ACWA forces offline Moroccan CSP plant following leak

Due to a breach in the hot molten salts tank, Saudi energy producer ACWA Power has announced the forced shutdown of its NOOR III project in Morocco.

It is anticipated that the 150 MW plant, which is part of the Noor Ouarzazate solar complex and has seven hours of thermal energy storage in the form of molten salt, won’t be operational until November 2024.

According to ACWA Power, it was made aware of the leak on Friday.

It also mentions how the project involving concentrated solar power, or CSP, is involved.

It intends to fix the storage problem, possibly by constructing a new storage tank.

ACWA Power holds a 75% stake in the project, which began commercial operation at the end of 2018.

It is estimating the breakdown will cost around $47 million.

Source ACWA Power

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