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Abengoa’s engineering and construction division is structured under the following five different lines of business:


This business line is primarily engaged in the design, engineering and construction of power generation plants and transmission systems.


The main projects undertaken at home in 2011 were as follows:

  • Abengoa has completed work on the Ecija Solar Complex (Seville), featuring two 50 MW CSP power plants, namely Helioenergy 1 and Helioenergy 2, which are already supplying the commercial grid. 

Helioenergy parabolic-trough solar field, Ecija (Seville)

  • Ongoing work on eight 50 MW CSP power plants in the municipalities of Ecija and El Carpio in Andalusia, Logrosan in Extremadura, and in Ciudad Real, all employing parabolic-trough technology. As a whole, the power plants will generate enough electricity to supply over 200,000 homes and will slash yearly CO2 emissions by over 250,000 t.
  • Abengoa has been heavily involved with a number of the leading power utilities in Spain, and is also helping to construct electricity evacuation and transmission infrastructures for the solar power plants being promoted by Abengoa.
  • Abengoa has been awarded a contract for the design, civil engineering, supply and start-up of three 400 kV distribution substations in Cerrato (Palencia).


Highlight projects for the rest of Europe include:

  • Ongoing work on the 150 kV Riba de Ave-Oleiros high-voltage line for REN (the Portuguese Electricity Grid).
  • In 2011, Abengoa continued to provide engineering services to the client RTE EDF Transport, involving studies and projects to reinforce, adjust, restructure, change conductors and make other modifications to high-voltage overhead lines.
  • Completed work on the 400 kV Lescovak-Macedonia Border line for the Serbian electricity utility EMS, thus paving the way for future interconnection between Serbia and Macedonia.

United States

Highlight projects for this particular region include the following:

  • With an installed capacity of 280 MW, the Solana plant is set to become the world’s largest solar power plant and features parabolic-trough technology with thermal storage based on molten salts, thereby enabling the facility to increase the number of hours over which it can operate in daytime and also at night. The facility will power 70,000 homes while curbing yearly CO2 emissions by 475,000 t.

Construction of molten  salt storage tanks at Solana, Arizona

  • Construction is underway on the Mojave facility, a new CSP plant in the Mojave Desert (California). The facility will include two CSP plants, each with a net installed capacity of 140 MW for a combined useful power output of 250 MW. The Mojave project is also set to feature one of the world’s largest parabolic-trough solar fields.
  • Start of construction on the world’s first second generation biomass-to-bioethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. The plant, which will produce 26 Mgal of cellulosic bioethanol per year, will harness Abengoa’s own enzymatic hydrolysis technology. The plant will run chiefly on agricultural waste, such as corn or sorghum stems, but can also use wheat straw, wild grass and even wood chippings. The facility will also generate 20 MW of electricity from biomass, enough power to meet its own energy needs and demand for ethanol production.
  •  Abengoa has strengthened ties and strategic alliances with North American engineering and construction companies interested in developing and promoting joint projects to meet the current demand for power transmission lines of certain North American utilities.


The most significant projects in Mexico are detailed below:

  • Turnkey contract, including one-stop engineering and construction, for a 640 MW combined cycle plant in the state of Morelos, Mexico. This electrical power plant of the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission will form part of the “Proyecto Integral Morelos” project, a key initiative in developing central Mexico.
  • The Mexican CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) awarded an EPC contract to construct the 42.3 MW Baja California Sur IV internal combustion plant in the state of Baja California Sur.
  • The CFE awarded Abengoa the Agua Prieta Phase III EPC contract to construct a 12 MW solar field in the state of Sonora (Mexico), which will be integrated with a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) to become Mexico’s first hybrid solar-gas plant.
  • Ongoing construction of the 300 MW cogeneration plant in Tabasco (Mexico) for the state-owned company Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). The project encompasses both the construction and a 20-year operating concession for the plant. The new facility will be able to generate up to 800 t of steam to supply electricity to the New PEMEX Gas Processing Complex in Tabasco, while exporting surplus power into the Mexican national power grid.
  • Abengoa secured the Agua Prieta II power line contract from the CFE, comprising three substations (including a total of nine feeders) and two power lines spanning 82.6 km and with voltages of 400 and 230 kV in the Mexican state of Sonora.
  • Abengoa was awarded the substation 1116 “Transformación del Noreste” contract (phase 3), involving the construction of six 400 and 138 kV transmission lines for a total length of 85.6 km, and six substations with voltages of 400 and 138 kV, with a combined transformation capacity of 500 MVA and 14 feeders, all located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Substation constructed by Abengoa México

