Siemens to provide long-term service to first hybrid CSP plant in Algeria
Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract to provide long-term maintenance services at world's first Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) power plant located in Algeria.
The order was placed by Abengoa for its 150 megawatt (MW) solar hybrid plant operating at the Hassi R'Mel natural gas field in northern Algeria.
The contract includes preventative and corrective maintenance for two SGT-800 gas turbines, which Siemens installed in April 2011.
The service contract for the gas turbines will help to ensure long-term reliability and predictable maintenance costs for Abengoa at Hassi R'Mel, one of the world's most innovative power stations.
"As these unique and advanced hybrid plant technologies continue to emerge, maintaining their efficiency with cost-effective service solutions is vital," said Karim Amin, head of Siemens Energy Service, Middle East region. "Algeria has made a strong commitment to developing its abundant renewable energy sources, along with its rich natural gas resources, and we look forward to providing reliable service to Abengoa for this very important project."
Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) technology combines the environmental benefits of solar energy with the operational advantages of a 'conventional' combined cycle plant. The heat generated by the solar field avoid the use of natural gas, and therefore, decrease the greenhouse gases emission and increases the efficiency of the plant.
Hassi R'Mel is the world's first ISCC plant, it has a total power output of 150MW, comprised by 20MW of CSP and 130MW of combined cycle (natural gas). The solar field has up to 224 parabolic troughs and the plant is operational since july 2011.
There are two other ISCC very similar to this one, the Ain Beni Matar ISCC, a total 470MW plant in Morrocco (20MW from solar field) and the Kuraymat ISCC, a 150MW plant with 40MW from solar field, in Egypt.
Another one was recently commissioned in the US, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, in Florida, with 75MW CSP additioned to the existing combined cycle