Shell Goes For Solar, Gas & Storage For Philippine Refinery

Integrated Energy System With Solar, Natural Gas & Storage To Power Batangas, Tabangao Refinery Of Royal Dutch Shell In Philippines
05:28 AM (Beijing Time) - 13. October 2019
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Included in the Climate Accountability Institute's list of top 20 companies that have contributed most to global carbon emissions between 1965 and 2017 , Shell is making efforts to bring down its emissions - and seriously investing in CO2 free technologies. The integrated energy system for Philippines Refinery is one such step.

Key Takeaways

  • Shell has announced an integrated energy system to power its Philippines refinery that has a capacity to produce 110,000 barrel per day
  • The integrated energy system will comprise solar and natural gas of unidentified capacity and energy storage system of 3 MWh
  • Expecting 2,400 MWh of clean power generation from the system, the refinery will sell excess power to the gird

Global oil company Shell is building an integrated energy system to power its refinery in Philippines with solar power, natural gas and battery energy storage through its local presence, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. The Batangas refinery in Tabangao is producing 110,000 barrel per day and will offset close to 8,760 tons of CO2 annually with the help of the integrated energy system, said Shell.

Work on the solar farm will begin in November 2019 while battery storage will be installed in Q2/2020. Altogether, the integrated energy system will generate close to 2,400 MWh of clean power annually to improve the energy efficiency of its Tabangao Refinery; excess power will be fed into the Luzon grid.

In its press statement the company does not specify the capacity of the solar power plant or the natural gas but says its Tabangao Refinery will be the first oil refinery with an industrial scale solar farm in the country. The 3 MWh battery storage system at its manufacturing site in Tabangao, it claimed, will be one among the largest such projects in all of Southeast Asia.

“This integrated solution is the result of collaboration between Pilipinas Shell and Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS) New Energies business, to showcase Shell’s aspiration to thrive in the energy transition, and at the same time demonstrate opportunities to unlock value between conventional and new energy systems,” says Cesar Romero, Pilipinas Shell’s President and Chairman of Shell companies in the Philippines.

In March 2019, Shell completed a 27 MW solar project in the Netherlands to power its chemical complex in the country (see Shell Commissions 27 MW Dutch Solar Project).

Royal Dutch Shell has a target to reduce its carbon intensity by around 20% by 2035 and take it to 50% by 2050.

The US based Climate Accountability Institute (CAI) counts Shell as one among the top 20 companies that have contributed a major part to the global climate crisis between 1965 and 2017, placing it on seventh position and accounting for 2.36% of global emissions. The list is led by Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia.

Anu Bhambhani

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