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Oman plans to build one of the world’s largest solar plants to boost heavy oil output. It has also licensed its first solar power plant.
Oman is pushing two very different solar projects as it searches for alternatives to burning gas, whose domestic output is likely to peak in the medium term. One is a solar thermal plant that will produce steam for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in a heavy oil field, while the other is a solar photovoltaic (PV) pilot plant.
State-led Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and US-based GlassPoint Solar will build the Miraah solar thermal plant to improve recovery of heavy and viscous crude from Amal oil field. The plant will deliver 1.02GW of thermal power – no electricity is produced – in the form of 6,000 tons/day (6,000 m3/d) of steam.
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