Shell iShale Drone Program

Innovating Safety – Shell Drone Program

Shell is developing multi-mission surveillance drones for its’ shales operations for greater efficiency and safety.  

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Move to develop Vaca Muerta Blocks

Shell initiates full-scale development of oil and gas extraction area with a potential to deliver over 70 kboe/d by the mid-2020’s.

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An Avitas Systems drone sits ready to fly into action in the Permian for Shell.

Shell, First In Flight

In late September, the FAA granted Avitas Systems, a GE venture, first approval to fly drones for civil use BVLOS with the assistance of radar in Loving County, Texas (USA). Shell2 is currently partnering with Avitas Systems to test BVLOS operations on its assets in the Permian.

Shell’s drone pilot in the Permian Basin.
Shell’s technology collaborations with Novi Labs LLC (“Novi”) promise to deliver smarter and more efficient wells in not too distant future.


Shell iShale® leverages recent advances in automation, digitalization and advanced analytics to increase production and decrease costs and safety risks.

Shell iShale®

Inside shales

Where We Operate

We are involved in seven shale projects in North America. We are also active in the Vaca Muerta shale play in Argentina.

How We Operate

We develop onshore natural gas projects with a long-term view that measures success in multiple dimensions: economic, social and environmental.


Shell’s iShaleTM leverages recent advances in automation, digitalization and advanced analytics to enhance well productivity.

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