Global Maritime to Back BP’s Offshore Energy Projects

BP has awarded Global Maritime with a framework agreement for the provision of specialist marine services that will support BP’s oil and gas and renewable energy projects, including offshore wind.

The three-year agreement will start immediately and covers marine vessel assurance, engineering, project operations, HSSE and general marine consultancy.

The suite of marine services will support BP in their operation of new and existing oil and gas developments as well as upcoming renewable energy projects, according Global Maritime.

“I am looking forward to leveraging Global Maritime’s experience to support bp marine operations across our operating regions and help us perform whilst we transform to our zero carbon future”, said Nick Cranch, BP Solutions Marine Discipline Lead.

“This is an exciting time within the offshore energy industry, and we look forward to working with bp on their projects in oil and gas as well as their growing renewable energy portfolio”, said John Butler, Global Lead Energy and Energy Transition at Global Maritime.

In the offshore renewable energy sector, BP’s has upcoming projects in the US and the UK, after the company entered the offshore wind market at the beginning of this year.

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The oil and gas giant bought 50 per cent interest in two US projects developed by Equinor at the beginning of 2021 and was selected as the preferred bidder, together with its partner German energy company EnBW, for two major leases in the UK Offshore Wind Round 4.

In May and June of this year, the company also announced it was bidding in the offshore wind tenders in Scotland and Norway, respectively.

In the US, BP co-owns the 1,260 MW Empire Wind 2 and the 1,230 MW Beacon Wind 1 offshore wind farms in New York, selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in the state’s second offshore wind solicitation, looking for 2.5 GW of offshore wind capacity.

In the UK, BP and EnBW’s leases, both located in the Irish Sea, offer a combined potential generating capacity of 3 GW, the maximum award possible under the rules of the country’s Round 4 leasing.

For the ScotWind tender, BP again teamed up with EnBW with a plan to build an offshore wind development with 2.9 GW of installed capacity. In Norway, the company joined the consortium between Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind, which is proposing to develop an offshore wind project in the Sørlige Nordsjø II (SN2) area, with a plan to also explore opportunities to power offshore oil and gas facilities with clean electricity.

Photo: Global Maritime