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BP drafts in renewables heavy hitter to head up new offshore wind division

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A logo sits illuminated at the BP Plc corporate pavilion during the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, June 16, 2014.

BP has made a number of senior appointments as it works to deliver its target of 20 gigawatts (GW) of developed renewables by 2025.

And as part of a wider restructure, the supermajor has also announced the creation of three new divisions – offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and solar and onshore wind.

Matthias Bausenwein will join BP (LSE: BP) to lead its new offshore wind business, developing, building and operating projects globally.

Until recently he was president of Asia-Pacific for Danish renewables giant Orsted (CPH: ORSTED), based in Taiwan.

Due to join BP in the second half of the year, he brings with him more than 12 years of experience in green energy.

Before going to Asia he held several leadership roles at Orsted in global market development and project development.

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Matthias Bausenwein joins BP from Orsted.

Mr Bausenwein said: “I’m very excited to be leading bp’s growing offshore wind business, developing, building and operating offshore wind projects globally. It’s a privilege to lead a team that in just over a year has built a material presence in the US and the UK offshore wind markets – totalling more than 5GW net.

“I truly believe that the future of energy is offering integrated energy solutions to our customers. And there are very few companies in the world that can knit together different energy offerings like bp. I cannot wait to meet the team and build on its hard-earned growth.”

CEO sings praises

In a post on LinkedIn BP chief executive Bernard Looney said: “Matthias Bausenwein will become our new SVP of offshore wind later this year. And his track record is simply off the charts – 12 years’ experience in renewables in total and his last 8 years spent developing, building and operating offshore wind projects for Orsted.

“He will lead a great team that in just over a year has built a material presence in the US and UK markets, with more than 5GW net. That’s huge – enough to power millions and millions of homes!”

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Bernard Looney, BP CEO

In the past year BP’s offshore wind pipeline has grown from nothing to a development pipeline of more than 5GW.

It has entered both the US and UK markets, including a successful ScotWind bid, with the ultimate aim of delivering 50GW of renewables projects by 2030.

Hydrogen and CCS

To support the continued growth of its green energy business, BP has appointed Felipe Arbelaez as its new senior vice president for hydrogen and CCS.

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BP’s Aberdeen headquarters.

Currently senior vice president zero carbon energy at the London-listed company, he has extensive business development experience and has led growth opportunities for BP globally.

Most recently he was instrumental in the company’s entry into and growing the offshore wind business in the US.

Solar and onshore wind

To head up its solar and onshore wind division, BP has named David Anderson, current senior vice president for renewables growth.

He has played a “key role” in setting up offshore wind partnerships with the likes of Equinor and EnBW and has worked for the company for 16 years.

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A solar farm at sunrise

During that time he has held a variety of leadership roles in treasury, finance and renewables, including board memberships at Lightsource BP.

Finance

Louise Jacobson-Plutt is also shifting in the company to become BP’s senior vice president, finance – procurement.

Currently senior vice president for hydrogen and CCUS, she has been with the company for over 20 years in a variety of technical and leadership roles.

In addition to building projects in Europe, Australia, US, and the UK, Ms Jacobson-Plutt has also led drilling teams in the Gulf of Mexico and Azerbaijan.

All three internal moves will take effect from March 1, in line with the start of BP’s new executive vice president, gas & low carbon energy, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath.

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