  • In the final quarter of the year, the company managed to secure the SE 1321 Distribución Noreste (phase 3) project, which includes the construction of a distribution substation with voltages of 115 kV and 13.8 kV, to be located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
  • Continued work on the first phase of the substation and transmission line contract for the Baja California and North West areas, and also on the substation 1110 “Compensación capacitiva del Norte” project involving the construction and installation of three substations of 230, 115 and 69 kV.Centroamérica.

Central America

  • Siepac project (Central American Electrical Interconnection System), involving the construction of 950 km of 230 kV power lines across Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama and has now completed all of the Nicaragua section.


Detailed below are the main projects carried out in 2011 by Abengoa in Peru, Abengoa’s engineering and construction company operating within the South American country:

  • Start of work on the 220 kV Paragsha-Francoise power line and upgrade work on the Paragsha II substation and new Francoise substation, combined with a 30-year operation and maintenance agreement. The project embraces the engineering, study, procurement and construction of the roughly 55 km of high-voltage line, which will be strung at between 4,200 and 4,500 m above sea level within a timeframe of 540 days.
  • Start of construction on the Chinalco project, which will involve the one-stop engineering, procurement and construction (civil and electromechanical work) of the 220 kV Pomacocha-Toromocho transmission line, the 23 kV Toromocho-Kingsmill distribution line and upgrades to the Pomacocha substation.
  • Start of construction on the Cheves project, comprising the one-stop engineering, procurement and construction (civil and electromechanical work) of the 220 kV Cheves – Huacho transmission line (75 km) and upgrades to the Huacho substation.
  • Construction continuing on the 500 kV Chilca – Marcona – Ocoña – Montalvo transmission line and three new substations in Peru, and upgrade work on a further three, including the installation of two series compensation capacitors at the Ocoña substation. The 872 km project encompasses the design, supply, construction and financing of the entire electricity system, and operation and maintenance for a 30-year term.
  • Completion of work on the 200 kV high – voltage Carhuamayo – Carhuaquero power line and associated substations in Peru. The project includes 670 km of line, two new substations and upgrades to five existing substations.
  • Completion of work on the Tía María project, encompassing the study, engineering, procurement and construction of the 220 kV Montalvo-Tía María power transmission line and upgrades to the 220 kV Montalvo substation. The project covers roughly 101 km along the coastline of two southern regions, namely Arequipa and Moquegua, and includes one of the longest spans to be found on the country’s transmission line network at 1,700 m.


Listed below are the main projects performed over 2011 by Abengoa in Brazil:

