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TSK wins $385mn Kuwait solar contract

Spanish company to develop 60MW CSP and PV installation at Shagaya solar park.

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TSK of Spain has won an EPC contract worth $385mn to build Kuwait’s first major solar power installation.

The 60MW first phase of the Shagaya solar energy project is divided into a 50MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant and a 10MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant.

Commercial start-up is set for 2017.

The solar thermal component will use a parabolic trough technology called SKAL-T designed by its German subsidiary, Flagsol.

It will have a storage capacity of nine hours using molten salt, meaning the plant will be able to produce electricity 24 hours per day, TSK said in a statement.

The Shagaya Renewable Energy Park is located 100km from Kuwait City. By 2030 the park is expected to have a total capacity of 2,000MW - comprising solar thermal, solar PV and win power – and be capable of supplying 15% of the country’s electricity needs.

TSK has participated in the development of 11 solar thermal plants and 45 PV plants worldwide totalling around 1,000MW, most of them built on a turnkey basis.

They include the 200MW first phase of Dubai’s solar PV plant in partnership with ACWA Power.

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