Oman's PDO plans massive solar EOR development

Enhanced oil recovery project to be 100 times the size of Amal project

Solar power will be used to minimise the consumption of natural gas when extracting oil.
Solar power will be used to minimise the consumption of natural gas when extracting oil.

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the country’s leading oil and gas production company, has revealed plans to build a solar enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project 100 times the size of its Amal development.

Such projects are designed to reduce the consumption of natural gas in EOR projects and PDO said it will target Omani companies to deliver the project.

Speaking to Muscat Daily at the Oil and Gas West Asia (OGWA) exhibition and conference, managing director of PDO Raoul Restucci, said the company would target local involvement in the project at all levels.

“We are engaging government bodies, contractors and suppliers to ensure that we maximise the local supply chain in the solar EOR project,” he said.

“In the next tranche, we are targeting something around a 100-fold increase to what we have at the moment. We are working together with GlassPoint to establish the local supply chain for solar EOR and are working hard to ensure we can progress as fast as we can.”

Restucci said that around 11% of PDO production will be from EOR in 2014 with the contribution expected to triple by 2023.

“The windfall that can be generated from solar technology in Oman is very significant - from R&D, design and deployment of technology,” Restucci said.

“Solar energy has numerous advantages. It allows us to free up gas for use in other government priorities like power generation, water desalination and industrial projects,” he added.

The ninth edition of the OGWA exhibition and conference was formally opened by H E Ali al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry at the Oman International Exhibition Centre.

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