  • Completion of work on the ATE IV Canoinhas (Santa Catarina)-Sao Mateus (Pará) line.
  • Completion of the ATE VI Doña Francisca (Rio Grande do Sul)-Santa Maria (Rio Grande do Sul) power line.
  • Completion of the project to increase transformation capacity at the ATE VII Foz do Uguaçú (Pará) substation.
  • Work continuing on the project to increase transformation capacity at the ATE III Itacaiúnas (Pará) substation.
  • Completion of the turnkey EPC contract signed with Eletronorte to construct the Ribeiro Gonçalves (Piauí)-Balsas (Maranhão) transmission line, including the new Balsas substation and upgrades to the Ribeiro Gonçalves substation.
  • Continuation of work on the turnkey EPC contract signed with Porto Velho Transmisora de Energía (subsidiary of Eletrosul) for Lot A of the Madeira project, involving the construction of a back-to-back station in Porto Velho (Rondónia).
  • Work progressing on the turnkey EPC contract signed with Estaçao Transmisora de Energía (subsidiary of Eletronorte) for Lot C of the Madeira project, involving the construction of a rectifier station in Porto Velho (Rondónia) and the corresponding inverter station in Araraquara (Sao Paulo) at the two ends of one of the 600 kV direct current transmission lines forming part of the infrastructure in place to draw hydro power from the Madeira River.
  • Work continuing on the turnkey EPC contract signed with Manaus Transmisora de Energía (consortium comprising Abengoa, Eletronorte and Chesf) for Lot C of the Manaus project, involving construction of the 500 kV Oriximiná (Pará)-Silva (Amazonas)-Lechuga (Amazonas) transmission line, and including the new Silves and Lechuga substations.
  • Start of work on the turnkey EPC contract signed with Norte Brasil Transmisora de Energía (consortium comprising Abengoa, Eletronorte and Eletrosul) for Lot G of the Madeira project, involving construction of the 600 kV Porto Velho (Rondónia)-Araraquara (Sao Paulo) direct current line.
  • Start of work on the turnkey EPC contract signed with Línea Verde Transmisora de Energía (consortium comprising Abengoa and Eletronorte) for the Pre-Madeira project, involving construction of the 230 kV Jauru (Mato Grosso)-Porto Velho (Rondónia) direct current line and including adaptation work on seven existing substations.
  • Start-up of engineering and procurement for the 230 kV Itacaiúnas (Pará)-Carajás (Pará) power line. The corresponding contract was awarded at the last Aneel auction for transmission systems held in 2010, leading to the incorporation of the concessionaire company ATE VIII.
  • EPC construction of wind farms to generate electricity for Abengoa concessionaire companies. Abengoa holds equity stakes in three future wind farms to be located in the state of Ceará as part of the Eólico Trairí II complex, which will boast a total installed capacity of 96.6 MW.


Abengoa successfully completed the following projects in 2011 in Chile:

  • Chacaya Maitenes transmission line for the customer Pacific Hydro. This project involved the construction of an interconnection substation and upgrades to the Maitenes and Sauzal substations and the 2x220 kV power transmission line between the Chacayes and interconnection substations. The work required the company to configure the switching substation as a SF6 gas insulated substation (GIS), modify and extend the Maitenes and Sauzal substations and construct a 2x220 kV line between the Chacayes and switching substations.
  • New 220 kV Agua Santa line bay at the San Luis substation. The project included the installation of a 110 kV position with its respective switch, along with output switch, two bar switches, three current transformers, three potential transformers and three lightning conductors.
  • Work underway on the Cardones substation-Punta Totoralillo substation power line project. The contract envisages construction of the first circuit of a 220 kV double circuit power transmission line spanning roughly 140 km. The ultimate aim of the project is to supply electricity to the Cerro Negro Norte mine and Totoralillo desalination plant from the Cardones substation.
  • El Tesoro CSP plant: this particular project embraces the construction, procurement, supply, commissioning, start-up, operation, and training of Minera El Tesoro workers in relation to the one-stop operation and maintenance of a solar energy plant capable of supplying at least 60% of the annual thermal power needs of the SX-EW (solvent extraction and electrowinning) process of the Minera El Tesoro mining company for a minimum period of 10 years, extendable to 20.


Highlight projects for this region include the following:

  • Work underway on Abengoa’s new wind power business line in Uruguay, with Abengoa securing a contract to design, construct, operate and maintain a 50 MW wind farm in Cuchilla de Peralta-Tacuarembó for the Uruguayan National Authority for Power Generation and Transmission (UTE).
  • Abengoa is performing the 500 kV substations project for the Uruguayan state-owned UTE. The project encompasses the supply and turnkey installation of two 500 kV stations, which will effectively connect the Punta del Tigre power line with the existing Uruguayan 500 kV power transmission grid.
  • In relation to the frequency converter station project for UTE, Abengoa has been sub-contracted by Areva to carry out all the civil engineering and electromechanical assembly work on a frequency converter station capable of transmitting up to 500 MW between Uruguay and Brazil.
  • Contract awarded for a 18.5 Mgal bioethanol plant for the state-owned company Alcoholes de Uruguay (ALUR). The facility will process sorghum, corn, barley and wheat and will be located in Paysandú (Uruguay), producing 50,000 t of the DDGS (Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles) byproduct to be used in the production of animal feeds. The project also envisages the construction of an 8 MW cogeneration facility annexed to the parent plant, which will supply the latter with electricity and steam, using biomass as its raw material.


