This report discusses the viability of replacing existing crude fuelled generation sets (gensets) with solar PV arrays and battery energy storage systems (BESS).
Santos has completed the installation of 56 solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage systems on beam pumps in the Cooper Basin. These renewable energy systems replaced the pre-existing crude oil generators powering the wellsite pumps. ARENA partially funded the program on behalf of the Australian Government, contributing AU$4.2 million. The project was completed over two phases with the first phase involving an initial 22 wells in 2019. The second phase implemented the remaining 34 systems, with the final installation complete in August 2021.