First CSP plant in South America ready

Spain’s Abengoa says it has completed the first solar-thermal plant in South America for a customer in Chile.

Abengoa has handed over the 10MW facility to owner Minera El Tesoro, which will use it to help supply process heat to operations at a copper mine.

The solar-thermal plant will replace about 55% of the diesel currently used in the copper electro-extraction process, says Abengoa.

The Spanish group installed almost 1,300 solar-thermal collector modules over a six hectare site.