Located in the south of the Netherlands, Moerdijk is where Shell has its chemical complex, one of the largest complexes of its kind in Europe. A 20 MW project (pictured is a rendering) is one of Shell’s first larger solar projects and being installed on an unused piece of land at Shell Moerdijk. (Photo Credit: Shell)
- Shell’s New Energies division will be setting up a 20 MW solar power plant in the Netherlands
- Clean energy generated by the project will be used by its chemical complex located in the town of Moerdijk
- More than 50,000 solar panels will be deployed for the project, which will produce enough energy to power 7,000 homes
- Construction on the project is likely to begin in 2018, though the company did not specify precisely when
Global oil giant Shell is developing a 20 MW solar power park in Moerdijk, in the Netherlands. It will be installed on an unused piece of land at its chemical complex of Shell Moerdijk for captive consumption. The company will install more than 50,000 solar panels, which would be enough to produce electricity for 7,000 homes.
The Dutch project will be carried out by the company’s business unit Shell New Energies. “Solar energy will play an important role in the energy systems of the future. With this project, we demonstrate that we are able to develop commercially attractive solutions for the industry,” said VP of solar at Shell New Energies, Marc van Gerven.
Shell hired van Gerven from First Solar in 2016 to re-establish its solar business. A first focus is on EPC of large-scale PV installations.
Construction of this 20 MW project is set to begin in the current year, though the company did not share any specific timelines.
The Shell Group also wants to use solar on its own sites and operations – and the Dutch plant is aiming to help the oil company reduce its emissions. Shell New Energies has been exploring clean energy technologies, in particular wind for some time. The Group is also running a program in Oman to partner up with local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the Ministry of Education to deploy solar panels for public schools (see Shell Oman Steps Up ‘Solar Into Schools’ Program).
In August last year, Shell’s corporate venturing arm invested in Sunseap Group of Singapore to collaborate on solar power projects in the Asia-Pacific region (see Shell Invests In Singapore PV Firm). The multinational energy company has also shown interest in developing a 250 MW solar farm at Woleebee in Australia (see Shell Planning 250 MW PV Project In Australia).