“As the world’s leading energy company, aligned to a ‘More & Cleaner Energy’ strategy, we are committed to provide our clients, consumers and the people with clean energy, and continue to support the Thailand 4.0 policy amidst the challenge of providing cleaner energy, on the backdrop of continuous rise of energy demand. The development of Shell Bitumen FreshAir solution reinforces our business strategy and is applicable for road construction, supporting city expansion. Significantly, it also plays a part in reducing the impact on air quality” said Panun Prachuabmoh, Country Chairman, The Shell Company of Thailand Limited.

“Road infrastructure is essential to modern living but urbanisation and denser transport and industrial activity have resulted in worsening levels of air quality. The need for cleaner construction and transport infrastructure requires every industry to do its part in developing cleaner ways of working along with city development. We believe innovations like Shell Bitumen FreshAir should be embraced and can respond the needs from government sectors such as Ministry of Transportation, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and other private sections.” said Thanes Rajatapiti, Regional GM, Bitumen Asia and Middle East, The Shell Company of Thailand Limited.

Developed in Shell’s major R&D centre in Bangalore, India, Shell Bitumen FreshAir is based of an innovative bitumen technology that acts directly with chemical compounds affecting air quality, as well as odour-releasing molecules. This chemical reaction takes place in situ at a molecular level, helping to cut specific gases and particulates or to minimize the release into the air during production and paving, reducing the impact on local air quality.

Shell is the first major supplier of bitumen to develop a solution that addresses impact on air quality issue for consumer and society. Switching to Shell Bitumen FreshAir is estimated to have a similar effect on particulate matter (PM10) as planting an average of 16 trees2 or a similar impact on the reduction of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) equivalent to removing an average of 40 cars3 per kilometre of asphalt laid per year.

With its ready-to-use solutions, Shell Bitumen FreshAir can be applied easily from existing asphalt mixing and laying processes. Shell Bitumen FreshAir has been tested with road constructors and air quality experts during externally monitored field trials in cities in France, the Netherlands, Thailand and the UK.

For more information on Shell Bitumen FreshAir, visit https://www.shell.com/business-customers/bitumen/about-shell-bitumen.html

For Media Enquiries:

Thitipa Laxanaphisuth
Country Manager – External Relations
The Shell Company of Thailand Ltd.
Tel: +66 (0) 2-262-7839

Paritt Kasayapanunth
H+K Strategies Thailand
M +66 (0) 2-627-3501 #129
E pkasayapanunth@hkstrategies.com

Notes to Editors:

  1. Tests showed that using Shell Bitumen FreshAir reduced the levels of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and particulate matter (PM) by an average of 40% during asphalt production and road paving when compared to conventional bitumen.
  2. Calculated based upon average reduction in particulate matter during field studies.
  3. Calculated from statistically validated laboratory studies.

About Shell Bitumen

Shell Bitumen is the world’s largest international bitumen marketer with customers in 52 markets. Annually, we supply enough bitumen to help resurface 450 kilometres of road every day.

For 100 years, our bitumen business has changed dramatically from our first bitumen manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom in 1919, to the work we are currently doing to create smart surfaces of the future. Shell Bitumen supplies a wide range of high quality products, from standard-grade bitumen to special polymer-modified bitumen marketed under the brand name Shell Cariphalte. Our bitumen is used on various road surfaces around the world, from urban roads and highways, to airport runways and Formula One™ racetracks.

In Thailand, Shell Bitumen has been operating for over 90 years. The first bitumen sold in Thailand was a drum container, supporting the initial phase of new road construction. Later, due to increasing demand for asphalt roads in Thailand, Shell kicked off the bulk bitumen business by utilizing Shell Bitumen product to overlay the roads across Thailand.

For more information, visit: https://www.shell.com/business-customers/bitumen/about-shell-bitumen.html

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