UK supermajor BP and Germany’s EnBW are calling for Scottish contractors to register their interest in potential offshore wind project work, should the pair be successful in the upcoming ScotWind licensing round.

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The two comapnies are hoping to take advantage of Scotland's supply chain that already has decades of offshore experience with the offshore oil and gas sector.

They launched the supply chain portalon Tuesday, which BP said would act as a central hub advertising all current and future opportunities for sub-contractors and suppliers associated with any development projects, should the duo be successful in the ScotWind auction.

In particular they are encouraging companies based in Scotland, with significant operations in Scotland or that have plans to relocate their base or operations to Scotland to register interest for future opportunities via the online portal.

ScotWind is designed to open the way for the advancement of 10 gigawatts of capacity off Scotland and will include seabed conditions suitable for both floating and fixed-bottom developments. Applications to take part in the round close in mid-July.

Offshore experience

Scotland is already home to a large contractor and supplier base that serves the offshore oil and gas industry, and BP and EnBW called on companies that could transfer their skills or operations to offshore wind to also register their interest.

“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,” BP’s executive vice president of gas and low carbon energy, Dev Sanyal, said.

“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.”

Building offshore wind portfolio

BP marked its first entry into the UK offshore wind power sector earlier this year, forming a 50:50 joint venture with EnBW to jointly develop and operate two leases in the Irish Sea that have a combined potential generating capacity of 3 gigawatts — enough power for more than 3.4 million UK homes.

BP is currently aiming to build on its 3.3GW of net renewable generating capacity in 2020 and build that figure to 50GW by 2030, which will also see it look to increase its annual low carbon investment 10-fold, to roughly $5 billion per annum.

Last year it formed a partnership with Norwegian oil giant Equinor to develop offshore wind projects in the US, including joining projects with a planned potential 4.4GW generating capacity.

EnBW is one of Germany’s largest energy supply companies and is currently aiming to achieve net zero emissions from its business by 2035.

Last year it started up Germany’s largest offshore wind project, the Hohe See and Albatros developments in the North Sea, with a combined output of 640 megawatts.