Shell at a glance

Shell in the UK

A leading UK business 

Shell is a major energy producer and supplier. We provide approximately 10% of the UK's total oil and gas production. We also make a vital contribution to the UK’s energy security by delivering energy into the UK from further afield. The natural gas we extract from Norway’s Ormen Lange field, for example, meets up to 20% of the UK’s total needs.

As well as delivering energy and providing products and services we make a significant contribution to the UK through employment, tax revenues and investment.

Producing oil and gas 

Shell produces oil and gas from more than 50 interests in North Sea Fields, 30 North Sea platforms and 2 FPSO’s – one operated and one operated on our behalf. We operate three onshore gas plants and a marine terminal that distributes natural gas liquids around the world.

Fuelling the nation

Shell has a major business in the UK distributing and retailing fuels, lubricants, bitumen and chemicals. Our network of petrol stations in the country serves more than four million customers every week and our aviation business fuels 600 flights every day. Shell makes a fuel delivery somewhere in the UK roughly every two minutes.

Securing the skills we need

The UK is one of the biggest sources of the skilled people that we need to help us meet the world’s growing energy demand.

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Shell worldwide

Shell worldwide

Royal Dutch Shell was formed in 1907, although our history dates back to the early 19th century, to a small shop in London where the Samuel family sold sea shells.

Today, Shell is one of the world’s major energy companies, employing an average of 93,000 people and operating in more than 70 countries. Our headquarters are in The Hague, the Netherlands, and our Chief Executive Officer is Ben van Beurden. The parent company of the Shell group is Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales.

Our strategy seeks to reinforce our position as a leader in the oil and gas industry, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. Safety and environmental and social responsibility are at the heart of our activities.

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Our purpose

We believe that oil and gas will remain a vital part of the global energy mix for many decades to come. Our role is to ensure that we extract and deliver these energy resources profitably and in environmentally and socially responsible ways.

We aim to work closely with our customers, our partners and policymakers to advance a more efficient and sustainable use of energy and natural resources.

Our people

Our people work together on some of the most innovative and exciting energy projects in the world. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better solutions.

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Professional training, development programmes and ongoing support mean that our people are given every opportunity to reach their potential. And our leadership programmes enable talented individuals to become the energy industry leaders of tomorrow.

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Shell at a glance in 2015

70+ countries we operate in

93,000 employees on average

22.6 million tonnes of equity LNG sold during the year

23 refineries we have interests in

3.0 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce every day

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Financial performance in 2015

Revenue: $265.0 billion

Income: $2.2 billion

Capital investment: $28.9 billion

Investment in research and development: $1.1 billion

Fast facts for sustainable development (2014)

$14 billion spent in lower income countries

1,074 assessments of suppliers against the Shell Supplier Principles

$160 million spent on voluntary social investment worldwide

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