Shell, Eneco to supply wind power to Amazon's facilities in Europe

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Royal Dutch Shell and renewables firm Eneco, owned by Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp, will provide Amazon.com Inc’s European facilities with electricity from an offshore wind farm, the companies said in a joint said on Monday.

Retail giant Amazon, which delivers about 10 billion items a year and has a massive transport and data centre footprint, has faced protests from environmental activists and pressure from its employees to take action on climate change. But has vowed to be net carbon neutral by 2040. Starting in 2024, it will off-take 380 megawatts (MW) of capacity from the Hollandske Kust Noord offshore wind farm, which is being built jointly by Shell and Eneco, the two energy firms said without disclosing financial details.

"Eneco will provide 130 MW and Shell 250 MW under the deal," Shell said in a separate statement, quoted by Reuters.

Mitsubishi, along with Japanese utility Chubu Electric Power Co Inc, bought Eneco last year in a deal valuing the Dutch energy firm at 4.1bn euros ($4.9bn).

Japanese trading houses as well as global oil and gas majors such as Shell, are increasingly focusing on cleaner energy as they join a global shift away from coal and other fossil fuels.

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