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Malaysia Star: Shell to fulfil Asia-Pac needs

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(Allan J. Samuel: We provide the technology for Shell’s involvement in various segment of the market)

By SABRY TAHIR

SHELL Global Solutions’ current focus is to provide solutions for Shell’s multi-billion dollar ethylene cracker in Singapore, while preparing to meet the challenges arising from Asia-Pacific’s growing concern for the environment.

Shell Global Solutions engineering and analytical technology manager (Asia-Pacific Service Centre) Allan J. Samuel said the Kuala Lumpur office was committed to providing multi-million dollar technical consultation and technology implementation work for the 800,000-tonnes-per-annum ethylene cracker on Bukom Island.

“The project will keep us busy for the next several years,” he told StarBiz.

He said Shell started developing the plant in 2005 but the group made its “final investment decision” on the project in mid-2006. The petrochemical plant is believed to be Shell group’s fourth in the republic.

Shell Global Solutions, the technology arm of the Royal Dutch/Shell group, is involved in providing business and operational consultancy, technical and research and development (R&D) expertise to the energy and processing industries worldwide. 

Its technology applies to industries such as refinery, chemicals, petrochemicals, liquefied natural gas and exploration production, pulp and paper, metals and mining.

“We deal with technology ranging from the oil well head to the wheel. We provide the technology for Shell’s involvement in various segment of the markets – from the fuel development and lubricants to the creation of retail products like V-Power petrol,” Samuel said.
 
The scope of business can range from the provision of innovative but field-tested technologies including catalysts to assistance with the implementation of management practices and long-term strategic support in areas such as emissions management.

Samuel said Shell Global Solutions generated some 100 new products each year ranging from top-flight newly developed products to best practices for new operations.

“Our strength lies in new innovations and this is how we differentiate ourselves from our competitors,” he said.

The group, which is the world leader in green gas oil development, is upbeat about some of its latest innovations and best practices including the Embaffle heat exchanger and the FAIR (focused assets integrity reviews).

The Malaysian set-up, meanwhile, has a technology service centre for the gas sector and specialised in engineering services aimed at bringing world-class advice and services closer to customers in the Asia-Pacific region. 

As the R&D activities are conducted in other places like Britain and the US, the local activities are centred on implementation and evaluation activities.

A Multimedia Super Corridor-status company, the Malaysian office handles Shell Global Solutions’ projects in countries like India, China, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand and Australia, Samuel said.

He added that it would also obtain the expertise it needed from the other global hubs in Britain and the US and vice-versa. 

Samuel, a chemist by profession, currently manages some 80 engineers in various disciplines ranging from mechanical and heat transfer to electrical and analytical technology. 

Its engineering team has grown six-fold from 11 members in 2004. The Malaysian unit was formed in 2001 mainly to undertake Shell’s joint-venture projects and those of non-Shell clients like Petronas LNG. 

The staff force of Shell Global Solutions’ Malaysian operations had grown dramatically to the current 350 from 50 in 2004 and so had revenue, he said.

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