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Natural gas

We are finding ways to open up new resources of natural gas, the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.

High volumes of natural gas are trapped tightly in rock pores, as little as 100 times less the width of a human hair. Advanced technology is helping us to unlock the gas responsibly and boost energy security.

We have spent more than 35 years developing technology to convert gas into liquid products used for heating fuel, transport fuel and lubricants. In Qatar we built and now operate Pearl GTL, the world’s largest plant for turning natural gas into liquid products.

Prelude FLNG will turn gas to liquid at sea off the coast of Australia

Prelude FLNG will turn gas to liquid at sea off the coast of Australia

Many large natural gas fields are far from customers. Cooling gas to liquid at -162°C (-260°F) allows us to shrink its volume for easier shipment to customers. Shell is moving ahead to build the world’s first giant floating facility to turn gas to liquid at sea, Prelude FLNG.

Deep water

Hundreds of meters below the ocean’s surface, extreme pressure and freezing temperatures make gas and oil production a tough challenge. We have pushed the boundaries of what is technically possible and safely achievable to unlock these resources.

Photo by Duncan Cursiter, Shell Marine Contracts Holder UK

Photo by Duncan Cursiter, Shell Marine Contracts Holder UK

Arctic

Vast resources of oil and natural gas exist in the Arctic. These will be vital in helping to meet rising global energy demand. We have decades of experience of operating in Arctic and subarctic conditions. Our approach to developing these regions combines advanced technologies and extensive knowledge to help balance economic, environmental and social challenges.