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The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies

Present in over 140 countries, the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies aims to meet the energy and petrochemical needs of society in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Shell produces more oil and gas than any other private business. The group integrates its business from seismic surveys and drilling, through trading and refining, to the marketing of fuels, electricity and chemicals to over 20 million customers a day.

Shell has pioneered much of the world’s oil and gas technology in use today and continues to innovate in all its activities, including its growing renewable energy business. Shell’s valued partnerships in the Middle East stretch back at least 90 years. Today the group is involved in exploration and production in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Iran, Oman and Syria and is developing business in Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Shell is acutely aware of its responsibilities to the countries in which it operates and is committed to maximising the employment, wealth-creation and technology transfer benefits of all its projects.

Middle East highlights

Shell chemicals, lubricants, aviation and marine fuels are widely available across the Middle East. Shell is a major oil trading partner with many countries in the region and is currently pursuing oil and gas exploration and production activities in the following countries:

Abu Dhabi: Shell is a partner in the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) and in Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited (GASCO).

Algeria: Shell and Sonatrach have signed a memorandum of cooperation to identify and develop projects of mutual interest, both in Algeria as well as internationally.

Egypt: Over the years Shell, together with Badr El Din Petroleum Company (50 per cent government, 50 per cent Shell) has found large gas reserves onshore. Shell has interests in several gas distribution businesses and also has a network of 56 petrol retail sites across the country.

Iran: Shell has been continuously present in Iran since 1954. Shell Development Iran supports new business activity such as the redevelopment of the Soroosh/Nowrooz offshore fields and is pursuing other opportunities.

Kuwait: Shell’s relationship with Kuwait spans more than 50 years and currently includes the purchase of crude oil and the sale of lubricants, chemicals and aviation fuel. Today Shell stands ready to respond to Kuwait’s oil development needs, as and when required.

Libya: The partnership between Shell and Libya began in the 1950s and Shell is currently discussing new activities with the Libyan National Oil Corporation (LNOC).

Oman: Shell is the major private partner in Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Oman Liquefied Natural Gas Company (OLNG) and Shell Oman Marketing Company, and is the technical advisor to these three organisations.

Qatar: Shell and Qatar Petroleum (QP) have signed a heads of agreement for the construction of the world's largest gas to liquids plant, to be built in Qatar.

Saudi Arabia: Shell is one of the largest foreign investors in the Kingdom, with five major joint ventures. Shell has signed an agreement with the government to explore for gas in the southern Rub al Khali, in a new joint venture with Saudi Aramco and Total, covering an area of over 200,000 square kilometres.

Syria: Al Furat Petroleum Company (AFPC), responsible for 60 per cent of the country's oil and gas production, is a joint venture operating company including the Syrian government and Shell.

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