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Eskom hopes to complete concentrating solar power project by 2014

Engineering News, 18 June 2010.

As power utility Eskom continues working to ensure the lights are kept on and new coal-fired power stations are built, the company also continues to progress with work on its first concentrating solar thermal power (CSTP) plant, and has identified a site near Upington, completed an environmental-impact assessment and received the record of decision for it…

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/eskoms-concentrated-solar-power-ambition-2010-06-18

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  • At last, after planning since 2002, Eskom is to go ahead with its pilot concentrating solar power plant. However the reported price tag of R 6 billion for 100 MW (R 60 000/kW) is extremely high compared to the industry norms of around R32 000/kW (this is the DoE’s own figure from the IRP2 study done by the Electricity …Power Research Institute).
    No doubt the reasons for the high costs will emerge when the tendering process starts.

  • At last, after planning since 2002, Eskom is to go ahead with its pilot concentrating solar power plant. However the reported price tag of R 6 billion for 100 MW (R 60 000/kW) is extremely high compared to the industry norms of around R32 000/kW (this is the DoE’s own figure from the IRP2 study done by the Electricity …Power Research Institute).
    No doubt the reasons for the high costs will emerge when the tendering process starts.

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