The turnkey EPC was developed for the Saudi corporation ACWA Power and required an investment of more than €300 million.
The Bokpoort concentrated solar plant, built by a joint venture between Spain’s ACCIONA, SENER and TSK and South Africa’s Crowie, was inaugurated today near Upington in Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The Saudi group ACWA Power awarded the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract for the turnkey project to the Spanish-led consortium, and required an investment of more than €300 million.
The new concentrated solar plant at Bokpoort is already in operation and has a gross capacity of 55 MW. It uses SENERtrough® parabolic trough collector technology with a 1,300 MWht system of two energy storage tanks (TES – Thermal Energy Storage) using molten salts that provide 9.3 hours of operation. The solar field of the plant consists of 180 loops, and its annual production will be over 230 GWh (net).
The opening ceremony of the Bokpoort concentrated solar plant was attended by the Trade & Industry Ministers of South Africa and Saudi Arabia, Dr. Rob Davies and Dr Tawfiq al Rabiah. Also present were José Luis Valdivieso, Project Manager of ACCIONA; Juan Granero, Project Manager of SENER; and Ramón Vidal, Project Manager of TSK.
Bokpoort is the fourth concentrated solar plant built by ACCIONA outside Spain and its inauguration underscores ACCIONA’s commitment to the development of renewable energy in South Africa. In late 2014 ACCIONA’s Sishen photovoltaic plant (94.3 MWp