LONDON — bp has submitted bids for two offshore wind leases in the Netherlands with combined generation capacity of 1.4 GW.
The tender process covers the rights to develop the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone (HKW) sites VI and VII, 53 km (33 miles) from the west coast and with a total area of 176 sq km (68 sq miles).
“We will apply bp’s integrated energy company strategy to integrate green energy supply and demand across the energy system," said Ja-Isabel Dotzenrath, bp’s executive vice president of gas and low carbon energy. “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."
Bids for Site VI will be assessed on eco-innovation criteria, the company said. The bp bid includes a commitment to spend almost €75 million to support the marine habitat, with "advanced ecosystem" data analysis and the establishment of a new Netherlands’ North Sea Offshore Wind Ecological Innovation Hub.
Bids for Site VII will be evaluated on systems integration criteria. In this case, the focus of bp’s proposal is on linking offshore wind power generation with flexible demand, mainly in the Rotterdam region.
It plans to integrate the wind farms with 500 MW of electrolysis to produce ~50,000 metric tons (55,115 tons) per year of green hydrogen to supply demand, and its Rotterdam refinery demand and support 10,000 bbl/d production of sustainable aviation fuel.
It also plans digital grid optimization and stabilization measures to match demand for power to the HKW wind power output.