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Bangalore, Feb 21: Shell, a chemicals major will have its third technology hub in Bangalore, focusing on cutting edge technology in energy by 2010, a top official said.

“We will have a research and development campus spread over 40 acres of land, hopefully by 2010. This will be Shell’s third technology centre besides the ones in the Netherlands and Houston,” Bob Firth, president Shell Technology India, said.

“Our application for land is already before the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB)”, he told reporters here today.

This will be the first R&D centre for energy business in Asia, Deepka Mukarji, country head corporate & external affairs, Shell companies in India said.

Currently located at a leased facility here, the 200-strong Shell Technology India which began operations in 2006 hopes to ramp up its strength to 500 by the end of this year and to 1,000 in the next five years, Firth said.

“We are looking at students from IITs and also professionals with 10-15 years of experience and even NRIs.”

The technology centre will focus on cutting edge downstream research and development as well as working with latest upstream technologies and processes.

Firth said the company is also mulling over collaborative ventures with Indian institutes.

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