China, People's Republic of: Gansu Jinta Concentrated Solar Power Project

Sovereign Project | 47006-002

Summary

The proposed project site, which is located about 4 kilometer (km) to the west of Jinta County in Gansu Province, is one of the most suitable locations due to high DNI of 1,923

kWh/m2/year and over 3,320 sunlight hours per annum, good access to infrastructure (road network, 110 kilovolt electric substation at 2 km distance), and availability of water for cleaning and cooling purposes. The proposed 50 MW plant will use a parabolic trough technology with one hour thermal storage including a natural gas back-up system. Parabolic trough is the most mature and commercially proven CSP technology, accounting for about 94% of operating CSP plants in the world. The Project will annually generate 90 gigawatt hour (GWh) clean electricity, thereby avoiding annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emission of 79,000 tons.

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Project Name Gansu Jinta Concentrated Solar Power Project
Project Number 47006-002
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Gansu Jinta Concentrated Solar Power
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Energy - Renewable energy generation - solar
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The proposed project site, which is located about 4 kilometer (km) to the west of Jinta County in Gansu Province, is one of the most suitable locations due to high DNI of 1,923

kWh/m2/year and over 3,320 sunlight hours per annum, good access to infrastructure (road network, 110 kilovolt electric substation at 2 km distance), and availability of water for cleaning and cooling purposes. The proposed 50 MW plant will use a parabolic trough technology with one hour thermal storage including a natural gas back-up system. Parabolic trough is the most mature and commercially proven CSP technology, accounting for about 94% of operating CSP plants in the world. The Project will annually generate 90 gigawatt hour (GWh) clean electricity, thereby avoiding annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emission of 79,000 tons.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed project fits well in ADB's Country Partnership Strategy (CPS), 2011 2015, for the PRC. It supports the CPS's objective of developing a low carbon economy by demonstrating an innovative renewable energy technology. It is also in line with the (i) ADB's Energy Policy 2009, (ii) Medium and Long-Term Development Plan for Renewable Energy of the PRC in 2007, and (iii) the Twelfth Five-Year Plan of the PRC. The proposed project directly contributes to 3 GW solar power addition target by 2013, under the ADB's Asia Solar Energy Initiative launched in May 2010.
Impact Expanded share of CSP plants in the renewable energy mix in the PRC.
Outcome Demonstrated feasibility of a utility scale CSP plant.
Outputs

Construct a 50 MW CSP plant with thermal storage including a natural gas back-up system in Gansu Province.

Capacity development and training in CSP design, procurement, construction, and operation and management for technical risks assessment and mitigation measures.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Project is classified as environmental category B. The Project results in avoiding 30,000 tons of coal usage for generating equivalent amount of electricity per year, with associated emission reduction of 81,000 tons of CO2. The potential adverse environmental impacts of the project include (i) soil erosion, noise, fugitive dust, solid waste and safety risks during construction; and (ii) noise, solid waste and waste water, and leakage of HTF (synthetic oil) during operation. The initial environmental examination (IEE) concludes that the potential adverse environmental impacts can be adequately mitigated by measures outlined in the IEE, and the Project will result in environmental and socio-economic benefits that significantly outweigh potential negative impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project is classified as category C on both involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples. The proposed project is not located in the ethnic minority city, county, town, or village. The Project has secured 180 hectares (2,700 mu) of state-owned unoccupied land from the Jinta County Government. It is barren, mostly devoid of vegetation, and has not been used previously for farming, industry, commercial or residential use. Thus, there will be no loss of personal property, structures, crops, trees or other assets. There is no permanent or temporary involuntary land acquisition, restrictions on land use, and economic or physical displacement of people resulting from land acquisition, and no potential adverse environmental impacts on disadvantaged or vulnerable groups, including the poor, women and children, and indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Peoples
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During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Shigeru Yamamura
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
China Huadian Corp.2 Xuanwumen St., Xicheng District,
Beijing, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Apr 2013
Fact Finding 22 Jul 2013 to 02 Aug 2013
MRM 20 Sep 2013
Approval 28 Sep 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2015

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Title Document Type Document Date
Gansu Jinta Concentrated Solar Power Project: Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2013

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