Seeking to expand its footprints in Asia, Royal Dutch Shell has decided to open a third global hub for technology and innovation in Bangalore marking the next step in the company's expansion into developing technology in Asia.

According to a company statement issued here, the bespoke research and technology site will house up to 1,500 technology specialists who will work on some of Shell's

key projects globally. ``This world-class technology hub, encompassing much of Shell's innovative scientific and engineering capability, will be the largest centre of its kind in this part of the world and fits with our strategy of building a company which is led by technology. We see a clear need to align our technology capabilities with our future growth markets. Both India and China, where we recently strengthened our technology footprint, are exciting prospects for us, as well as Asia more broadly, Matthias Bichsel, Director, Projects and Technology, Royal Dutch Shell said.

This new facility will be spread over 40 acres at Devanhalli, Bangalore and will employ around 1,500 people and provide new opportunities for collaboration

across discipline and departmental boundaries, promoting innovative thinking. It will become one of Shell's three global technology hubs, which will be supported by other research centres across the organisation's portfolio.

The teams in Bangalore currently support Shell's pioneering floating, liquefied natural gas facility (FLNG), and also giant projects such as Majnoon in Iraq, Sakhalin in Russia, Abadi in Indonesia, and Arrow in Australia. And aligning with Shell's growth strategy for integrated gas, a new 20-strong LNG team has also been established. `Shell's decision to strengthen our scale of R&D in India has been greatly influenced by the quality of talent and work that we have experienced here,’’ Yasmine Hilton, chairman, Shell Companies in India said in the statement.

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