Reports in local and international media that Shell International is planning offshore wind farms in New Zealand are not correct. A visit by Shell International director Frank van Oorsouw to New Zealand's windy capital Wellington saw reports that the company was planning to use the country's wind resource. From Shell New Zealand, however, Roscoe Turner says that while Shell International is looking at renewable energy as part of its long term planning, there are no plans to venture into the wind energy arena as yet. "That's not to say it won't happen," he adds. Shell Renewables recently added wind energy to its portfolio of possible business operations and is considering research into the area, most likely in Europe, says Turner. He adds that company experience in offshore drilling and production could have possible synergy for similar operations in offshore wind farms. The citizens of Wellington are familiar with the pitfalls of getting shore-based wind farms off the ground, with objections from residents and restrictions from local governments causing problems for a number of potential wind plant sites in the region. "New Zealand could be of long term interest," says Turner.
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