Shell & Connect Plus join forces to accelerate decarbonisation of UK roadbuilding 

Shell has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Connect Plus - a consortium that includes Edge Orbital Holdings Ltd, Balfour Beatty and Egis Investment Partners, to develop and deploy solutions and technologies to decarbonise road paving in the UK by extending the life of pavements.
Ancillary Equipment / December 9, 2022
By Guy Woodford
The signing of the Shell-Connect Plus MOU. Pictured left to right: John Read – Shell – GM Bitumen and Sulphur; Nigel Blackbee, Connect Plus – Network Development Director; Andy Dean, Connect-Plus – Chief Executive; Raman Ojha, Shell – VP Construction & Road; Ana Alvernhe, Shell-GM Construction and road in EUAF; Zhilin Yuan, Shell – Global Marketing and Sustainability Manager; Leigh Cakebread, Connect Plus – Communications Manager

Shell and Connect Plus believe that collaboration across the highways and construction value chain is necessary for the sector's decarbonisation. By working together, the companies will aim to unlock new and innovative solutions and practices to help improve road performance and encourage progress towards a net-zero road paving industry. 


The agreement will see the companies explore solutions to extend the pavement life of the M25 or London Orbital Motorway, the second longest orbital road in Europe. Connect Plus has a 30-year contract with National Highways, signed in 2009, to operate, maintain and manage the M25 and its key arterial link roads. The M25 is one of the busiest motorways in Europe, used by over 200,000 vehicles daily while linking people and freight through two major container seaports and five international airports. 


As part of the agreement, Connect Plus will trial Shell Cariphalte AgeSafe, Shell's new polymer-modified bitumen product that increases the lifespan of roads. The companies will also work together to understand road surface texture development, explore alternate pavement design strategies, and develop pavement failure models from field measurements relevant to the UK. 


The agreement between Shell and Connect Plus will begin immediately to enable us to start delivering progress on the decarbonisation of road paving in the UK. 

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