The main contracts in progress or completed in 2011 by Abengoa in Argentina, are as follows:

  • Completion of the 500 kV Comahue – Cuyo interconnection. This project interconnects since September the Agua de Cajón substation in the province of Neuquén with the Gran Mendoza transformer substation located roughly 707 km away in the province of Mendoza, requiring a 500/220 kV substation called Rio Diamante midway between the points. It is also worth noting that this project also envisaged an associated emissions control process to track CO2 emissions for each line and transformer station, with the resulting report detailing both emissions generated by third-party supplies and those stemming from from the company’s own work on the project.

Agua del Cajón substation, Argentina

  • 132 kV single-circuit high-voltage line between Estanislao del Campo and the Las Lomitas transformer station (Formosa province). The project is currently in progress and is expected to be completed and brought on line over the second half of 2012.


  • Completion, unveiling and start-up of the 150 MW Hassi R’Mel hybrid solar/gas plant where Abengoa was tasked with the engineering, design and start-up of the hybrid plant, which combines a natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) and a solar field featuring 224 parabolic troughs, with enough capacity to generate up to 25 MW of energy.

Hassi R’Mel ISCC plant in Algeria

  • In the energy sector Abengoa continues working on high-voltage transmission lines for Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM).
  • Award of the KaXu Solar One plant, a 100 MW parabolic-trough solar plant with a storage capacity of 3 hours and to rest on 1,100 ha of land. The facility will be sited near the city of Pofadder, to the north of the Northern Cape province in South Africa. A
  • bengoa also secured a contract to construct the 50 MW Khi Solar One power tower solar plant in South Africa, one of the largest of its kind in the world. The facility, with two hours of thermal storage, will sit on 600 ha of land close to Upington, also in the province of Northern Cape.

Middle East

  • Abengoa continues to work on Shams 1, the largest CSP plant in the Middle East located in the desert on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. The facility has an installed capacity of 100 MW and employs parabolic-trough technology. It features more than 700 troughs, comprising 12 mirror modules covering a total area of 300 ha. Thanks to the nearly 600,000 m2 of parabolic troughs, the plant generates enough electricity to power 62,000 homes, while curbing yearly CO2 emissions by 175,000 t.
  • Also in the United Arab Emirates, Abengoa remains involved in the project to install the 132 kV Fujairah-Tawyeen and Fujairah-Dibba power lines for Transco, with work expected to culminate in 2012.
  • Continued construction work on the 132 kV high-voltage power line in Qurayyat for the SEC (Saudi Electricity Company). The company is also constructing the Jeddah and Riyadh GIS (Gas Insulated Substations), both 380 MW and 132/13.8 kV, again for the SEC.


  • Abengoa has completed work on the 3 MW solar field for the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). The start-up of this facility will enable the IITB to act as a base and platform for future technological research and development.
  • Over 2011, Abengoa continued work on the two 400 km stretches of the 765 kV Biswanath Chariyali-Agra direct current line. Moreover, and with a view to expanding operations in the power transmission line sector, the company has been striving to gain direct entry into other state-owned electrical utilities, thus allowing it to eliminate its dependence on other tower manufacturers by creating its own production plant.
  • Ongoing construction of a 20 kW photovolatic plant.

Transmission tower for the line between Biswanath Chariyali and Agra.


Environmental business encompasses the design, engineering and construction of water treatment and desalination plants, hydro projects and waste treatment facilities.


The main projects undertaken over the year within Spain were as follows:

  • Completed construction of the Bajo Almanzora desalination plant in Almeria. The facility will be capable of producing up to 60,000 m3 of water per day. It employs reverse osmosis technology, with capacity to supply up to 20 h3 per year, 15 of which will be used for irrigating the local area, with the rest intended for human consumption.
  • Construction underway on the waste treatment plant in the Port of Bilbao (Spain). The facility will be able to treat 120,000 t of sulfur while producing 350,000 t of sulfuric acid and oleum, effectively meaning it will be able to generate roughly 90,000 MW per year of electricity.
  • Ongoing work to improve the water supply to the city of Caceres from the Portaje dam, the aim of the project being to meet the water supply needs of 150,000 inhabitants. The project envisages three pumping stations and over 65 km of water pipes with diameters ranging from 1,000 to 1,200 mm. Once completed, the piping will be able to transport a maximum of 1,500 L/s.Turquía


