Xina Solar One CSP Project

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

Project Overview

Power Station: Xina Solar One
Location: Pofadder
Namakwa District Municipality
Northern Cape South Africa
Owners (%): Abengoa
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2960
Nominal Capacity: 100 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2018

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2014
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 380
Lat/Long Location -28.892,19.591


Developer Abengoa
EPC Abener
Electricity Generation Offtaker Eskom


Total Construction Cost (2017) $ 880.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $895.36 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 8953.6
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.2
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 1.90
Remuneration Start Year 2017
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.15
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 20
Support Scheme Type PPA
Concessional Funding or Other Support AfDB $141.5 million

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 850000
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Abengoa
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Abengoa
Collector/Heliostat Model SpaceTube 8.2

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Thermal oil
Receiver Working Fluid Category Thermal oil/organics
Receiver Manufacturer Rioglass
Receiver Model UVAC 90

Power Block

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

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity (Hours) 5.5
Storage Description Molten salt

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