Shell is developing a 20MW solar plant at Moerdijk in the Netherlands where it runs one of Europe's largest petrochemicals manufacturing sites.
The project, set to include more than 50,000 solar panels, is being developed by Shell New Energies Business. Construction is scheduled to begin this year on an unused land area and Shell Moerdijk, the petrochemical product producer, will offtake power from the plant once completed.
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Marjan van Loon, president-director Shell Nederland, said: “We are eager to limit emissions through energy efficiency improvements of our processes and investments in new energy activities at the same time.”
Marc van Gerven, vice-president, Solar, at Shell New Energies Business, said: “Shell recognises that solar will play an increasing role in tomorrow’s energy systems. This project demonstrates our capability to develop differentiated solutions and deliver commercially attractive projects on behalf of industrial customers.”
Lori Ryerkerk, Shell executive vice-president of Manufacturing, added: “Teams at the 17 refineries and chemicals plants Shell operates strive to improve their energy efficiency. They are investing in units to cogenerate electricity and heat, improving utilisation, upgrading equipment and technology, and even selling excess heat to neighbours.”
Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Shell has been active in offshore wind in the North Sea, electric mobility at its retail sites and residual heat from its petrochemical complex, Shell Pernis.
Last summer, Shell was also assessing the viability of a 250MW solar PV plant in Australia.