The following key project was a particular highlight in Turkey:

  • The Turkish Ministry for the Environment and Urban Planning entrusted Abengoa with the development of the water supply system for the city of Dogubayazit in eastern Turkey, very close to the border with Iran, with total project investment topping €22.5 M. The project includes the construction of a drinking water plant featuring a physicochemical process, which will boast a treatment capacity approaching 35,000 m3 per day, enough to supply water to 175,000 people, along with two reservoirs with a combined volume of 7,000 m3 and 400 km of piping. The contract will help to develop the area, which will now enjoy a guaranteed supply of drinking water all year round.


The company has been awarded the following key project in Mexico:

  • Abengoa has secured the contract to construct the El Zapotillo aqueduct, which will provide an efficient, sustainable and safe means of supplying drinking water to just shy of one and a half million inhabitants. The engineering work includes the construction of 139 km of large diameter piping; pumping stations with a total installed capacity of 24,000 kW; a drinking water treatment plant of 3,800 L/s; a 100,000 m3 capacity storage tank; and a 40 km distribution circuit within the municipality of León.


Detailed below are the main projects to have been performed in Peru:

  • Award and start-up of engineering work to extend and improve the drinking water and sewerage system for the Pachacútec macro-project. The project encompasses the design, supply, land preparation and construction of the entire water and sewerage system, including a 430 L/s wastewater treatment plant. It is the largest water and sewerage project currently underway in Peru and will benefit an estimated 200,000 people.
  • Start of construction to expand and improve the drinking water and sewerage system of the Pariachi area for Sedapal. The project embraces the design, supply, land preparation and construction of the entire water and sewerage system, including drilling, boreholes and the installation of pressurized pipelines. The initiative also envisages the construction and outfitting of a 420 L/s activated sludge treatment plant in the area of Santa Clara, the water from which will be reused to irrigate short-stemmed plants.
  • Completion of construction work to improve the drinking water and sewerage systems for Piura-Castilla Contract 3 A. The project involved the construction of a sewage treatment plant with an average flow rate of 200 L/s, a perimeter enclosure for the El Indio lagoon and a wastewater analysis laboratory. It also required the company to restore primary and secondary drinking water and sewerage networks, including household connection points for the area, and to install 23,500 household meters with meter boxes and accessories.
  • Abengoa, through a consortium with Graña y Montero, are continuing work on the La Tomilla II water treatment plant in the city of Arequipa for Sociedad Minera Cerro (Contract Lots 1 and 2). The project includes a water intake for the Chili river, an 11 km pipe, 2 tunnels spanning 1,270 and 190 m, a 167 m vertical shaft, and a water treatment plant capable of treating 1,575 L/s.


Highlight projects in the country include:

  • Execution of the Gran Alimentadora Valparaíso pipe laying project, which required the company to relay 700 mm piping along the section between km 2,850 and km 5,528.
  • Construction also got underway in 2011 on the liquid industrial waste treatment facility at Quilicura plant, requiring civil engineering work and assembly of the industrial water treatment facility. The project also envisages the Santa Cruz reservoir, which will involve the construction of a 1,100 m3 reservoir capable of supplying water to 35,000 local residents.


Highlight projects performed by Abengoa in Uruguay include:

  • Completion of pumping line six for the State Department of Sanitary Works, including the design, supply and laying of 47 km of ductile cast piping with diameters of between 800 and 1,200 mm and 40 km of piping with diameters of between 350 and 800 mm.
  • Abengoa continues to provide Montevideo City Hall with urban waste collection and cleaning services, which are carried out through the Cap consortium (Consorcio Ambiental del Plata).


Key projects performed in 2011 by Abengoa in Argentina include:

  • Extension of the sewage system in San Vicente (Buenos Aires) to cover over 20 km of sewage network and 1,000 household connection points, and extension of the drinking water network in the localities of Pehuajó and 9 de Julio (both in Buenos Aires), requiring over 19 km of drinking water infrastructure, 1 pumping station, 20 collecting wells and 21 connections to existing infrastructure.


