Energy major BP and German utility EnBW plan to enter the ongoing leasing round for offshore wind in Scottish waters and have created a joint supply chain portal to support their bid.
The online hub will advertise opportunities for subcontractors and suppliers on any projects the companies may develop after the auction. Applications for the ScotWind tender are due by 16 July.
In March, Crown Estate Scotland announced the reopening of its first leasing round in more than a decade, for up to 10GW of offshore wind capacity. The local content requirement needed to obtain a lease is 25%.
Registration on the BP-EnBW portal is open to companies based in Scotland or with plans to operate in the country.
“Scotland has a world-class supply chain with decades of experience in offshore energy – that deep skillset can be readily applied to offshore wind,” said Dev Sanyal, BP’s executive vice president of gas and low-carbon energy.
As well as attracting companies already active in the sector, the portal will invite firms looking to transfer their skills or operations to offshore wind.
BP and EnBW entered the UK’s offshore wind market earlier this year by successfully bidding for up to 3GW of offshore wind capacity in the Irish Sea, under the UK’s fourth leasing round.
In the US, BP has partnered with Equinor to develop up to 3.3GW of offshore wind.
Globally, BP aims to increase its net renewable generating capacity from 3.3GW in 2020 to 50GW by 2030.