Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract to provide long-term maintenance services at what the company says is Algeria's first solar/combined-cycle hybrid power plant.
The order was placed by Abengoa for its 150 MW solar hybrid plant operating at the Hassi R'Mel natural gas field in northern Algeria. The contract includes preventive and corrective maintenance for two SGT-800 gas turbines, which Siemens installed in April 2011.
Integrated solar combined cycle (ISCC) technology combines the environmental benefits of solar energy with the operational advantages of a conventional combined-cycle plant. One of the world's first ISCC plants when it began operation in May 2011, the Hassi R'Mel plant generates electricity through both a 25 MW parabolic trough solar collectors field and a 130 MW combined-cycle power plant.