Oman expects Phase II of 1-GW solar thermal project in 2019 - report

Aerial View of the Miraah project in Oman. Source: GlassPoint Solar, Inc

November 16 (Renewables Now) - Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) expects to complete the first phase of its 1,021-MWp Miraah solar thermal park project in Oman next year and to proceed with phase two in 2019, an official told The National.

GlassPoint Solar Inc is currently building the complex for PDO, whose plans for the site is to produce 6,000 tonnes of steam per day for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Just recently, the partners announced that the first out of 36 standard glasshouse blocks housing parabolic trough collectors was completed safely on schedule and on budget.

The first of nine modules, each including four glasshouse blocks, should be completed by the end of 2017, Abdul-Amir Al Ajmi, PDO’s External Affairs and Value Creation Director, told the newspaper. By the start of 2019, a further two modules should be finalised so that the project could enter phase two, according to the director.

The companies are currently using aluminium made in China to build mirrors for the USD-600-million (EUR 509m) project, but in phase three they anticipate to produce the aluminium in Oman.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.849)

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