Kathu Solar Park CSP Project

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

Project Overview

Power Station: Kathu Solar Park
Location: Kathu
John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality
Northern Cape South Africa
Owners (%): Kathu Solar Park Consortium
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2830
Nominal Capacity: 100 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2019

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2016
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 500
Lat/Long Location -27.734,23.063
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 4.5


Developer Engie
EPC Acciona, Sener
Electricity Generation Offtaker Eskom


Total Construction Cost (2019) 12000.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $917.86 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 9178.6
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.16
Levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital and a 25 year payback period, capacity dependent O&M (1.5% of investment cost per year), deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or construction then not deflated (assumed cost year 2020)
Remuneration ZAR/kWh 1.80
Remuneration Start Year 2019
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.14
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 20
Support Scheme Type PPA

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Sener
Collector/Heliostat Model SenerTrough2

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Thermal Oil
Receiver Working Fluid Category Thermal oil/organics
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 293°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 393°C
Receiver Manufacturer Rioglass

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 100 MW
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Cooling Type Dry

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity (Hours) 5
Storage Description Molten salt

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