Shell issues offshore wind personnel contracts

In: Windfarms
06/05/2021

ERSG and Light Source People have secured separate contracts with Shell Renewables and Energy Solutions (formerly New Energies) to supports its offshore wind activities.

Light Source People has been commissioned to provide contractors and permanent staff in a global framework agreement to support Shell's offshore wind projects and wider renewables portfolio for the next five years.
Adam Grainger, Managing Director for LSP, said: “This is a great achievement for Light Source People and we look forward to supplying Shell Renewables & Energy Solutions with best in class talent and industry leading service levels for the coming five years. The award of this tender is indicative of our service and performance levels and a testament to our ambition to become the best Renewable Energy Recruitment supplier globally.”

ERSG has been awarded global supplier status with Shell for recruitment and contract labour services, including technical and commercial positions within its offshore wind business in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

UK Sales Director, Nigel Wilson, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Shell and deliver recruitment services globally.    We are proud to harness the strength of our brand and provide expertise through our network of global offices in Europe, USA and Asia”.

Offshore wind is a key growth area for Shell as it looks to generate cleaner power for its customers. Shell entered the offshore wind business in 2000 as part of a consortium that installed the first offshore wind turbine in UK waters. The company owns interest in the
Egmond aan Zee and Blauwwind offshore wind farms currently operating off the Dutch coast. It is also supporting the development of the subsidy-free Hollandse Kust Noord project through the CrossWind consortium. Shell is a 79.9% shareholder in the consortium.

In the US, Shell is a 50% shareholder in
Atlantic Shores in New Jersey that is working to develop an offshore lease area capable of generating 2.5 GW of power. Shell is also a 50% shareholder in the Mayflower consortium, which is working to develop a lease area off the coast of Massachusetts, USA. That site will have the potential to generate 1.6GW of power that will power more than 680,000 US homes. In 2019, the Mayflower Wind project was chosen to supply 804 MW of offshore wind capacity to Massachusetts, with the expected start-up in 2025.

Shell is also investing floating wind energy. It is a major shareholder in the Tetraspar Demo - a new floating turbine foundation, that offers leaner manufacturing, assembly and installation, leading to lower costs. The structure will be tested in Norwegian waters in 2021.


Shell acquired Eolfi in 2019, a French renewable energies developer specialising in floating offshore wind projects. The acquisition added the
Groix & Belle-Île pilot wind farm to its portfolio, which is being developed off the coast of Brittany with an expected installed capacity of 28.5 MWonce complete.

Shell has a entered a joint development agreement with floating wind specialist CoensHexicon for a project in Ulsan province, Korea. In 2020, it deployed a FLiDAR (floating light detection and ranging) system to assess feasibility for floating wind in South Korea.


In Ireland, Shell owns a 51% share in the 300 MW
Emerald floating wind farm which is in early-stage development.

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