ACWA Power completes $310m concentrated solar power project in South Africa

WCN Editorial Team 16 Mar 2016 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

A consortium led by ACWA Power has completed work on the Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.

The project, valued at ZAR5bn ($310.3m), offers more than nine hours of thermal storage capacity.

The plant will provide 220,000MWh power annually, which is sufficient to power over 200,000 South African households.

ACWA Power managing director for the Southern Africa region Chris Ehlers said: “We are here to serve the nation and to contribute to its development.

“Our commitment to the development of South African economy beyond reliably supplying renewable energy at a cost competitive tariff is demonstrated by the ZAR2bn worth of locally sourced components made in South Africa that has been used in the construction of this plant and the creation of 1,300 construction jobs.”

The CSP project is the first in a series of investments by ACWA Power in South Africa. The company also plans to start construction on the 100MW Redstone CSP Project in Northern Cape. At the same time, it is waiting for the outcome of tender submissions for a 300MW coal-fired plant in Mpumalanga and a 150MW CSP plant at Northern Cape.

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