First enclosed-trough solar steam generation pilot for EOR applications ///

The Sultanate of Oman has large heavy-oil reserves, which are best produced with thermal EOR methods. Natural gas is traditionally used as the fuel for these projects. However, concerns about future gas supply, CO2 emissions and possible cost escalation led Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to investigate solar technology to power EOR projects. The result was the solar steam generation pilot (SSGP) built at Amal West field in southern Oman.

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