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Shell and Eneco team up in bid for Dutch offshore wind farms

AMSTERDAM, March 13 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has teamed up with energy company Eneco and builder Van Oord in a bid to build two wind farms in the Dutch part of the North Sea, the companies said on Wednesday.

The tender for the wind farms, with total capacity of 750 megawatts (MW), is open until March 14 for bids that require no subsidies on electricity prices.

The Dutch were among the first to offer a ‘zero subsidy’ tender for wind power in 2017, with Sweden’s Vattenfall winning the right to build a 700 MW wind farm without price support. read more

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Shell’s Shopping List Paints Picture Of The Power Market Yet To Come

John Parnell: Contributor: 25 Feb 2019

Today there were reports that oil and gas giant Shell is keen to get involved with the UK’s vibrant offshore wind sector. Earlier this month it announced that it bought the German energy storage and management provider sonnen.

If news had broken three years ago that Shell had acquired a 100% stake in a German energy storage company the reaction would have been confusion, surprise and probably a dose of suspicion.

In that time, the company has launched a consumer-facing utility brand, acquired an EV infrastructure firm and declared that electricity will be the “fourth pillar” of its business. read more

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Shell rumoured to be ‘keen’ on UK offshore wind

Oil giant Shell is rumoured to be keen on entering the UK offshore wind market, according to the firm’s new energy president.

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Mark Gainsborough, executive vice president of Shell New Energies, told Reuters during an interview last week that his firm intends to buy up UK seabed leases or buy up stakes in existing projects.

Shell recently bought a majority stake in a floating wind project planned for 2020

Originally investing 33% in the ‘TetraSpar’ floating foundation demonstrator turbine last year, Shell will now own 66% of the project.

Shell also pledged up to £1.4billion in new renewable energies last year. read more

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Shell shrugs off Brexit to eye foothold in UK offshore wind market

LONDON (Reuters) – Shell plans to enter Britain’s offshore wind market by acquiring seabed leases or taking stakes in existing projects, despite the country’s impending departure from the European Union, the head of the company’s New Energies division said.

Oil firms are increasingly building portfolios of clean energy projects to satisfy investor demands that they reduce their carbon footprint. Shell previously said it would spend $1 billion to $2 billion a year on green technology. read more

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Shell plans floating wind project off the Norwegian coast

13 FEBRUARY 2019 

Royal Dutch Shell will join forces with renewable energy developers to build an €18m (£15.7m) floating wind project off the coast of Norway by next year.

The Anglo-Dutch fossil fuel giant will take a majority stake in the development company that hopes to prove that the cost of floating wind projects could fall significantly using innovating approaches.

Shell has increased its share of the project from an initial one third stake to almost two thirds, alongside German renewables company Innogy and Denmark’s Stiesdal Offshore Technologies. read more

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Shell buys up controlling stake in floating wind project

Shell buys up controlling stake in floating wind project

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Energy giant Shell has bought a controlling stake in a floating wind project planned for 2020.

Originally investing 33% in the ‘TetraSpar’ floating foundation demonstrator turbine last year, Shell will now own 66% of the project.

The development project is a partnership between Shell, Innogy and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies (SOT).

It has a project budget of almost £16 million.

The demonstrator will also utilise a Siemens Gamesa 3.6 megawatt (MW) direct drive turbine.

Testing is due to begin in 2020 at the Marine Energy Test Centre (Metcentre) near Stavanger in Norway.

James Cotter, project manager at Shell, said: “Shell is working to grow our renewable power business and sees great promise in floating wind technologies that could change the face of the offshore wind industry over the next decade. read more

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Shell and Innogy agree investment on €18m floating wind project

Energy giants Shell and Innogy have teamed up with Stiesdal Offshore Technologies (SOT) to invest in an €18m demonstration project they hope could slash the costs of installing floating wind turbines.

The trio yesterday announced the final investment decision on the TetraSpar floating wind project, firing the starter gun on work to install a turbine with a floating foundation off the Norwegian coast.

The plan is to create a turbine foundation featuring a modular structure, which would be constructed from tubular steel and incorporate a suspended keel. The companies said that because the design can be assembled on land and towed fully constructed out to sea, it should deliver significant cost savings compared to current designs for floating turbines. read more

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Shell backs Alphabet’s power-generating kites in latest renewable bet

Makani could become a player in offshore wind power.