Detailed below is a hugely important project currently in progress in China:

  • Ongoing work on the Qingdao seawater desalination plant, at which Abengoa have successfully completed the outfitting and assembly work. The facility will be capable of desalinating 100,000 m3 of water per day and will supply drinking water to 500,000 people. The plant utilizes reverse osmosis technology and includes innovative design features, both during pretreatment (ultrafiltration membranes) and in terms of its centralized pumping system, rendering the facility more energy-efficient.


This particular line of business encompasses industrial and infrastructure engineering, construction and maintenance relating to:

  • Industrial plants.
  • Electrical and mechanical installations.
  • Custom construction work.

Detailed below are the most significant contracts secured and/or performed in this particular field:


Highlight projects for 2011 in Spain include:

  • Maintenance of the HV installations at the new Heineken brewery and also with the restoration of Hotel Alfonso XIII (both in Seville). It has also been commissioned by Adif (Spanish national railway administrator) to carry out work on various stations due to the remodeling of the Camas-Salteras stretch of the Seville-Huelva commuter railway line.
  • Remodeling of the El Algar pumping station in Alicante, and is now starting to reroute the overhead lines affected by the new high-speed AVE railway network. It is also working on the Font de la Figuera stretch of the A33 highway for Acciona.
  • Abengoa has been awarded the contract for HV lines in north Catalonia, which envisages repair, construction and replacement work and voltage changes, among others. In the field of transport communications, the department is helping to maintain line 9 of Barcelona Subway through a consortium with five other leading companies from the sector.
  • Ongoing work on the framework substation agreement for Iberdrola. Similarly, the department has successfully completed the links for the 13.2 kV high/medium voltage line from Billabona-Aia and from Lesaka-Bera under the framework distribution agreement for the province of Gipuzkoa.
  • Key contracts awarded include electrical installations at five stations on Line 6 of the Madrid Subway, fire protection work, energy control for the Mutua Madrileña building at 50 Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid, and electrical installation work for the Helios 1 and 2 concentrating solar power plants in Ciudad Real.
  • Development and construction of new vehicles projects for the PSA Peugeot Citroen factory in Vigo, installation work at plants operating in the power, wood, and metal processing and integrator sectors and construction of custom buildings, industrial estates, road lighting and video surveillance systems.


Work to widen the La Cabada – Cantabria road

  •  Civil engineering work on the project to move VOR regulator rooms at Ibiza Airport.

Mutua Madrileña building on Paseo de la Castella, Madrid


The most significant projects undertaken by Abengoa in México are detailed below:

  • Project to construct four three-phase separators at the Bellota-Jujo Integrated Asset on PEMEX facilities occupied by the prospecting and production division in the municipalities of Cárdenas and Cunduacan (state of Tabasco).
  • Construction, integration, appraisal, testing, training and start-up of a 34.5 kV synchronization bus at Thermal Power Plant 1 of the Francisco I Madero refinery in Tamaulipas.
  • Contract for the part supply, installation and start-up of a 143 kW electrical power generation facility property of ABB at its San Luis Potosí plant.
  • Construction of the Centro Cultural Mexiquense Bicentenario (cultural center). The complex occupies 17 ha and boasts 35,000 m2 of museums, libraries, workshop modules with over 60 classrooms intended for a range of different art-related subjects, an administrative building, halls, open-air theater, concert hall with seating for 1,200 people, cafeteria, restaurant and parking for over 1,000 vehicles. The impressive facility will welcome more than six million local inhabitants. Coaben is now to operate the center under a concession for the coming 20 years.


Focusing on outfitting, the following projects are worthy of particular note in Brazil:

  • Turnkey construction of an office building located in Barra de Tijuca, with a floor area of 8,070 m2 structured in four levels. All phases of the building (design, construction, operation and maintenance) were originally conceived with sustainability firmly in mind with the aim of securing the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Green Building” certificate.
  • Currently constructing the valve rooms and service areas of the Araraquara II substation, including foundations (7,500 m3), assembly of metal structures (670 t), assembly of precast structures (1,400 m3) and the masonry and finishes for the buildings.


