Tuesday, August 8, 2017

GlassPoint Solar achieves safety milestone at Miraah

GlassPoint Solar, a leading supplier of solar power to the oil and gas industry, has celebrated the successful completion of one million man-hours without a lost time injury (LTI) on its Miraah solar plant being built for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in Oman, areport said.

Miraah, a 1,021-MW solar thermal project, will be one of the world’s largest solar plants, delivering over one gigawatt of peak thermal energy, said the Oman Tribune report.

This achievement is a result of GlassPoint’s commitment to safety and the adoption of oil and gas industry best practices, the company said. It is also a reflection of the excellent performance of employees across the company and its contractors.

“Our solar thermal technology was designed from the ground up to minimise risks at each stage of construction. One million hours with zero LTIs is a significant achievement as Miraah advances towards the generation of first steam this year,” said Ben Bierman, chief operating officer at GlassPoint.

Once complete, Miraah project will deliver the largest peak energy output of any solar plant in the world. The scale of this landmark project underscores the massive market for deploying solar in the oil and gas industry, the company said.

The 1 GW project will reduce the amount of natural gas used to generate steam for thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR). In thermal EOR, steam is injected into an oil reservoir to heat the oil, making it easier to pump to the surface. Miraah will generate an average of 6,000 tons of solar steam each day, providing a substantial portion of the steam required at the Amal
oilfield operated by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).

The mega project dwarfs all previous solar EOR installations and is more than 100 times larger than the pilot project built by GlassPoint for PDO in 2012.

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