September 2011

Concession-type Infrastructures

General News

Abengoa offered conditional commitment for $1.2 billion Federal Loan Guarantee to build Mojave Solar Project in California
Loan guarantee will be used for the construction of the Mojave Solar Project (MSP), utilizing advanced Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology that will increase efficiency and lower cost

Abengoa has been offered a conditional commitment for a federal loan guarantee that will be used to build the Mojave Solar Project (MSP).

Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the DOE has offered a conditional commitment for a $1.2 B loan guarantee. The guarantee will support the construction and start-up of the Mojave Solar Project, a 280 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in California, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. MSP will sell its production to Pacific Gas & Electric and will produce enough energy to serve 53,000 households and will prevent 350,000 metric t of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere annually.

The construction and operation of Mojave will represent a total investment of $1.6 billion and will bring many economic and environmental benefits to California, while supporting the nation’s goals for energy independence through a “green” economy. The plant will create as well significant tax income for local communities and the state over the life of the project.

The building of MSP will create new construction jobs peaking at about 1200, while averaging around 830, and another 70 permanent operation positions. Many indirect jobs will also be generated, including the numerous manufacturing jobs in the supply chain.

Abengoa has made it a priority to utilize U.S.-made components wherever possible for the Mojave Solar Project. More than    80 % of the equipment and supplies required to build MSP will be manufactured in the U.S. These include power equipment, high precision mirrors and other construction materials. The manufacturing of these key components in many states across the country will provide economic benefits and will help to secure and create jobs.

Abengoa plans to start construction of Mojave Solar Project in August and expects that the plant will start producing power in the summer of 2014. Abengoa signed a power purchase agreement with PG&E, one of the country’s largest electric utilities, to sell the energy produced by MSP for its 25year contract period.

From an environmental perspective, MSP will provide Californians with clean, pollution and greenhouse gas-free energy that will reduce California’s need for fossil fuel based generation facilities, preventing nearly 350,000 metric t of CO2 emissions per year. This is the equivalent to the emissions of 68,000 vehicles on the road. The Mojave Solar Project will contribute to California’s state goal that by 2020, 33 % of energy retail sales are sourced from renewable energy.

The benefits of Solana
Solana, the world’s largest solar power plant, affords all kinds of social, economic and environmental benefits 

Solana, the 280 MW solar power plant under construction, is located close to Phoenix, Arizona (US). It will incorporate a thermal storage system that will allow it to continue operating for up to six hours after sunset or during overcast periods, producing energy equivalent to the consumption needs of 70,000 homes. 

Moreover, not only will it provide business and economic benefits, it also affords numerous social and environmental improvements. Since construction commenced in December 2010, its positive influence on the economy has been notable. Up to now, some 300 jobs have been created and the creation of a further 1,300 is foreseen before construction is completed. When it comes into commercial operation, between 85 and 100 qualified workers will join the project.

From an environmental perspective, Solana will afford Arizona clean energy, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions free, reducing the use of fossil fuels and avoiding the yearly emission of almost half a M tons of CO2. Solana will lead towards the creation of a green economy in the United States.  

Construction of Solana

Inauguration of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) in Denver (US) 
Abengoa Solar, a benchmark for innovation, is a founding member of the project 

The Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC), of which Abengoa Solar is a founding member, was inaugurated recently in Denver (US). During the ceremony, the Governor of the State, John Hickenlooper, congratulated the members of SolarTAC on their commitment to innovation and stressed the importance of solar energy use. The event was also attended by other authorities such as the city’s mayor and congressional delegates from Colorado.  

In all, some 200 people toured the facilities of each of the member companies and institutions.

During the course of the event, the General Manager of Abengoa Solar United States, Emiliano Garcia, was congratulated by the president of the electric utility Colorado Xcel on the company’s commitment to SolarTAC. 

After the inauguration, Abengoa solar and the other participating entities met with potential new members of SolarTAC to exchange views. 

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Texas) visits Befesa
The delegation toured the facilities of Befesa’s R&D&I Center and Abengoa’s Campus Palmas Altas 

Group of visitors at the Befesa R&D&I Center

Within the framework of a cultural and trade trip by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, a delegation from Texas, including the Judge of Bexar County, where San Antonio is located, businessmen and scientists, visited Befesa’s R&D&I Center and Abengoa’s HQ at Campus Palmas Altas on April 6. During the visit, possible future collaborations were discussed. 

The delegation had the opportunity to meet and partake of lunch with the descendant of the Founder of Bexar County, the Duke of Bejar. The meal was presided over by Javier Molina, Chairman of Befesa Medio Ambiente.  



General News

The Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited the Solucar Platform
The Secretary of the Interior manages the Department that determines the use of the federal public lands in the country 

The US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visits the Solucar Platform

The US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, visited the Solucar Platform in the company of the Chairman of Abengoa, Felipe Benjumea; Abengoa’s CEO, Manuel Sanchez; the Chairman of Abengoa Solar, Santiago Seage; and the Director of Institutional Relations and Communication at Abengoa Solar, Ricardo Abaurre.

During the visit, the viability of the plants in operation and the main lines of research into solar technologies were explained to the Secretary of the Interior, and he then toured the research and development pilot plants and the parabolic trough solar power plant, Solnova 4. 

The US Department of the Interior is responsible for assigning different uses to the public lands in the different federal states, and is working on the solar development plan in the United States.

Ghana’s Minister for Water Resources visits Abengoa 
Hanna Louisa Bisiw visited Campus Palmas Altas and the El Atabal desalination plant (Malaga)

Last May, Ghana’s Minister for Water Resources, Hanna Louisa Bisiw, visited Campus Palmas Altas and the El Atabal desalination plant in Malaga (Spain). The purpose of her visit was to get to know the company first hand and the team that is working on the 60,000 m3/day capacity Nungua desalination plant project.

