February 2012

Concession-type Infrastructures

General News

Tianjin Ocean Institute visits Abengoa Water
The delegation visited the R&D&I center last December

The Tianjin Ocean Institute is a body directly dependent on the government of China, dedicated to research and development of seawater desalination applications. As part of a European tour, a delegation visited Abengoa Water’s R&D&I center, in Dos Hermanas (Seville), to get a better understanding of the research activities conducted by Abengoa. 

The delegation included, among others, the organization’s Vice President, the manager of the technology development department, and the manager for desalination, who were taken on a guided tour by the head of R&D&I at Abengoa Water.

Following the tour, both organizations agreed to arrange a meeting in China to discuss future collaboration.

Arturo Buenaventura with the delegation from the Tianjin Ocean Institute

General News

Development of Solana solar thermal power plant continues
The solar thermal projects create employment and economic development in the United States

Installation of some of the parabolic trough mirrors at Solana

Development of the 280 MW Solana CSP plant continues and it will become one of the world’s largest solar power plants in 2013. Solana will feature a storage system that will allow it to produce electricity during cloudy periods and after sunset. 

The plant, under construction for the past year in Gila Bend, Arizona, has created some 780 jobs to date. Abengoa Solar expects this figure to increase to around the 1,600 workers required to install the 3,232 parabolic trough collectors and approximately 900,000 mirrors that will form the plant’s 7.8 km2 solar field. 

The Solana project is contributing to the economic development of the region thanks to the need for materials and services to enable construction. There are already 30 companies from 22 states in the supply chain and this number will continue to grow as work progresses.

These suppliers are providing important equipment and materials for the project, including the cooling systems, power transmission lines, piping, mirrors and receivers. The company expects the number of contracts to suppliers to increase by about 50 more prior to completion of construction, and it estimates that over     70 % of the products and services required will be of United States origin. 

Many of these companies have opened factories in other states and have boosted their workforces since they began to work with Abengoa Solar.  

Thus, not only will Solana help to produce clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is already providing financial benefits directly related to the local community, and extending throughout the country.    

Abengoa to develop two CSP projects in South Africa
A 100 MW parabolic trough plant and a 50 MW power tower plant 

Abengoa has been selected by the South African Department of Energy to develop the country’s first two solar thermal projects. The two projects are part of the South African government’s goal to introduce up to 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030 and reduce its dependence on oil and natural gas.

The announcement made at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban listed the 50 MW Khi Solar One power tower plant and the 100 MW KaXu Solar One parabolic trough plant as the only CSP projects. South Africa is one of the regions with the best solar radiation in the world, providing it with an excellent opportunity to become a leader in solar thermal energy generation. 

The two Abengoa CSP projects will not only provide a cleaner energy future for South Africa, but will also drive economic development in the region. Abengoa will own 51 % of each of the projects, and the other 49 % will be held by the stateowned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The IDC is South Africa’s largest development finance institution and has helped develop the industrial capacity that fuels the country’s economic growth.  

Location of one of the CSP plants on which construction will commence around mid-2012 

Khi Solar One (50 MW) will be Abengoa’s third commercial power tower plant, and the first outside Spain. This plant, with two hours of storage capacity, represents important technological advances in efficiency as it uses higher temperatures during the generation process and has an installed capacity two and a half times that of the last power tower plant built by Abengoa in Andalusia. This is fruit of the latest generation of superheated steam technology developed by Abengoa at its R&D centers. It will also be a dry cooling plant, meaning water consumption will be reduced by 80 %. The power tower plant will be built on a 600 ha site close to Upington, in Northern Cape Province. During construction, some 600 jobs will be created, as well as 35 more permanent jobs for plant operation and maintenance activities.

The 100 MW KaXu Solar One parabolic trough power plant, with storage capacity for three hours, will be located on a 1,100 ha site near the town of Pofadder, in the northern region of Northern Cape Province. Some 800 jobs will be created during the construction phase, and around 35 permanent plant operation and maintenance jobs will follow. Moreover, some 200 direct and indirect jobs will be created in the local community. This plant also uses the technologically advanced dry cooling system.

