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Kathu Solar Park in South Africa

Kathu ground breaking Ceremony.

Kathu ground breaking Ceremony.

In May construction work began on the Kathu thermosolar plant in the city of the same name in Northern Cape province, South Africa. SENER is part of the consortium that will be providing the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the power plant up to its turnkey delivery. The laying of the ground breaking ceremony was held on October 6, which marked the official unveiling of the project, with Spain’s ambassador to South Africa, Juan Ignacio Sell Sanz in attendance, together with local authorities, the members of the consortium, the client and the South African partners.

Kathu Solar Park is a concentrated solar power (CSP) project that includes the second-generation SENERtrough®-2 parabolic trough technology, specifically designed and patented by SENER. The facility is equipped with a molten salt heat storage system that allows it to supply thermal power for 4.5 hours, thus extending its operational capacity even after sundown. Kathu will supply enough power to meet the electricity demand of 150,000 homes.

Construction on the unit began in May 2016, and it is expected to be completed in the second semester of 2018. During this phase around 1,200 jobs will be created, approximately 36% of which will be held by locals. In addition to this, the Kathu Solar Park will be estimated to save six million tons of CO2 over 20 years, and it will foster even more local economic development through several projects, such as a fund for the local community that will benefit the area around the municipality of John Taolo Gaetsewe in Northern Cape, in addition to subcontracting other services to local businesses.

SENER’s patented SENERtrough®-2 technology is a profitable innovation that leads the world in the field of concentrated solar power. The plants SENER designs and builds use a molten salt heat storage system that makes it possible to generate power continuously, reliably, flexibly and sustainably, even in the absence of solar radiation.

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