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E&M Combustión, a Spanish engineering company specialized in the development of combustion technologies for the industrial sector, has delivered the industrial burners for the Waad Al-Shamal project, a hybrid solar-gas plant that will use combined cycle and solar technologies.
In this project, E&M Combustión has designed and manufactured JBD burners duoblock model 3500, with reduced NOX emissions, to help optimize the energy efficiency of the installation, as well as to improve the environment. Spanish engineering has already delivered the combustion equipment prepared to work with combustion air at 200ºC, the start-up of which is currently being commissioned and carried out by Soluciones Integrales de Combustión XXI. One of the burners will work with natural gas and the other with diesel oil.
The plant is owned by the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and will become the largest solar-gas hybrid project in the world. Located in the northeast region of Saudi Arabia, 20 km from the city of Turaif, it will have a combined cycle power of 1,390 MW and a solar parabolic field of 50 MW.
Abengoa is the company responsible for the design, engineering and construction of the Waad Al-Shamal project, which will be in charge of supplying the electrical energy necessary for the operation of the nearby phosphate mine, and will play an important role in the initiative to promote an industrial complex in the northern region of the country.
The Waad Al-Shamal solar-gas hybrid plant consists of a combined cycle that integrates a solar field and four gas turbines, as well as four heat recovery systems and a cooling system. In turn, the solar field allows the combined cycle to increase its power by 50 MW by producing steam at 388ºC and 155 bars. The hybridization of technologies is called to reduce the costs of the electrical energy generated and the reduction of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, this method allows new applications for solar thermal energy in the area of production processes.