Thermal Solar Power Plant at the Ashalim Complex in the Negev
On June 20, 2013, the Negev Energy company, which is owned in equal parts by Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy and the Spanish Abengoa Group, was awarded the tender to establish a thermo-solar power plant at the Ashalim Complex in the Negev. The tender is a BOT tender, for financing, construction and operation.
The facility shall have a total production capacity of approximately 110 MW (one of the largest of its kind worldwide), and the electricity generated therein shall be sold in its entirety to the Electricity Company under an agreement for 25 years from the commencement of operation.
The electricity shall be generated in the facility using a thermo-solar technology, which primarily concentrates the solar radiation for the production of thermal (heat) energy and converts it into electricity using conventional means (steam turbines), with minimal use of natural gas solely for reinforcement/backup purposes, while generating clean electricity, and minimizing the emission of pollutants into the air.
The power plant shall be constructed at an anticipated investment of approximately 1.1 billion Dollars and is expected to be erected by 2017.
The project is anticipated to significantly contribute to economic development and employment in the Negev, and hundreds of employees shall be employed during the 3 years of the project’s construction, and dozens of employees during the entire course of the facility’s lifespan.
Shneor Thermo-Solar Power Plant at Tze’elim
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energies, together with Kibbutz Tze’elim in the Negev, is promoting a project to design, finance, construct and operate a thermo-solar power plant in a net scope of approximately 120MW, on approximately 3,000 dunam of Kibbutz lands.
The project is expected to be constructed based on Shikun & Binui’s technology for generating thermo-solar electricity using the parabolic trough method. The project has been declared a national infrastructure project, has been granted a provisional license to produce electricity pursuant to the Electricity Market Law and is in the midst of the planning procedures with the National Infrastructures Committee. The project is expected to reach the financial closing stage in mid-2013 and to produce electricity for the grid by the end of the 2015.
The project combines the need for clean and available (thermo-solar) electricity along with the need to develop the region as well as the industry in Israel, in general, and the Negev, in particular.
It should be noted that the region has suffered many long years of severe drought, and therefore not all of the Kibbutz lands can be cultivated. The construction of the plant shall efficiently utilize of land resources and shall provide the Kibbutz with significant financial assistance.
Photo-Voltaic Solar Energy
Construction of a 6 MW Photo-Voltaic Power Plant in Timna
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy, together with the Timna Mines Company, is promoting the construction of a photo-voltaic power plant in the Arava. The facility, located in the Timna Mines factory, operates at 6 MW. Approximately 24,000 solar panels shall be installed on a ground-anchored construction/apparatus. The plant shall provide more than 10 million KWH of clean energy per year to the national electricity grid, for a period of 20 years. The total area of the project is approximately 85 dunam.
The construction is being performed by a partnership between Shikun & Binui and the Spanish SOLTEC company that has extensive experience in constructing solar parks in Europe.
Generating Photo-Voltaic Solar Electricity in Spain
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy, through “Gilatz Spain” its (50%) subsidiary, that was established in partnership with the Israeli “Gilatz Investments” company, operates 3 photo-voltaic solar parks in Spain, in a total scope of 15MWP, and in a total investment of approximately 100 million Euro. The parks generate clean electricity without any emission of pollutants to the air, which is supplied to the Spanish electricity grid. The parks were established in the framework of a regulation prescribed by the Spanish Government, which includes a government undertaking to purchase the electricity that is generated in the parks, at a guaranteed tariff throughout the facilities’ entire lifespan.
Medium Photo-Voltaic Facilities
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy operates to secure its rights in and to lands and roofs of industrial and commercial buildings throughout Israel, in order to promote a significant number of projects to establish photo-voltaic solar power plants in Israel, in a scope of up to MW 12.
Integration and Installation of Photo-Voltaic Solar Energy Generation Systems
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy offers its customers planning, integration, installation and operation services for photo-voltaic solar systems. The company operates in cooperation with the leading companies in the world and markets products that adhere to a strict European standard. The company provides a variety of solutions for generating electricity using renewable energy through solar systems that are connected to the electricity grid, at private homes, industrial buildings, business and public institutions, and designated facilities (parks) for electricity production, as well as solar systems that are not connected to the grid.
Converting the Existing Plant to Gas and Constructing a New Plant
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy, through its (80%) subsidiary “Etgal Energy” is the first private electricity manufacturer in Israel, and it owns an electricity generation power plant. “Etgal Energy” operates the Etgal power plant in Ashdod, which has a generation capacity of 26 MW that serve as “peakers”, meaning, they are available for the system administrator and are operated only during peak hours. The electricity generated at the plant is sold exclusively to the Electricity Company.
The Etgal Ashdod power plant expansion project is based on an additional combined cycle, which shall be built adjacent to the existing plant (which shall be converted to natural gas), while utilizing the existing infrastructures, such as the land area, the connection to electricity and sea-water cooling, in order to generate 146 MW using natural gas, instead of 26 MW using fossil fuel (fuel oil (Mazut)).
The project includes the installation of two 49 MW natural gas turbines, and a steam cycle that includes a water tank and a steam turbine of approximately 22 MW – totaling approximately 120 MW.
Additionally, in the framework of the expansion project, the company is planning to convert the existing diesel engines to natural gas heating, in order to reduce costs and minimize the impact on the environment. The emission gasses of the diesel engines shall be connected to the steam cycle so as to increase the plant’s efficiency, its economic viability and environmental protection.
As stated, at the end of the process, the plant shall generate approximately 146 MW in a combined cycle and with an efficiency rate nearing 53%.
The project has been being advanced by the company for several years in all of the required aspects so as to bring about the commencement of the works by the end of 2012, and the operation of the plant towards the beginning of 2015.
The company has begun selling private electricity to customers and was awarded a tender to provide private electricity to the Ashdod Port.
Promoting Projects to Generate Electricity using Natural Gas
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy initiates projects to establish power plants which operate on natural gas, which is the most environmentally friendly means of production among the fossil fuel means of production (such as coal and fuel oil (Mazut)).