ORME: The theme of ADIPEC is Innovation and Sustainability in a New Energy World; how is Shell contributing to the sustainable development of energy in the region, and are there any particular innovative practices or technologies that you would like to highlight in this regard?
AV: Innovation and technology are at the heart of everything that Shell does and we invest more in research and development than any other international oil company to optimise production from mature fields and explore and produce oil and gas assets from new fields.
This year, the Shell stand at ADIPEC is a true representation of our long term presence in Abu Dhabi. We will feature our world-class technologies in integrated gas, smart mobility and WellVantage. One of the main items on our stand is our latest innovative technologies the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Experience, through which you can see Shell’s differentiating capabilities for drilling. This is demonstrated through Shell WellVantage Real Time, WellVantage Remote Operations and WellVantage Automation. Shell WellVantage Real Time connects rigs with the office-based teams and transforms real-time drilling and performance data into actionable information. WellVantage Operations take place in centres that can provide a range of services, including 24/7 monitoring, data sharing with subsurface teams and directional drilling. WellVantage Automation uses real-time data technologies and control systems to optimise drilling efficiencies. The system incorporates functionality such as closed-loop trajectory controls.
We will also showcase our long partnership with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) through the ‘Made in the UAE’ fuel-efficient cars designed and built by HCT students. For the third year, HCT students have participated in the global Shell Eco-marathon competition.
Our stand will also feature Shell’s partnership with the Emirates Foundation which started in 2005 when the foundation was first established. Since then, we have been an active partner to the successful initiatives and programmes implemented by the foundation. This year UAE students of the Emirates Foundation’s Think Science Programme will showcase their award-winning projects at the Shell stand.
This year will also provide more interactive sessions on the Shell stand allowing the Shell experts to communicate with the exhibition visitors through panel discussions and presentations on Shell’s innovative and technological solutions.
ORME: How do you hope to benefit from Shell’s participation at ADIPEC, and are there any particular areas you are promoting or focusing on here?
AV: Our main goal at ADIPEC is to exchange ideas and experience from across the globe with audiences in the region and in particular to our partners in the UAE in support of the development of oil and gas assets.
ADIPEC provides Shell with an ideal platform to share and agree on solutions that support the world and the UAE’s energy sectors and sustainability.
With more than US$1bn spent annually on research and development (R&D) alone, delivering ongoing progress and innovation to support countries in meeting their energy needs alongside their resource diversification goals is atop our goals at Shell and again sharing these innovations at ADIPEC is vital to the development of the industry as a whole and the nations and their people specifically.
We value our long and successful heritage with the UAE and are committed to support the country meet its rising energy demand and support the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 goals, across the economic, environmental, human and social pillars.