BP Enters South Korean Offshore Wind Market

BP and Deep Wind Offshore have formed a joint venture to develop offshore wind opportunities in South Korea. As part of their agreement, BP will enter a Deep Wind Offshore-owned early-stage offshore wind portfolio, which includes four projects across the Korean peninsula with a potential generating capacity of up to 6GW.

South Korea is targeting almost 22% of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2030 and is expected to become a leading offshore wind region. 

The joint venture will see BP enter the South Korean offshore wind market through Deep Wind Offshore’s existing presence in the region.

This includes a team in four offices around the country, and a strong history in South Korea since 2006 through its owner Knutsen Group, which is currently one of the biggest clients to the South Korean yards in the shipbuilding segment. Today, BP has a 40-year history in the country, including sizeable oil and LNG trading activities and its Castrol lubricants business.

“South Korea is an exceptional market to expand our growing offshore wind footprint. We are very happy to be working with a partner as strong as Deep Wind Offshore, which has managed to build a strong local team and develop these projects in collaboration with a variety of Korean stakeholders.”

“We look forward to developing these gigawatts further so we can integrate these electrons in the wider energy system and help the global and South Korean energy transition,” said Matthias Bausenwein, BP’s senior vice president of offshore wind.

The permitting process for the four projects is already underway having installed wind measurement devices during 2021 and 2022. BP and Deep Wind Offshore will now look to install additional wind measurement systems and secure electricity business licenses in the coming period.

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