JPT California Becomes a Proving Ground for Solar EOR Technology

Matt Zborowski, Technology Writer 

A rendering of Aera’s planned 850-MW solar EOR facility at Belridge field near Bakersfield, Calif. Startup is expected as early as 2020. California is known for being at the forefront of renewable technology adoption and greenhouse gas emissions curtailment. Even in an industry seen by many residents as archaic, oil producers are increasingly seeking out alternative sources of energy to use in operations. The high number of aging heavy oilfields, high quantity of sunshine, and state’s environmental sensibilities make for an ideal proving ground for a technology that brings two divergent industries together: solar thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR).