Shell Moerdijk Solar Farm

Today Shell officially opened its solar park at the Shell Moerdijk Chemical Plant. With 76,000 panels, the solar park has a peak capacity of 27 megawatts, equivalent to the energy consumption of 9,000 Dutch households. The generated solar energy will be used to help power operations at Shell Moerdijk.

“Developing this solar power plant in Moerdijk fits within Shell’s ambition to play an active role in the Dutch energy transition,” says Marjan van Loon, president-director Shell Nederland. “We are eager to limit emissions through energy efficiency improvements of our processes and investments in new energy activities. To accelerate energy transition, it is important that we align our activities to the ideas and initiatives in society. We know dialogue and collaboration is the key to success.”

Robin Mooldijk, Executive Vice President for Manufacturing at Shell said: “At all Shell’s oil refineries and chemicals plants we are working to improve utilisation, energy efficiency and carbon intensity. Alongside process improvements and equipment upgrades, we also need vision and imagination. This solar park, now operational and helping to power our Moerdijk chemicals plant, is part of that.”

Other examples of Shell’s work in the Netherlands on the energy transition include offshore wind in the North Sea, electric mobility at our retail sites and residual heat from Shell Pernis.

According to Marjan van Loon, “Making the energy transition work is not a question of just one solution, but a combination of measures. More will follow in the coming years, one after the other.”

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Notes to editors

  • Energy efficiency improvements at Shell refineries and chemical plans include combined heat and power units, heat integration systems and waste gas recovery systems.
  • At Rheinland refinery we are progressing a hydrogen electrolysis plant. When powered by renewable electricity, the green hydrogen will help reduce the carbon intensity of the site. A unit of this kind allows Shell to help stabilise the public power grid, thereby facilitating more use of renewable electricity in Germany.
  • Shell’s new cracker at CSPC in China features modern, energy-efficient equipment, as does Shell’s Pennsylvania chemicals project that is under construction in the US.
  • Shell’s pioneering carbon capture and storage project at the Scotford upgrader that provides feedstock for the integrated Scotford refinery and chemicals manufacturing site, has safely captured and stored more than 4 million tonnes of CO2 since starting up in 2015.

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