Areva bags contract to build Asia’s largest CSP solar plant in India

April 13, 2012

France’s Areva yesterday announced it has secured a contract to build Asia’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) installation on behalf of India’s Reliance Power.

Under terms of the contract, the French power company will build two 125-MW CSP plants in Rajastan, India with the first phase already under construction and set for operation in May 2013.

The project will deploy Areva’s compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology, which uses reflected sunlight to heat liquid-filled tubes that generate high-pressure steam to produce electricity via turbines.

 The companies did not disclose financial details of the transaction, but say Areva will provide construction management services for the project, which is scheduled for commercial operation by May 2013.

An Areva statement said the project will help advance India’s goal of adding 20,000-MW of solar energy by 2022 and will result in the avoidance of approximately 557,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year compared to a similar sized coal-fired power plant

 “We will leverage our best-in-class experience to help make India and Reliance global solar industry leaders. Following our success in the French wind offshore sector, this contract reinforces the Areva strategy in renewable energies,” said Areva chief executive Luc Oursel.’

Areva claims to be one of the world’s fastest-growing CSP technology providers, with more than 500MW of CSP projects either in operation, under construction or in advanced development.