Iberdrola and BP to collaborate to accelerate EV charging infrastructure and green hydrogen production

  • Iberdrola and bp enter into a strategic collaboration agreement to contribute to the decarbonisation of transport and industrial sectors
  • Plan to jointly invest up to €1bn into deploying up to 11,000 fast charge points across Spain and Portugal, rapidly growing charging infrastructure to support EV growth.
  • Plan to jointly develop, in Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom (open to other geographical areas) large scale production of green hydrogen aiming for up to 600ktpa production capacity, integrated with new renewable power.

Iberdrola and BP today announced their plan to form a strategic collaboration aiming to help accelerate the energy transition. Together, the companies intend to collaborate to significantly expand fast EV public charging infrastructure to support the adoption of electric vehicles, as well as to develop large scale green hydrogen production hubs in Spain, Portugal and the UK.

The Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, has stated: “with BP, we intend to help advance in the decarbonization and energy self-sufficiency through the electrification of two key sectors of our economy, transport and industry. The scale of this challenge requires alliances between companies such as Iberdrola and BP, which have the technology and knowledge necessary to help accelerate Europe’s industrial development and generate, at the same time, well-being and new opportunities for all through clean energy.”

Bernard Looney, CEO, bp: “Creating the lower carbon energy solutions that our customers want and need requires the integration of different technologies, capabilities and forms of energy. We can deliver this faster and at scale when we work in partnership with others. We have enormous respect for Iberdrola who have been an early leader in the energy transition – and are very excited about what we can deliver together.”

“We expect the strategic agreement with Iberdrola to become a clear example of this: from renewables to large engineering projects, to customers and digitalization, we have the necessary complementary expertise and capabilities. Working together, we can offer innovative solutions that respond to the challenge of decarbonization at scale to accelerate the energy transition,” added the head of bp.

Accelerating EV fast charging

Iberdrola and BP plan to form a joint venture that intends to invest up to €1 billion to roll-out a network of up to 11,000 rapid and ultra-fast[i] EV public charge points across Spain and Portugal, significantly expanding access to charging for consumer and fleet customers thus accelerating electric mobility.

The plan includes installing and operating an initial 5,000 fast charge points by 2025, and up to a total of 11,000 by 2030, including Iberdrola’s existing fast charging hubs.

The companies are also looking at options to jointly serve EV customers in the UK.

Iberdrola offers comprehensive mobility services to cover the needs of electric vehicle users: residential, business and public charging, including solutions for urban and heavy transport (electrification of buses and trucks).

Iberdrola leads the public charging infrastructure in Iberia with more than 2,500 points in operation and others under development, with renewable energy to decarbonize transport end-to-end. Through its app, any user can access more than 100,000 recharging points throughout Europe with a fully digital experience. It also has an extensive customer base (34 million customers worldwide).

BP aims to rapidly expand its EV charge points globally and continues to invest in rapid and ultra-fast charging. Customers already have access to its European network of over 10,000 charge points, mainly in the UK and Germany.

BP expects to use some of its extensive and conveniently located network of 1,300 retail sites in Spain and Portugal as locations for charging hubs for the joint venture. EV drivers would be able to charge in safe locations with access to additional convenience services.

Integrated large scale green hydrogen production

The companies also plan to form a joint venture for large-scale integrated green hydrogen production in Spain, Portugal and the UK, as well as production of derivatives such as green ammonia and methanol, which could be exported to Northern Europe.

This strategic collaboration will combine Iberdrola’s world-class track record in renewables development and its global customer base, with BP’s experience in gas processing, trading and its global customer portfolio.The companies aim to jointly develop advantaged hydrogen production hubs in Spain, Portugal and the UK with total capacity of up to 600ktpa, integrated with new renewable power. 

The green hydrogen project at bp’s Castellón refinery will be part of the agreement. The two companies, together with the Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía, have submitted the Castellón project to the Spanish government’s hydrogen value chain PERTE call.

Likewise, Iberdrola’s industrial hydrogen projects under development, as well as new projects, will be part of the agreement.Based on this collaboration in Spain, Portugal and the UK, Iberdrola and bp intend to explore potential future opportunities for green hydrogen production in other geographies.

Iberdrola and BP aim to finalize both joint venture agreements by end 2022, subject to regulatory approvals.