Aera, GlassPoint to build 850-MWt solar thermal plant in California

Artist rendering of Aera and GlassPoint's Belridge Solar project. (Photo: Business Wire)

November 30 (Renewables Now) - Oil and gas producer Aera Energy LLC has teamed up with fellow California-based company GlassPoint Solar Inc to realise an 850-MWt solar thermal project at the Belridge oilfield west of Bakersfield in Kern County.

This would be California’s largest solar energy project, according to a joint statement from the two companies. The facility will be able to produce 12 million barrels of steam per year for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Apart from its solar steam production capacity, it will also feature a 26.5-MW photovoltaic (PV) power generating facility.

Aera will use the solar-generated steam and electricity onsite, thus saving 4.87 billion cu ft (137.9 million cu m) of natural gas. It is thereby also expected to save over 376,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

The partners anticipate to break ground on the plant in the first half of 2019, with the start of steam and power production scheduled for 2020.

GlassPoint Solar is currently working with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on the 1-GW Miraah solar thermal park project in Oman.

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