Shell will become 100% owner of the first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, Egmond aan Zee. Up to now, the company shared ownership of the wind farm with energy company Vattenfall via the joint venture NoordzeeWind C.V.. Both companies announced today that Shell will be acquiring the share of Vattenfall.
Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farm is located 10 to 18 kilometers off the coast at Egmond aan Zee. The project features 36 Vestas wind turbines. It concerns the type V90 with a shaft height of 70 meters, a tip height of 115 meters, a rotor diameter of 90 meters and a capacity of 3 MW. The offshore wind farm with an installed capacity of 108 MW was commissioned in 2007.
Shell and Vattenfall have worked together for over twenty years to build and operate the oldest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. At the time, the project was an important step for both parties to gain expertise in this form of sustainable energy.
Kasper Simonsen, Head of Asset Management, said the sale enables Vattenfall to focus even more on the development of new projects. The company will apply the lessons learned from the first Dutch offshore wind farm to the construction of Hollandse Kust Zuid and other future offshore wind farms.
Hessel de Jong, general director offshore wind Europe at Shell agreed that the company has already learned a lot from the construction of this first Dutch offshore wind farm and gained valuable experience for operating an offshore wind farm in a dynamic energy market.
Shell is also partner in the Blauwwing consortium that owns the recently commissioned Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm, together with Partners Group (45%), Eneco (10%), DGE (15%) and Van Oord (10%).