MIN­IS­TER OF COM­MERCE AND IN­DUS­TRY OF OMAN VIS­ITS GLASSPOINT SO­LAR IN CAL­I­FOR­NIA

HE Dr. Ali bin Ma­soud Al Su­naidi, Oman’s Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try, re­cently toured GlassPoint’s head­quar­ters and lab fa­cil­i­ties in Cal­i­for­nia, USA.

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Wel­com­ing HE Dr. Al Su­naidi was GlassPoint’s Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer Pete von Behrens and other mem­bers of the com­pany’s lead­er­ship team. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Oman Tech­nol­ogy Fund in­clud­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Yousuf Al Harthy and Ven­ture In­vest­ment Leader Mo­hammed Al Rasbi ac­com­pa­nied HE Dr. Al Su­naidi. The del­e­ga­tion had an up-close look at GlassPoint’s so­lar en­ergy in­no­va­tions and how the tech­nol­ogy can be fur­ther utilised within the Sul­tanate. GlassPoint’s tech­nol­ogy has been suc­cess­fully de­ployed in Oman since 2011, and is cur­rently op­er­at­ing at Mi­raah, one of the world’s largest so­lar plants be­ing built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO) in South­ern Oman.

Al Su­naidi said, “The Sul­tanate is al­ready a global leader in us­ing so­lar en­ergy for oil ex­trac­tion and we are now look­ing at how we can use this re­new­able re­source to power other in­dus­tries and pro­cesses, such as de­sali­nat­ing sea­wa­ter. The util­i­sa­tion of GlassPoint’s tech­nol­ogy will con­tinue to con­trib­ute to our eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion strat­egy and gives the com­pany the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply its know-how in other in­dus­tries beyond oil and gas in Oman.” Al Su­naidi added, “GlassPoint has been a great part­ner to the Sul­tanate over the years in help­ing es­tab­lish Oman as a re­new­able en­ergy hub.”

GlassPoint’s Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer Pete von Behrens said, “Re­search and de­vel­op­ment is at the core of GlassPoint, where we’re con­stantly de­vel­op­ing and test­ing next gen­er­a­tion con­cepts from the lab to the field. We’re eval­u­at­ing new ma­te­ri­als, de­signs and in­te­gra­tion pro­cesses to fur­ther re­duce costs and ex­pand to new mar­kets.” He added, “We’ve been part­ner­ing with Oman for the past seven years to ad­vance and scale our tech­nol­ogy and are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing long-term in-coun­try-value through fu­ture re­search and projects.”

GlassPoint’s so­lar ther­mal tech­nol­ogy de­liv­ers low-cost steam to power oil­field op­er­a­tions, re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions and fuel costs. Ex­pand­ing the com­pany’s tech­nol­ogy in Oman will save valu­able nat­u­ral gas, cre­ate jobs and pro­pel the de­vel­op­ment of a lo­cal so­lar en­ergy sup­ply chain. The first 100 MWt of the gi­gawatt-scale Mi­raah plant were inau­gu­rated early this year. The project is in daily op­er­a­tions and has met all steam out­put tar­gets re­quired by PDO’s Amal oil­field since it was brought on­line. Con­struc­tion is on­go­ing with steam pro­duc­tion ramp­ing up to meet PDO’s fu­ture steam de­mand.

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