3 December 2002, Rotterdam: BP and ChevronTexaco today announced the full commercial start-up of their new, 22.5 megawatt wind farm project in The Netherlands and the sale of green electricity into the Dutch national power grid.
The $23 million 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 brownfield refinery site and will displace 20,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions each year.
Speaking at the opening ceremony today John Mogford, BP's group vice president, Gas, Power and Renewables, said: "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. It demonstrates again that good business projects can also protect the environment"
Frank Maggio, Regional Vice President, ChevronTexaco Worldwide Power and Gasification added: "The Nerefco wind farm is an excellent example of companies working in partnership to deliver a clean energy project that has been successfully developed to the highest safety and environmental standards."
Xavier Bontemps, Nerefco refinery manager, said the new wind project represented an innovative use of brownfield land: "Placing the project within our refinery optimises the use of our assets, minimises any visual or noise impact on the surrounding area and helps The Netherlands achieve its environmental targets."
The wind project consists of nine, highly efficient Nordex turbines, each 120 meters tall and with a generating capacity of 2.5MW.