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La Africana

This page provides information on La Africana, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Status Date: November 24, 2012
Project Overview
Project Name: La Africana
Country: Spain
Location: Posadas
Owner(s): Ortiz/TSK/Magtel (100%)
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 50.0 MW Gross: 50.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2012

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: Spain
City: Posadas
Region: Córdoba
Lat/Long Location: 37°44′ 52.0″ North, 5°6′ 56.0″ West
Land Area: 252 hectares
Solar Resource: 1,950 kWh/m2/yr
Electricity Generation: 170,000 MWh/yr (Estimated)
Contact(s): SolarPACES
Start Production: November 21, 2012
Cost (approx): 387,000,000 Euros
Construction Job-Years: 300
Annual O&M Jobs: 40
PPA/Tariff Type: Real Decreto 661/2007
PPA/Tariff Rate: 27.0 Euro cents per kWh
PPA/Tariff Period: 25 years
PPA/Tariff Information: Feed-in Tariff
Project Type: Commercial


Developer(s): Ortiz/TSK/Magtel
Owner(s) (%): Ortiz/TSK/Magtel (100%)
EPC Contractor: Sener
Generation Offtaker(s): Endesa

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area: 550,000 m²
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs): 672
# of Loops: 168
# of SCAs per Loop: 4
SCA Length: 150
# of Modules per SCA: 12
SCA Manufacturer (Model): Sener (SenerTrough)
Solar-Field Inlet Temp: 293°C
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 393°C
Solar-Field Temp Difference: 100°C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 50.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 50.0 MW
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Cooling Method: Wet cooling

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity: 7.5 hours
Thermal Storage Description: 60% Sodium Nitrate, 40% Potassium Nitrate.