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas: 13 Feb 2019

Alphabet is turning yet another one of its X projects into a business, but this time it’s enlisting the help of an unusual ally. Makani Power, a venture making electricity-generating kites (see above), has become a full-fledged subsidiary of Alphabet thanks in part to a minority investment from Shell — yes, the fossil fuel giant. The two hope to shift the technology from the land to offshore, where winds are stronger. They’re betting that the kites will be easier to deploy than conventional wind farms, since they could deploy with floating buoys instead of requiring platforms that reach down to the ocean bed. read more

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Wind farms are back on Shell’s horizon

Shell’s wind development division considers Britain, including the North Sea, to be a key offshore market: ARTERRA/UIG/GETTY IMAGES

Royal Dutch Shell is considering bidding for rights to develop offshore wind farms in British waters as the Anglo-Dutch oil major seeks to re-enter the UK sector after a ten-year absence.

Dorine Bosman, Shell’s vice-president of wind development, said that the company was interested in seabed leases that are due to be awarded this year by the Crown Estate. read more

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Shell says it wants to double green energy investment

Company already committed to spend $1bn-$2bn annually in the next two years on low carbon energy read more

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Shell splashes out $175m to crack US wind market

Royal Dutch Shell has boosted its expansion into the offshore wind sector with two deals to establish a significant position in the nascent US industry.

The Anglo-Dutch energy group has splashed out $175 million over the past week on the rights to develop hundreds of turbines in the waters off New Jersey and Massachusetts, which could power more than 1.5 million homes.

Dorine Bosman, vice-president for wind development at Shell, below, said its expertise from developing offshore oil and gas fields should help it to compete against established offshore wind players to secure subsidy contracts needed for the proposed wind farms to go ahead. read more

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Shell forms joint venture to produce offshore wind energy in New Jersey

19 December 2018

(Reuters) – EDF Renewables North America said on Wednesday it had formed a joint venture with oil and gas firm Royal Dutch Shell plc’s (RDSa.AS) new energies division to co-develop a lease area for offshore wind energy in New Jersey.

The area, spread over 183,353 acres and located off the coast of Atlantic City, has the potential to produce about 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy, EDF said in a statement.

The Trump administration is streamlining permits for offshore wind industry and carving out new areas for leasing to boost domestic energy production and jobs. read more

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Shell joins Dunkirk offshore wind project consortium for French tender

London — Oil major Shell’s new energy unit has joined a consortium for the 500 MW offshore wind project at Dunkirk to be tendered by the French government in H1 2019.

Shell is already part of a successful consortium that was awarded the 730 MW Borselle 3 and 4 offshore wind tender in the Netherlands at Eur54.60/MWh.

Shell’s New Energy unit plans to invest an average $1 billion-$2 billion per year until 2020 in mainly renewable energy projects, it said.

–Andreas Franke, [email protected] read more

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Customers quit First Utility, the supplier Shell bought to take on the Big Six

The electricity and gas supplier had to deal with almost 40,000 complaints in the second quarter of this year: GARETH FULLER/PA

The UK energy supplier acquired by Royal Dutch Shell as a vehicle for growth has lost tens of thousands of customers since agreeing the deal.

First Utility supplied gas and electricity to 805,000 UK households when it agreed in December to be taken over by the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, which said it would use it to challenge the Big Six suppliers. read more

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Shell selects E.ON to operate Texas wind farm

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Brazos Wind Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Shell Wind Energy (Shell), has signed an operations and maintenance contract with E.ON Energy Services LLC (EES) for its site near Fluvanna, Texas. E.ON will perform scheduled maintenance services on the 160-MW site.

Shell owns and operates the Brazos Wind Farm, which uses Mitsubishi 1000A turbines. E.ON will perform scheduled maintenance and troubleshooting for the site in daily coordination with Brazos. read more

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‘Shell is ready for the energy shocks to come’

9 SEPTEMBER 2018 • 8:39PM

Like a pair of mysterious soothsayers, Maarten Wetselaar and John Abbott are peering into the future. The world they see is almost unrecognisable from the one we inhabit today, and yet it is only just around the corner.

In the west, the petrol car has become obsolete. Lorries are powered by liquid natural gas. Freight liners criss-cross the oceans fuelled by hydrogen. Solar and wind provide the energy to our homes.

And the petrol station has been reimagined as an unlikely retail hotspot where people routinely gather to do their food shopping, pick up parcels, and sip artisan coffee. A convoy of vehicles are being rebooted at one of many charging points on the forecourt. read more

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Thousands call for Science Museum to drop controversial Shell sponsorship

‘A museum dedicated to science education should not be helping promote any company that is actively exacerbating this planetary emergency until they show a serious proactive drive to switch to renewables’

Tens of thousands of people have urged the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry to drop Shell as a sponsor from an upcoming event.

The announcement that the museum’s new exhibition, “Electricity: the spark of life”, would be supported by the oil giant sparked controversy among local groups.

Critics described the decision to partner with the company as a sign that for the museum “money is more important than tackling climate change”.

