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Kalahari is best choice for 50 MW Bokpoort CSP

REVE reports that the South African Department of Energy has selected a project headed by the Saudi company Acwa Power as the preferred bidder to develop the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar thermal power plant (CSP) to be located near Upington, in the Northern Cape Province.

Acwa Power chose a group of companies that will be included in the contract as its Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractors (EPC). According to REVE, the group will be responsible for the construction works, commissioning and start up of the power plant. The Bokpoort CSP, estimated to cost over R3b, will have over 100 km of parabolic troughs and will employ a nine hour molten salt heat storage system.

The location of the plant in the vicinity of the Kalahari Desert will take advantage of the extremely favourable solar and environmental conditions of the remote area. The plant is expected to be built and commissioned in 30 months, REVE says.

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