Areva to build Asia's largest CSP plant for India's Reliance Power

France’s Areva says it will build Asia’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) installation for India’s Reliance Power.

The project will deploy two 125MW CSP plants using Areva’s compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology in Rajasthan, India.

CLFR technology uses reflected sunlight to heat liquid-filled tubes that generate high-pressure steam to produce electricity via turbines.

The companies did not disclose financial details of the transaction, but say Areva will provide construction management services for the project, which is scheduled for commercial operation by May 2013.

“Following our success in the French offshore wind sector, this contract reinforces the Areva strategy in renewable energies,” says Areva chief executive Luc Oursel.

Areva claims to be one of the world’s fastest-growing CSP technology providers, with more than 500MW of CSP projects either in operation, under construction or in advanced development.

It has a contract to build a 44MW solar thermal addition to the coal-fired Kogan Creek power station in the Australian state of Queensland.

Areva is also a partner in Australia’s Solar Dawn consortium, which was selected as the preferred bidder for a 250MW CLFR, Queensland-based power plant under the country’s Solar Flagships Program.

The future of the project is currently in question after Queensland’s new premier Campbell Newman said he was seeking to withdraw promised state government funding.