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Shell in Indonesia

Shell in Indonesia


Although The Royal Dutch Shell plc was established in The Hague in 1890, the history of Shell in Indonesia can be traced back to 1884 when a Dutch man, Aeilko Jans Zijlker, discovered traces of oil in Sumatra. With a license obtained from the local ruler, Sultan Langkat, he drilled his first well, but it was dry. A year later, he drilled Telaga Tunggal 1 in Pangkalan Brandan in North Sumatra. This time he struck oil and Telaga Tunggal 1 began to produce in commercial quantities.

By 1890, Ziljker converted his "Provisional Sumatra Petroleum Company" into something more substantial, and on 16 June the company charter of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company was established in The Hague. Since that time the Royal Dutch Shell plc/Shell Group of Companies have been present in Indonesia in various business activities.
Current Business Activities

As part of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group (Shell), one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, Shell Indonesia shares a rich history with Indonesia that reaches back over 100 years.

Operating in Downstream Oil Products, Shell Indonesia serves business and motorist market segments. PT. Shell Indonesia, manages the business operations that include marketing and trading the lubricants directly as well as through its appointed distributors.

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Lubricants, Fuels & Bitumen

Shell is the foremost player in the industrial lubricants market. Shell is the leader and innovator, capable of fulfilling a variety of engine types and requirements, such as hydraulic engine, gears, engine equipments, compressors and turbines. Shell provides a range of lubricant products that has been specially developed to fulfill the specific requirements of each industry such as: mining, cement and electric power generator.

In the Transportation business, Shell offers variety of lubricants including its superior brand Rimula, which has been widely used in the transportation companies.

In the Marine business, Shell supplies fuels, lubricants and related services to customer vessels of many ranges. In Indonesia, Shell Marine Products has strong supply network of more than 15 ports location through its authorised resellers.

In 2006, Shell started its Commercial Fuels business in Indonesia, where Shell provide bulk fuels and related technical support to the Industrial and Transport Sector.

Shell Bitumen is recognised as Global Leader Bitumen Brand in the world, with excellent track record in constructing most airport/highway in the world, and protecting buildings from water seepage/water pressure. We are committed in delivering highest value to the customers by providing best technical support, quality product and pre & after sales service to the customers.

Exploration & Production

Shell Indonesia is also seriously looking at oil and gas exploration opportunities and plan to establish a significant presence in the upstream sector.

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Automotive Lubricants

In the automotive lubricants market in Indonesia, the Shell brand has been growing significantly. Its world-leading brand, Shell Helix has strong brand presence and is well-known as high quality lubricant for 4-wheeled vehicles.

In addition, Shell Advance is specifically designed for two-wheeled vehicles and proven to be superior in its class.
Shell Retail Stations

Shell Indonesia has recorded a new milestone in history with the official opening of the first retail outlet in Karawaci, Tangerang. Shell is the first international oil company in fuels retail business after 40 years.

The Shell fuels retail outlets have modern, fast flowing pumps, which provide a digitally printed receipt as manifestation of our commitment to provide high quality products with accurate quantity and the best service. Shell has aspirations to increase its number of retail outlets in Jakarta and other parts of Indonesia.

Shell worldwide

Shell worldwide

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies.

Our operations are divided into our businesses: Upstream, Integrated Gas and New Energies, Downstream. Our Projects & Technology organisation manages the delivery of Shell’s major projects and drives our research and innovation.

Our Upstream organisation manages the exploration for and extraction of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. It also markets and transports oil and gas, and operates the infrastructure necessary to deliver them to market.

Our Integrated Gas organisation manages our liquefied natural gas (LNG) activities and the production of gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuels and other products. It includes natural gas exploration and extraction, when contractually linked to the production and transportation of LNG, and the operation of the upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market. It markets and trades natural gas, LNG, crude oil, electricity, carbon-emission rights and sells LNG as a fuel for heavy-duty vehicles and marine vessels.

In New Energies, we are investing in opportunities where we believe sufficient commercial value is available. We focus on new fuels for transport, such as advanced biofuels, hydrogen and charging for electric vehicles; and power, including from low-carbon sources such as wind and solar as well as natural gas.

Our Downstream organisation manages different Oil Products and Chemicals activities as part of an integrated value chain, including trading activities, that turns crude oil and other feedstocks into a range of products which are moved and marketed around the world for domestic, industrial and transport use. The products we sell include gasoline, diesel, heating oil, aviation fuel, marine fuel, biofuel, lubricants, bitumen and sulphur. In addition, we produce and sell petrochemicals worldwide. Our Downstream organisation also manages oil sands activities.

Our Projects & Technology organisation manages the delivery of our major projects and drives research and innovation to develop new technology solutions. It provides technical services and technology capability for our Integrated Gas, Upstream and Downstream activities. It is also responsible for providing functional leadership across Shell in the areas of safety and environment, contracting and procurement, wells activities and greenhouse gas management.

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