Berry Petroleum EOR plant

General Info
Owner/s: 
Berry Petroleum
Technology: 
Parabolic trough
Country: 
US
Status: 
Operational
Purpose: 
Demonstration
Usage: 
Steam generation
Thermal power: 
7.00 MWth
Start date: 
February, 2011
Location: 
Kern County, California
Companies involved
Project developer: 
GlassPoint
Key components suppliers: 
GlassPoint
General comments:

In February 2011, GlassPoint unveiled the world’s first commercial solar enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project at Berry Petroleum’s 21Z lease in Kern County, California. Built in less than six weeks—a testament to GlassPoint’s architecture and execution capability–the system uses the sun’s radiant heat to produce approximately 1 million Btus per hour of solar heat.

GlassPoint partnered with local firms TJ Cross Engineers and PCL Industrial Services to construct the system, which spans 7,000 square feet of land on the 100-year old oilfield. The enclosed trough preheats water to 190°F used as feedwater for Berry Petroleum’s gas-fired steam generators.

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