Shell Australia concluded its Technology Seminars for 2011 recently at a successful event in the Hunter Valley. The seminars, which were also held in Kalgoorlie and Mackay, brought Shell global technical experts and the Australian mining industry together to discuss new technologies, current issues, future opportunities and trends in the market place.

Shell Australia’s sales and marketing general manager Craig James says Shell is committed to delivering innovative product and service solutions to customers. “We work continuously with our customers and technical partners to develop new ideas and solutions to help them meet their current and future challenges.”

Shell Australia’s senior greenhouse gas advisor Damien Home, who presented at the technology seminars, says the global demand for energy is increasing and the stresses on the environment are growing, creating new challenges for the mining industry. “The Australian Government’s Carbon Pricing Mechanism, scheduled to commence in mid-2012, means industry will need to rethink its operations and we are working with our customers to assist them manage this transition.”

“To do this Shell focuses its efforts on four pillars: natural gas, biofuels, carbon capture and energy efficiency in operations. With respect to energy efficiency our approach is to help our customers use less energy and emit less carbon dioxide.”

Shell’s main contribution in helping to reduce CO2 emissions in transport fuels is to supply low-carbon fuels such as BioDiesel and potentially Liquefied Natural Gas and Shell Diesel Extra with Shell’s fuel economy formula.

Darren Barwick, a technical mining team leader at Shell Australia, says Shell is one of the world’s largest distributors of biofuels. “We are now investing in the production of the lowest CO2, most sustainable and cost-effective of today’s Biofuels made from Brazilian sugar-cane ethanol.

“For customers who want to benefit from fuel savings today, Shell launched Shell Diesel Extra earlier this year.”

Shell claims Shell Diesel Extra is designed to help customers get more kilometres per tank by helping to keep vehicles in peak condition. Testing of Shell Diesel Extra has demonstrated fuel savings of up to 3% over the lifetime of a vehicle.

Shell product application specialist for mining lubricants Joe Galdes says Shell has a range of energy saving products. “Mining companies can make significant savings by choosing the right product.”

“Recently an Australian mining company upgraded to Shell Omala S4 GX, a synthetic industry gear oil, to help cure over-heating mill drives, lengthen oil life and improve efficiency. By switching to Shell Omala S4 GX the company reported a saving of about $74,000 per year.”

Joe Galdes spoke about another leading Australian mining company that saved more than $2.5 million over the life of eight machines by switching to Shell Malleus Grease GL 500. “Having an excellent working relationship with this customer, we were able to identify an operational opportunity, recommend a premium product and conduct a trial which produced very convincing results.”

Craig James says Shell will spend more than $30 billion in Australia over the next 5 years, with local investment underpinning the company’s next tranche of Liquid Natural Gas growth. “Shell investments also include plans to build new diesel storage at its Mackay fuel terminal in North Queensland and the redevelopment of Woodside’s fuel supply facilities at King Bay Supply Base, near Dampier in Western Australia.

“The infrastructure investments will strengthen Shell’s supply chain ensuring our customers have increased accessibility to our products. Shell has been a technology pioneer for more than 100 years and through working with our own staff and partners, will continue to develop innovative solutions for our customers that meet the challenges and opportunities of the new energy future.”

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