British multinational energy company bp and Germany utility EnBW are seeking to improve their offering and expand their offshore wind energy business in Scotland through partnering with local supplier companies.
The two have launched an online portal on which they will advertise opportunities for collaboration with the Scottish engineering and supply sector, should bp and EnBW succeed in the upcoming auction CES ScotWind renewable energy licensing round.
Scotland continues to expand its renewables portfolio as the country seeks to achieve net-zero by 2045. In 2019, the country met 97% of its electricity demand using renewables compared to just 37% in 2011. Over the past ten years, renewables deployment has more than tripled in Scotland.
Claire Mack, chief executive at Scottsih Renewables said: “Scotland’s climate change targets have been a tremendous motivator to the industry to increase deployment of renewable energy sources.
“Renewable energy projects are displacing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon every year, employing the equivalent of 17,700 people and bringing enormous socio-economic benefits to communities.”
bp and EnBW are targeting companies based in Scotland, with significant operations in the country or that have plans to relocate their base or operations to Scotland. The two companies also have plans to partner with SMEs and firms looking to transfer their skills or operations to offshore wind. This is after the two companies entered the UK’s offshore wind market in 2019 through the formation of a 50-50 joint venture which launched with a 3GW wind energy project in Ireland.
Expanding footprints in the UK renewables market is crucial for the two companies as they accelerate their carbon neutrality targets. bp plans to deploy 50GW of renewables capacity by 2030 by increasing its annual investments in low-carbon energy technologies by 10 times to $5 billion. EnBW, which is developing Germany’s largest offshore wind project, the Hohe See and Albatros plant in the North Sea, aims to become carbon-neutral by 2035.
Dev Sanyal, bp’s executive vice president of gas and low carbon energy, said: “The Scottish supply chain has played a pioneering role in the development of the North Sea and the global energy industry and we are confident they will be key to developing this new industry offshore Scotland.
“Scotland has a world-class supply chain with decades of experience in offshore energy – that deep skillset can be readily applied to offshore wind. This portal will ensure the Scottish supply chain – from listed companies to small, family-run operations – can easily access and pair their skills with future upcoming opportunities.”