In outfitting, Abengoa started work on the following project in Chile:

  • Design and construction of the infrastructure for the new TK04 electric mining loop to power the drilling and excavation machines that are to extract ore from the future pit of the Minera Quadra Chile mining company facing the settlement of Sierra Gorda. The project also includes the design, construction, assembly and start-up of infrastructure for the 220 kV system of the Sierra Gorda substation.

Operators constructing a power transmission line


Listed below are the main projects to have been undertaken in this particular field:

  • Construction of a diesel oil desulfurization plant, gasoline desulfurization plant and sulfur recovery plant for the National Department of Fuel, Alcohol and Portland Cement (Ancap). Abengoa has been tasked with the corresponding civil engineering and electromechanical assembly work within the La Teja refinery in Montevideo.

Desulfurization plant at La Teja Refinery

  • Start of construction on the Montes del Plata cellulose pulp plant, including civil engineering and mechanical and electrical assembly of both the processing and water treatment facilities.
  • Abengoa is currently expanding the Sanatorio Americano hospital. The work has required the company to erect a new building of nearly 8,000 m2 to house an ER area, surgical blocks and admission halls.
  • On a final note, we would highlight the construction of two new bridges over the Yaguarí and Santa Lucia rivers, spanning 148 m and 650 m, respectively, as part of the national road network.

North Africa

Abengoa has been the key player in this region:

  • In the industrial sector, Abengoa has continued to cement its position in the Moroccan market by assisting with the industrial assembly of the new Renault factory in Tangier, and carrying out installation work on the new steelworks of Maghreb Steel.

Middle East

We would highlight the following projects in this region:

  • Abengoa has signed a number of contracts relating to the Shams 1 CSP plant, with the commissioned work including electrical installation, laying of 220 kV and 11 kV cable and telecommunications.


This line of business embraces the design, supply, assembly and maintenance of conventional and high-speed railway installations.


In the field of transportation, the following projects are worthy of particular note at home:

  • The Spanish administrator of railway infrastructure (Adif) has continued to place its trust in Abengoa’s railway department by commissioning it with various new projects, including rail voltage work, extending the reach of the Camas-Salteras stretch of the Seville to Benacazon commuter railway, eliminating critical points and serious defects on the Seville commuter railway network and renovating Castejon station. Similarly, Abengoa has continued to play a prominent role in maintaining most of the high-speed lines through contracts for the Madrid-East Coast, Madrid-Barcelona and Madrid-Valladolid links.
  • In addition, thanks to the unrivalled performance and quality of Abengoa’s cutting-edge machinery, particularly its line stringing train, the company was called into action to string the catenary system on the new high-speed Vigo-A Coruña line.

International market

  • Towards the end of the year, Abengoa accomplished one of its most impressive milestones for the year by entering the consortium of Spanish companies entrusted with the Mecca-Medina high-speed railway line, which will connect the cities of Medina, Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The contract includes the construction and assembly of the railroad line, spanning roughly 450 km of electrified double track designed for trains to travel at speeds of up to 350 km/h, along with installation of the signaling and telecommunications systems, rail electrification, the operations and control center, and full maintenance for twelve years.
  • A further milestone was its penetration of the French rail electrification market, having secured from Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) a contract to upgrade the catenary systems at Lourches and Cambrai stations and to remodel the catenary system for the railway stations in Lille.
  • First rail electrification contract for Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE).
  • Lastly, manufacturing of 1,200 automatic gate machines (AGMs) for the high-speed Beijing-Shanghai train stations and X-ray scanners to be installed at a number of different Chinese airports and stations.


This business line brings together EPC projects for telecommunications and the production and supply of auxiliary and insulation equipment and materials.


At home, highlight projects for 2011 included:

  • Abengoa has continued work on the 2007-2012 Global Customer Loop Contract with Telefónica de España S.A.U., with implantation ongoing in the provinces of Alicante, Badajoz, Barcelona, Cadiz, Jaen, Madrid, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia. Over the year, the company carried out the associated installation work for 292,000 new customer subscriptions and repaired over 410,000 faults for Telefónica.

