Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and GlassPoint Solar are going to build the world’s largest solar EOR plant. Speaking about the project, Raoul Restucci, Managing Director, PDO said, “The world’s largest solar EOR project will deliver 1021MW (1GW) of peak thermal energy. This fantastic project is called ‘Miraah’, the Arabic word for mirror. With an investment of $600 million, Miraah will be a showpiece of sustainability in action.”
The project is owned by PDO and GlassPoint will be the technology provider and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider. Rod MacGregor, President & Chief Executive Officer, GlassPoint Solar informed, “To put it simply, we will harness the sun’s rays to produce steam. The steam will be used in thermal EOR to extract heavy and viscous oil at the Amal field. This project follows the successful solar steam generation pilot going at Amal for the last two years.”
As per the information provided by PDO and Glasspoint, Miraah will be one of the largest solar plants in world. Miraah will use concentrating sunlight to generate 6,000 tons of solar steam each day. The steam will feed directly to PDO’s existing thermal EOR operations, providing a substantial portion of the steam required at the Amal oilfield in Southern Oman.