Oman's PDO completes first phase of giant solar plant

Miraah will be among the world's largest solar plants to generate 6,000 tonnes of steam per day used for heavy oil production
By Staff writer
Wed 01 Nov 2017 03:59 PM

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and GlassPoint Solar have completed construction on the first block of the Miraah solar plant on schedule and on budget, it was announced on Wednesday.

They said in a statement that it has successfully delivered steam to the Amal West oilfield. Upon completion, Miraah will be among the world’s largest solar plants delivering 1,021 MW of peak thermal energy to generate 6,000 tonnes of steam per day used for heavy oil production.

“The safe and successful delivery of solar steam into our network at Amal is a significant milestone for the Miraah project and a major step towards transforming the energy landscape in Oman,” said PDO managing director Raoul Restucci.
“Solar-powered oil production is a sustainable, long-term solution to meet the Sultanate’s future energy demand and utilise its natural resources most efficiently.”

“We are proud to partner with PDO to build a world-class solar industry out of Oman’s oil and gas industry roots,” added Ben Bierman, chief operating officer and acting CEO of GlassPoint.
“This project is helping put Oman on the global solar energy map, creating new jobs and developing expertise in solar technology innovation, project deployment and manufacturing.”

Unlike solar panels that generate electricity, GlassPoint’s solution uses large mirrors to concentrate sunlight and boil oilfield water directly into steam. The steam is used for the extraction of viscous or heavy oil as an alternative to steam generated from natural gas.

This milestone is the latest in the collaboration between PDO and GlassPoint that began six years ago when they built the first solar enhanced oil recovery project in the Middle East.

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