Amazon buys more offshore wind power

Amazon has signed an agreement with Shell Energy Europe to offtake renewable power from the subsidy-free Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm being constructed in the Netherlands.

Starting in 2024, Amazon will offtake a total of 380 MW from the wind farm, 250 MW from Shell and 130 MW from Eneco.

According to Shell, this will move Amazon closer to its pledge to become net-zero carbon by 2040 and continue its path to power operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 – five years ahead of its 2030 target.

“Supplying Amazon with electricity from this offshore wind farm contributes to their net-zero pledge while progressing our own ambition to be a net-zero emissions business by 2050 or sooner,” said Elisabeth Brinton, Executive Vice President of New Energies at Shell.

“We are delighted to continue strengthening our strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) across Shell New Energies. Our collaboration is enabling us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation.”

At the end of last year, Amazon signed a ten-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted to offtake the output of 250 MW from Ørsted’s planned 900 MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm in Germany.

The CrossWind consortium of Shell and Eneco won the tender to build the Hollandse Kust Noord in the summer of 2020.

Located some 18.5 km off the Dutch west coast, the 759 MW wind farm will comprise Siemens Gamesa SG 11.0-200 DD turbines planned to be operational by 2023.