Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Shell Technology India (STI), that delivers high-end technical studies, project management and technical services to companies across the globe, will launch its operations in Bangalore from September and plans to go on a massive recruitment drive in India.

"By the end of 2006, we hope to have 200 engineers and scientists hired locally and envision the workforce growing to over 1,000 in the future," Paul Hamilton, president, Shell Global Solutions, said.

"We are currently focussing on graduates in India and experienced professionals around the world. The new technology centre offers high-end global technical careers for people who see India as their base," Mr. Hamilton said.

Shell Global Solutions, one of the world's leading providers of cutting-edge consultancy and technology services to the upstream exploration and production sectors, petrochemical and processing industries, has made a range of new investments in India and now leads the integrated oil companies with over $1 billion invested, supporting the country's energy needs.

These include a liquefied natural gas re-gasification terminal in Hazira, a state-of-the-art lubes blending plant in Mumbai, and an liquefied petroleum gas import terminal in Papavavin.