HLS wins $77.2m deal for 12MW Corsica solar plant
MEP contractor targeting work on second phase of Alba Nova project
Dubai-based MEP contractor Habtoor Leighton Specon (HLS) has secured a $77.2m (EUR 60m) deal for the engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of a 12MW solar plant on the French island of Corsica.
The Alba Nova 1 Concentrated Solar Plant (CSP) will be built to serve the Corsican community with clean energy and plans are already in place for a second phase to the project. Alba Nova 2, for which HLS has expressed its desire to be involved as EPC contractor, will consist of hybrid renewable energy plants combining solar and biomass techniques to enable continuous electricity production.
Thrasos Thrasyvoulou, managing director of HLS, said: “We are very proud to be associated with such a prestigious and innovative project. We look forward to working closely with our technology providers and partners Solar Euromed SAS, and client to deliver the project to the highest quality.
"This is a landmark solar facility in the centre of the Mediterranean. I believe this will pave the way for many more projects in this field and we look forward to working together with our partners to roll out this model to the Middle East and North Africa. We are committed to renewable and sustainable energy through innovative techniques.”
“This is our first major solar project in Europe and we look forward to many more projects to come. We believe strongly in the growth prospects of solar energy, and look forward to be part of the large scale developments being announced recently through European and MENA initiatives,” he added.
The project will incorporate linear fresnel technology developed by HLS’s partner Solar Euromed SAS which uses water to generate direct steam. The steam is then used to drive a conventional steam turbine generator to produce electricity at 11 kilovolts (kV), which is then stepped up to 20kV in a substation to feed power to the local grid. The CSP plant is also equipped with thermal energy storage based on Ruths Cycle technology.
Corsica has been identified and selected as an ideal location for the large scale demonstration plant due to its high direct natural irradiation based on annual records over the last four years collected by a dedicated meteorological station commissioned at the site since 2009.
Conservation of water is said to be one of the prime objectives that the project design envisages, with restrained use of water for cleaning the mirrors and accommodation of agricultural development by cultivating selected plants beneath the solar field.
The plant will further its commitment to green energy production through its avoidance of hazardous chemical usage for storage and its disposal.