Oct 30, 2013 - Spanish group Abengoa (MCE:ABG) said on Tuesday it had won a deal to construct a 100-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in South Africa.
The Spanish firm's project was given preferred bidder status by the South African Department of Energy (DOE) under the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme (REIPP).
The project involves the construction of the Xina parabolic trough photovoltaic (PV) facility with a five-hour thermal energy storage system that will use molten salt. The installation will be situated near the city of Pofadder in the Northern Cape province and will be in proximity to Abengoa’s 100-MW KaXu solar one complex.
The 100-MW Xina solar park will be 40%-owned by Abengoa. Its other owners will be South African Industrial Development Corp (IDC), Public Investment Corp (PIC) and KaXu Community Trust. Construction works are slated to begin in 2014. When up and running, the plant is expected to generate enough power to supply about 90,000 homes and offset 315,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year.
South Africa aims to have as much as 17,800 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.
At present, Abengoa operates 1,223 MW of solar parks and has 430 MW of projects under construction.
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