16 Jan 2002 – BP and ChevronTexaco today announced that they are to build and operate a 22.5 MW wind farm at their jointly-owned Nerefco oil refinery near Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The $23 million scheme, which is subject to planning and other consents, is due to begin operations in the second half of this year and will be the first substantial use of wind turbine technology for both BP and ChevronTexaco. It will generate electricity equivalent to the consumption of 20 000 households, displacing 20 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. The electricity will be sold locally and support the Dutch national target for renewable energy generation.

The shoreline site benefits from an existing grid connection as well as strong and consistent winds. The project will consist of nine wind turbines, each with a generating capacity of 2.5 MW, located at various points close to the refinery’s perimeter fence. Costs will be shared in proportion to the ownership of the refinery: BP – 69 per cent; ChevronTexaco – 31 per cent. The contract to manufacture the turbines has been awarded to Nordex.

Bob Dudley, BP’s group vice president, Gas and Power and Renewables, said, “This project is an excellent opportunity in line with BP’s strategy to add value to our business, lower emissions and demonstrate our commitment to clean energy. It is an ideal choice for this site and complements our use elsewhere of similar energy efficient and lower emission technology, as well as our investment in solar power and clean fuels.”

James Houck, ChevronTexaco President Power and Gasification, said, “The Nerefco wind farm project is a key example of ChevronTexaco’s commitment to investing in clean, efficient and environmentally-friendly energy sources. Wind power is an increasingly viable source of power generation and this project fits with our objectives to manage carbon emissions and invest in new technologies that minimise environmental impact.”

Xavier Bontemps, Nerefco refinery manager, added, ” Not only will this project make good business sense for the refinery, it will also support the covenant between the harbour authorities and the Government, which is aimed at encouraging environmental projects within the Europort area.”