US energy company Getka Energy is to build 40 MW solar generation plant in Cushing, Oklahoma, US.
Construction will begin in May 2021 and will initially power Plexus industrial data centres. It is also intended to supply energy to terminal operations and pipelines in Cushing, which is one of the largest oil storage hubs in the world. This includes Getka’s own terminal in Cushing, which it plans to expand. The expansion work will incorporate proprietary tank designs to minimise and capture emissions from the tanks.
The solar plant is part of Getka’s Zero Impact strategy, which aims to reduce emissions output through the use of renewable energy, patent-pending technology and operational processes, with the eventual goal of achieving zero emissions for oil and refined products terminals.
‘Getka is committed to meaningful development that decarbonises the industry,’ says Dariusz Cichocki, chairman and CEO of Getka Group. ‘Getka isn’t just purchasing offsets, but we are setting a standard for the physical reduction in emissions. While the world still relies on oil and gas to serve its energy supply, Getka’s integrated energy strategy combines investments in low carbon technologies with responsible oil and refined products production and delivery. We are rethinking energy and rebuilding energy infrastructure to adapt to the world’s changing needs.’
Getka bought the 28 acre, former Pacer Energy Terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma in August 2018, along with 22 acres of adjacent land to allow for expansion work. The terminal includes several LACT units and a pipeline connection to Enterprise Products Partners’ Cushing terminal.