Following an in-depth tender process, Taylor Hopkinson has been selected by Shell New Energies as their preferred recruitment partner for global offshore wind activities. The initial Framework Agreement runs for 1 year with potential to extend beyond 2020.
In the last decade, we’ve witnessed a ripple effect in wind energy as it has expanded from the epicentre in the UK and Europe, through the Americas, and the Asia Pac regions. Prices, especially in the past year, have fallen to a point where renewable energy is not only the most climate conscious energy technology, it’s also the most cost-effective too.
Taylor Hopkinson CEO, Tom Hopkinson said….
’In the 15 years I have been working in the wind industry, a number of oil majors have come and gone. Today, with record low prices for wind turbines and solar panels and the energy transition finally gaining real traction, there are great opportunities for Shell to build on their 15 years’ experience and grow their wind business. We are delighted to have been selected from a strong field of competitors to be their global wind recruitment partner; playing our specialist role as the world continues to decarbonise the energy sector.”
— Tom Hopkinson, CEO.
Shell needed a recruitment partner with the flexibility and experience to enter new and emerging geographical locations to support their global expansion in offshore wind. Having completed wind energy assignments and placed contractors throughout Europe, Asia and North America over the last 10 years, Taylor Hopkinson has both the experience and the network of professionals to attract the talent needed to deliver the ambitious visions of Shell.
Shell has been active in renewables for over 15 years but, the focus and investment proposed now is in a different league. The company formed the New Energies division in 2016 and commits to invest on average $1-2 billion annually in New Energies until 2020, including power generation by solar, wind and gas.
The Energy Transition Report (Apr 2018) details Shell’s plans to expand offshore wind globally to cater to the increasing demands of a more prosperous society approaching 10 billion inhabitants. Shell acknowledges the need to “keep pace and catch up with society’s progress towards the Paris goals” and plans to half the amount of carbon dioxide produced for each unit of energy used by 2050.
The report cites that the “decline in costs of solar and wind generation, along with the electrification of the energy system, make the development of renewable energy resources increasingly attractive for society, and an attractive investment opportunity for Shell.“
Starting from a Glasgow HQ in 2009, Taylor Hopkinson provides renewable energy recruitment consulting to clients in 33 countries (and counting) from 7 locations around the world. We’ve been working in offshore wind recruitment for 10 years and it’s exciting to see global oil and gas majors like Shell entering the market in a big way to drive the transition to renewables.