The two Abengoa CSP plants, deploying the latest and most efficient solar technologies, will be a part of the foundation for the future of South Africa’s renewable energy growth, which begins with the 1,416 MW awarded in this tender process. The two plants constitute a manageable energy resource that will allow the deployment of more intermittent renewable sources, such as wind and photovoltaics.
Both projects represent a total invest of approximately €1,000 M.

Artistic rendering of the PS50 plant, superheated tower

The Solucar Platform received more than 200 visits in 2011
A world benchmark in solar technology with 183 MW in commercial operation

Since the first commercial plants, Sevilla PV and the PS10 solar power tower, came into operation in 2006 and 2007, respectively, the Solucar Platform has been constantly welcoming an ever-increasing number of visitors from the science, technology and academic communities, and from the media. The Platform features the entire range of solar technologies in commercial use, and a large R&D&I area.   

Noteworthy visitors, in 2011, to the Platform were Ken Salazar, United States Secretary of the Interior; Chile’s minister for energy, Rodrigo Alvarez; Spain’s general secretary for Innovation, Juan Tomas Hernani; and the ambassadors of countries such as Mexico, Jorge Zermeño Infante; Brazil, Jose Viegas Filho; Japan, Fumiaki Takahashi; and the United States, Alan Solomont. From the education sector, the Platform welcomed students from different international universities such as Stanford, MIT and Georgetown. As regards technical or commercial visits, of note were those by Pemex, Samsung, Petrobas, Guodian and Dow Chemical. Visiting institutions included the Carolina Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, KA Care, and Spanish army and navy representatives.

Projects and Contracts

Donna desalination plant, Texas (USA)
First Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract developed in the North American state 

Abengoa Water, through its subsidiary Befesa WaterBuild, signed the construction contract with North Alamo Water Supply Corporation (NAWSC), the largest public water supply company in Texas.   

With a 9,460 m3/day capacity using reverse osmosis technology, the plant is included in a program developed by the NAWSC to provide alternative solutions to cope with the growing demand for water and reduction of the Rio Grande aquifer system.

Donna desalination plant, Texas

Abengoa Water acquires 100 % of NRS Consulting Engineers
Since 2008, it has held 51 % of the North American subsidiary 

Based in Harlingen and Austin, NRS has more than 30 years of experience in design and construction of water treatment plants and has built more than a third of the desalination plants in Texas.

The acquisition of NRS has generated synergy in capacity and experience between both companies, and this was put to excellent use in the completion of the $7.5 M, 9,460 m3/day capacity Donna desalination plant.

Completion of first phase of the Nungua project (Ghana)
Financing and commencement of construction are scheduled for early in 2012

In February 2011, Abengoa Water signed a contract with the state-owned Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) for the construction of a 60,000 m3/day capacity desalination plant that will supply water to the localities of Teshie, Tema and Nungua, on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Accra.

Last summer, Ghana’s Minister for Water visited Abengoa’s facilities and expressed the full support and collaboration of his Ministry for the desalination plant, the first plant of its kind to be built in western Africa.

The project includes the financing, design, construction, and plant operation and maintenance over 25 years.

View of Nungua, a few km from the country’s capital, Accra

Construction of the Honaine desalination plant completed (Algeria)
It is the country’s largest desalination plant

Situated in Honaine, a locality in the north of the country, the plant entered the startup phase in November 2011. 

It is scheduled to enter the operation and maintenance phase in the summer of 2012 and will produce some 200,000 m3 of desalinated water per day using reverse osmosis. It will provide water for a population of about one million.

It will be the largest capacity plant developed by Abengoa Water and has been built for the state-owned Algerian Energy Company (AEC). 

Together with the Skikda (100,000 m3/day) and Chennai (100,000 m3/díay) desalination plants, Abengoa Water will now add a further 400,000 m3/day of desalinated water produced overseas and surpass the 600,000 m3/day overall production figure.

General view of the Honaine desalination plant, Algeria 

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