Beneath the world’s oceans – in waters ranging from a few hundred to several thousand metres deep – lie vast supplies of oil and natural gas which have the potential to boost economic growth and play a vital role in the future energy mix.
Freezing temperatures, immense water pressure and pitch darkness all make producing oil and gas from deep water a major technical challenge. We have pushed the boundaries of what is possible and safely achievable to unlock these resources the world needs.
Shell has decades of experience in developing and operating deep-water projects, with more than 20 major projects active today, and significant new projects under development. Our deep-water activities extend from the Gulf of Mexico to the China Sea, from the Norwegian continental shelf to the waters off Nigeria’s coast.
We work with people living closest to our operations and benefit communities onshore. Our projects award contracts to local suppliers and stimulate the growth of support industries, such as boats and materials. In Brazil and Nigeria, for example, we helped create the first generation of national oil and gas engineers. In Malaysia we support a training scheme, together with local authorities, to qualify much-needed welders for the oil and gas industry.