North China Power Engineering Co., Ltd. of China Power Engineering Consulting Group (NCPE) is one of the largest power engineering companies in China. NCPE is responsible for the engineering design of the Yumen RoyalTech 50MW trough Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in Gansu province – one of 20 pilot CSP projects launched by China’s National Energy Administration in late 2016. The plant is planned to be operational by the end of 2018. With a demanding construction schedule, NCPE sought an advisor to help them resolve technical challenges during both the basic and detailed engineering design stages, particularly for the non-conventional solar field and molten salt storage system.

Image: Front row, from left to right: Mr Alan Yau (Principal & APAC Regional Director, Advisian) signs the contract with Mr Yang Liancun (Assistant President, NCPE)

Advisian formed a project team with solar experts from our Madrid, Singapore and China locations in order to deliver these services for NCPE. The contract signing ceremony for the agreement was held on 23rd January and will provide a framework for Advisian to:

  • Help review NCPE’s engineering design and project management schedules
  • Continue to work towards ensuring NCPE’s aggressive project schedule can be met, and
  • Strive to enhance NCPE’s reputation through the successful delivery of this project, enabling them to take advantage of further opportunities in this field, already planned in China.

Advisian has extensive large-scale global CSP experience ranging from conceptual design and feasibility studies, through to basic and detailed design. We have acted as owner’s engineer for tender preparation, evaluation, and design reviews, as well as providing commissioning and operational support. Our experience includes the successful delivery of CSP projects in South Africa, Morocco, Kuwait, Chile and the United States.

This project highlights Advisian’s experience with CSP projects in China using both parabolic trough and tower technology, having previously worked as a technical advisor for China Three Gorges Corporation’s 100MW tower CSP project.