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Offshore wind industry at growth 'inflection point,' BP's zero carbon energy exec says

FILE PHOTO: The logo of BP is seen at a petrol station in Kloten, Switzerland October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Offshore wind is at an “inflection point” for growth as costs for the renewable power source fall and technologies advance, BP’s zero carbon energy executive said at a conference on Thursday.

“The offshore wind potential is global and (we) should expect more countries around the world to follow suit,” Felipe Arbelaez, a senior vice president at BP PLC., said at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek virtual conference.

The cost of offshore wind development has fallen quickly in recent years as technologies improve and larger projects are deployed, Arbelaez said.

“The trajectory of growth that we see going out to 2030 is continued growth in the double digits,” he said, adding that growth is likely to slow after the end of the decade.

BP and other European oil majors have recently snapped up offshore wind assets, with BP signing a $1.1 billion deal with Norway’s Equinor late last year for a 50% stake in two U.S. offshore wind developments, allowing the companies to limit dependence on fossil fuels and meet aggressive climate goals.

Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Elaine Hardcastle

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