The eminent group was led by H E Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, chairman of the State Council, and included around 30 of its members, stated a press release.
The guests were accompanied by a senior PDO management team led by Abdul Amir bin Abdul Hussein al Ajmi, external affairs and value creation director and Sami Baqi, Oil South director. The fact-finding mission toured Miraah, one of the largest solar energy ventures globally, which PDO is building to produce steam for thermal enhanced oil recovery by harnessing the power of the sun through a huge glasshouse complex to heat water.
The project, which is being developed in partnership with GlassPoint Solar, has recently seen the completion of the construction of its first block, and is on schedule and on budget. When finished, Miraah will deliver 1,021 megawatts (MW) of peak thermal energy, generate 6,000 tonnes of steam per day for oil production and save 5.6trn British Thermal Units of natural gas a year. It is also expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 300,000 tonnes annually. The delegation also visited the award-winning Nimr Reed Beds project, the largest industrial constructed wetland system in the world. The project, which PDO is running with partner Bauer Nimr, has enabled the company to treat massive volumes of Nimr oilfield produced water efficiently and effectively.
By avoiding the conventional, energy-intensive disposal method of pumping water into deep aquifers under high pressure, the scheme is forecast to save around 24bn cubic ft of gas over ten years – a 98 per cent saving.
H E Dr Mantheri said, “The efforts we witnessed during this visit are truly commendable. Both Miraah and the Nimr Reed Beds mark PDO as a global pioneer in oil and gas innovation, and their positive environmental impact confirm the company’s care for the environment. It was a pleasure to see such ambitious projects which will promote advancement in the country.”