Flagsol GmbH, a technological subsidiary of Solar Millennium, has received the contract for the design and supply of the solar field for a hybrid power plant in Egypt. The solar field will be completed in cooperation with Orascom Construction Industries, a large Egyptian general contractor in Cairo, for NREA, the Egyptian authority responsible for renewable energy. The total cost of the hybrid power plant is over $320 million, and approximately 30 percent of that applies to the solar field. The Global Environment Facility is providing a subsidy of $50 million. According to plans, construction will take 30 months. Flagsol and Orascom Construction Industries will operate the plant for two years, before it is finally handed over to the end owner.
These assemblies of parabolic mirrors installed by German engineering firm Flagsol in Kuraymat, Egypt, mark the beginnings of a solar-thermal energy collector field that will span 130,000 square meters. Solar heat collected in the field will be combined with combustion of natural gas in a 150-megawatt hybrid power plant under construction at the site south of Cairo.