05Jul2012

TSK to build a thermal solar power plant close to the Kalahari desert in South Africa

The plant of Bokpoort has an estimated budget of 300 million Euros.

The Department of Energy (DoE) of South Africa has chosen a project headed by the Saudi Company Acwa Power as the selected offer for the development of the 50 MW Thermal Solar Power Plant of Bokpoort, located close to the town of Upington. Within the group of companies participating in the project, the consortium formed by TSK, Acciona, Sener and Crowie will be the EPC contractor in charge of the construction and commissioning of the plant.
The fact of having been the selected offer grants the bidding consortium the right to negotiate with the DoE the financing of the plant. No setbacks are expected as progress has already been made regarding this matter. Acwa Power is leading the financing of the project with private financial institutions after receiving the approval and commitment from the South African Government for the procurement of energy at the rate set and for 20 years. The process is forecast to last 3 months, after which the actual works could start. Acwa Power relies on South African partners such as Solafrica and the public entity IDC in order to fund the project.
The Thermal Solar Power Plant (CSP) of Bokpoort will be located close to Upington, in the Northern Cape region of South Africa. The location of the plant, close to the Kalahari Desert, will take advantage of the superb solar and environmental conditions of such a far-off area. The plant will have 50MW and will have SENERTROUGH Cylindrical-parabolic collector technology, as well as a power storage system based on melted salts that allows for power generation in the absence of sunlight. The base technology for the collection of solar energy will be 100% Spanish.
The magnitude of this project is a challenge for the EPC consortium formed by the Spanish Companies TSK, Acciona and Sener and the South African Crowie. The international experience of this EPC consortium, both in thermal solar power plants and in power generation projects guarantees the success of this project.
 

TSK to build a thermal solar power plant close to the Kalahari desert in South Africa