Specifically, they have highlighted the role that fossil fuels play in driving global climate change and the role that oil companies have played in the phenomenon.

A petition with over 57,000 signatures has been handed to the museum as the Manchester Science Festival, which includes the new exhibition. read more

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Shell Brazil evaluating potential purchase of Eletrobras assets

REUTERS STAFF: AUGUST 22, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.AS) Brazil chief said on Wednesday that the company is evaluating the assets of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA’s (ELET6.SA) that are being put up for sale as part of the state-owned utility’s debt reduction and privatization plans. Andre Araujo also told reporters that the company was considering participating in an upcoming Brazilian government auction for projects in the wind energy sector. read more

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Shell To Become A Renewable Energy Company?

By  20 July 2018

Summary

  • Shell’s Energy Transition Report envisions a low fossil fuel future. It is therefore taking steps to adapt to this vision.
  • It is currently spending about $1-2 billion per year on a segment called “new energies”.
  • While its Energy Transition Report seems unrealistic, raising potential concerns in regards to Shell’s investment strategy, there are valid reasons to diversify, such as low oil & gas discovery levels.
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    Shell’s Offshore Wind Play Energizes Renewables Industry

    By Bobby Magill: July 20, 2018

    If Royal Dutch Shell Plc wins a federal lease to build an offshore wind farm in New England this fall, the company will be the first oil major with experience drilling in U.S. waters to enter the fledgling domestic offshore wind market.

    Shell’s interest in U.S. offshore wind development is seen within the industry as marking a shift toward the mainstream of the domestic energy sector, as offshore wind strengthens ties with the oil industry while harnessing one of the nation’s largest untapped sources of carbon-free electricity. read more

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    Shell-Partners consortium ready to build Dutch offshore wind farm

    Shell-Partners consortium ready to build Dutch offshore wind farm

    Reuters Staff: JUNE 28, 2018

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A consortium led by Swiss investor Partners Group and Royal Dutch Shell said it has secured financing for the building of a 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea.

    Shell and consortium partners Eneco, Van Oord and Mitsubishi/DGE were awarded the “Borssele 3 and 4” project in December 2016, at what at the time was the Netherlands’ lowest-ever strike price of 54.50 euro cents per megawatt-hour.

    Building of the wind farm, which will have the capacity to power around 825,000 households, will start in the fourth quarter of 2019, with production expected to begin in 2021. read more

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    Shell joins UK offshore wind partnership group

    Shell joins UK offshore wind partnership group

    Shell Global Solutions International BV has today joined the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), the Carbon Trust’s collaborative research, development and demonstration programme.

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    The oil giant joins existing partners EnBW, E.ON, Equinor, Innogy SE, Orsted, ScottishPower Renewables/Iberdrola, SSE Renewables and Vattenfall Wind Power on the OWA roster.

    Set up in 2008, the Carbon Trust’s OWA programme is primarily structured around five research areas: Access Systems; Cable Installation, Electrical Systems; Wake Effects and Wind Resource; and Foundations.

    Dorine Bosman, VP Wind Development at Shell, said: “The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator is a good example of the collaboration required between public and private sectors. The research and development programme will be key to delivering technical, commercial and financial innovations for large scale and sustainable offshore wind opportunities in the future.” read more

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    Shell sees no risk of ‘stranded assets’ as reserves life shrinks

    FILE PHOTO: Electric car chargers are seen at the Holloway Road Shell station where Shell is launching its first fast electric vehicle charging station in London, Britain October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Turner/File Photo

    Dmitry Zhdannikov: APRIL 12, 2018 LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it saw little risk of having “stranded assets” in its portfolio as the world shifts to low carbon energy because the oil major will have four-fifths of its current oil and gas reserves extracted before 2030 anyway. 

    Shell has one of the lowest reserves life ratio among its peers and last year it saw reserves plunging to new lows after divesting a large number of assets.

    The major now sits on 12.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, down from 13.2 billion at the end of 2016, and enough to sustain the current annual production of 1.383 billion barrels for less than nine years. read more

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    Fossil fuels blown away by wind in cost terms: study

    New onshore wind and solar energy projects are set to deliver electricity more cheaply than fossil fuels plants, with other green technologies also rapidly gaining a cost advantage over dirty fuels, a report published Saturday said. 

    According to a new cost analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), within two years “all the renewable power generation technologies that are now in commercial use are expected to fall within the fossil fuel-fired cost range, with most at the lower end or undercutting fossil fuels”.

    It expects renewables will cost between three and 10 US cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) by 2020, while the current cost spectrum for fossil fuel power generation ranges from five to 17 US cents per kWh. read more

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