PDO Oman's 1GW solar-to-oil plant to open in 2017

Glasspoint Solar, Parsons, and Petroleum Development Oman are working on the Miraah facility that will collect solar energy to produce steam for oil extraction

Parsons is working on the Miraah facility in Oman. [Image: Parsons]
Parsons is working on the Miraah facility in Oman. [Image: Parsons]

Petroleum Development Oman's (PDO) Miraah project at Amal oilfield is set to commence operations before the end of 2017.

The 1.1GW project will collect solar energy to produce steam, that will be used for oil extraction purposes. 

Glasspoint Solar has been appointed to work on the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project by PDO. 

Construction work for the project commenced in March this year. 

Rod MacGregor, the president and CEO of Glasspoint, said the construction team is "on track to produce steam before the end of next year". 

"Right now, construction is ahead of schedule," he told Times of Oman.

In November last year, it was reported that US-headquartered Parsons was awarded a contract to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the facility.

The solar-thermal facility will span 299.4ha (740 acres) at the Amal oilfield. 

Upon completion, Miraah will use 36 glasshouses to generate an average of 6,000 tons of solar steam daily, according to Parsons' website. 

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