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Algeria's first hybrid solar power plant to be serviced by Siemens

Siemens Energy will provide long-term maintenance services at Algeria’s first solar combined cycle hybrid power plant.

By Kari Williamson

The 150 MW solar hybrid plant is situated at Abengoa's Hassi R’Mel natural gas field in northern Algeria.

The contract includes preventative and corrective maintenance for two SGT-800 gas turbines, which Siemens installed in April 2011.

“As these unique and advanced hybrid plant technologies continue to emerge, maintaining their efficiency with cost-effective service solutions is vital,” says Karim Amin, head of Siemens Energy Service, Middle East region.

“Algeria has made a strong commitment to developing its abundant renewable energy sources, along with its rich natural gas resources, and we look forward to providing reliable service to Abengoa for this very important project.”

The Hassi R’Mel solar combined cycle hybrid power plant generates electricity through both the 25 MW parabolic trough solar collectors field and a 130 MW 2x1 CCPP (Combined Cycle Power Plant).

It consists of 224 parabolic trough solar collectors covering an area of 180,000 m2.

The gas turbine and steam cycle are fired by natural gas, with the steam turbine receiving additional solar-generated steam during the day.

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