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Construction starts on South Africa’s Kathu plant

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Source: New Energy Update

Spain's Sener and Acciona have started turnkey construction of South Africa's 100 MW Kathu CSP plant, Acciona said in a statement May 31.

The project has been developed by a consortium led by France's Engie and including South African partners.

The Kathu plant is being built in South Africa's Northern Cape province and will use parabolic trough systems developed by Sener and 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage.

Sener and Acciona are to deliver the plant on a turnkey basis at a cost of 500 million euros ($552.8 million) and the plant is to begin operations in 2018.

The two companies have already jointly-built the 50 MW Bokpoort plant, also in the Northern Cape.

South Africa's 2010 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) targets 8.4 GW of wind and 8.4 GW solar capacity by 2030 and in 2011 the government launched its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) to accelerate development.

The REIPPPP has thus far procured 3.4 GW of wind, 2.4 GW of PV and 400 MW of CSP capacity and has attracted 193 billion rand ($12.7 billion) of private sector investments.

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