Woodside Petroleum, the operator of two liquefied natural gas export plants, said it had agreed a project to install more than 210,000 solar panels on the Burrup Peninsula of Western Australia for environmental reasons and to help supply 50 megawatts of electricity for the Pluto LNG facility.
Woodside said the solar project for Pluto LNG would be one of the largest in Western Australia and was going ahead after the company had undertaken a range of environmental, geotechnical and engineering studies.
The company, which also operates the North West Shelf LNG plant at Karratha as a one-sixth shareholder, said it was progressing on key stakeholder consultations ahead of seeking regulatory approvals for the solar power project.
Woodside Acting CEO Meg O’Neill said Western Australia was uniquely placed to capitalise on the state’s world-class renewable energy resources and the willingness of industry, government and others to cooperate on these new projects.
“Woodside’s vision is for large-scale supply of renewable energy to existing and future industry on the Burrup Peninsula,” explained O’Neill.
“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,” she added.
Woodside will be working on the solar project with the Perth-based Perdaman group.
“Our work with Perdaman is another demonstration of the important role the gas industry can play in driving the energy transition,” said O’Neill.
Perdaman Chairman Vikas Rambal said the initiative was strategically in line with Perdaman’s commitments to greenhouse gas management.