Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and GlassPoint Solar, have posted the inauguration of the giant Miraah solar plant in the sultanate.
Miraah, located at the Amal oilfield in the south of the sultanate, when completed will be one among the world’s largest solar projects .
A statement said that four blocks of the plant have now been constructed.
Undersecretary of Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas, Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi said, “Deploying solar on Oman’s oilfields to reduce the industry’s natural gas consumption has a significant and lasting economic benefit for the sultanate.”
He also said, “The project, which stands to be among the largest solar projects in the world, has contributed to developing local Omani talent in the renewable energy field and created job opportunities for local companies.”
Miraah’s construction has proceeded on schedule. The first four blocks were commissioned successfully and the facility is now in daily operation delivering steam to the Amal oilfield. The statement said, the four blocks have a total capacity of over 100 MWt and will deliver 660 tonnes of steam per day, providing significant gas savings.
It also added that once complete, the one gigawatt installation will be formed of 36 blocks built in a sequence, which permits PDO to benefit from solar steam now and gradually ramp-up production over time to meet the Amal oilfield’s steam demand. The project is on track to deliver an additional eight blocks in early 2019.
Raoul Restucci, managing director of PDO said, “This is a very proud day for PDO and our partners GlassPoint Solar. Miraah provides a simple yet innovative solution that allows us to develop our heavy oil, while at the same time reducing energy consumption and costs.”
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.
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