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Integrated Gas and New Energies

The solar park at the Shell Moerdijk Chemical Plant in the Netherlands.   (photo)
The solar park at the Shell Moerdijk Chemical Plant in the Netherlands.  

Integrated Gas manages LNG activities and the conversion of natural gas into GTL fuels and other products. It includes natural gas exploration and extraction, and the operation of upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market. It markets and trades natural gas, LNG, electricity and carbon-emission rights and also markets and sells LNG as a fuel for heavy-duty vehicles and marine vessels.

In New Energies, which was rebranded to Renewables and Energy Solutions in 2021, we are exploring emerging opportunities and investing in those where we believe sufficient commercial value is available. We focus on new fuels for transport, such as advanced biofuels, hydrogen and charging for battery-electric vehicles; and power, including from natural gas and low-carbon sources such as wind and solar.

Natural gas prices, production volumes and operating expenses impact earnings and tax contributions. Global gas demand is estimated to have declined by around 2.4% in 2020, in contrast with the 2.5% annual growth rate observed since the start of the century. The deterioration in gas demand for power generation and in industry was mainly caused by lockdowns related to COVID-19. Average gas prices were lower in 2020 compared with 2019.