Royal Dutch Shell Plc: Strong Global Gas Demand Underpin Shell's Integrated Gas Strategy

 Royal Dutch Shell Plc: Strong Global Gas Demand Underpin Shell's Integrated
                                 Gas Strategy

PR Newswire

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, November 14, 2012

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, November 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Royal Dutch Shell plc ("Shell") (NYSE: RDS.A)(NYSE: RDS.B) hosted a management
day with investors today, focusing on global gas and Asia Pacific Upstream.

Outlining Shell's global gas strategy, CEO Peter Voser said: "Strong growth in
gas markets, especially Integrated Gas, is a major opportunity for Shell and
our shareholders. Our Integrated Gas earnings have more than trebled in the
last five years, reaching $9 billion over the last year, driven by liquefied
natural gas ("LNG") and gas-to-liquids ("GTL"), and we see growth
opportunities to invest over $20 billion here for 2012-15."

"We are aiming to develop profitable new gas supplies to meet the market's
growing demand for clean and affordable low carbon energy. This plays to
Shell's technology and financial strength."

Global primary energy demand could double to 400 million barrels of oil
equivalent per day ("Mboe/d") in the first half of the 21^st century, from
some 200 Mboe/d in 2000, and 270 Mboe/d in 2011, driven by the non-OECD
economies. Some two thirds of energy consumption in 2030 could be in the
non-OECD, compared to 56% today.

Meeting this growth in demand will require large scale and sustained
investment in all forms of energy, with an energy mix that is 80% hydrocarbons
today, and it will be dominated by hydrocarbons for some time to come.

Natural gas, which is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, has an important role
to play, with more than 250 years of global supply established, and emerging
exploration potential, especially in shale gas. Shell expects global natural
gas demand to increase by 60% from 2010 to 2030, reaching 25% of the global
primary energy mix and within that, strong growth in LNG.

LNG demand has doubled to 200 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") in the first
decade of this century. Shell expects LNG demand to double again to 400 mtpa
by 2020, and potentially reach 500 mtpa by 2025. Meeting this demand growth
will require substantial industry investment - potentially more than $700
billion - and continued innovation and interdependency between supplier and
customer countries.

Shell is the industry leader in LNG and in gas-to-liquids, and is developing
innovative new integrated applications, such as gas-to-chemicals, converting
ethane into commercial petrochemicals, and LNG for transport, which offers a
lower emission and lower cost alternative to oil fuels.

Shell has 22 mtpa of LNG on stream today, and is building 7 mtpa of new LNG
capacity in Australia that will increase Shell production by 30%. In addition,
the company is maturing over 20 mtpa of further LNG options, in Australia,
Indonesia and North America, that should drive Shell's LNG leadership into the
next decade.

For the longer term, Shell has gas-focused exploration programmes in exciting
acreage positions such as China, South Africa and Ukraine, which have large
scale resources potential, and is assessing over 5 mtpa of LNG to transport
opportunities world-wide.

Voser concluded: "Technological innovation continues to differentiate Shell
from our competition and today Shell is the industry leader in LNG, FLNG and
GTL."

"We are using Shell's scale and innovation to continue to drive gas growth
through integrated value chains. Our portfolio and opportunity set in global
gas is unrivalled in the industry today. There is more to come from Shell."

Definitions and cautionary statement

Resources: Our use of the term "resources" in this press release includes
quantities of oil and gas not yet classified as SEC proved oil and gas
reserves or SEC proven mining reserves. Resources are consistent with the
Society of Petroleum Engineers 2P and 2C definitions.

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