ExxonMobil Inks Half-Gigawatt Wind, Solar Deals In Texas

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Ørsted has announced 500 MW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with ExxonMobil for wind and solar projects in Texas.

According to a presentation from Ørsted’s Capital Markets Day 2018 on Wednesday, ExxonMobil will purchase 250 MW of energy from the 300 MW Sage Draw Wind project and 250 MW of energy from the 350 MW Permian Solar project.

Bloomberg says ExxonMobil will use the wind and solar energy to produce oil in the Permian Basin, “the fastest-growing U.S. oil field.” According to Bloomberg NEF, the 12-year agreements represent the “largest ever renewable power contract signed by an oil company.”

Ørsted’s presentation points out that the duo of deals with the oil and gas giant represents “a case study of where onshore renewables [are] heading.”

The expected commercial operations of the wind and solar facilities are the first quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021, respectively.

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Yes, grid congestion is doing a bit of forcing in the Permian area. Frac well pumps use a ridiculous amount of power (averaging around 300 kW, or 10x as much as the average conventional “nodding donkey” pumps) – not enough grid capacity to supply power from the rest of the state, so they need new, local power sources?

Even for fossil producers, wind and solar are cheap new power.