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    Oil Field Goes Solar

    Oil field to go solar to power production.

    The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield Ca is one of the largest in the country.

    It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced around 76,000 barrels a day.

    Its future production will be powered partly by a solar-energy project.

    Will use a 850 megawatt solar thermal array to provide power to pump oil.

    This will offset 4.87 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year.

    Using solar energy to get oil, what a concept!

    Can't stop progress, nope, you just can't stop it...

    washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/29/one-of-the-countrys-biggest-oil

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    Cool.

    I hope they find more uses for alternative energy that make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Oil field to go solar to power production.

    The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield Ca is one of the largest in the country.

    It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced around 76,000 barrels a day.

    Its future production will be powered partly by a solar-energy project.

    Will use a 850 megawatt solar thermal array to provide power to pump oil.

    This will offset 4.87 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year.

    Using solar energy to get oil, what a concept!

    Can't stop progress, nope, you just can't stop it...

    washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/29/one-of-the-countrys-biggest-oil
    Mr. Miller,

    Interesting pretty much of a meh.

    When I pumped an oil field in SE NM, several of our wells were away from the grid. They are powered by gas engines running of the well casing gas.
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    California is among the few geographical regions where solar power is viable in this way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Mr. Miller,

    Interesting pretty much of a meh.

    When I pumped an oil field in SE NM, several of our wells were away from the grid. They are powered by gas engines running of the well casing gas.
    Too bad they couldn't harness and sell that gas while saving on the purchase of gas engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    California is among the few geographical regions where solar power is viable in this way...

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    I guess you have never visited the Southwest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzareta View Post
    Too bad they couldn't harness and sell that gas while saving on the purchase of gas engines.
    Ms. Panzareta,

    It is wasted gas, not enough to make it worth running a pipeline to the well head. It was harnessed, but the engine that turned a turbine which produced the electricity to run the well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzareta View Post
    I guess you have never visited the Southwest.
    Sorry, I'll be a bit more specific, the southwest till about 3/4 the way through Texas and about halfway north is the total region where solar is a viable option. There's another region along the East almost to new England states that gets similar solar radiance...

    I don't remember the map by heart though.

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