27/05/2021 - 14:15

Woodside planning Burrup solar

27/05/2021 - 14:15

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A 50 megawatt solar farm could be installed at Woodside’s Pluto plant near Karratha.

Woodside planning Burrup solar
The Pluto LNG plant on the Burrup. Photo: Woodside

A 50 megawatt solar farm could be installed at Woodside’s Pluto plant near Karratha.

More than 210,000 solar panels would be erected at the LNG plant on the Burrup Peninsula if Woodside proceeds with the investment.

ASX-listed Woodside said it had undertaken environmental, geotechnical and engineering studies and was consulting with stakeholders.

The company said it may supply the power to Perdaman, which will have a neighbouring facility.

Perdaman is planning a $4.5 billion fertiliser plant on the Burrup, which would use gas from Woodside’s proposed Scarborough LNG development processed through a second train at Pluto.

Woodside acting chief executive Meg O'Neill said Western Australia had world class energy resources.

“Woodside’s vision is for large-scale supply of renewable energy to existing and future industry on the Burrup Peninsula,” Ms O’Neill said.

“We are lucky to have access to abundant natural resources, safe and reliable energy operations and both industry and government that are motivated to drive sustainable energy outcomes.

“Our work with Perdaman is another demonstration of the important role the gas industry can play in driving the energy transition and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”

Perdaman Chairman Vikas Rambal said it would be in line with Perdaman’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050.

“This exciting initiative with Woodside will further enhance the manufacturing of blue ammonia for supply to the Asian market and help position Western Australia as a first mover in implementing renewable energy in a world-scale downstream industry,” Mr Rambal said.

“We look forward to working with Woodside on our shared objectives for a lower carbon future.”

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