Shell FRED

Gexcon is an exclusive licensing partner of Shell


Shell FRED (Fire, Release, Explosion, and Dispersion) is Shell’s consequence modelling tool, available exclusively through Gexcon.


Shell FRED (Fire, Release, Explosion, and Dispersion) is Shell's consequence modelling tool, available exclusively through Gexcon.

The Shell FRED software gathers in one tool state-of-the-art Fire, Release, Explosion, and Dispersion models that predict consequences of accidental and design releases of products from the process, storage, transport, and distribution operations.

Its ease of use allows the user to rapidly comprehend the consequence prediction related to incidents for facilities and operations. It provides the user with an at a glance overview of the hazardous extents, such as blast waves, heat radiation, and gas concentrations directly on-site plan.

Shell FRED has been continuously developed and validated by Shell since the 1980s and has been extensively used by oil, gas, and petrochemical operating companies, engineering contractors, insurers, and regulators throughout the world. The integrated models rely on an extensive and unique programme of large-scale experiments, participation in Joint Industry Projects, combined with validated scientific research, that assure the reliability and consistency of the results.

The software is underpinned by an advanced thermodynamic model which enables extended multi-component fuel representation to be used in nearly all models, the result of over $2m investment.


Coming Soon Shell FRED 2020

Shell FRED 2020 is coming soon!

Shell FRED 2020 will replace the current edition of the software (FRED v7.1.1) later this year with new key features and benefits. Stay tuned for more information!



Uses and Applications

Shell FRED can be used for:

  • Preparation and update of safety cases
  • Justification for new design and operation
  • Facility layout and equipment optimization
  • Pre-incident and emergency response planning studies
  • Domino effects/escalation management studies
  • Accident investigation
  • Quantitative risk analysis (QRA) – with results directly integrated into Shell’s QRA tool Shell Shepherd


Key Benefits

  • Draws on Shell’s and Gexcon’s vast R&D knowledge and integrates Shell’s operating experience
  • Provides users with state-of-the-art Fire, Release, Explosion and Dispersion models
  • Allows users to easily generate fast and reliable consequence predictions
  • Transparency of the integrated models, including detailed Operational Guidance, gives confidence to the users on the reliability and consistency of the results


To enhance your understanding of and improve your competence in using Shell FRED, Gexcon offers training courses to suit your individual needs.

For detailed information about the training, please follow the link below to find out more.

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