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石油巨头壳牌进军区块链

从事区块链技术开发不再是创业公司的专利,大型跨国公司也在寻求利用这项技术来改善企业运营和提高生产效率。新的进军企业中最具有代表性的公司是壳牌公司。

据行业门户网站OilPrice报道,这家能源巨头收购了Gartner支持创办的一家区块链初创公司Applied Blockchain的少数股份。虽然交易的细节尚未披露,但此举将使这家初创企业能够帮助壳牌探索该技术如何应用于其业务。

区块链的商业应用

Applied Blockchain经营了三年左右,拥有来自银行、电信、汽车制造、航空航天等多个行业的客户,而这也是它首次进入能源领域。据路透社报道,壳牌、英国石油和挪威国家石油公司已经在开发基于区块链的能源商品交易平台,该技术正在慢慢进入能源领域。

壳牌首席技术官Johan Krebbers强调了区块链技术的巨大潜力,他说:

“区块链应用具有巨大潜力,可以改变我们能源行业的经营模式,可以简化与供应商的合作以及为客户服务的方式。投资Applied Blockchain公司是我们致力于用数字化来创造核心业务价值,开发新业务战略的一部分。”

能源和区块链技术

壳牌并不是唯一一家关注区块链技术的能源公司。据报道,去年交易公司Mercuria就开始与ING银行、法国兴业银行合作,进行基于区块链技术的第一个大型石油贸易。分析人士称,区块链和油气行业的联姻为“简化和改善跨境支付”、“交易记录管理”、“供应链管理和智能合同”等潜在应用提供了许多机会。

跨国专业服务网络专家德勤表示:

“这个安全的系统可以降低交易风险,增加交易透明度,提供审计跟踪,并可显著降低交易成本缩短交易时间,这可能对石油和天然气公司有很大吸引力”。

随着加密技术的扩展和越来越多的公司开发区块链解决方案,整个能源行业将受益于这一项技术。

 

 

Blockchain technology is no longer limited to innovative startups with grand intentions of changing the world. Massive multinationals are also looking to use the technology to improve their operations and boost productivity. The latest in the lineup to get on board the blockchain train is petro corporation Shell.

According to industry portal OilPrice, the energy giant has bought up a minority share in Gartner-listed startup Applied Blockchain. Details of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but the move will enable the London startup to help Shell explore how the technology might be applied to its business.

BLOCKCHAIN INTO BUSINESS

Operating for around three years now, Applied Blockchain has clients from the banking, telecoms, carmaking, manufacturing, and aerospace industries. This its first foray into energy. The technology is slowly entering into the energy sector with, according to Reuters, a consortium involving Shell, BP, and Statoil already working on the development of a blockchain-based energy commodity trading platform.

Shell chief technology officer Johan Krebbers highlighted the huge potential blockchain tech has for business:

Blockchain applications have huge potential to shake up how we do things in the energy industry from streamlining process, to simplifying how we work with our suppliers and serve our customers. Investing in Applied Blockchain is part of our commitment to use digitalisation to create value in our core business and develop new business models.

ENERGY AND BLOCKCHAINS

Shell is not the only energy company with eyes on blockchain technology.  Last year, it was reported that trading house Mercuria started working with banks ING and Societe Generale on the first large oil trade based on blockchain technology. According to analysts, the marriage of blockchain and the oil and gas industry presents a number of opportunities for streamlining and improvements in cross-border payments, record management, supply chain management, and smart contracts as potential applications.

Specialists at multinational professional services network Deloitte stated:

A secure system that mitigates risk, increases transparency, provides an audit trail, and speeds up transactions at a significantly reduced cost may be appealing to oil and gas companies.

As the crypto space expands and more companies develop blockchain solutions, the entire industry will benefit from a technology which is revolutionizing the way the world does business.


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