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About Shell

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies employing 90,000 people in more than 80 countries. Our aim is to help meet the energy needs of society in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

Overview of our Upstream and Downstream activities resulting in gas for cooking, heating, electrical power; fuels and lubricants for transport and chemical products for plastics, coatings, detergents. (graph)
for cooking,
electrical power
for transport
for plastics,


Upstream consists of two organisations, Upstream International and Upstream Americas. Upstream searches for and recovers oil and natural gas, extracts heavy oil from oil sands for conversion into synthetic crudes, liquefies natural gas and produces synthetic oil products using gas-to-liquids technology. It often works in joint ventures, including those with national oil companies. Upstream markets and trades natural gas and electricity in support of its business. Our wind power activities are part of Upstream. Upstream International co-ordinates sustainable development policies and social performance across Shell.


Downstream manufactures, supplies and markets oil products and chemicals worldwide. Our Manufacturing and Supply businesses include refineries, chemical plants and the supply and distribution of feedstocks and products. Marketing sells a range of products including fuels, lubricants, bitumen and liquefied petroleum gas for home, transport and industrial use. Chemicals markets petrochemicals for industrial customers. Downstream trades and ships crude oil, oil products and petrochemicals primarily to optimise feedstock for our manufacturing activities. Downstream also includes our activities in biofuels, and it co-ordinates CO2 management activities across Shell.

Projects & Technology

Projects & Technology manages the delivery of Shell’s major projects and drives its research and technology development programme. Projects & Technology provides technical services and technology capability to the Upstream and Downstream organisations. It oversees safety and environmental performance and manages contracting and procurement across Shell.