Oxy Starts Up Solar Facility To Power Permian EOR
The 16-MW solar facility in Ector County, Texas, near Odessa, powers the Goldsmith field through deployment of 174,000 photovoltaic panels.
Occidental Petroleum has started up its first solar facility to power enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Permian Basin of West Texas.
The 16-MW facility in Ector County, near Odessa, powers the Goldsmith field through deployment of 174,000 photovoltaic panels. First Solar, which manufactured the panels, operates the facility under a contract with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV).
OLCV also has signed a 12-year purchase agreement for 109 MW of solar energy for use in Oxy’s Permian operations beginning in 2021. The deal is with a joint venture between Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and Core Solar, a developer of utility-scale solar plants.
The solar facility and long-term solar power agreement "together are ultimately expected to eliminate more than 160,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year,” said Richard Jackson, OLCV president.
Oxy’s low-carbon strategy includes investment in CO2 EOR and carbon capture, utilization, and storage, along with other emissions-reducing technologies.
The Houston independent is also considering development of a large solar thermal energy plant to generate steam to produce heavy oil at Oman’s Mukhaizna field. The operator signed a memorandum of understanding on the potential project late last year with GlassPoint Solar, which has deployed solar-generated steam technology for EOR in both Oman and California.