Cameto’s international activity has received a definitive boost during the years 2017 and 2018. The engineering and boilermaking company from La Mancha has worked simultaneously on three important solar thermal plant projects in Kuwait and South Africa, which have tested the professionalism and organization of the company.
A total of 350 Cameto professionals have been working simultaneously on these projects abroad during the past year. Quite a challenge for a Spanish company that has made international availability its main strength and whose goal is to achieve maximum efficiency in its work, wherever it is required.
In this case, Cameto has participated in the development of three important international solar thermal projects. Specifically, he has worked on the first solar thermal plant in the Emirate of Kuwait and on the Ilanga and Kathu plants, two important solar thermal projects being developed in the Northern Cape region of South Africa.
The challenge of building a solar thermal plant in the Kuwait desert
Cameto participates in the first solar thermal project to be built in Kuwait, the CSP Shagaya Renewable Park. The company based in Tomelloso has been contracted by the Spanish company TSK, which is building this 50 MW solar thermal plant for the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), promoter of the project.
The CSP Shagaya Renewable Park is located about 100 kilometers from the capital, in the north of the country, and will be the first solar thermal project in the emirate. Its construction is part of the objective set by the Kuwaiti authorities to ensure that by 2030, 15% of energy generation in the emirate is from renewable sources.
On this occasion, Cameto has carried out the prefabrication and assembly work of the HCE and HTF piping system of the complex, which is still under construction.
For Cameto, this project has been one of its most important challenges. Weather conditions in the desert have been extreme, with high temperatures and sand storms.
Despite the difficulties, Cameto professionals have overcome all these adversities and expectations have been met, with maximum professionalism and quality in their pipe line assembly work, both in carbon and stainless steel.
Cameto HCE and HTF pipes at the Ilanga solar thermal plant in South Africa
In recent years, Cameto has worked on two important solar thermal plants located in the South African part of the Kalahari Desert. Both projects, Ilanda and Kathu, are being built in the Northern Cape region, a few kilometers away.
The work on the Ilanga solar thermal plant has been carried out on behalf of the Spanish construction consortium formed by the companies Cobra, Sener and Envelo. This 100 MW power plant is located in the town of Upington and is designed to supply electricity to more than 80,000 homes.
Last year, Cameto undertook the prefabrication and assembly of the HCE and HTF pipe lines of this complex, as well as the installation of their support in the plant’s solar field. A precision work that today serves as a reference for Cameto’s good work in the solar thermal sector.
The Kathu solar thermal plant, another challenge for Cameto
During 2017, the Spanish engineering and boilermaking company based in Tomelloso has also participated in the construction of another important South African solar thermal plant, the Kathu complex, this time commissioned by the Spanish companies Acciona Industrial and Sener.
This solar thermal project, still in development, will have a capacity of 100 MW of power and its implementation will provide electricity supply to nearly 90,000 homes and will mean savings of 95,000 tons/year of CO2.
At the Kathu solar thermal plant, Cameto also undertakes the prefabrication and assembly of the complex’s HCE and HTF piping systems. In addition, the Spanish company is responsible for the prefabrication and assembly of headers in the solar field.”