Shell embarks on 120-MW solar project in Australia

Solar panels in Queensland. Photo by: Sander van Dijk. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic.

February 7 (Renewables Now) - British-Dutch oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell PLC today unveiled plans for the construction of its first utility-scale solar farm in Australia -- a 120-MW complex in Queensland.

Shell Australia will be in charge of building and operating the Gangarri power plant near Wandoan, which will generate power for the oil and gas major’s QGC natural gas processing plants. About 400,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules will be installed at the site in northern Queensland, with power generation expected to begin in early 2021.

According to the press statement, Shell Energy Australia, Shell’s domestic energy marketing and trading business, will be the foundation customer for the project, purchasing an equivalent amount of electricity from the natural grid and selling it to Shell’s QGC business. By doing so, Shell will be able to lower the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of its QGC coal-seam gas operation by around 300,000 tonnes annually. A power purchase agreement (PPA) will be signed both for the electricity supply and renewable energy certificates from the solar farm.

Shell estimates the project will open up to 200 jobs during the construction phase.

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