has large oil and gas potential that can provide national, economic and energy security benefits. Learn more about some of the key findings.

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