Cairo, Egypt [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Egypt’s National Renewable Energies Authority (NREA) signed a contract last week under which Spain’s IBERDROLA Ingenieria in consortium with Japan’s Mitsui will build a turnkey 150-megawatt (MW) solar thermal generating plant in Kuraymat.
Total cost for the project is estimated to be €150 million [US $212 million]. The project is funded in part by a grant from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility.
IBERDROLA Ingeniería will handle design engineering, equipment procurement, construction, and assembly of the plant.
The plant is of the ISCCS (Integrated Solar Combined Cycle System) type, and achieves maximum energy efficiency by combining solar and gas inputs.
At night the Kuraymat plant will operate like a convention combined cycle plant, burning natural gas to produce some 110 MW of electricity, and at midday the use of solar thermal energy will raise its generation capacity to 150 MW. This will give the facility an energy yield of up to 67%, which is about 10 points higher than that of the most modern combined cycle units now in operation.
Earlier this week the engineering subsidiary of Spain’s IBERDROLA utilities group won a contract to build a 403 MW combined cycle power plant in the Ural region in Russia, worth €311 million [US$ 440 million].