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Business Times (Malaysia): Shell Global sees more deals in energy management

By Zurinna Raja Adam
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September 12 2006

SHELL Global Solutions, a unit of the multinational oil major that specialises in technology consulting, expects business in the region to improve this year as more companies seek to address energy saving and environmental concerns.

Its hottest selling service is an energy management programme that provides technical, managerial support and advice to companies in an effort to save energy.

Shell Global offers this programme mainly for refining, petrochemicals, gas and liquefied natural gas processing firms.

Chief executive officer Mike Pitt said energy savings are conducted in process units like adjusting distillation targets, changing heat integration, or improving the operation of rotating equipment.

He said the energy management programme combines process and utility technology skills, operational experience, tools and techniques to help companies cut their energy cost and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Up till last year, Shell Global’s energy-efficiency methodology was conducted at some 29 refining and petrochemical complexes worldwide.

“Our experience shows that energy was reduced in the range of between 2 and 7 per cent for oil refineries and 3 and 5 per cent for petrochemical plants,” he told Business Times in a recent interview.

The programme also improves environmental performance as a result of the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions which is achieved over 800,000 tonnes per annum.

“Optimising energy use through a structured programme not only provides financial benefits but also improves proficiency in energy use, management and commitment,” Pitt added.

Shell Global was incorporated eight years ago when it decided to commercialise its services to others. It currently has three hubs in Kuala Lumpur, which is the headquarters for Asia Pacific, Houston in the US and The Hague Netherlands.

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