First solar-thermal heating thin-oil project commences operation in Xinjiang

2023-07-14 Editor : Zhao Li ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- After 10 months of design and construction, the first project using solar thermal energy to heat thin oil was officially put into operation on Sunday in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, according to Xinjiang Oilfield.

The project is designed to collect solar energy and heat the oil-water mixture that needs to be transported, replacing natural gas for heating.

In general, the oil-water mixture extracted from oil wells needs to be gathered through pipelines and sent to a metering station, where it is then transported to a central station for oil-water separation.

In order to flow smoothly, the mixture needs to be heated to reduce viscosity. This is especially important during winter, as failure to heat the oil-water mixture may result in freezing and blockage of pipelines.

The project is estimated to save 62,000 cubic meters of natural gas per year, equivalent to over 200,000 yuan ($28,000), and reduce carbon dioxide by 70 metric tons annually, equivalent to 3,825 trees.

The project is located in the eastern Junggar Basin in Xinjiang, where the number of sunshine days exceeds 300, with at least 6 hours per day, providing favorable conditions for photo-thermal utilization.

The project design was finished in October 2022 and construction started at the end of April 2023.

Related news


Most popular in 24h

MoreTop news


Back to top About Us | Jobs | Contact Us | Privacy Policy
Copyright ©1999-2023 All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
[网上传播视听节目许可证(0106168)] [京ICP证040655号]
[京公网安备 11010202009201号] [京ICP备05004340号-1]