Carnegie wins govt grant for powering offshore gas platform with PV

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March 19 (Renewables Now) - Australia's Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd (ASX:CCE) has won an AUD-200,000 (USD 154,000/EUR 125,200) grant for a project aiming to use solar and battery storage to power an offshore gas production platform.

The industry-matched funding was extended by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), Carnegie said on Monday. It will support the company’s plan to integrate photovoltaic (PV) technology at the Blacktip Wellhead platform in the Southern Bonaparte Basin, off the northern coast of Australia. The platform is owned and operated by oil and gas major Eni SpA (BIT:ENI).

The goal of the AUD-471,000-project is to deploy solar in order to cut costs related with cold starts of the turbogenerators currently feeding a battery bank that supplies power to the platform. Solar will also help reduce the turbogenerators’ total hours of operation and thus cut the facility’s carbon emissions and improve system availability, Carnegie said.

“Until now, the use of traditional power generation has dominated offshore oil and gas facilities but this project demonstrates the possibilities and opportunities that can come from integrating renewable energy into offshore assets,” commented Miranda Taylor, NERA’s CEO.

If successful, the integration of solar PV at the gas production platform could “provide a model for securing power availability in other high-risk offshore environments,” according to Carnegie.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.771/EUR 0.626)

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