Australian operator Woodside Petroleum is looking to develop a 100-megawatt solar project in Western Australia that could provide power for its Pluto liquefied natural gas development.

The proposed Woodside Power Project would consist of roughly 210,000 solar panels, which the oil and gas operator claimed would make it one of the largest solar projects in Western Australia.

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The company revealed Thursday it was investigating the supply of roughly 50MW of solar energy from the proposed project to its Pluto LNG facility.

"The integration of renewable energy into industrial facilities is expected to result in a reduction of emissions on the Burrup," a Woodside spokesperson told Upstream.

"The exact amount of GHG emissions reductions, including for Pluto are subject to ongoing studies."

Woodside is also evaluating supplying a further 50MW to Perdaman’s proposed urea facility on the Burrup Peninsula, which will produce blue ammonia from natural gas.

Woodside acting chief executive Meg O’Neill said the proposed Woodside Power Project was part of the company’s vision for large-scale supply of renewable energy to existing and future industry on the Burrup Peninsula.

“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 said.

“Our work with Perdaman is another demonstration of the important role the gas industry can play in driving the energy transition and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”

Perdaman believes incorporating solar power into its proposed A$4.5 billion (US$3.5 billion) Karratha urea project would reduce its fuel gas consumption by roughly 50% and reduce emissions by at least 200,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per year, over 20 years.

“This exciting initiative with Woodside will further enhance the manufacturing of blue ammonia for supply to the Asian market and help position Western Australia as a first mover in implementing renewable energy in a world-scale downstream industry,” Perdaman chairman Vikas Rambal said.

“We look forward to working with Woodside on our shared objectives for a lower carbon future.”

Woodside struck a deal in 2018 to supply Perdaman 1 million tpa of gas for the proposed 2 million tpa urea plant, over a 20-year period.

Woodside stated Thursday it had already carried out a range of environmental, geotechnical and engineering studies for the proposed power project and was now progressing key stakeholder consultations ahead of seeking regulatory approvals.

"The concepts to supply 50 MW of solar power to Perdaman and 50 MW of solar power to Pluto LNG are subject to further investigations and necessary commercial arrangements and regulatory approvals being secured. These concepts may also be developed in phases," a Woodside further clarified to Upstream.