Shell Wind Energy
Retired Shell executive David Lawrence is the founder and chairman of Lawrence Energy Group LLC, an energy investment and advisory firm focused on diverse energy investment opportunities. During his time with Shell, David Lawrence oversaw many diverse energy initiatives including Shell Wind Energy.
As part of its renewable and alternative energy strategy, Shell maintains a portfolio of six operating wind projects throughout the United States. Conducted as 50:50 non-operated ventures, the projects produce approximately 425 megawatts (MW) of energy capacity net to Shell.
In California, Shell established the first commercial-scale wind project in the state at the Cabazon wind farm. Located west of Palm Springs, the Cabazon area has played host to wind turbines since the 1980s. Shell oversees a project area with 62 turbines, each of which produces 660 kilowatts of energy. The Cabazon wind project alone produces enough electricity every year to power 12,000 homes.
Together with Mitsui Wind, Shell also operates the Brazos wind farm in West Texas. Home to 160 1-MW turbines, the Brazos wind farm produces enough energy to power some 48,000 homes every year.
Formerly with Shell Oil and Royal Dutch Shell, David Lawrence now heads the Lawrence Energy Group, serves on the Board of Stone Energy Corporation and is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Yale Climate and Energy Institute. David Lawrence’s responsibilities with Shell included new business development, acquisitions and divestments, LNG, Wind and Exploration, including important discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico such West Boreas and South Deimos in the Mars Basin.
In February 2014, Shell began production from its Mars B Olympus platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is located some 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. The Deepwater platform stands rises some 3,250 feet above the sea floor. Its 15,000-ton structure, which houses 106 people, is built to withstand winds of up to 141 mph and waves of 71 feet. In addition to the Olympus drilling and production platform, the Shell Mars B development includes subsea wells at West Boreas and South Deimos fields, export pipelines, and a shallow-water platform, located at West Delta 143, near the Louisiana coast.
Combined production from Olympus and Shell’s original Mars platform is expected to deliver an estimated resource base of 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe). Olympus is a tension leg platform (TLP) featuring 24 well slots, a self-containing drilling rig, and capability for subsea tie-backs.
When it began operations, Shell assumed the Mars field would produce 700 million boe (barrels of oil equivalent in gas or petroleum.) It has exceeded that estimate to reach 850 million boe. With production at that level, the rig is expected to extend the productive life of the Mars basin to 2050 or beyond.