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.”
This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: email@example.com.
By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.
Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.
You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.
Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.