Parsons to construct 1GW solar-to-oil park in Oman

Miraah will be the first project to use solar energy for the production of oil, and is expected to be operational by 2017

Miraah will use solar energy for the production of oil. [Representational image]
Miraah will use solar energy for the production of oil. [Representational image]

Parsons has been awarded a contract to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for a 1.1-gigawatt (GW) solar thermal park in Oman. 

The park is being developed by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and GlassPoint Solar at the Amal oilfield in south Oman. 

The contracting firm will provide basic engineering for the initial construction phases of the facility, which has been designed to use solar energy for the production of oil. 

Titled Miraah, the project is the first of its kind to use solar energy for the production of oil. 

According to Oman Daily Observer, the project will involve the installation of parabolic trough mirrors to capture solar energy and produce the steam that will stimulate the flow of crude to production wells. 

PDO is likely to invest up to $600m in the project. 

GlassPoint and PDO announced groundbreaking on the project last week. 

Miraah is expected to start production by 2017.  

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