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Enerray makes building progress on Egypt's 37km² Benban Solar Park

Italian firm says 1,000 technicians are working onsite to install ground-mounted photovoltaic plants for the megaproject

Italy's Enerray is working on Egypt's Benban Solar Park.
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Italy's Enerray is working on Egypt's Benban Solar Park.

Italy’s Enerray said work is “proceeding fast” on the 37km2 Benban Solar Park in Egypt, with the installation of ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants now under way for the 1.8 GW development.

The group said more than 1,000 technicians are working on site, made up of three solar farms that have a cumulative capacity of 116MWp.

Following an initial ground levelling phase, Enerray said it has started to mount the poles, the structure, and the PV modules of the project.

Pole mounting was developed using 10 Enerray-owned pile driver machines equipped with a GPS system, which allows exact positioning, allowing time savings with minimal error. This process lasted a month and a half between December 2018 and mid-January 2019.

READ:  Saudi's Swicorp, Spain's Acciona deliver Benban Solar Park projects

Enerray has also started to install the structure of the PV plants, including a tracking system that allows the modules to follow the movement of the sun – optimising the energy of the solar parks.

The group is also simultaneously installing various PV modules at the Egpyt solar megaproject. Once completed, more than 300,000 PV modules making up the three solar developments will generate 270,000 MWh a year – equivalent to the annual consumption needs of more 88,000 Egyptian households and annual carbon savings of 120,000 tonnes.

Work is rapidly progressing at Benban Solar Park. Last month, Dubai's Alcazar Energy said Benban will ultimately comprise six million solar panels and feature 32 sub-projects to produce 1.5GW of energy, comparable to the output capacity of the Aswan Dam in Egypt.

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