In Namibia, Shell is in the early stages of exploring for offshore oil and natural gas. Shell Namibia Upstream BV (Shell) has a 45% controlling interest in Petroleum Exploration License 39 (PEL 39), located offshore Namibia, with a 45% interest held by Qatar Petroleum and a 10% interest held by the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR).

Shell completed three seismic surveys of PEL 39 between 2014 and 2019. The purpose of the surveys was to identify geological structures below the seabed which might contain oil or gas. Having analysed the data from the survey, the next step is to drill a well to determine whether oil or gas is present in quantities that could be extracted commercially.

Safety first

Safety is the top priority across Shell’s operations. The company’s deep-water wells must meet rigorous design and construction standards, and we use sensors to monitor the wells in real time. This allows engineers and geologists in onshore operations centres around the world to identify any potential risks and respond immediately.

Shell’s engineers also undergo several years’ additional training in deep-water exploration and recovery. The company runs programmes globally to ensure high standards of health and safety, emergency response procedures and technical operations.

Contributing to Namibia

Shell aims to be a positive presence in our host country; to deliver long-term benefits to Namibia and its people. This involves many aspects, including working with the government and various local stakeholders to enhance the country’s oil and gas capacity, payment of taxes and investing in community projects.

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