Solar LNG Study

Investigating the potential of integrating large-scale solar into Australia’s LNG operations

The study aims to position the Australian LNG industry to adopt world-first approaches to plant operation and emission management.

To date, the use of large-scale solar to supply LNG facilities has not been done due to questions of cost, reliability, maturing regulatory environment, and appropriately sited solar resources. This project asks: how can low-cost solar be effectively integrated into facilities requiring high levels of reliability and differing levels of electrification?

The project will provide a world-first blueprint for LNG facilities to increase fuel efficiency and competitiveness with potential applications for other large industrial facilities, also using gas for power generation. This will provide opportunities for a huge range of businesses in the supply chain, such as renewable developers, whilst addressing key community concerns about emissions produced by the energy sector.

This study will draw on expertise from both LNG plant operations, renewable developers, academia, government and regulators to identify technical and commercial barriers, and solutions. It will also provide a logistical and regulatory blueprint for LNG facilities looking to offset their fuel use with large-scale renewable power. Key objectives of the study are to:

  • Identify barriers and limitations to large-scale solar integration
  • Analyse LNG power generation and technical modifications required for different configurations
  • Identify appropriate renewable energy supply options
  • Identify key opportunities in supply chain, business growth and employment
  • Quantity emission reduction potential

Impact

The study will benefit the LNG sector and increase its long-term competitiveness and sustainability by developing a world leading pathway to reducing emissions, lowering costs and building its social license.

 

The study will identify barriers and limitations to large-scale integration and identify key opportunities in supply chain, business growth and employment, as well as theoretical extent of emission reductions possible.

 

Project Timeframe

Start: October 2020

End: March 2020

 

Project Funding

Total Project Cost: $230,000

NERA: $100,000

Industry: $130,000

*Funding excludes GST