Shell considers adding solar to onshore natural gas reserve in Australia

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Shell is pondering a 120MW solar PV project to be located on the land of its QGC onshore natural gas business in the Australian state of Queensland as part of its stated aim to reduce emissions from its own global operations.

The Shell-operated QGC venture produces natural gas from wells drilled into coal seams in the Surat Basin in Queensland.

In her address at the first Melbourne Mining Club luncheon for 2019, Zoe Yujnovich, Shell Australia chairman, said the plans were “well-advanced” and the system would include 400,000 solar modules at the site near Wandoan in the Darling Downs of Queensland.

Yujnovich also promoted Shell's relationship with Germany-headquartered energy storage firm Sonnen, which specialises in residential intelligent battery systems. Sonnen has already installed more than 3,000 battery systems in Australia, she added.

Shell is not the only traditional oil and gas giant to announced alternative energy plans in Australia of late. Eni Australia, a subsidiary of Italian oil and gas firm Eni, which has been active in Australia since 2000, recently acquired a 33.7MW construction-ready solar-plus-storage project in the Northern Territory of Australia, from Katherine Solar, a joint venture between Australia’s Epuron and the UK-based Island Green Power.

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