Zug, Switzerland — Foster Wheeler AG announced that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract to design, supply and provide site advisory services for two sets of solar steam generators, including preheaters, kettle type evaporators, superheaters and reheaters, as well as low pressure and high pressure feedwater heaters. The contract was awarded by the project’s EPC contractor, a joint venture created by the Spanish companies Sener and Cobra.
The equipment will be integrated into the Valle 1 & Valle 2 Solar Thermal Power Plants, located in San José del Valle, Spain. The plants, which are owned by Torresol Energy, a company created by Spain-based Sener (60%) and the Abu Dhabi-based company Masdar (40%), will have an installed power capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) each.
Foster Wheeler has received a full notice to proceed on this contract. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The equipment delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.
The plants will use Seners’s concentrated parabolic trough technology (SENERtrough) and will have energy storage capability by means of molten salt tanks that is designed to provide up to seven hours of plant operation without sun radiation. The plants are expected to operate approximately 3,500 hours/year.
“This award is a decisive step forward for Foster Wheeler’s strategy regarding solar thermal technology. It reflects our client’s confidence in the excellent performance of Foster Wheeler and also confirms the high quality standards and features of our design for the demanding heat exchanger equipment required by solar thermal power plants that utilize molten salts and oil as thermal heat transfer fluids,” said Eric Svendsen, chief executive officer of Foster Wheeler Energia, S.L. in Madrid.