Bangalore: Shell Thursday laid the foundation stone for a new technology facility here, which marks the next step in the company’s expansion into developing technology in Asia.
The bespoke research and technology site will house up to 1,500 technology specialists who will work on some of Shell's key projects globally, the company said.
The new site for Shell Technology Centre, operational in around the middle of the decade, will encompass the full breadth of Shell's scientific and engineering capability by providing a focus for fundamental and applied research to sit alongside subsurface and facility engineering, it said.
Its services will span upstream exploration and production activities; technology for downstream refinery and chemical operations and products; computational science and fundamental research.
Matthias Bichsel, Director, Projects & Technology, Royal Dutch Shell, said: "This world-class technology hub, encompassing much of Shell's innovative scientific and engineering capability, will be the largest centre of its kind in this part of the world and fits with our strategy of building a company which is led by technology".
Shell currently employs around 900 research and development staff in two separate facilities. This new centre, spread over 40 acres at Devanahalli,will expand that number to around 1,500 and provide new opportunities for collaboration across discipline and departmental boundaries, promoting innovative thinking, a Shell release said.
"It will become one of Shell's three global technology hubs, which will be supported by other research centres across the organisation’s portfolio", it was stated.
The teams in Bangalore currently support Shell's floating, Liquefied Natural Gas facility and also giant projects such as Majnoon in Iraq, Sakhalin in Russia, Abadi in Indonesia, and Arrow in Australia.
Yasmine Hilton, Chairman, Shell Companies in India said, "This technology centre is a first for Shell, not just in India but in Asia and Oceania".