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Our global business structure
Shell is organised into: Upstream, Downstream, and Projects & Technology.
With around 87,000 employees in more than 70 countries, Shell plays a key role in helping to meet the world’s growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.
Our Upstream International business searches for and recovers oil and natural gas outside the Americas. Many of these activities are carried out as joint venture partnerships, often with national oil companies. The business also liquefies gas and is active in gas to liquids technology.
Our Upstream Americas business searches for and recovers oil and natural gas across the Americas. Many of these activities are carried out as joint venture partnerships, including with national oil companies. Upstream Americas includes our oil sands operations such as the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, which extracts bitumen from oil sands in Alberta, western Canada, and converts it to synthetic crudes. Our wind power business is also part of this organisation.
Our Downstream business includes Oil Products, which refines, supplies, trades and ships crude oil worldwide and manufactures and markets a range of products. These include fuels, lubricants, bitumen and liquefied petroleum gas for home, transport and industrial use. It incorporates Chemicals, which produces petrochemicals for industrial customers, including the raw materials for plastics, coatings and detergents used in the manufacture of textiles, medical supplies and computers. The business also includes our activities in biofuels. It leads our CO2 management activities across the company.
The global network of Shell Trading companies encompasses Shell’s trading activities in every major energy market around the world. We also manage one of the world's largest fleets of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and oil tankers.
Projects & Technology
Our Projects & Technology business manages delivery of Shell's major projects, as well as driving the research and innovation to create technology solutions. This includes our coal gasification technology. It provides technical services and technology capability in both upstream and downstream activities, including advanced exploration and production information technology for Shell and for third parties. It also oversees safety and environment performance and procurement processes across Shell.
* Note: the organisational changes resulting from the reallocation of responsibilities reflected above are subject to consultation with staff representative bodies, as appropriate.