Shell and UWA are working together on research to enhance their roles in contributing to Western Australia’s recognition as a global energy hub.
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 87,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. It uses advanced technologies and takes an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future.
Shell’s upstream business in Australia is based in Perth and employs more than 400 staff.
Australia is key to Shell’s LNG growth aspirations globally. Shell is developing large gas resources in Australia and maintains a substantial exploration portfolio off the coasts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as having coal seam gas interests in Queensland. Shell sees natural gas as a major part of the energy mix needed to meet the world’s growing energy demand.
Negotiated by the EMI in 2011, the Shell EMI Professorial Chair in Offshore Engineering, Winthrop Professor David White, was funded by Shell in collaboration with UWA.
Research undertaken will further strengthen techniques for forecasting metocean conditions and associated impacts on offshore oil and gas operations.
The UWA Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems are conducting research that will focus on optimising designs for anchoring Prelude, the world’s first floating systems project.
Shell and UWA’s Centre for Energy are also developing a new breed of engineering graduates to lead the search, recovery and production of oil and gas into the future. Thirty two students completed for the first time in 2012 the internationally renowned Shell “Upstream Business” course.