Shell Energy Europe has agreed to offer renewable electricity to Air Liquide’s industrial and medicinal gas production units in north-east Italy for a 10-year period.
Air Liquide will buy 52 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year from Shell’s portfolio of solar power offtake agreements in Italy starting in 2023, according to the agreement.
According to Shell, the electricity is comparable to 42MW of installed capacity and would fuel the production of a substantial chunk of Air Liquide’s industrial and medicinal gases in the country’s north east.
It was also stated that this might save almost 24,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year, which is equivalent to about 4000 families.
Pascal Vinet, Air Liquide Group senior vice president, said: “With this new contract, Air Liquide takes another step towards the energy transition, supplying its operations with ever-increasing amounts of renewable electricity.
“This agreement demonstrates, once again, our ability to provide our customers with solutions contributing to CO2 emissions reduction and illustrates the Group commitment to implement concrete actions to foster a low-carbon society, in line with our sustainability objectives.”
Rupen Tanna, Shell Energy Europe’s general manager, said: “Across Shell Energy Europe, we are focused on delivering a range of clean power solutions to help customers reduce their emissions and we are delighted to help Air Liquide progress their decarbonisation goals.
“We have a growing portfolio of renewable energy and this supports the expansion of clean energy developments in countries where we operate.”