Utilities capitalize on versatile hybrid, conventional, solar plants

Algerian project will use combined-cycle gas turbine, steam turbine, and solar steam generation, all under ABB control, to produce 150 MW.


UTE Aberer Hassi R’Mel Construction is building a pioneering power plant in the Hassi R’Mel natural gas field in northern Algeria, that will integrate conventional and solar generating technologies in one facility. It will have two 40 MW gas turbines, one 80 MW steam turbine, and two parabolic-trough solar fields with a generating capacity of 25 MW. The 150 MW plant will be fired by a combination of natural gas from the gas field and solar energy collected by the parabolic troughs.

ABB was awarded a contract worth $14 million to provide a complete electrical balance of plant (eBoP) system for the facility. ABB’s project scope includes design, engineering, supply, erection, and commissioning of the complete electrical balance of plant. The main equipment to be supplied includes medium- and low-voltage switchgear, auxiliary transformers, generator circuit breakers, isolated bus-ducts and emergency diesel generators. The project is expected to be completed by August 2010.

“We are pleased to be associated with this pioneering initiative,” said Franz-Josef Mengede, head of ABB’s global power generation business. “Our technology and expertise in conventional and renewable power generation, coupled with our ability to execute fast-track projects of this nature, help to make our customers more competitive.”

ABB is presently executing several photovoltaic and thermo-solar power projects in Europe, the United States, Australia and the Middle East.

To learn more about integrating solar and conventional steam generation, read Greening Coal-Fired Power with Solar .

-Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com .
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