Shell is a global integrated energy company that aims to meet the world’s growing demand for energy in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. The company operates in more than 70 countries, with an average of 93,000 employees. Shell has been in Brazil for more than a century and currently employs around 700 people in the country.
In August 2003, Shell became the first international oil company to produce on a commercial scale in Brazil, after local market deregulation, in the fields of Bijupirá & Salema, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Shell was also the first international oil company in the country to develop a project from its exploration phase to the first oil. Parque das Conchas started to produce in July 2009 and is one of Shell´s most challenging and successful deep-water projects, producing energy in nearly 1,800 metres of water. The third phase of the project came on stream early in March 2016. Parque das Conchas (BC-10) comprises three fields which have been developed with subsea wells and manifolds. The development is the first of its kind based fully on subsea oil and gas separation and subsea pumping. The system uses 1,500-horsepower underwater pumps – each equivalent to a Formula One engine - to drive oil and a small quantity of gas to the surface.