Coalinga

General Info
Owner/s: 
Chevron
Technology: 
Central receiver (power tower)
Country: 
US
Region / State: 
California
Status: 
Operational
Purpose: 
Commercial
Usage: 
Steam generation
Power: 
29.00 MW
Thermal power: 
29.00 MWth
Start date: 
October, 2011
Location: 
Coalinga, CA
Land area: 
40 hectares
Technology

Solar field

Heliostat aperture: 
51 square meter
Number of heliostats: 
3822
Reflecting area: 
194 000 m²
Companies involved
Project developer: 
BrightSource Energy
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Other info: 

The majority of the world’s known oil reserves contain oil that is too viscous (thick) or the oil reservoir lacks pressure to freely flow oil to the surface. In fact, conventional oil recovery methods are only able to extract about 10% to 30% of oil from a reservoir. The remaining oil requires additional manipulation in order to be extracted. These extraction techniques are generally referred to as enhanced oil recovery, or EOR. EOR allows oil producers to recover significantly more of the reservoir’s oil.

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PDF icon coalinga_fact_sheet.pdf2.82 MB
PDF icon Solar 2 Steam fact sheet982.65 KB
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