During her visit, the minister met with Javier Molina, the Chairman of Befesa Medio Ambiente, to whom she made the full support and collaboration of her Ministry available for the project, which will be the first plant of its type in West Africa.  

The Minister also visited El Atabal desalination plant and was highly impressed by the facilities, and reiterated her government’s interest in developing her country’s water capacity.

Visit by students from Pablo de Olavide University
The students toured the facilities at Befesa’s R&D&I center  

On May 20, eleven students of Business Administration and Management at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville visited Befesa’s technology center in Dos Hermanas, Seville (Spain).

Arturo Buenaventura, Head of R&D&I at Befesa Water, and Jose Manuel Benitez, Head of R&D&I at Befesa Gestion de Residuos Industriales, explained how the center operated and its different fields of activity to the students, and took them on a tour of the most significant facilities.

The visit focused on showing the students the reality of a company.

Students from Pablo de Olavide University accompanied by Arturo Buenaventura and Jose Manuel Benitez

A delegation from Saudi Arabia visits the Solucar Platform
The purpose of the visit was to gain first hand knowledge on efficiency of the solar power plants and research projects

A delegation from Saudi Arabia, formed by members of the governmental organization King Abdullah City of Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-Care), responsible for promoting the development of renewable and nuclear energies in the country, visited the Solucar Platform. 

The purpose of the visit was to gain first hand knowledge on the efficiency of solar power plants in commercial operation and the progress made and results achieved on the different research projects Abengoa Solar is developing at the Platform.

The Head of the International Department at Abengoa Solar, Michael Geyer, and the Strategy Officer, Florian Klein, acted as guides on the tour of the Platform, and received the collaboration of the Research and Development (R&D) Department during the same.

Abengoa completes the financing to start construction on two new concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in Castilla-La Mancha
Abengoa consolidates its global leadership with 16 concentrating solar power plants and more than 1,100 MW in operation and under construction around the world

Abengoa has completed the financing on two 50 MW concentrating solar power plants. Located on the Castilla-La Mancha Solar Platform in the province of Ciudad Real, Spain, the plants will come into operation in the second half of 2012.

The entities participating in the financing are the Spanish banks Banco Santander, Banesto, Bankia, Banca Cívica and the ICO; the German banks KFW and Helaba; and the Portuguese bank Banif.

In the last year, Abengoa has begun construction on ten concentrating solar power plants with a total capacity of 780 MW and a combined investment of more than €4 B. 25 banks and international institutions have been involved in the nonrecourse project financing for these plants.

At present, Abengoa has 331 MW of concentrating solar power in operation and 780 MW under construction in Spain, USA, North Africa and the Middle East. These 16 plants in operation and under construction make Abengoa a world leader in the concentrating solar power market.

Manuel Sanchez Ortega, CEO of Abengoa, said, “It is very satisfying to have the continuing trust of financial institutions in our projects in a much more selective economic environment. The start of construction on these two plants will strengthen our presence in Castilla-La Mancha and we continue to fulfill the plans that we have outlined to investors”.

Projects and Contracts

Abengoa to develop solar thermal power plant in Agua Prieta, Mexico 
It will be the first hybrid solar-gas power plant in Mexico, integrated with a combined-cycle plant

Abengoa is to develop the new solar field for Agua Prieta II power plant in the locality of the same name, Sonora State, Mexico.

The project, the first of its kind in Mexico, has been promoted by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), and financially supported under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the United Nations Development Program. It is scheduled to come into operation in about 22 months.   Abengoa will undertake the engineering, design and commissioning of the innovative hybrid solar-gas technology for the new Agua Prieta II solar thermal power plant, comprising a 12 MW parabolic trough collector solar field.  

The second phase of the project will be completed with a combined-cycle plant capable of producing up to 464.4 MW, which will comprise two gas turbines, one steam turbine, a heat exchanger, cooling, condensing and power systems, and auxiliary equipment and systems.  

The Agua Prieta II solar thermal power plant is Mexico’s first hybrid solar-gas power plant, and the third Abengoa has undertaken worldwide. The others, in Morocco (470 MW) and Algeria (150 MW), are already operational and are the first and largest hybrid plants to use Integrated Solar Combined-Cycle (ISCC) technology. 

This new project consolidates Abengoa’s position in developing efficient technologies in the environment and energy sectors, and as a leader in the design and management of solar thermal power plants in Mexico, a country where it has been implementing innovative and sustainable solutions since 1979.

Celebration of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forum 
Abengoa Solar participated in the forum which was held in Washington DC 

Abengoa Solar representation at the Forum

In June, Abengoa Solar participated in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forum which was sponsored by the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses, among others. 

Around 60 companies, renewable energy industry associations, government agencies and energy policy research organizations gathered to demonstrate the status and potential of the most representative renewable energies: solar, biofuel, biomass, geothermal, water and wind.

There were noteworthy speakers including members of the United States Congress, such as Senator Mark Udall and the Republican Roscoe Bartlett, as well as members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the US Navy, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.

Projects and Contracts

Abengoa participates in Global Water Summit 2011 
The Global Water Summit is an annual event 

The summit, organized every year by Global Water Intelligence magazine, provider of market leading analysis of the international water market, was held in Berlin on April 18 and 19.

The event included lectures and round tables chaired by experts in each field. Abengoa sponsored the Global Water Awards dinner, held in the Postbahnhof, the city’s former mail train station which has been wholly revamped. The dinner was attended by authorities such as Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general who, after delivering an address on the current situation, presented the awards to the companies, projects and technologies that have excelled during the year. 

The venue for the dinner, the Postbahnhof

Kofi Annan during his address at the Global Water Awards dinner

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