Shell made its first wind power investment in Australia by taking a 49% share in local player WestWind Energy, in a deal that also marks a major foray into onshore turbine development by the oil supermajor.

Shell Energy Operations, Shell’s Australia-based renewables and energy solutions arm, will pay an undisclosed amount for the share to WestWind, which has a 3GW portfolio spanning Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.