ACCIONA, SENER & TSK- Bokpoort CSP plant wins South African National Energy Association prize. 09/26/2016
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The 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant, built by ACCIONA, has been named “Best renewable energy project 2016” by the South African National Energy Association (SANEA). The plant, located in Northern Cape Province in South Africa, was upheld as a pioneering facility in the renewables sector for South African industry, in addition to making an important contribution to the social and economic development of local communities.

 

The Bokpoort CSP plant, which stated-up this year, was built by a joint venture of Spanish companies ACCIONA, SENER and TSK and South Africa’s Crowie. It was developed for ACWA Power, the Saudi group, as an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) project and required an investment of more than 300 million de euros.

 

The Bokpoort plant is the first in Africa equipped with molten salt tanks that provide thermal storage capacity of 9.3 hours. This means that Bokpoort can continue to produce electricity long after the sun has set. In its first month of commercial operation, the plant produced electricity continuously for 161 hours, or more than six days, setting a new record for this technology in Africa.