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Kongsberg and Shell enter into a strategic partnership agreement
Kongsberg and Shell enter into a strategic partnership agreement

Kongsberg Digital (Kongsberg) and Shell International Exploration & Production (Shell Marine) have announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement. Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital and Executive Vice President (EVP) at Kongsberg, said “We are very excited to enter into this new strategic partnership agreement with Shell International and enable the digital transformation of their Wells business unit.” Digital transformation Hege Skryseth adds, “We believe the partnership approach is a significant reason why we have successfully created tools for digital transformation that work for our customers, and that have broad application, across the industries they are in. We already have a strong relationship with Shell on energy production and look forward to replicating that model, to enable transformation of another segment.” Kongsberg Digital has, during the previous few years, put together a substantial digital roadmap for oil and gas companies, supporting digitalisation within the industry. This strategy has been founded on agile methodologies, open ecosystems, data integration and people-centric solutions. Shell deploys Kongsberg’s real-time data products Shell has utilised Kongsberg Digital’s real-time data products in its global wells portfolio for several year Shell has utilised Kongsberg Digital’s real-time data products in its global wells portfolio for several years. Now, they are undertaking a digital transformation of their wells business, with a strong need for digital solutions. Jon Crane, the Vice President of Wells Digital in Shell International, said “Shell and Kongsberg both have a long proven track record of innovations, over 100 years. We are excited to formalise our collaboration on the next generation projects in Wells IoT and Shells’ wider digital transformation.” Jon Crane adds, “Advances in cloud technology, ML delivery and visualisation techniques open up opportunities to improve operational safety and decision making. This will position both companies at the forefront of drilling and Wells’ digital journey.” Kongsberg Digital – Shell partnership agreement The agreement is to align initiatives, across the overall life cycle for Wells’ deliveries, through planning, execution and reporting, by shared visibility into each other’s roadmap, and to increase the creation of market-driven applications. The strategic partnership agreement was signed in June 2021.

MSC and Shell Marine agree to help accelerate the decarbonisation of the global shipping sector
MSC and Shell Marine agree to help accelerate the decarbonisation of the global shipping sector

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Shell International Petroleum Company Limited (Shell) have agreed to work closely together to help accelerate the decarbonisation of the global shipping sector. The long-term memorandum of understanding will help MSC and Shell to play enhanced roles in the energy transformation of shipping, as developers and early adopters of innovative technologies and fuel solutions. The companies plan to develop a range of safe, sustainable and competitive technologies that can reduce emissions from existing assets and help to enable a net-zero emissions future for shipping. Low-carbon solutions Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group, said: “MSC’s efforts to decarbonise include strong partnerships with a range of companies across the industry. This partnership with Shell is a great example of the type of commitment that is needed to catalyse low-carbon solutions for the shipping sector." “To reach that ultimate goal of complete decarbonisation, we must look at a set of solutions. We need significant advances in research and development and fuel development. MSC welcomes partnerships like this with Shell that are designed to facilitate cross-sector information sharing and prove how collaboration is key in defining the best pathway to a net-zero future,” said Mr. Darr. Energy efficiency technologies Partnering with our customers to develop new technologies and fuels will help accelerate progress" Melissa Williams, President, Shell Marine, said: “Shell wants to play a central role in the transition to net-zero. Partnering with our customers to develop new technologies and fuels will help accelerate progress. Combining MSC’s experience as one of the world’s largest shipping companies with Shell’s expertise as a global energy supplier will help bring about effective solutions for this vital part of the world economy.” Shell and MSC have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and trialling very and ultra-low sulphur fuels. MSC and Shell technical and commercial teams will collaborate to develop and deploy net-zero solutions such as zero-emission fuels of the future and the technologies that will enable them, including fuel cells, with the ambition of contributing towards a zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel. They will also work together on energy efficiency technologies, including digital services and platforms. Strategic policy issues The partners continue to envisage a range of fuel solutions on the route to a net-zero future and are also exploring options such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. Both companies have been exploring the significant potential benefits of progressing from fossil-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. Together, the partners will explore opportunities for MSC to use LNG in its fleet, as the lowest emissions fuel widely available today. They will also consider future pathways, including methane-slip abatement technologies that will further bring down LNG’s emissions. The partnership also offers an opportunity for Shell and MSC to work together to engage the industry and its stakeholders on strategic policy issues, bringing their dual perspectives with the purpose of enabling constructive dialogue and to accelerate decarbonisation in the sector.

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