South Africa inaugurates the Bokpoort CSP plant

The Bokpoort concentrated solar plant, built by a joint venture headed up by Spain’s Sener, Acciona and TSK and South Africa’s Crowie, was inaugurated on 14 March near Upington in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

The Saudi group ACWA Power awarded the turnkey EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract which has involved an investment of more than €300m.

The new CSP 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 using molten salts that provide 9.3 hours of operation.

The plant’s solar field consists of 180 loops, and its annual production will be over 230 GWh (net).