Shell powers chemical operations with Dutch solar park

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Oil and gas giant Shell has taken a step towards greening its chemical operations – and boosted the Netherlands’ installed PV capacity – by opening a 27 MW solar project.

The Anglo-Dutch fossil fuel company today officially opened the project at its 500 ha Shell Moerdijk Chemical Plant in Moerdijk, near Breda in the south of the country.

The solar scheme, which includes 76,000 panels, will generate power for chemical operations at the site which produces plastics for a range of industries as well as raw gasoline and LPG by-products.

In a statement released to publicize the solar project, Marjan van Loon, president-director of Shell Nederland, said: “Developing this solar power plant in Moerdijk fits within Shell’s ambition to play an active role in the Dutch energy transition. We are eager to limit emissions through energy efficiency improvements of our processes and investments in new energy activities. To accelerate [the] energy transition, it is important that we align our activities to the ideas and initiatives in society. We know dialogue and collaboration is the key to success.”

Robin Mooldijk, executive VP for manufacturing at Shell, said: “At all Shell’s oil refineries and chemicals plants we are working to improve utilization, energy efficiency and carbon intensity. Alongside process improvements and equipment upgrades, we also need vision and imagination.  This solar park, now operational and helping to power our Moerdijk chemicals plant, is part of that.”