Sener and Acciona have signed a $557m agreement with Engie to commence construction on the Kathu Solar Park Complex in South Africa.

Engineering and technology group Sener and Acciona, a global infrastructure and renewable energy leader, will carry out the engineering, construction management and commissioning of the plant until its turnkey delivery.
SENERtrough-2 parabolic trough
Sener is supplying the main technology of the facility, among it the SENERtrough®-2 parabolic trough. The 100 MW plant will begin operations in 2018 and will be able to supply electricity to 80,000 homes.

Owned by an Engie-led consortium with South African partners, the collective had signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eskom – South Africa’s state owned power utility.

The concentrated solar park, situated in the Northern Cape Province, 600 km South-West of the national capital Pretoria, is expected to be operational in the second half of 2018.

Kathu Solar Park is a 100 MW Greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project with parabolic trough technology and equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage and thus limits the intermittent nature of solar energy.