Energy giant BP and German company EnBW have submitted a bid to develop offshore wind acreage in the ScotWind leasing round.
Their bid, both firms claim, has the potential to greatly accelerate Scotland’s energy transition – from producing clean power to using it in new industries. The two groups are bidding on a lease area off the east coast of Scotland that could support 2.9 GW of offshore wind projects.
The consortium would potentially invest billions of pounds into Scottish offshore wind projects and supporting infrastructure, including ports, harbours and shipyards.
In addition, BP also confirmed it would invest in net-zero industries, including green hydrogen production, and expanding Scotland’s EV charging network.
BP would also make Aberdeen its global offshore wind centre of excellence, supporting its growing portfolio of offshore wind interests across the world.
Both companies have signed an agreement with Forth Ports to invest £40 million in a planned Renewables Hub at the Port of Leith.
“Through our bid we aim to do far more than only develop offshore wind – we believe it can help fuel Scotland’s wider energy transition,” said BP Executive Vice-President for Gas and Low Carbon Dev Sanyal.
“We want to harness the clean power from Scotland’s offshore wind and use our capabilities as an integrated energy company to accelerate the country’s EV charging network, build its hydrogen offering and strengthen its supporting infrastructure, including ports and harbours.”
The consortium will support and invest in a new skills capability accelerator developed by energy consultancy Xodus. This five-year, multi-million financial commitment includes creating entry-level energy transition roles, and the reskilling of hundreds of oil and gas workers, graduates and technicians with renewable sector capabilities.
Scotland’s green ambitions were met with disappointment after it just missed its 2020 goal of producing 100% of its electricity demand from renewable energy.
The country’s next target is to provide 50% of its energy demand for electricity, along with heat and transport from renewables by 2030 before becoming net zero by 2045. At present, Scotland is less than half-way to meeting its 2030 goal.
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In order to engage the local supply chain, both firms have launched an online portal for the Scottish engineering and supply sector to take part in the developments.
Companies based in Scotland, those with significant operations in Scotland, or companies which have plans to relocate their base of operations to Scotland are encouraged to register their interest for future opportunities.
EnBW Chief Operating Officer of Generation and Trading Dr. Georg Stamatelopoulos said: “Our bid combines our established competence in offshore wind and bp’s leading North Sea experience. EnBW will bring its engineering know-how and track record as one of the leading offshore wind developers into the Scottish market.
“We are very keen to successfully further develop this project. Last year, we completed the largest German offshore wind project and are very confident in dealing with the complexity of this industry. With this background, we are looking forward to supporting a clean energy future for Scotland.”