Abengoa has achieved the «practical completion» of its Xina Solar One CSP plant in Northern Cape, South Africa, the developer said August 16.

The 100 MW Xina Solar One plant uses parabolic trough technology and hosts 5.5 hours of storage capacity. The plant will feed power into the adjacent Paulputs substation via a short 3 km transmission line. The facility is situated just south of Abengoa’s operational 100 MW Kaxu Solar One plant, which provides 2.5 hours of storage capacity.

The «practical completion» of Xina Solar One project certifies the plant can be handed over to the consortium of project owners, which includes Abengoa, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and the Xina Community Trust.

Abengoa started electrical power generation tests at Xina Solar One in March and the plant is expected to start commercial operations this year, Ingeteam, a supplier to the project, said March 30.

Xina Solar One will provide power to Eskom under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

The project was allocated in Round 3 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (REIPPPP).

                          REIPPPP Round 3 allocated CSP projects

Source: CSP Today Global Tracker

Launched in 2011, the REIPPPP has thus far procured 102 projects, representing investments of some 194.1 billion rand ($14.7 billion) including 53.4 billion rand from foreign investors, according to the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC).

Since 2016, state utility Eskom has delayed the signing of a number of PPAs, holding back some 58 billion rand in investments, figures from SAREC show.

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