Consortium celebrates ground-breaking for 100 MW Kathu solar project in the Northern Cape of South Africa

Ground-breaking ceremony for the Kathu Solar Park in the town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape Province

An ENGIE-led consortium with partners, SENER and ACCIONA, on October 18th, 2016 held a ground-breaking ceremony for their Kathu Solar Park in the town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape Province.

Construction has begun following the signing of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between ENGIE and Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned power utility. The 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project is expected to be operational in the second half of 2018.

Kathu Solar Park is being built by Spanish engineering and construction companies SENER and ACCIONA.

The plant uses parabolic trough technology specifically designed and patented by the global engineering and construction leader SENER, and is equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage to extend the operational capacity of the plant after sunset. Kathu Solar Park will produce enough power to supply 150,000 homes.

“This is an important milestone for our first Concentrated Solar Power project in the ENGIE Group,” said Bruno Bensasson, CEO of the ENGIE Africa Business Unit.

The joint venture between SENER and ACCIONA has been appointed by the ENGIE led consortium to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project.

Construction already started on site in May 2016 and is due for completion in the second half of 2018.

“SENER’s patented Concentrated Solar Power solution; SENERtrough®-2, is a world leading cost efficient solar thermal power innovation. All plants designed and built by SENER utilise a molten salt heat storage system that allows for continued power generation when the sun does not shine. It is reliable, flexible and dispatchable with reduced carbon emissions, which is excellent for South Africa and sustainability into the future,” explains Siyabonga Mbanjwa, SENER Regional Managing Director in Southern Africa.


2016-10-19 | Courtesy: SENER | © Heindl Server GmbH

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