Air Cooled Condenser of Ilanga, South Africa

Air Cooled Condenser of Ilanga, South Africa

The new Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants of Kathu and Ilanga, located 35 kilometers east of the town of Upington in the Northern Cape region, are 100 megawatts (MW) plants each with parabolic trough technology and salt storage system for 4.5 hours of capacity that will be executed under a turnkey contract worth approximately 550 million euros.

These plants are integrated in the South Africa Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), to procure an additional 1.8 GW of renewable energy capacity.

Gravidade Engenheiros was responsible for the structural design of the Air Cooled Condensers, from Concept to Detailed Design. 18 air-cooler modules, supported by a continuous steel structure 97m long, 41m wide, 30m tall and 1000 ton of steel elements compose this massive equipment. The structural system consists on an ordinary braced frame system to resist dead loads, operation loads and wind loads.

Location: Ilanga, South Africa

Client: Sener | Esindus

Scope: Concept Design, Final Design

Date: 2016