Electric shock as oil giants make a power play | Business


As fossil fuels yield to renewables, Shell and its rivals are looking to plug in, reports Rachel Millard

The Sunday Times, 

When the great and good of the oil industry gathered at their annual conference in Texas this month, they were joined by a few unfamiliar names. In a sign of shifting times, the guest list at Ceraweek in Houston also included Amazon Web Services boss Andrew Jassey and executives from Japanese car maker Mitsubishi.

Big Oil, facing disruption from huge shifts in technology and energy use, is gradually trying to do something about it. Shell executive Maarten Wetselaar, responsible for so-called new energies, spoke for the first time of the Anglo-Dutch giant’s ambitions to become the world’s biggest electricity company in little more than a decade.

“We believe we can be the biggest power company in the world in early 2030,” said the Dutchman. “We…

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