GlassPoint Solar, a U.S.-based solar energy supplier to the oil and gas industry, signed a memorandum of understanding with oil company Occidental of Oman to cooperate on a solar steam project.
The companies plan the construction of a large solar thermal energy plant, with capacity exceeding 2,000 megawatts, at the Mukhaizna oilfield in Oman. GlassPoint would lead the project and use its solar technology to facilitate production of heavy oil.
Preliminary studies have been completed, and now engineering work has commenced to define the scope of the project and field integration plans, Kallanish Energy reports.
The technology would use mirrors to concentrate sunlight and boil oilfield water into steam. Occidental of Oman would purchase the steam under a long-term off-take agreement, providing a cost-effective, zero-emissions alternative to steam generated using natural gas.
The proposed solar project could save more than 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year, GlassPoint said.