US contractor McDermott and Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell are to explore opportunities for reducing, and eliminating, emissions from construction through pathways such as low carbon fuels, renewable power, digital solutions and the decarbonisation of marine construction vessels.

McDermott's fabrication yards in Batam, Indonesia; China; the Middle East and Mexico – in addition to its marine construction vessel fleet - will be key to identifying opportunities to lower emissions and gain operational efficiencies, the contractor said.

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"Companies such as McDermott and Shell—who have targets to progress towards net-zero emissions by 2050, in step with society—are well positioned to approach the challenges of lowering emissions together," said McDermott’s chief operating officer Samik Mukherjee.

"A pathway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from construction operations will make significant strides toward net zero Engineering, Procurement and Construction projects in the future."

McDermott on Wednesday confirmed it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shell Eastern Petroleum to collaborate on decarbonising the construction process.

"McDermott's integrated project delivery enables us to look holistically across our operations for opportunities to reduce emissions," added Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott's senior vice President, Asia Pacific.

"We are looking forward to working with Shell to explore what's possible and see how our combined expertise delivers more sustainable operations."