By: Dan Swinhoe – Data Center Dynamics – Oil and gas company Getka is installing a new solar farm at one of the world’s largest oil storage sites.
Getka Group will build up to 40MW of solar generation in Cushing, Oklahoma to power data centers, terminal operations, and pipelines in the fossil fuel facility – and says the solar capacity amounts to progress in decarbonization.
The solar plant will power Plexus industrial data centers, which deliver off-grid power and data center solutions for the energy and technology sectors.
“Getka is committed to meaningful development that decarbonizes the industry,” said 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.”
The system will also supply power to Getka’s planned oil terminal expansion in Cushing, which will incorporate proprietary tank designs to minimize and capture emissions and utilize solar power for terminal operations.
Cushing is one of the largest oil storage tank farms in the world, with more than a dozen oil pipelines connecting to the city and capacity to store 91 million barrels of oil. Getka’s release mentions the solar power will be used to power “mobile” data centers but gives no further details.