Together with ScottishPower, Shell has won leases under ScotWind, the programme for awarding seabed rights that belong to Crown Estate Scotland. The two sites to the north-east and east of Scotland will enable the companies to build some 5GW in wind power capacity.
CampionWind and MarramWind, the two new joint ventures, will draw on the combined experience and knowhow of operating offshore of Scotland, albeit in different sectors, to generate 2GW and 3GW in electricity, respectively – enough in total for six million homes. The projects will also benefit from both companies’ capacity to innovate, because both of them are floating wind projects, where wind turbines float in deeper water where it is unfeasible to build them on the seabed.
Shell’s director for integrated gas and renewables and energy solutions, Wael Sawan, said the decision would enable the companies to help speed up the UK’s move to net-zero by generating power from floating wind turbines at a substantial scale. He added:
“Floating wind plays to our strengths in deeper offshore projects, and we are well placed to help advance the wider take-up of this important clean energy source. Renewable electricity will play an increasingly important role in our customer-focused strategy, as we provide more low-carbon products and services customers need for their journey to net-zero.”
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