Abengoa develops its first concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Chile

Abengoa, the international company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, will undertake its first concentrating solar power (CSP) project using parabolic trough technology in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

The Desert is considered to have one of the highest levels of solar radiation on the planet. The plant, which will require an investment of $12 million, will be capable of supplying heat in an efficient and sustainable way to the production processes of Minera El Tesoro, a subsidiary of Anafagasta Minerals based in northern Chile.

Abengoa will be responsible for the engineering, design and start-up of the new solar-thermal plant in the Atacama Desert, which will comprise a solar field of 1,280 parabolic trough collectors. In energy terms, the plant will enable Minera El Tesoro to further reduce its current use of fossil fuels by more than 50%.