CONOCOPHILLIPS Australia, operator of the Darwin LNG project, has announced that it will invest in an innovative battery project projected to reduce the facility’s carbon emissions from power generation by 20%..

The battery will enable the existing turbines to run at maximum efficiency and remove the need to run an additional turbine, saving thousands of tonnes of fuel gas and reducing maintenance costs.

Darwin LNG will become the world’s first LNG plant to install a battery to reduce emissions, providing a template for other LNG facilities.

ConocoPhillips Australia West president Chris Wilson said the project continues Darwin LNG’s record of innovation and leadership in carbon management.

“The battery has significant potential to integrate with other opportunities currently being considered by Darwin LNG to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions such as alternative energy generation,” Mr Wilson said.

“DLNG has been an industry leader in environmental performance and carbon management for over a decade through its role establishing the West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement project (WALFA), pioneer of the savannah-burning offset industry now central to Australia’s emission reduction efforts.

“WALFA remains one of Australia’s largest offset projects and has been emulated by more than 80 other programmes, offsetting more than two million tonnes of CO2e emissions whilst improving biodiversity outcomes, creating Indigenous jobs and protecting ancient cultural sites from intense wildfire.”

Mr Wilson added that ConocoPhillips’ leadership on managing climate-related risks is highlighted by a global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas intensity of operations by five to15% by 2030.