Shell to build its first solar farm in Australia

MELBOURNE: Oil and fuel main Royal Dutch Shell mentioned on Friday it plans to build its first utility-scale solar farm in Australia, a part of a world push into the ability enterprise and cleaner vitality.

The 120 megawatt (MW) solar farm at Wandoan in the state of Queensland is predicted to be accomplished in early 2021. Shell would be the anchor buyer for energy from the undertaking, partly for its close by QGC coal-seam fuel operation that feeds its QCLNG plant on Curtis Island.

“We believe solar will play an increasing role in the global energy system, especially when partnered with a reliable energy source such as gas,” Shell Australia Chairman Tony Nunan mentioned in an announcement.

The firm declined to touch upon how a lot the solar undertaking would price.

The transfer follows Shell’s acquisition final 12 months of Australian industrial electrical energy retailer ERM Power and a stake in Australian solar developer ESCO Pacific. It has mentioned it plans to enhance annual spending on its energy technique to between $2 billion and $three billion by 2025.

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