Solar power soon to power enhanced oil recovery

by by Florian Neuhof

CSP technology is already making an entry into the GCC via projects such as Masdar's Shams I 100MW power plant.

Concentrated solar power (CSP) arrays to power enhanced oil recovery (EOR) will have found buyers before the year is out, says the head of a company that has developed this product, and is currently in sales negotiations with oil companies.

Using CSP to create steam that is then pumped into depleting oil field to enhance the recovery ratio is a cheaper alternative to using natural gas as an energy source, and will help oil companies increase their proven reserves, says Rod MacGregor, CEO of GlassPoint, a company that has pioneered the technology...

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