Shell's involvement in offshore wind
Offshore wind is a key growth area for Shell. Around the world, millions of people live inside 40 kilometres (25 miles) of a coastline where winds are strong and steady, making offshore wind a great option for renewable power.
Shell's offshore wind projects include:
The Egmond aan Zee wind farm off the Dutch coast is a 50-50 joint venture between European utility company Nuon and Shell. The first large wind farm to be built in the North Sea, it comprises 36 wind turbines that produce enough renewable electricity for more than 100,000 Dutch households.
Blauwwind (in development)
Shell is also a 20% shareholder in the Blauwwind Consortium that will build and operate the Borssele 3&4 wind farm off the Dutch coast, with the capacity to power around 825,000 Dutch homes.
Offshore US (in development)
Shell is a 50% shareholder in Atlantic Shores in New Jersey that is working to develop an offshore lease area capable of generating 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of power.
Shell is also a 50% shareholder in the Mayflower consortium, which is working to develop a lease area off the coast of Massachusetts, USA. That site will have the potential to generate 1.6GW of power that will power more than 680,000 US homes.
Floating and kite wind
Shell is also exploring new technology. We have partnered with Makani, an independent company within Alphabet, to bring their airborne wind power system to offshore environments. We are also a major shareholder in Tetraspar Demo - a new floating turbine foundation, that offers leaner manufacturing, assembly and installation leading to lower costs.