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Oman's Miraah solar project costs down by 46%

Costs have scaled down tremendously due to the company’s adoption of a development and research programme that seeks to find new ways to design more innovative and efficient systems at the lowest cost

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Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) confirmed that the cost of the Miraah project for generating solar steam has been reduced since the assignment of the project last year.

Compared to the experimental project, costs of the total value of the project have scaled down tremendously due to the company’s adoption of a development and research programme that seeks to find new ways to design more innovative and efficient systems at the lowest cost. The initiative is in collaboration the Glass Point Solar Company.

Adel bin Ali Al Busaidi, acting director of the Miraah project and representative of PDO in the project said the project, which was established in the Amal field in the south of PDO's concession area is one of the largest solar power plants in the world and is carried out, in collaboration between PDO — owner and operator of the oil field — and the Glass Point Solar Company in the use of solar energy in the field of enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

Al Busaidi said that the ground had been prepared for the project, which was launched in mid-2015 in record time, three months short of the date specified in the approved plan, by Omani engineers and local companies that were assigned with the design, supervision and implementation tasks, according to Times of Oman.

The project consists of 36 glass houses that will be built in three stages. Some important facilities of the first stage will be completed by the end of 2016, and will start running in record time, said Al Busaidi.

He added that the first and second stages of the project will produce a total of 2000 metric tonnes of steam for the EOR operations by mid-2018, and the production will be carried out in several stages, starting from the beginning of 2017.

A total of 6,000 metric tonnes of steam are being targeted when the third phase is completed in 2022, which will make it the largest project of its kind in the oil and gas field.

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