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Abengoa commissions 100 MW CSP plant in South Africa

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Abengoa SA (Seville, Spain) and state-owned financier Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), together with KaXu Community Trust have launched a 100 MW solar power plant near the town of Pofadder (Northern Cape Province), capable of providing electricity to approximately 80,000 homes in South Africa.
South Africa’s Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, officially inaugurated this innovative solar power plant. KaXu Solar One, the first Concentrating solar power (CSP) power plant in South Africa, incorporates a storage system that enables production of 100 MW for 2.5 hours after sunset or before dawn.
Electricity to be sold to South Africa's power utility Eskom
The project will result in approximately USD 891 million direct and indirect investment inflows to South Africa, generate approximately USD 516 million in taxes over the next 20 years, and created 1,000 construction jobs during its three-year construction period.
This CSP project, a public-private partnership, was awarded by the Department of Energy of South Africa and it will serve clean and reliable electricity to Eskom, South Africa's power utility, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Abengoa owns 51 % of the project, the IDC 29 % and KaXu Community Trust 20 %.
“We are proud of the role we are playing to help South Africa meet its ongoing energy demands,” comments Manuel Sanchez Ortega, Vice President and CEO of Abengoa.
“This project will leave a legacy that will benefit the community of Pofadder, Northern Cape and the entire country. This would not have been possible without the leadership of the South African Department of Energy.”
IDC Chief Executive Geoffrey Qhena, added: “The project is based on a strong public-private sector partnership and forms part of our efforts to support Government's initiatives to introduce alternative sources of energy into the country's energy mix as contemplated in the integrated resources plan.”
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