La Africana CSP Project

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

Project Overview

Power Station: La Africana
Location: Posadas
Owners (%): Ortiz, TSK, Magtel
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2062
Nominal Capacity: 50 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2012

Status Date

Status Date December 03, 2021


Expected Generation (GWh/year) 170
Lat/Long Location 37.755,-5.057
Total Power Station Land Area 2.5


Developer Ortiz, TSK, Magtel
EPC Sener
Electricity Generation Offtaker Endesa
Construction Job Years 300


Total Construction Cost (2012) 387.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $546.32 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 10926.4
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.28
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 EUR/kWh 0.27
Remuneration Start Year 2012
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.38
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 25
Support Scheme Type FIT
Policy Support Scheme Real Decreto 661/2007

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 550000
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs) 672
# of Loops 168
# of SCAs per Loop 4
# of Modules per SCA 12
SCA Length (m) 150
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Sener
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Sener
Collector/Heliostat Model SenerTrough
Mirror Manufacturer Flabeg
Mirror Model RP3

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Biphenyl/Diphenyl oxide:Dowtherm A Synthetic Oil
Receiver Working Fluid Category Thermal oil/organics
Working Fluid Manufacturer Dow
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 293°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 393°C
Receiver Manufacturer Schott

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 50 MW
Turbine Manufacturer Siemens
Turbine Model SST-700
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Cooling Type Wet

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity (Hours) 7.5
Storage Description 60% Sodium Nitrate, 40% Potassium Nitrate.