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Shell to quit wind projects

Times Online
The Sunday Times
December 7, 2008

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL has become the second big energy company to abandon the UK wind-energy sector in the last month.

Shell, Danish firm Dong Energy and Scottish Power have cancelled the £800m Cirrus Array project off the northwest coast after five years and millions of pounds in investment.

The consortium blamed Ministry of Defence concerns over radar interference from turbines.

Less than a month ago, Shell denied a Sunday Times report that it had exited the project. However, on Friday the company confirmed that it had no plans for further investment in the UK wind sector.

Shell said: “The focus for new projects will be in North America where we can benefit from the availability of undeveloped wind resources to deliver wind energy at what we expect to be a competitive cost.”

Last month BP also moved its wind-energy focus to America, citing generous subsidies and a less-onerous planning process.

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