BP, which just recently entered the offshore wind market, has posted around 100 job vacancies looking for talent to support its growing offshore wind business.
“bp’s ambition is to become one of the world’s leading offshore wind energy developers. To power the scale and pace of growth that we are targeting, we need the best people in the industry, and that’s where you come in; we currently have ~100 offshore wind opportunities in the UK/US”, the company’s Talent Acquisition Manager, Jess Lindsay, wrote on social media.
The jobs span variety of fields, from wind resource assessment, electrical engineering, procurement advisory and coordination, Operations and Maintenance (O&M), asset management, to stakeholder engagement and communications.
The closing of the transaction between BP and Equinor for 50 per cent interest in two Equinor’s projects off the US east coast earlier this year marked BP’s official entry into offshore wind, after announcing the acquisition in September 2020.
The British oil & gas giant bought the stakes in the 1,260 MW Empire Wind 2 and the 1,230 MW Beacon Wind 1 offshore wind farms in New York for a total cash consideration of around USD 1.1 billion, excluding customary purchase price adjustments.
In January, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected Equinor and its then upcoming partner BP’s two projects as the winners of the state’s second offshore wind solicitation.
The following month, BP and German energy company EnBW were selected as the preferred bidders for two major leases in the UK Offshore Wind Round 4, for which the companies jointly applied and intend to form a 50-50 joint venture to develop and operate the leases.
The 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 round.
This marked BP’s entry into the UK’s offshore wind market, currently the largest in the world.
The oil major announced its plans to become a net-zero company by 2050 (or sooner) at the beginning of 2020.
BP aims to grow its net renewable generating capacity from 2.5 GW in 2019 to 20 GW by 2025, and to around 50 GW by 2030. The company also aims to increase annual low carbon investment ten-fold by 2030 to around USD 5 billion a year.