About Shell

Royal Dutch Shell plc is an integrated international energy company with expertise in the production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas.

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Average number of people employed by Shell

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Countries in which Shell operates

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3 million

Shell’s oil and gas production in barrels of oil equivalent a day

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Our approximate share of world oil production

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Shell’s approximate share of sold across the world in 2015

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Our share of the global supply of energy


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You will see some of the icons from the diagram throughout the report, to identify in which part of the business the described activities take place.


Shell is one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas companies in terms of market capitalisation, operating cash flow and production. Our business explores for gas and oil worldwide, both from conventional fields and from sources such as tight rock and shale.

We work to develop new oil and gas supplies, and have a global network of refineries and chemical plants. We also transport and trade oil, gas and other energy-related products and serve around 25 million customers a day through our global network of 43,000 branded retail sites. Shell invests in alternative energy as well as biofuels production and retail.

In early 2016, we reorganised our upstream activities into Upstream and Integrated Gas.


Upstream explores for and recovers crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids, transports oil and gas, and operates the upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver oil and gas to market. The Upstream organisation co-ordinates all of Shell’s conventional oil and gas businesses, including our deep-water operations. Upstream also includes our heavy oil and shale activities.

Integrated Gas

Integrated Gas (IG) manages most of Shell’s conventional natural gas operations, including the manufacture and distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquids products. The division includes IG’s marketing, development and trading activities to bring natural gas to our customers around the world; it also includes our wind activities. Establishing IG as a stand-alone business reflects its further potential for growth.


Shell’s Downstream business manages Shell’s refining and marketing activities for oil products and chemicals. It is divided into five core businesses: refining, retail, chemicals, lubricants, and trading and supply. In Downstream, we convert oil and gas resources into valuable products, and market and sell them around the world. Downstream also oversees Shell’s interests in trading, shipping and low-carbon fuels, including biofuels.

Projects & Technology

Shell Projects & Technology (P&T) provides technical services, technology capability and major project delivery across both Upstream and Downstream activities. P&T drives research and innovation to create technologies for finding and developing oil and gas. P&T also provides leadership in contracting and procurement, as well as in safety, environmental and carbon dioxide management.

BG Group

In April 2015, Shell announced an offer for BG Group plc and the transaction was completed on February 15, 2016. It should add significantly to our business, particularly in worldwide and deep-water oil and gas in Brazil. BG Group’s activities will be included in our next sustainability report.

liquefied natural gas
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