Shell will invest more than 200 million euros in a new Shell campus in The Hague in the coming years. It concerns the renovation and expansion of the current monumental headquarters of the company on the Carel van Bylandtlaan.
The company expects to create hundreds of jobs in the New Energies division in the coming years, the global headquarters of which will be on the new campus. This branch focuses, among other things, on forms of energy that emit less CO2, such as solar and wind energy and biofuels. Shell would like to extend the New Energy activities to a large part of the company in the coming years.
Shell wants to build a modern campus in The Hague where New Energies will also be housed. The company announced earlier this year that it would renovate it’s head office. The monumental building dates from 1917 and is one of the oldest Shell offices in the Netherlands. The building was built at the time by the Batavian Petroleum Company (a forerunner of Shell) by the Bataafsche Aanneming Maatschappij, a forerunner of the current BAM Group. The current renovation will be carried out again by BAM.
The investment is a boost for the city, according to Richard de Mos, alderman of Economy. “That’s a lot of money and it’s good news for the city, because it delivers a lot of jobs, compliments to Shell for this great investment.’
Civil movement The Hague Fossil free, which last week held an oil tube protest for the city hall in The Hague, reacts skeptically to the news. ‘For the climate, it does not matter how much Shell invests in clean energy. For life on earth there is only good news if Shell brings oil and gas production down, but they do not.’
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