Shell is a global conglomerate of Energy and Petrochemical businesses. We do business in over 110 countries and territories and employ approximately 104,000 people worldwide.
We believe that oil and gas will continue to play a central role in the global energy mix for some time to come, and have committed ourselves to extracting and delivering these energy sources in a profitable, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible manner.
Our strategy for the future is âMore Upstream, Profitable Downstream.â Achieving the goals we set while generating growth are our priorities in strengthening our portfolio.
We are convinced that our short- and long-term success depends on our ability to find environmentally friendly and socially responsible ways to cover the world's growing demand for energy.
Shell in Germany
Shell's German operations generated revenues of around â¬37.4 billion in 2007 (incl. petroleum tax unaudited). Shell and Shell's subsidiaries employ close to 5,400 people in Germany. Shell has been operating in Germany since 1902.
Shell is represented across Germany with a nationwide network of approximately 2,274 gas stations. Heating oil and other petroleum products are sold throughout the country via a network of branches and branded retailers, including the subsidiary Shell Direct GmbH.
Shell operates three wholly-owned refineries in Germany and is a joint partner in two others. With a refining capacity of 35.3 million metric tons (approx. 260 mm barrels), Shell is the leading refinery operator in Germany.
Shell has over fifty years of experience in the production and handling of hydrogen. Shell Hydrogen was the first energy company to offer hydrogen refuelling stations on three continents in support of fuel-cell pilot projects. Securing the future of hydrogen and developing the requisite infrastructure to supply tomorrow's vehicles with clean energy remains a goal at Shell.
We believe that this will occur steadily as âmini-networksâ of hydrogen fuelling facilities evolve in those parts of the world that can support the introduction of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in economically significant numbers.
In this process, Shell relies on close working relationships with automotive manufacturers. Through this cooperation, we hope to gain a better understanding of the scale and timing of these developments, as well as insight into the further commercialisation of fuel cell vehicles. This will enable us to anticipate the support required in fuel and fuelling facilities.
The hydrogen market is still at an early stage of development; however, in time this energy source will become accessible to the everyday consumer.
Shell is a participant in a number of hydrogen pilot and demonstration programmes in Asia, the United States, and Europe, including in Tokyo, Washington DC, and Iceland, where Shell was a founding member of the ECTOS (Ecological City Transport System) project to explore the economical employment of hydrogen as a fuel in public mass transit applications.
Shell hydrogen fuelling stations are already available in Tokyo, Reykjavik, Shanghai, Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles. Shell is currently reviewing the possibility of opening a hydrogen refuelling station in Berlin.