LNG plants look to batteries to save valuable gas

Battery storage systems may be a way for Australia’s LNG plants to provide back-up power and free up more gas for liquefaction, experts say
By Sally Bogle 4 May 2017
A tanker at Gorgon LNG. Plants in Australia are considering using batteries as back-up power. (Chevron)

The operators of Australia’s LNG plants are looking at installing battery storage systems as a back-up power source in case on-site gas turbines go offline.

Installing utility-scale batteries could also save substantial volumes of gas that could be better used for export, experts say.

"It’s a case of: ‘I’m not going to run gas-fired power stations for my LNG project because that gas may be too valuable to burn. It may be too valuable to burn for my water treatment facility, so what are my other options...

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