BP said it will use the 4GW of offshore wind projects in which it took a stake at an auction earlier this year to support the production of green hydrogen and biofuels.
Contracts for the development, construction and operation of these projects in the German North Sea were signed in July.
The wind projects will also support BP’s work in other sectors including electric vehicles and the decarbonisation of refineries and wider industry in Germany.
BP intends to transform the Lingen refinery into an integrated energy centre by 2030, offering lower-carbon energy solutions onsite in addition to conventional refinery products. These include biofuels – with a particular focus on more sustainable aviation fuels – and green hydrogen.
The Lingen green hydrogen project will see BP install a 100MW electrolyser, which could eventually be increased in capacity to more than 500MW, subject to the relevant permits being granted.
Depending on approval for European funding, the 100MW electrolyser could be commissioned in early 2026. BP will use it to meet increasing demand for alternative energy and fuel options, and to significantly reduce operational emissions.
BP is also examining the development of a hydrogen centre at Wilhelmshaven. This would include construction of an ammonia cracker importing up to 130,000t/y of low-carbon hydrogen from 2028 for transport to the Rhine-Ruhr region and other demand centres.
According to BP, 150 kilometres of existing pipelines could potentially be used after appropriate changes while 110 kilometres would have to be added.
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