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
Andalusia Spain
Owners (%): Ortiz, TSK, Magtel
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2062
Nominal Capacity: 50 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2012

Status Date

Status Date


Expected Generation (GWh/year) 170
Lat/Long Location 37.755,-5.057
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 2.5


Developer Ortiz, TSK, Magtel
EPC Sener
Electricity Generation Offtaker Endesa
Construction Job Years 300
Annual Operations Jobs 40


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.

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