Sener, Acciona start construction on €500M solar plant in South Africa

WCN Editorial Team 6 Jun 2016 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Sener and Acciona have begun the turnkey construction of the €500M Kathu Solar Park Complex in South Africa.

Located in the town of Kathu, in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, the 100MW plant will be able to generate enough electricity to supply 80,000 homes.

Both firms will carry out the engineering, construction management and commissioning of the plant until its turnkey delivery.

The project, part of the 2010 Integrated Resource Program (IRP) National Electricity Plan, will provide an increase in the country's generation capacity until it reaches 86.8GW in 2030.

The project, which uses Sener’s ‘SENERtrough’ technology and a molten salt storage system, is scheduled to commence operations in 2018. It represents the second solar thermal project in South Africa on which both companies are working together, the first being the recently-opened 50MW Bokpoort plant.

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