Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, which we recover with advanced technologies from resources beneath the earth’s surface – from rock pores to reservoirs – on land and under water.

Natural gas will be a vital part of the sustainable global energy mix, helping to back up renewable energy sources. At the same time, the world needs to respond to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2), and capturing CO2 from industry and power plants for safe storage underground.

Shipping super-cooled energy

We bring natural gas to many towns and cities around the world that – unlike the UK – are located far from gas fields. To do this, we cool natural gas to -162° Celsius, shrinking its volume 600 times to form a liquid for easier, safer storage and shipment. Once the liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrives at its destination, we turn it back into gas for piping to homes and businesses.

Natural gas also has the potential to help meet the growing global demand for transport. Converted into different forms, it can fuel ships, trucks, buses and trains. We are helping to power more vehicles using LNG.

A revolution offshore

We are building the world’s largest offshore floating facility, able to recover natural gas at sea and turn it into LNG for storage and shipment. Called Prelude FLNG, it will operate off the coast of Australia, producing enough LNG to more than satisfy the annual natural gas needs of a city the size of Hong Kong.

Moving production and processing out to sea is a major innovation that brings huge new energy resources within reach. It also helps to avoid the potential environmental impact of constructing and operating a plant on land, including laying pipelines to shore and building other infrastructure.

Find out more about Prelude FLNG on our global website

Natural gas for power

Modern gas-fired power plants emit around half the CO2 of modern coal plants, from the extraction of the fuel to the generation of electricity. For most countries, using more gas in power generation can make the largest, fastest and most affordable contribution to meeting short-term emission-reduction targets.

High-quality liquid products

In Qatar, which has the world’s largest gas field, we have constructed a giant plant called Pearl GTL to turn natural gas into liquid products that would otherwise be made from oil. These include lubricants, transport fuel and the raw materials for chemicals and detergents.

In the UK, Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a lubricant containing a crystal-clear base oil made from natural gas, with virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil. It can help to extend engine life and reduce consumption among other benefits.