TotalEnergies and Petronas to develop GLNG solar project in Australia

France’s TotalEnergies and Malaysia’s Petronas are planning to develop a solar project to slash emissions at the Santos-led Gladstone LNG project in Queensland, Australia.

TotalEnergies said in a statement on Monday it has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Gentari Renewables, the clean energy solutions company of Petronas, to develop renewable energy projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Under this deal, TotalEnergies and Gentari will jointly develop the 100MW Pleasant Hills solar project in Queensland to supply low-carbon electricity to the Roma field’s gas production and processing facilities, it said.

TotalEnergies and Petronas each hold a 27.5 percent stake in Gladstone LNG, South Korea’s Kogas kogas holds 15 percent, while Australia’s Santos operates the project with a 30 precent stake.

The GLNG plant on Curtis Island off Gladstone has two trains with a total capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per year.

Carbon storage

Besides this agreement, TotalEnergies also partnered with Petronas and Japan’s Mitsui to develop a carbon storage project in Southeast Asia.

The partners will evaluate several CO2 storage sites in the Malay Basin, including both saline aquifers and depleted offshore fields, according to a separate statement by TotalEnergies.

Also, this partnership aims to develop a CO2 merchant storage service to decarbonize industrial customers in Asia, it said.

“Through this agreement, the partnership will study several potential storage sites, determine the best technical means to deliver CO2 to Malaysia from industrial clusters in the region and develop the most appropriate business framework for commercialization of a carbon storage service in Malaysia,” TotalEnergies said.

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