Areva to augment Australian coal plant with 44 MW CSP unit

Areva is to construct a 44 MW solar thermal add-on to the 750 MW Kogan Creek coal fired power plant in Queensland, Australia.
According to Eco-Business, the A$104.7m ($110m) project, called the Kogan Creek Solar Boost project, will use concentrated solar power (CSP) technology from the French firm.
The CSP unit will generate steam to drive the plant’s turbines along with steam from burning coal. Areva Solar acquired the solar technology, called the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR), when it bought Australian firm Ausra last year.
Kogan Creek Power Station is owned by CS Energy, a Queensland government-owned corporation that owns and operates four Queensland power plants. CS Energy chief executive David Brown said, “The solar addition will enable Kogan Creek Power Station to produce more electricity with the same amount of coal – avoiding the production of 35 600 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually."
Construction of the solar integration project will begin in the first half of this year and will be completed in 2013. The solar steam generators and accompanying system are expected to occupy approximately 30 hectares of land within the current boundaries of the CS Energy site.
CS Energy is providing A$70m for the project, $35.4m of which has been redirected from a contribution by the Queensland Government to CS Energy’s Carbon Reduction Program. The Australian Government’s Renewable Energy Demonstration Program is contributing over $34m.
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