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Make Every Molecule Matter

Something as small as a series of chemical reactions can have a profound impact on the health of our planet and its people. This is why Shell Catalysts & Technologies’ mission is to Make Every Molecule Matter.

Why changes are required

Climate change is a global challenge that no one person, company or country is wholly equipped to solve. Nonetheless, one thing is certain: to limit rising global temperatures, substantial changes are required. Watch this brief video to learn how Shell Catalysts & Technologies fits into this equation through more and cleaner energy solutions.

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Narrator: The oil and gas industry is transforming.

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Refinery operators are focused

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on their sustainability commitments,

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reducing debt, increasing capital investments,

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and modernizing business models.

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Meanwhile, uncertainty abounds.

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Refiners are faced with challenges,

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including oil price volatility,

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changing consumer preferences,

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and pressure to decarbonize faster.

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When facing these dilemmas,

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how can refiners make smart investments

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and maintain their competitive position?

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We need to start making smart changes

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to minimize the impact of market volatility

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and prepare for the future.

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At Shell Catalysts & Technologies,

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we see this as a time for reinvention.

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Out of uncertainty comes opportunity.

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Through refinery revamps,

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our experts can help transform operations

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and optimize efficiency

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by co-creating tailored solutions for existing assets.

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With extensive owner-operator experience,

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and more than three decades of working with third parties,

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we have the expertise to uncover cutting edge optimizations.

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Revamps often require minimal capital expenditure.

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Even complex revamps may only cost 20 to 50%

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of the capital required to build a new unit.

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This means that upgrading your existing assets

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can yield a significantly quicker return on investment

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compared to building a grassroots unit.

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And most importantly,

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revamps can help refiners thrive in the new reality.

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Let's collaborate to discover how your refinery

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can enhance margins and emerge stronger and safer.

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To get started, go to catalysts.shell.com/revamp.

Expert Interviews

How I provide refinery technical services to support customer success

Discover how Celine uses digital solutions and co-processing test runs to help customers advance their decarbonisation goals.

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Digital Events

Making Every Molecule Matter through the Energy Transition

To successfully transition from a fossil-based to zero-carbon system, what strategies are energy, petrochemical and industrial companies investing in today? How are they collaborating to create the energy systems of tomorrow? For insights, watch our on-demand webinar.

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A path to the future through holistic and integrated solutions

Responding to changes in product demand and the societal focus on decarbonisation, energy producers are considering solutions that require integrating existing assets with technologies of the future.

In this resource, you will gain a glimpse into the collaborative mindset we adopt when approaching energy transition challenges including:

  • Market forces accelerating a lower-carbon future
  • The Shell Renewable Refining Process
  • The creation of our new fibre conversion technology
Read the Case study

Digital Media

What is a catalyst?

This video explains how these tiny pellets can help create cleaner energy and products from a wide range of feedstocks and aid refiners in reducing energy intensity and achieving net zero emission goals.

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Duration: 2:27 minutes


This video explains how these tiny pellets can help create cleaner energy and products from a wide range of feedstocks and aid refiners in reducing energy intensity and achieving net zero emission goals. 

What is a catalyst? Transcript 

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Ever-increasing global energy demands and environmental concerns have forced us to seek a transition to cleaner, sustainable, and more efficient energy alternatives. 


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But who would've thought that one of the most effective solutions for energy efficiency would present itself in something so small?


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This is a catalyst. What appears to be a simple inert pellet is in actuality so much more. With innovations to its composition, size, shape, and presented in numbers, these little guys enable the production of more and cleaner energy from a wide range of available feed stocks.


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More, Cleaner Energy


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When used in fuel production, they can reduce pollutant precursors, such as sulfur; improving fuel quality for reduced emissions. They can be nano-engineered to react at a molecular level; enabling refiners to meet stringent emission mandates.


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Biofuels, waste to fuels, and sustainable aviation fuels, as well as plastics, medical equipment, and shoes are all made through catalytic processes.


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At Shell Catalysts & Technologies, we are developing state-of-the-art catalysts that react with less heat, electricity, or steam in order to help refinery operators reduce energy intensity and achieve net-zero emission goals. 


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Our innovative research is making plastic circularity possible where new plastic products are created from recycled feed stocks. 


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And we are solving catalyst reclamation and recycling to preserve precious metals for reuse in batteries and steel.


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At Shell Catalysts & Technologies, we know that great things come from the smallest beginnings. 


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Catalysts have and will continue to play a vital role in the energy and petrochemical industries for decades. Join us in making every molecule matter and in leading the way to a cleaner energy future.

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