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Foster Wheeler to supply solar steam generator system to Abu Dhabi

Oilfield Technology,

Foster Wheeler AG has announced that it has been awarded a contract to design and supply a solar steam generator system (preheaters, drum-type evaporators, and superheaters) including interconnecting piping, valves, primary I&C, steel structures, and site advisory services for a plant located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The equipment will be integrated into a solar thermal power plant using concentrated parabolic trough technology which will be built and operated by Total and Abengoa, and will have an installed power output capacity of 100 MWe. The solar power plant will get its energy from 786 hyperbolic mirrors, which will cover an area of 2.5 km2.

Though it may seem strange for a county so well endowed with oil reserves to show an interest in renewable energy, Abu Dhabi is clearly thinking ahead. They have set themselves the target of deriving 7% of their energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

Foster Wheeler has received a full notice to proceed on this contract. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the contract value was included in the company's third-quarter 2010 bookings. The equipment delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2011.

"This solar thermal power plant represents one of the first steps toward the introduction of sustainable energy sources in the region, representing a strategic development for this country," said Eric Svendsen, chief executive officer of Foster Wheeler Energia, S.L. in Madrid.

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