Spanish companies specialized in CSP technology continue to succeed in international tenders, as reflected in two recent reports: one bid in Kuwait, where five Spanish companies are present among the six consortia shortlisted for the Shagaya project, and one in Latin America perhaps the most talked-about award – where Abengoa has been awarded the project to build the Cerro Dominador plant, a tower plant, which will open Chile up to CSP technology.
Last June, the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) presented the tender for the engineering, procurement and construction of the first phase of the 70 MW Shagaya renewable energy complex, consisting of a solar thermal power plant of 50 MW, a 10 MW solar photovoltaic plant, and 10 MW wind farm. This project will supply up to 225,000 MWh annually to the grid once it has been completed in the first half of 2016.
The Shagaya renewable energy complex, designed as a pilot project, will enable Kuwait to evaluate the performance of different renewable technologies in line with their climatic conditions; run studies on economic and technical viability, and identify any gaps. The project, funded by the government, is the first in a three-stage plan proposed by the KISR, whose ultimate goal is to reach 2,000 MW by 2030. For the solar thermal plant, the KISR selected parabolic trough technology with 10-hour molten salt storage and dry cooling system to minimize water consumption.
Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2014