The construction and engineering firms Sener and Acciona have formed the consortium chosen to develop a 100 MW concentrated solar power complex in the South African town of Kathu.
The project, led by GDF SUEZ, is part of South Africa’s renewable energy development programme, with a forecast investment of more than 500 million euros.
The 100 MW plant will used parabolic trough technology, more specifically a state-of-the-art system designed and patented by Sener, and will have a thermal energy storage capacity of 4.5 hours, thanks to the use of molten salts.
Located in the town of Kathu, in Northern Cape Province, the plant will become operational in 2018 and will be able to supply electricity to 80,000 homes.
Sener and Acciona have been contracted to carry out the engineering, construction and commissioning of the entire facility. The building consortium will also use local suppliers, as the project is fully committed to contributing to the local community.