MACOGA Expansion Joints for Shams-1, the largest solar power plant in the Middle East.
Shams-1 is a 100 megawatt (MW) parabolic trough plant, located in Madinat Zayed, approximately 75 miles southwest of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Construction began in the summer of 2010 and it’s slated to go online in 2012. This project is a joint venture of Masdar, Abengoa Solar and Total. The Shams-1 plant, covering around 741 acres of desert in Abu Dhabi, has a solar field of nearly 6,458,346 sq. ft. where 768 Solar parabolic troughs will operate and generate 100 MW of solar power. Shams-1 incorporates state-of-the-art parabolic trough technology. Among other innovative features, highlights include the plant’s dry-cooling system and its auxiliary heating boiler. The dry-cooling system significantly reduces water consumption, while the auxiliary boiler, which heats the steam as it enters the turbine, boosts the cycle’s efficiency. MACOGA has delivered a number of 28 units MPB-I In-Line Pressure Balanced Expansion Joints for high pressure. In sizes from DN 150 up to DN 400 and pressures up to 158 bar.