Shell invests in research and development programs that drive technology advancement in order to meet the many challenges associated with exploring and operating in the offshore environment. Shell is actively working with academic, non-profit, business partners, and government stakeholders to develop and implement long term environmental monitoring programs. These programs, or public-private partnerships (PPPs), help Shell to operate safely and responsibly in the marine offshore environment.
Working collaboratively leverages and integrates complementary strengths of each partner to better address critical science priorities. Furthermore, collaborative and integrated PPPs engage the marine community through the collection of long-term data to improve resource management. These programs have allowed Shell to optimizes operational efficiency and lower costs for collecting scientific information, while providing valuable opportunities to engage with various stakeholders
PPPs range from OCS baseline data acquisition and characterizing ecosystem services, long term monitoring of ocean processes, and ocean observing technology development. In the Gulf of Mexico, PPPs provide a multi-purpose mechanism for helping meet the resource management needs of the communities and regulators, identifying potential knowledge gaps, meeting industry regulatory requirements, supporting operational planning, and supporting industry’s license to operate through collection of baseline and long term (multi-year) data where needed.