Shell has a number of major natural gas projects around the world. For example, the Shell-operated Ormen Lange development (Shell interest 17%) off the coast of Norway is one of the world’s most complex gas projects. It sends gas by pipeline directly from the seabed 120 km to an onshore processing plant. The gas is then piped across the North Sea to the UK through the world’s longest offshore gas pipeline. Ormen Lange supplies around 20% of the UK’s gas needs.
The Shell-operated Corrib project (Shell interest 45%) in north-west Ireland will produce natural gas from wells over 80 km off the coast. Gas from Corrib is expected to replace about two-thirds of the gas Ireland currently imports. In 2010 consultations with the local community led to an agreed plan – awaiting approval in 2011 – to route the pipeline through a tunnel built beneath a bay, further away from homes and settled areas. The Corrib project has created jobs for local people. It has also provided around $5.4 million so far in funding for a range of community projects including health support groups and a scholarship programme.