OUR GROWING WIND PORTFOLIO

Shell made its first move into the wind business over 20 years ago. In 2000 we were part of a consortium that installed the first offshore wind turbine in UK waters. In 2001 we also initially invested in onshore wind in the USA.

Today, offshore wind is once again a key growth area for Shell. We have more than 6 gigawatts (GW) of wind projects in our portfolio and in development. We are also investing in the next generation of wind technologies, including floating wind.

Building on over 50 years of experience in offshore oil and gas engineering, we want to lead the way in offshore wind through system-wide collaboration and innovation to deliver cleaner power at scale.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Borssele III & IV

A man walking next to a wind turbine construction site

Shell is part of the Blauwwind consortium that built and operates the Borssele III & IV wind farm off the Dutch coast. The 731.5 MW wind farm is designed to produce 3 TWh of power per year, equivalent to 2.5% of Dutch electricity demand. The wind farm became fully operational in February 2021, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ensuring safe operations and protecting the environment are key for the partners. Van Oord’s FaunaGuard, an innovative device that uses specific underwater acoustics, was used to proactively repel marine life during construction. To reduce underwater noise during installation, Van Oord’s offshore vessel Aeolus was equipped with the AdBm Noise Mitigation System. Blauwwind is also participating in a pilot to place flat oysters on some of the monopiles to see whether oysters can establish themselves permanently in the wind farm and attract new marine life. Read more about how Shell is protecting biodiversity when designing wind and solar farms.

Watch how Shell helped build Borssele III & IV

Hollandse Kust (noord)

Close up of a wind turbine

Shell and Eneco are part of the Crosswind consortium, which in July 2020 was awarded the tender for the subsidy-free offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (noord). The consortium plans to have the wind farm operational in 2023 with an installed capacity of 759 MW.

Wind does not always blow consistently; to balance these dips and peaks and help integrate electricity into the national energy system, CrossWind and its partners are exploring five different innovations. A floating solar park could help generate additional power when the sun shines but there is not enough wind. The use of real-time data will also help intelligent turbines respond to changing conditions within seconds as well as address the wake effect across the entire wind farm. Battery storage and hydrogen production could provide a way to store electricity in periods of high power production, and to supplement power by for example converting hydrogen to electricity in periods of low power production.

Read more about the wind farm.

Tetraspar Demo

Tetraspar Demonstrator Project
Tetraspar Demonstrator Project

We want to capitalise on our technical expertise in deep water development to progress floating wind. Together with Stiesdal Offshore Technology, RWE and TEPCO, Shell is testing a new type of floating foundation called the Tetraspar Demo near Stavanger in Norway. Floating technologies give access to greater water depths, increasing the number of locations that wind farms can be installed. Tetraspar aims to lower the cost of floating offshore wind energy, as well as to increase opportunities for local content. When configured in its floating formation, platform will be anchored to the seabed with mooring lines. In shallower waters, it can also be ‘fixed’ to the seabed using a gravity-based structure.

Offshore installation of the 3.6-megawatt Tetraspar demonstration unit was completed in the summer of 2021. In November 2021, the TetraSpar unit was commissioned and put into operation. Now connected to the Norwegian grid, the project will next enter the test phase where data on the performance and characteristics of the TetraSpar floating foundation will be captured and analysed to pave the way for commercial-scale floating wind projects.

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