Published: 13 May 2022 13 May 2022
bp has submitted bids for two offshore wind leases in the Netherlands that together have the potential for generating capacity of 1.4GW. bp has bid in the tender process for rights to develop the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone (HKW) sites VI and VII.
HKW is located approximately 53 kilometres off the country’s west coast and contains two wind farm sites, with a total area of 176 square kilometres.
Bids for Site VI will be evaluated on eco-innovation criteria, where bp proposes creating innovative solutions to enhance the Dutch North Sea ecosystem. The bid includes nearly €75 million of committed spend to create a positive impact on the marine habitat, supporting advanced ecosystem data analysis and in establishing a new Netherlands’ North Sea Offshore Wind Ecological Innovation Hub.
Bids for Site VII will be evaluated on systems integration criteria, and bp’s bid focuses on coupling offshore wind power generation with new, flexible demand with focus on the Rotterdam region. Subject to award, the bid proposes to integrate the wind farms with:
- 500MW electrolysis to produce ~50,000 tonnes a year of green hydrogen to meet bp’s Rotterdam refinery demand and support 10,000 barrels a day production of sustainable aviation fuel,
- a new electric powered boiler and super heater for bp‘s Rotterdam refinery, and utility scale battery to support the integration of the assets, and
- newly-developed flexible electric vehicle charging stations with integrated batteries and low carbon multi-energy logistics hubs, complemented by demand shifting solutions.