The Spanish engineering and boilermaking company Cameto has successfully completed its work on the Ilanga CSP1 Thermosolar Plant, one of the most important energy infrastructures in South Africa. This project has been developed by the Dankocom consortium, formed by Spanish companies Cobra, Sener and the South African Emvelo, for Karoshoek Solar One.
Cameto’s participation in the construction of the Ilanga 1 Thermosolar Plant is part of the company’s international expansion plan and its commitment to the environment.
South Africa is also a strategic market for Cameto, in which it has operated since 2014 with various solar thermal plant projects such as the Bokpoort CSP, the Kathu Thermosolar Plant developed by Liciastar, or this Ilanga plant, located in Upington.
Prefabrication and assembly of HCE and HTF pipe lines in Ilanga 1
Cameto has completed its final welding work at the Ilanga Solar CSP, located a few kilometers from the town of Upington, in the Northern Cape region, 600 kilometers southwest of the capital, Pretoria.
The company based in Tomelloso assumed the prefabrication and assembly of the HCE and HTF pipe lines of this complex, as well as the installation of their support in the solar field of the plant.
A precision work that today serves as a reference for Cameto’s good work in the renewable energy sector and, more specifically, in the development of solar thermal projects.
To carry out its work, Cameto has contributed to the creation of employment, with a considerable number of both Spanish and local workers.
This is the Ilanga Thermosolar Plant in South Africa
The development of the Ilanga solar field is the second renewable energy project in which Cameto has participated in this region of South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, following work carried out on the Bokpoort solar thermal plant, a short distance away.
Located in the town of Upington, the Illanga solar thermal plant extends over 35 hectares and has 100 MW of power, with thermal storage capacity for five hours and night-time generation of electricity through a molten salt system.
In total, the solar field of the Ilanga Thermosolar Plant has 266 loops, 12,768 SCE parabolic mirrors composed of 360,000 mirrors and, which add up to a total reflective area of 869,800 m2
This solar thermal complex is designed to supply electricity to more than 86,000 homes and its implementation will save the emission into the atmosphere of 90,000 tons of CO2 per year for 20 years.”