World expert in Bitumen technology meets key stakeholders in Indonesia
Sep 29, 2015
Jakarta, 29 September 2015 - Shell General Manager of Bitumen Technology, Professor John Read visited Indonesia to present the latest insights in bitumen technology to key stakeholders, including officials from the Ministry of Public Work, Angkasa Pura II, Civil Aviation authorities and major Indonesian contractors. These insights are part of the latest updates featured in the Shell Bitumen Handbook, Sixth Edition, published in February 2015.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity of sharing our latest insights and best practices in bitumen technology to our key stakeholders in Indonesia. We believe they will benefit from this latest information with the ongoing infrastructure-building activities here in Indonesia, which has been phenomenal,” said John, who led an international team of Shell bitumen experts in updating the handbook.
Shell’s commitment to research and development has enabled it to bring numerous firsts to the bitumen industry such as coloured binders, low-temperature solutions, low-odour bitumen and underwater glue. Shell today holds 49 patents in bitumen technologies alone.
Shell Bitumen is the world’s largest bitumen marketer, and is well-placed to support Indonesia’s major infrastructure projects. Since its establishment in Indonesia in 2008, Shell Bitumen has been a supplier of high quality bitumen products, especially for highways and airport runways. Shipped directly from Shell’s Pulau Bukom manufacturing site in Singapore, the bitumen is stored in various storage facilities strategically located throughout Indonesia, like in Merak, which serves customers in Western and Central Java. Shell Bitumen has also established a network of 15 third party bulk depots, including growth areas Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Sumatra and the Nusa Tenggara islands. Customers are also supported by technical experts in Indonesia, as well as in one of Shell’s three Bitumen Regional Technical Centres, located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Shell Bitumen’s solutions have been used in numerous major projects around the world, including iconic F1 racing circuits in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Germany (Hockenheim and Nurburgring), Malaysia, Singapore’s street circuit, as well as Ferrari’s own test track, in Fiorano, Italy. Its airport solutions have also been used at eight of the world’s top 10 busiest airports by international passenger traffic1, which includes Dubai International Airport’s ambitious 80-day runway rehabilitation project in 2014.
In Indonesia, Shell Bitumen’s solutions have been used in many of the country’s key infrastructure projects, such as the Indonesia’s Jakarta-Cikampek, Purbaleunyi, Surabaya-Mojokerto and the Semarang-Solo toll roads. Shell Bitumen’s products have also been used in projects at 24 of Indonesia’s busiest airports, including Aceh, Bandung, Labuan, Semarang and Surabaya.
1Airports Council International, 2015
Notes to Editors
- Shell is the world’s largest bitumen marketer, and delivers enough bitumen to pave a one-lane kilometre road every four minutes.
- Shell supplies a wide range of high quality bitumen products, from standard-grade bitumen to special polymer-modified bitumen (PMB), which are marketed under the brand name Shell Cariphalte, and can be used in applications such as highways, urban roads, including porous asphalts for sustainable urban drainage systems. It is also ideal for use in high stress and heavily trafficked locations such as airport runways, racetracks, roundabouts and bus lanes. It can also be particularly beneficial in high stress applications such as rail, ports, bridge decks, crack relief systems or overlaying concrete pavements and expansion joints.
- The Shell Bitumen Handbook, first published in the UK in 1949 as the Mexphalte Handbook, has since, sold over 20,000 copies across 40 countries around the world. The handbook is considered by many in the industry as the definitive guide to asphalt paving technology. Today, it is used as a key reference by contractors and civil engineers around the world.
- Shell Bitumen operates a network of Regional Technical Centres located in key regions (Beijing, China, Strasbourg, France, and Bangkok, Thailand.) Shell has also established its global bitumen R&D Centre in Bangalore, India.
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