Aalborg CSP resumes production in China after COVID-19 shutdown

Steam generator. Photo by: Aalborg CSP A/S (www.aalborgcsp.com).

March 27 (Renewables Now) - Danish firm Aalborg CSP A/S on Wednesday said its subcontractors in China had resumed production of components for a 700-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Dubai after a temporary closure aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The company signed a contract to produce 42 heat exchangers and pressure vessels for the mega project in early 2019. Production was in full swing until February 2020 when factories had to close as part of China’s strict measures to contain the contagion.

Aalborg CSP says that industrial life is slowly returning to normal. Production has been restarted, with all employees wearing masks and working under the safety measures implemented by the company's subcontractor Shanghai Boiler Works Co Ltd.

“All our subcontractors in China have been closed down for a longer duration, which is impacting the progress of the project. It is crucial to our clients as wells as our company’s job retention and performance that our projects can resume manufacturing”, Aalborg CSP CEO Svante Bundgaard said.

The contract for the CSP component of the fourth phase of the 5-GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is Aalborg CSP’s largest order in terms of megawatts. The company will deliver steam generation systems, of 600 MW in total, based on the leakage-free header-and-coil technology. Turbines and auxiliary equipment will be supplied by German industrial giant Siemens AG (ETR:SIE).

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