Shell has been exploring for, and producing, oil and gas for more than a century, using the most innovative technologies available. The company is meeting the challenge of growing energy demand by discovering new hydrocarbon resources that can be produced economically, efficiently and safely.
While Shell believes that oil and gas will be integral to the global energy needs for economic development for many decades to come, the company is also involved in the development of renewable energy sources as an alternative to fossil fuels. These include solar energy and second generation biofuels.
In Ireland, Shell is the lead operator in the Corrib Gas Project. The Corrib field is located 83 km off the coast of County Mayo has the potential to supply up to 60% of the country’s gas needs at peak production.
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Many industries are founded on chemistry and this lesson describes how chemistry underpins many processes. The concept of the chemical formula is examined and the terms ‘chemical formula’ and ‘structural formula’ are differentiated.
This lesson looks at some aspects of hydrocarbon exploration. It describes how hydrocarbons take the form of oil and gas, the conditions under which they become trapped in subsurface formations, and the use of reflection seismology and other technological developments in their discovery.
Biofuels offer an attractive alternative to traditional fossil fuels. This is important as the number of cars on the road will triple by the year 2050. This lesson describes the production of ethanol from sugar cane and its use in flexible-fuel vehicles. It discusses some other ways of conserving fuel usage as promoted by the Shell Smarter Mobility programme.
Oil and gas sources are often extremely hard to access. In this lesson some technological solutions to this problem are described. These include the Snake Well, the use of sensors, fibre optics, innovative pipeline seals and the use of fish proteins to prevent freezing.
Fossil fuels are still available but will eventually run out. For many reasons alternative energy sources will be required to meet the future needs of a larger and more developed global population.
In an energy-hungry world it is becoming ever more important to develop alternative energy sources to gradually replace fossil fuels where possible. At present less than 2% of global energy is derived from alternative energy sources.
A blend of bio-esters and diesel fuel is known as bio-diesel and at 5% concentration it can be used in conventional diesel engines without modification.
This lesson describes the engineering and technology required to bring gas from offshore wells to an onshore reception depot. The electrical and hydraulic control systems are outlined.
The term ‘carbon capture’ refers to processes in which CO2 is captured at source with a view to storing it permanently, typically underground. Anthropogenic CO2 comes mainly from fuel combustion and so research in this area has focused on capturing CO2 before, during or after the main combustion process.