BP Teams Up on Dutch Wind Farm

BP and ChevronTexaco announced the full commercial start-up of their new, 22.5 MW wind farm project in The Netherlands and the sale of green electricity into the Dutch national power grid.

Rotterdam, Holland – December 4, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The US$23 million dollar project, located at the companies’ jointly owned Nerefco oil refinery near Rotterdam, generates sufficient electricity for approximately 20,000 Dutch households. Within Europe it is the first large scale wind project on a so called brownfield refinery site and will displace 20,000 tons of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions each year. “This project is part of BP’s commitment to provide cleaner, lower carbon energy, contribute to lower emissions and add value to our existing operations,” said John Mogford, BP’s group vice president, Gas, Power and Renewables. “It demonstrates again that good business projects can also protect the environment.” BP also has solar division, BP Solar, which has a significant crystalline photovoltaics program. The wind project consists of nine, 2.5 MW Nordex turbines, each standing 120 meters tall. The Nerefco refinery, on which the turbines will stand, has a capacity of 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The Dutch Government has set a target to increase the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources to five percent by 2005. “Placing the project within our refinery optimizes the use of our assets, minimizes any visual or noise impact on the surrounding area and helps The Netherlands achieve its environmental targets,” said Xavier Bontemps, Nerefco refinery manager Ownership of the wind farm is in proportion to that of the Nerefco refinery: BP – 69 percent; ChevronTexaco – 31 percent.
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