Shell-led consortium to build 700MW offshore Dutch wind farm

Dutch Economics Minister Henk Kamp believes by 2020, some 10,000 jobs will have been created by wind farm projects
Dutch Economics Minister Henk Kamp believes by 2020, some 10,000 jobs will have been created by wind farm projects

A Shell-led consortium has won a bid to build a 700 megawatt wind farm off the southern Dutch coastline, the government announced on Monday.

It will create thousands of jobs and power an additional one million homes.

The consortium, which also includes a Japanese-based Mitsubishi subsidiary and several Dutch firms including energy company Eneco, outbid 26 others to build a park—the second out of a total of five—some 22 kilometres (13 miles) off the coast of the southern Zeeland province, a statement said.

The wind farm is part of five planned by the Dutch government by 2023, as it moves away from traditional power sources such as coal-fired and .

"We believe that by 2020, some 10,000 jobs will have been created by these projects," Economics Minister Henk Kamp said in the statement.

The park, which will be built at an estimated cost of 300 million euros ($319 million) is "one of the largest in the world which has to be operational by 2023", the statement said.

"Each wind farm will have a 700 megawatt capacity—enough to supply one million households of electricity," it added.

The Netherlands in 2013 struck a so-called "Energy Accord" between government, business, unions and environmental groups aimed at developing sustainable energy and slashing greenhouse gasses in the Netherlands.

Carefully negotiated between some 40 organisations, the Energy Accord will see the Netherlands produce at least 14 percent of its by sustainable methods by 2020, including through North Sea wind parks containing hundreds of .

There are currently some 2,403 wind turbines in the Netherlands but only 289 are offshore four North Sea parks, according to the Windstats.nl website.


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Dec 15, 2016
Good. Compare that with the Russian idea of floating nuclear powerplants in the oceans.

What could possibly go wrong?

Dec 15, 2016
Good. Compare that with the Russian idea of floating nuclear powerplants in the oceans.

What could possibly go wrong?
Ahaahaaaaa I suppose the psychopath objects to a sustainable energy project because it is being led by an oil company?

Perception is everything to crackpots.

Dec 15, 2016
So is this "greenwashing"? Or are they really trying to diversify their holdings? (Cynicism says: the former)

Dec 15, 2016
It is diversification into cleaner operation.

It is a confession of failure to keep us hooked on their filthy and polluting products. If they want to stay filthy rich, it is what they must do.

Do not expect any thanks for any renewable developers, however, Big Oil has its Big Ego.

Dec 15, 2016
Do not expect any thanks for any renewable developers, however, Big Oil has its Big Ego
So its true then. The Big Sicko does not like it just because its Big Oil.

Big Surprise. Big Deal.

Dec 15, 2016
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Dec 15, 2016
Nobody likes bullies.
Nobody likes lying posturing psychopaths who threaten the people who post here.

Dec 15, 2016
Give up on the psychopathy. There is nobody here to help you.

Go see what these oil folk did to Africa.

Meanwhile, we are waiting for Trump to open up coal production again. Most conservatives are completely unaware why it is dying.

Dec 20, 2016
Big Oil = Vladi Putin

It is obvious who sold us out to our enemies.

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