OMV plugs in 5.6 MW solar plant to power Austrian tank farm

A 5.6-MW solar park will power OMV's tank farm in Lobau, Austria. Image by OMV AG.

February 21 (Renewables Now) - Austrian oil and gas group OMV AG (VIE:OMV) has commissioned a 5.59-MWp ground-mounted solar plant to supply its tank farm in Vienna with green electricity.

The plant is expected to produce 7 GWh of green electricity which is fed directly into OMV's grid and will be enough to cover 45% of the annual electricity needs of the Lobau tank farm, the group said on Monday. The output is equal to the annual electricity consumption of 1,800 households.

The facility was built on a 6-hectares (14.83 acres) industrial plot owned by the oil and gas major and consists of nearly 10,000 photovoltaic modules and more than 50 inverters. The plant is equipped with bifacial modules and solar trackers that boost electricity production by about 10%.

The construction of the solar park cost EUR 4.5 million (USD 5.1m).

The Lobau tank farm is located close to OMV's Schwechat Refinery and about 6.8 million tonnes of mineral oil products are pumped through pipelines between the refinery and the tank farm every year. The electricity from the solar plant will reduce the tank farm's carbon emissions by around 2,100 tonnes per year.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.135)

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