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PDO's solar-EOR first for Middle East Gulf

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has ordered a 7 megawatt solar, enhanced oil-recovery (EOR) system from California’s GlassPoint Solar, for use at an existing thermal EOR project in the south of the sultanate

“After extensively researching solar EOR solutions, we’ve identified GlassPoint as the most promising technology for this pilot,” said Syham Bentouati, PDO’s corporate technology advisor. PDO is turning to a variety of EOR techniques as it looks to boost Oman’s declining oil production, which has rebounded slightly in the last couple of years. Solar EOR reduces the amount of natural gas burned to produce steam, an essential element of thermal EOR techniques, allowing field operators to use gas in other, more profitable areas, such as power generation and for more lucrative liquefied natural gas exports. GlassPoint claims its system can reduce the amount of gas needed for EOR by up to 80%.Th

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