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Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB)

06th November 2012

India sits at the heart of Shell’s strategy to be the world’s most competitive and innovative energy company. Shell has three technology hubs – Amsterdam, Houston and now Bangalore. Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) is Shell’s response to the rapidly growing markets and dynamic talent opportunities in the East. Characterised by a largely young workforce, that is projected to be the most economically active across the globe in the next twenty years, India offers tremendous opportunities. The country’s socio-political value system also supports a globalised way of working with a strong focus on work life balance.

Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB)
The front entrance of the STC

Set up as Shell Technology India (STI) in 2006 it was the first of its kind in the country. Mandated to deliver high-end technical studies, projects, and services for Shell across the globe, the portfolio today spans upstream exploration and production activities as well as downstream refinery, chemical and gas operations. Since inception the centre has worked five million man-hours without a lost time incident – a noteworthy HSSE record!

The story between 2006 and 2009 has been one of phenomenal growth and technical competence building. The brightest and best talent in India was brought in to ensure we develop the technical horsepower to deliver on Shell’s vision. Over 250 technical graduates and approximately 400 experienced staff make up STCB’s world class technical delivery capability. Notable amongst Bangalore’s achievements through the years range from building a CBM capability centre, successful Sunrise FLNG bid, development of CariTop low Temperature bitumen, filing of five patent applications on sulphur products and government accreditation of Thiopave, supporting Pearl GtL commissioning to preparing complete licensing packages for treating, hydroprocessing and gasification technologies.  The confidence in the Centre’s delivery is endorsed by the fact that some 30% of STCB staff are on assignment within the Shell Group on demanding projects. 

In 2009 the spotlight was back on STCB with the official christening of Bangalore as the third technology centre in the Shell Projects and Technology delivery engine. The organisation responded with vigour to this challenge. Building on a strong foundation of investments already made in staff development and recognised capability, the centre is now taking on bigger, more complex, and integrated projects. The Karnataka State Government actively supported the recent purchase of 40 acres of land and plans are being worked on to take STCB to a state of the art campus, being developed ground up, on this new property. This would be a 1000 FTE strong technical centre. The accent will be on deepening and diversifying capability, transforming early heady growth into a phase of consolidation, integrating and connecting the technology value chain from the subsurface to surface to the final RDS customer.

Steps in this direction have already been taken with the build up of LNG and Project Design Office capabilities. Conversations on identifying programs to be housed out of Bangalore are well underway in the Downstream, IRD and ITIM spaces. In the country, work continues on accelerating local leadership readiness and creating cohesion across extended leadership of co-located business units.  At the same time the group will look towards riding the information technology and high speed computing space synonymous with Bangalore and critical for the growth of research and development capability. 

In February 2011 during a visit to Bangalore, Matthias Bichsel reiterated Shell’s strategy of near-term performance focus, mid-term delivery of production growth and long-term maturation of next generation project options.  He said, “STCB has matured over the past five years to become an integral part of P&T to contribute to delivering on these strategies with urgency”.

 

Bangalore Fact box

 

  • Bangalore or Bengaluru is the capital of the South Indian state of Karnataka.
  • Nicknamed the Garden City, it is also called the Silicon Valley of India, with the largest number of software companies in the country.
  • It has the reputation of the maximum number of scientists considered for Nobel Prize nominations from India.
  • Bangalore has the highest number of engineering colleges in the world.
  • The country has seen an eight fold increase in engineering institutions in the last ten years in response to the growing demand for talent, engineering colleges grow at 20 per centevery year.
  • In 2008, Shell segmented 57 campuses in India as being suitable. With 12,100 graduating students, a 90 per cent match with Shell criteria would bring the number to 900. The 2010 throughput increased by 40 per cent (Mc Kinsey), so the final number of 900 is now closer to 1300.
  • By 2020,India will have one of the world’s youngest populations, representing 17 per cent of the world’s working-age population (of adults aged between 15-59 years).
  • The largest economically active population by 2020 will be close to 200 million which is in sharp contrast to the projection for China– which stands at half that number.
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