Shell in the UK

Our upstream business has been finding and producing oil and gas in the North Sea for more than 30 years. Our downstream business provides fuels, lubricants and chemical products to millions of customers across the UK every week.

Our upstream business

Shell has been a leading player in the North Sea for over 50 years, and now produces oil and gas from more than 65 interests in the North Sea, operating 33 offshore installations and two FPSO’s (Floating Production Storage and Offtake vessel) one operated and one operated on our behalf. We produce around 13% of the UK's oil and gas. Onshore we own and operate pipeline systems and terminals that are responsible for delivering more than 20% of the UK's gas supply.

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Our downstream business – customer at a service station

Our downstream business

Shell has a major downstream business in the UK, supplying fuel and lubricants to businesses and motorists, and the aviation and shipping industries. Across the country more than 1,000 Shell-branded service stations serve over four million customers every week. We also supply major UK airports with fuel for about 600 aircraft each day.

Shell Chemicals is one of the world’s largest petrochemical operations, and has operated in the UK for more than 80 years. Ethylene from our North Sea gas production is used by companies in the UK and Europe as the building blocks for everyday products, from plastic bags and bubble bath to car parts.

Our UK trading business trades crude oil, refined products, natural gas, electrical power, chemical feedstocks and environmental products, such as CO2 allowances.

Projects & Technology

Our projects and technology organisation has teams based in Aberdeen and London. They manage the delivery of our major projects around the world from developing gas to liquids plants to deep water exploration.

They also work to develop the new technology we will need to meet the world’s growing energy needs.

Shell worldwide

Shell worldwide

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies.

Upstream, Integrated Gas and New Energies, Downstream, and Projects & Technology.

In Upstream we focus on exploration for new liquids and natural gas reserves and on developing major new projects where our technology and know-how add value for resource holders.

In Integrated Gas and New Energies, we focus on liquefying natural gas (LNG) and converting gas to liquids (GTL) so that it can be safely stored and shipped to markets around the world. The New Energies business has been established to explore and invest in new low-carbon opportunities.

Our Unconventional Resources organisation is responsible for activities in heavy oil and oil and gas shales in North America.

In Downstream, we focus on turning crude oil into a range of refined products, which are moved and marketed around the world for domestic, industrial and transport use. In addition, we produce and sell petrochemicals for industrial use worldwide.

Our Projects & Technology business is responsible for delivering new development projects and the research and development that leads to innovative and low-cost investments for the future.

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