Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, production, refining, transport, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation, and trading. Shell has operations in over 99 countries, produces around 3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, and has around 44,000 service stations worldwide. As of 31 December 2019, Shell had total proved reserves of 11.1 billion of oil equivalent.
The Royal Dutch Shell Group was created in April 1907 through the amalgamation of two rival companies: the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company of the Netherlands and the Shell Transport and Trading Company Limited of the United Kingdom.
Shell's timeline and history
In 1912, Royal Dutch Shell purchased the Rothschilds' Russian oil assets in a stock deal.
In 1919, Shell took control of the Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company
In 1929, Shell Chemicals was founded.
Shell Mex House was completed in 1931 and was the head office for Shell's marketing activity worldwide.
In 1947, the first commercially viable offshore well was drilled in the Gulf of Mexico and within 8 years the company had over 300 such wells. New discoveries were also made in Borneo and the Niger Delta, and commercial production of oil in Nigeria began in 1958.
Around 1952, Shell was the first company to purchase and use a computer in the Netherlands.
In 1964 Shell was a partner in the world's first commercial sea transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
In 1970 Shell acquired the mining company Billiton
In 2010 Shell and Cosan formed a 50:50 joint-venture, Raízen, comprising all of Cosan's Brazilian ethanol, energy generation, fuel distribution, and sugar activities, and all of Shell's Brazilian retail fuel and aviation distribution businesses.
In 2016, Shell completed the acquisition of BG Group.
Looking back over 185 years of Shell history, it has been an amazing journey. Mankind has managed to adapt, time and time again, through a century of rapid change and periodic upheaval; and so has Shell.
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