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A brand of oil, gasoline, and fuel stations.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Shell Oil Company page on 3 October 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Shell Oil Company is the United States-based wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, transnational corporation "oil major" of Anglo-Dutch origins, which is amongst the largest oil companies in the world. Approximately 22,000 Shell employees are based in the U.S. The U.S. headquarters are in Houston, Texas. Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America's largest oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers.

Shell is the market leader through approximately 25,000 Shell-branded gas stations in the U.S. which also serve as Shell's most visible public presence. At its gas stations Shell provides diesel fuel, gasoline and LPG. Shell Oil Company was a 50/50 partner with the Saudi Arabian government-owned oil company Saudi Aramco in Motiva Enterprises, a refining and marketing joint venture which owns and operates three oil refineries on the Gulf Coast of the United States. However, Shell is currently divesting its interest in Motiva.

The Shell Oil Company Warehouse, built in 1925 and located at 425 S. N. 16th Ave. Phoenix, Arizona. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Reference #85002073

Shell products include oils, fuels, and car services as well as exploration, production, and refining of petroleum products. The Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez, California, the first Shell refinery in the United States, supplies Shell and Texaco stations in the West and Midwest.

Shell gasolines previously included the RU2000 and SU2000 lines (later there was a SU2000E) but they have been superseded by the V-Power line.

In 1997, Shell and Texaco entered into two refining/marketing joint ventures. One combined their Midwestern and Western operations and was known as Equilon. The other, known as Motiva, combined the Eastern and Gulf Coast operations of Shell Oil and Star Enterprise, itself a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Texaco.

After Texaco merged with Chevron in 2001, Shell purchased Texaco's shares in the joint ventures. In 2002, Shell began converting these Texaco stations to the Shell brand, a process that was to be completed by June 2004 and was called "the largest retail re-branding initiative in American business history". In the year 2016, Shell Nederland Raffinaderij BV (Shell Pernis) said that it has started a new aromatics unit at the large Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

In recent years The Shell Oil Company's Midstream, and Downstream, in particular, have become limited to petroleum, and chemical products. This has come as a result of Royal Dutch Shell breaking off its Natural Gas and power businesses in to a new segment named Integrated Gas. The Shell Oil Company's former Natural Gas, and energy divisions are now Shell Energy North America, a closely integrated, but distinctive entity that runs across North America and is headquartered out of Houston.


Multimedia

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
1960'sIt's Called Motor Oil
Dan Hess Productions for the Shell Oil Company

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Photographs

Shell Wayne Gas Pump Wayne Gas Pump
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Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $5,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1950's Shell Martin-Swartz Gas Pump 1950's Era Martin-Swartz Gas Pump
Original, Completely Restored
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for $2,500 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
16 July 2013Functional Fluids for Internal Combustion Engines
United States Patent US 8,486,876
Mark Lawrence Brewer and David Roy Kendall for Shell Oil Company

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- 1.5MB - 16 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
8 April 2008More Smiles With Shell Gas CardAnthony Fontanelle
8 March 2016Shell X-100 Classic Motor Oil Reintroduced in the US and Canada; Meets the Current Void for the Rapidly Growing Demands of Classic, Vintage and Muscle Car MarketsInto Great Brands Inc.
21 February 2017Let Your Phone Pay for Your Car's FuelVOA News


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