Shell: Number of Operational Spills, by year
YearNumber of spills
202254
202141
202070
201968
201893
2017102
201672
2015108
2014158
2013174
2012207
2011211
2010195
2009275
2008275
2007392
  • Region: Worldwide
  • Time period: 2007 to 2022
  • Published: 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Decline in Operational Spills from 2007 to 2022

Shell experienced a significant reduction in the number of operational spills over 15 years, decreasing from 392 spills in 2007 to 54 spills in 2022. This represents a decrease of approximately 86%, showcasing Shell's efforts in improving environmental safety and operational efficiency.

Record Highs and Lows

The data reveals a record high of 392 operational spills in 2007 and a record low of 54 spills in 2022, highlighting a marked improvement in reducing spill incidents over the years. The drastic reduction signifies Shell's commitment to minimizing environmental impact.

Trend of Decrease Post-2011

Since 2011, when spills were at their peak with 211 incidents, there has been a consistent downward trend in the number of spills, culminating in the lowest recorded number in 2022. This trend underscores ongoing improvements in Shell's operational standards and environmental stewardship.

Notable Year-on-Year Reductions

Between 2013 and 2014, Shell achieved a notable reduction in spills, with the number dropping from 174 to 158. Another significant decrease occurred from 2011 to 2012, with spills falling from 211 to 207. These periods highlight effective measures implemented to mitigate spill incidents.

Recent Years' Stability

The last five years have shown relative stability in the number of spills, with figures fluctuating mildly between 54 and 93. This stability suggests that Shell has established and maintained effective environmental and operational controls to manage and minimize spill incidents.

Decade of Improvement

Comparing the decade from 2007 to 2017 with the period from 2017 to 2022, there is a clear improvement in reducing spill incidents. The earlier decade faced higher numbers peaking at 392, while the latter period saw a significant reduction, achieving a low of 54 spills, reflecting Shell's enhanced focus on environmental protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What has been the change in the number of operational spills at Shell from 2007 to 2022?

There was a significant reduction in the number of operational spills at Shell from 392 spills in 2007 to 54 spills in 2022, a decrease of approximately 86%.

What were the record highs and lows for operational spills at Shell?

The record high for operational spills at Shell was 392 spills in 2007 and the record low was 54 spills in 2022.

What has been the trend in operational spills at Shell since 2011?

Since 2011, when spills were at 211 incidents, there has been a consistent downward trend culminating in the lowest recorded number in 2022.

Terms and Definitions

Shell is a multinational company that operates in the energy and petrochemical sectors. Formally known as Royal Dutch Shell, this corporation carries out activities in all areas of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, production, refining, distribution, and retail services.

Operational spills are unwanted releases of material, most commonly oil or petroleum, that occur during the regular operational process of a company. This typically happens during oil exploration, production and transportation activities. These spills can cause significant environmental damage depending upon their size, nature, and mitigation efforts.

A Barrel is a unit of measurement used in the oil industry, equivalent to approximately 159 liters. It is often used to denote the volume of crude oil or petroleum products. In the context of spills, it indicates the amount of oil that has been accidentally released into the environment.

Hazardous materials, also known as HazMat, refer to solids, liquids, or gases that can harm people, property, or the environment due to their chemical or physical properties. Examples in the oil industry might include crude oil, natural gas, or byproducts from their processing.

Petrochemicals are chemicals obtained from petroleum and natural gases. They are widely used in manufacturing a variety of products such as plastics, synthetic rubber, solvents, fertilizers, detergents, among others.

Mitigation efforts refer to the planned activities deployed to reduce the impact or eliminate the risks associated with unwanted incidents such as operational spills. These can include measures to prevent, control and contain spills, as well as to clean up and restore the affected area after a spill.

Environmental impact refers to the effect of an event, process, or contamination on the environment, including alarming changes to biodiversity, ecosystems, air, water and soil quality. Frequently negative impacts arise from activities such as operational spills, can also cause harm to the health of living beings.

The oil and gas industry is a sector involving exploration, extraction, refining, and transportation of oil and gas. Key activities in this industry also include the marketing and selling of petroleum-based products. Shell is an example of a multinational company operating within this industry.
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