Carbon emissions from the Darwin Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility’s power generation are set to be reduced by 20 per cent thanks to a world-first innovative battery project.
ConocoPhillips Australia, as operator of Darwin LNG, will invest in the state-of-the-art battery project, which will enable existing turbines to run at maximum efficiency and remove the need to run an additional turbine.
Darwin LNG will become the world’s first LNG plant to install a battery to reduce emissions, saving thousands of tonnes of fuel gas and reducing maintenance costs.
The battery also has significant potential to integrate with other opportunities currently being considered by Darwin LNG to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions such as alternative energy generation.
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ConocoPhillips Australia West president Chris Wilson says Darwin LNG has been an industry leader in environmental performance and carbon management for over a decade.
“ConocoPhillips is taking action on Climate Change led by a global commitment to reduce the Green House Gas intensity of its operations by five to 15 per cent by 2030,” he said.
Partner Santos said the project will now move into the front-end engineering and design phase of development, and is targeting completion by the middle of next year.
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“This is the latest of a number of carbon reduction actions we are taking across the company, and not the first time we are employing battery technology,” Santos managing director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said.
“We are converting oil well beam pumps to solar and batteries in the Cooper Basin, as well as investing $10 million to test the potential for carbon capture, utilisation and storage, also in the Cooper.”
Santos is also working on significant solar installations across its operations, including at Port Bonython in South Australia.
“In Western Australia, we’re replacing existing power generation turbines at our Devil Creek plant with higher fuel efficiency ones – not only reducing emissions by more than 25 per cent but also generating carbon credit units as a registered project with the Emission Reduction Fund.”
“These initiatives are steps along the way to achieving our goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
“As well as cutting our carbon footprint, the Darwin LNG battery project – as with our solar and battery project in the Cooper – cuts costs and means we can sell more gas.”