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Oman’s first solar thermal water project set for launch

Omani upstream energy firm ARA Petroleum is preparing to commission one of the world’s first solar thermal powered, zero emission desalination plants in the Sultanate of Oman – a groundbreaking facility designed to transform highly saline produced water into drinking water.

Muscat-based ARA has tapped Austrian solar tech startup Heliovis to set up the plant at its Qarat Al Milh site – a 5,700 sq km small oilfields cluster in Dhofar, carved out from majority state-owned PDO’s Block 6 license.

The plant utilizes Vienna-based Heliovis’ proprietary, low-cost solar thermal technology to produce up to 140 cubic metres of drinking water per day from ‘produced water’ – naturally occurring water that flows from wells during hydrocarbon production. Often contaminated with hydrocarbons, this produced water also contains high levels of dissolved mineral salts.

Link: https://www.zawya.com/en/projects/utilities/omans-first-solar-thermal-water-project-set-for-launch-rptfgka7

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