Total capital expenditure (capex) in renewables will overtake exploration and production (E&P) spending in 2020, with contributions from Australia and other Asian countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea, Rystad Energy’s latest analysis revealed.

These countries each have strong pipelines for renewable energy developments of all types, including offshore wind. And, importantly, most have large targets outlining the inclusion of renewable power sources within their respective energy mixes, with corresponding support policies,

...says Gero Farruggio, Head of Renewables at Rystad Energy.

In Australia, the renewable energy project pipeline is now over double the national electricity market.

Only 1% of the country’s solar, wind and utility storage projects is currently owned by oil majors, but Rystad Energy forecasts that this is likely to change.

By 2020 it is feasible that the majors will be the dominant renewable developers in Australia as they pursue ‘oil and gas’ scale opportunities. Commercial drivers are increasing the desire to ride the ‘solar-coaster. Upstream companies will lead the charge, building sizeable utility storage, solar and – ultimately – offshore wind portfolios. Solar panels, lithium ion batteries and turbines will soon be conventional segments of Australia’s oilfield services,

...Farruggio said.

Rystad Energy expects renewables in Australia will continue the strong growth seen in 2018 through 2020, although the country still faces the local challenge of transmission losses, which impacts revenues and creates policy uncertainty.

However, investor confidence is high in Australia, and the country currently has a development pipeline of over 105 GW of solar, wind and storage projects, as well as a fleet of ageing coal-fired power stations which will require replacement.

The growth in India’s renewables presents significant scale and one to watch.

It is no surprise that Petronas and Shell have recently made moves in the Indian C&I renewables space,

...he added.