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Our journey started with a seashell


The story of Royal Dutch Shell started in the early 1900s with the decision of the UK and the Netherlands to cooperate. This decision laid the foundation for Shell's current modern structure. Established in 1907, the Royal Dutch Shell Group headed for a merger in 2005, as a result of a century-long global partnership, and the new company was named Royal Dutch Shell plc., following the merger of Royal Dutch and Shell Transport and Trading Company.


Today, operating in more than 70 countries with over 94,000 employees, 45,000 retail outlets, and more than 25 million customers daily, Shell is the leading energy and petrochemical company in the world, contributing greatly to meeting the growing energy demands of the world through its products and services that are sensitive to the economy, environment, and society.


Shell entered the Turkish market in 1923. Having celebrated its 90th year in Turkey in 2013, Shell is one of the prominent companies of Turkey in terms of investments. Since the very first day of its activities in Turkey, Shell has improved industry standards as the pioneer of the Turkish fuel sector, by raising awareness among its employees, suppliers and subcontractors on health, safety, environmental protection, and applying global developments and new technologies in Turkey.


Shell Upstream Turkey’s oil and gas exploration activities include the completion of two exploration campaigns in partnership with Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TP): the Konacık-1 and the Akcay-1 wells, both completed and tested in southeastern Anatolia. The data received from these two wells is still being analyzed. Shell Upstream Turkey has also drilled a deep-water well in the Black Sea: the Sile-1 well, which has also been completed and has also produced data that is being analyzed.


Shell underwent restructuring in 2006 to expand its existing investments, and following a merger with the sector’s leading company Turcas Petrol, founded Shell & Turcas Petrol A.S., with Shell owning 70 percent of the shares.


Shell & Turcas Petrol A.S. carries out retail fuel and lubricant, and commercial fuel, lubricant and fleet activities, while other Shell companies in Turkey run oil and gas exploration, aviation, chemicals, maritime and energy trade activities.


According to 2014 Capital 500 Turkey list, prepared on the basis of net sales revenues, Shell & Turcas is the 5th largest private company and is operational with 1,060 stations in 72 cities. Having maintained its leading position for eight years in a row in the total lubricant market, Shell & Turcas is among the top exporters of Turkey with exports to 58 countries from its Derince lubricant and grease production facilities. Shell & Turcas has been named 11 times in total as the "most admired company in the Turkish fuel oil distribution and mineral oils sector" in a survey by Capital magazine.


The company has been rigorously applying its aim of creating social benefit since its establishment with its products, services and social projects. It does not only contribute to the Turkish economy but also to its social and cultural development.


Shell & Turcas encourages the rational use of energy resources through savings-featured fuels and lubricants, and organizes economical driving trainings to spread savings awareness to every level of society. Similarly, in order to increase awareness on efficient energy consumption, it encourages the Turkish students, with the vehicles they design, to participate in the Shell Eco-marathon competition that is annually held by Royal Dutch Shell. Shell & Turcas was awarded the 2012 Golden Compass prize by the Turkish Public Relations Association (TÜHİD) for its contributions to the Shell Eco-marathon.


Considering road safety in traffic as an indispensable priority in all its activities, Shell & Turcas organizes comprehensive events in order to increase awareness of all drivers regarding this issue. Shell supports the "10 Years of Road Safety" program launched by the World Health Organization in 2010, and provided training on road safety for 96,000 people in the events held in various locations in Turkey. Supporting the Safe Traffic Project initiated in Kocaeli within the framework of the World Health Organization's project that is carried out in 10 countries, Shell has also signed the National Corporate Traffic Safety Declaration by supporting the Traffic Responsibility Movement run in coordination with the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications. Through its trainings and events held for increasing awareness on road safety, Shell has been awarded in the "Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year in Europe" category by Stevie International Business Awards.


Shell Turkey also welcomes the participation of Turkish students in the Shell Eco-marathon, a global event that encourages students to build vehicles running on fuel technologies of the future. The aim of this marathon is for students to travel the farthest with the least amount of fuel in their handmade vehicles. Some 120 teams and more than 1,200 students have participated in the race since 2005 and Turkish teams have ranked in the top 10 in their respective categories since the beginning. In addition to universities, Turkish high schools have also participated, including Özel Şişli Terakki Lisesi, which has entered every event since 2005 and has continuously improved its performance.


Shell Turkey supports archaeological excavations in Catalhoyuk, one of the world’s most popular excavation projects and named a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. Shell has hosted Catalhoyuk Archaeology Summer Workshops since 2003 and has raised awareness of Turkey’s cultural heritage among children by helping them understand its value. More than 7,000 children have participated in the workshops to date.


Shell Turkey donated its building in Derince to the Governorship of Kocaeli to provide an educational venue for children with special needs. The Derince Special Training Practice Centre and the Derince Special Training Business Practice Centre offer education to children with moderate to advanced learning disabilities.