Baker Hughes and Shell sign broad collaboration agreement to accelerate energy transition

Source: press release, 10 November 2021

Lorenzo Simonelli, Baker Hughes chairman and CEO
Lorenzo Simonelli, Baker Hughes chairman and CEO (photo: Baker Hughes)

Energy technology company Baker Hughes and Shell Global Solutions BV have signed a broad strategic collaboration agreement to accelerate the global energy transition by helping each other achieve their respective commitments for net-zero carbon emissions and advancing solutions to decarbonise energy and industrial sectors.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) intends to build on the existing relationship between Shell and Baker Hughes in key areas:

  • Shell will initially provide selected Baker Hughes US sites with power and renewable energy credits and the companies will negotiate renewable power for Baker Hughes’ sites in Europe and Singapore.
  • Shell and Baker Hughes also agreed to broader collaboration to identify other opportunities to accelerate each other’s transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, such as Baker Hughes providing low-carbon technology solutions for Shell’s LNG fleet.
  • The two companies will further explore potential opportunities to co-invest and participate in new models to decarbonise energy and industrial sectors.

“Our agreement with Shell is another example of how we are collaborating in new ways to meet net-zero targets for our company and for our customers,” says Lorenzo Simonelli, Baker Hughes chairman and CEO. “The urgency around the energy transition to meet Paris Agreement goals requires collaboration to accelerate actionable steps to reduce emissions in various ways.”

Harry Brekelmans, projects & technology director at Shell, says, “Shell and Baker Hughes both have clear ambitions to decarbonise and have already made progress through technical innovations. I’m proud of the work that has been done so far, and with this new agreement, we are taking it one step further. It will enable us – and our partners – to push the boundaries of what can be achieved and move even closer toward our net-zero targets.”

Power agreement for certain Baker Hughes sites
As a first step in the collaboration, the parties seek to finalise Shell’s supply of certain Baker Hughes US facilities with power and renewable energy credits for a 2-year period. In 2021, Baker Hughes’ global renewable electricity consumption was 22%, and with this agreement, it is expected to grow by 2% to 24% annually. Shell and Baker Hughes will also negotiate supply of up to 100 GWh of renewable power for Baker Hughes facilities in Europe and explore the development of an on-site solar solution for Baker Hughes’ chemical blending plant in Singapore.

Other solutions to meet companies’ net-zero carbon emissions targets
Shell and Baker Hughes will further collaborate to explore additional opportunities to help Baker Hughes accelerate its transition to net-zero carbon equivalent emissions, including Shell providing low-carbon transportation and fuel solutions for Baker Hughes.

In turn, Shell will evaluate opportunities for Baker Hughes to provide low-carbon solutions for Shell’s LNG fleet through technology upgrades and compressor re-bundles. Baker Hughes will also help Shell develop digital solutions to accelerate decarbonisation across Shell’s global assets and operations.

In addition to advancing each other’s own emissions reductions, Shell and Baker Hughes will collaborate to explore opportunities to offer solutions for hard to abate industries globally.