It was only a matter of time before BP joined fellow oil supermajors Shell and Total in the offshore wind sector – but it made its debut in style.

A $1.1bn deal with fellow oil and gas player Equinor gives it a half share of two of the most high-profile projects in the world, Empire Wind and Beacon Wind, which will power more than two million American homes from sites off New York and Massachusetts.

Many expected BP’s first foray to be in its home UK waters, but Recharge revealed exclusively last year that BP favoured the US, adding to its existing American onshore wind operation and major solar projects underway by its BP Lightsource joint venture.