BP said a veteran of giant fossil projects who helped bring Caspian Sea gas to Europe will lead its charge into US offshore wind, as the UK oil giant declared itself “delighted” with early positives from its tie-up with Equinor off New York.

BP CEO Bernard Looney said Ewan Drummond, who led the company’s Shah Deniz gas project, would ensure the supermajor adds value to the two offshore wind projects it will advance with Equinor, as he works alongside executives from the Norwegian group under their joint venture that only completed last week.