Bp Submits Bids For Two Offshore Wind Leases In The Netherlands

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BP has submitted proposals for two offshore wind licenses in the Netherlands, with a combined capacity of 1.4GW. The bids complement bp’s substantial and revolutionary ambitions for a succession of additional integrated clean energy investments in the Netherlands, leveraging the company’s diverse businesses and experience to help the Rotterdam region’s and the country’s decarbonization targets.

bp has submitted a bid for the rights to develop sites VI and VII of the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone (HKW). HKW is located 53 kilometers off the west coast of the country and has two wind farm sites totaling 176 square kilometers.

“Delivering a net zero future demands more than just generating renewable power offshore – we need to create an integrated energy system with renewables at its centre. We plan on doing just that in the Netherlands”

“We will apply bp’s integrated energy company strategy to integrate green energy supply and demand across the energy system. This includes using offshore wind power to electrify industry and mobility. And also using renewable power to produce green hydrogen, to help to decarbonize hard-to-electrify sectors such as aviation, refining and heavy-duty mobility. These clean energy developments support the Netherlands’ ambitious emissions reduction aims.”

“In addition, we will deploy innovative technology in support of an unprecedented scale and scope of monitoring and analysis to create a step change in collaborative marine ecology research in line with our aim to have a positive impact on the North Sea’s ecology.”

Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, bp’s executive vice president of gas and low carbon energy.

Bids for Site VI will be judged according to eco-innovation criteria, with bp proposing to develop creative solutions to improve the Dutch North Sea ecosystem. The bid includes an unprecedented level of innovation, with nearly €75 million committed to improving the marine environment, supporting advanced ecosystem data analysis, and establishing a new Netherlands North Sea Offshore Wind Ecological Innovation Hub to facilitate further research and collaboration.

Bids for Site VII will be judged on their ability to integrate systems, and bp’s bid focuses on connecting offshore wind power supply with new, flexible demand in the Rotterdam area. The bid aims to integrate the wind farms with the following:

  • 500MW electrolysis will produce 50,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, enough to cover the needs of BP’s Rotterdam refinery and support 10,000 barrels per day of sustainable aviation fuel production.
  • a new electric-powered boiler and superheater for BP’s Rotterdam refinery, as well as a utility-scale battery to help with asset integration, and
  • newly-developed flexible electric vehicle charging stations with integrated batteries and low-carbon multi-energy logistics hubs, complemented by demand shifting solutions.

Additional novel digital grid optimization and stability solutions will be used to match the demand for electricity to the HKW wind power output as part of these initiatives. bp will create skills and business incubator to help local workers obtain the abilities they need to work in these new sectors. In addition to the offshore wind project, bp expects to invest up to €2 billion in the decarbonization of flexible demand.

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