    The contract envisages the ongoing implementation of FTTH (Fiber To The Home) networks. Infrastructure installation for 2011 extended to 138,500 properties in Madrid and Barcelona, which are fed by 212 km of fiber optic cable (between 64 and 256 fibers) on the trunk network and nearly 242 km of 32-fiber or less cables on the access network towards the end user. Over 11,000 customers have signed up for voice, data and, in certain cases, video services provided directly through fiber optic cables.
  • Deployment of state-of-the-art mobile telephony technologies for both technology firms (Huawei-NSN) and operators (Vodafone-Orange); third year of maintenance on Orange’s fixed and mobile telephony network; final stage of GSM-R deployment for the Barcelona commuter railway network; and communications on the Opera – Principe Pio branch of the Madrid Subway system.
  • Supplied the Spanish electricity grid operator (REE) with auxiliary services cabinets and protection relay frames, among other items. It has also been involved in the new Nuevo Pemex electrical cogeneration plant in Mexico, developing the main MV and LV switchboards. In the solar market, the necessary equipment has been supplied for the Solacor, Solaben and Helios solar power plants, while in the aerospace market, we would highlight the manufacture of earth-based satellite test benches for Crisa EADS – Astrium.
  • Upgrades to the Repsol refinery in Cartagena (Murcia) through the supply of power cables and instrumentation, lighting, trays, conduits, junction boxes, compression glands, control stations, power outlets, panels, capacitor batteries and direct current supply boxes. In relation to the Fuel Oil Reduction Unit project for Petronor, Repsol’s refinery in Bilbao, Abengoa was awarded a one-stop agreement to supply all the associated electrical materials and instrumentation assembly work.

Repsol refinery in Bilbao

  • Contract by Navantia S.A. to supply the Vortex panels for the new S-80 submarine, which will be fitted on the first four S-80 type submarines Navantia is currently building for the Spanish Navy. Abengoa has also conducted a pilot test at a Madrid Subway station involving the installation of 75 LED tubes. So far, the results of the tests have been positive.
  • Supply of the power transformers for the Helioenergy, Solacor, Solaben and Helios CSP plants, as well as many other plant components, such as uninterruptible power supply systems, sampling systems, cables and equipment. The company will also be responsible for overseeing the assembly work.
  • Completed construction of the pedestrian and cycle path access route to the Campus Palmas Altas in Seville, Abengoa’s headquarters, which were designed by the architect Richard Rogers and the Spanish firm Vidal y Asociados Arquitectos. The walkover connects Campus Palmas Altas to the district of Los Bermejales, without affecting the existing SE-30 ring road.

Solar field at the 50 MW Helioenergy Ecija CSP plant


  • Upgrade the Galp refinery in Sines, Portugal. The project will entail heat insulation work covering roughly 120 km of piping, and fireproofing of 15,000 m2 of metallic structure and 10,000 m of cable trays.
  • In relation to the project to restructure the Sines refinery (Portugal) of Galp Energía, Abengoa was awarded a contract to supply the power cables and instrumentation, grounding, lighting, compression glands, junction boxes, switching stations, power outlets, signaling and beacons, local panels and pressurizing material. 

United States

  • Supply and start-up the main power transformers (200 MVA) and auxiliary transformers (58 MVA) for the Solana solar power plant in Arizona. Nicsa was also chosen under the same project as the one-stop supplier of cable and fiber optic, medium-voltage speed variators, busbar ducts and transformers.
  • Supply of structures for the Solana plant in Arizona, which is scheduled for completion in 2012. The company has also completed a number of smaller projects in Mexico and structures are now being delivered under the 2010 contracts signed in North America with Southern California Edison (California) and Public Service Electric and Gas (New Jersey). Comemsa has also supplied the structures for the Shams 1 CSP plant in Abu Dhabi.
  • The company was also awarded a contract by Sharyland Projects in Texas to supply the structures for five power transmission lines as part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones project. The contract includes design engineering and testing on five different types of structure.

Construction factory for power transmission lines


  • As an integral part of the project to upgrade the Manzanillo thermal power plant for the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Abengoa has been awarded a contract for the medium-voltage cables and instrumentation, cable trays, electrical assembly material, intercommunication system, public address system and telephony.
  • For the Tabasco Cogeneration Project for Pemex, Abengoa has been commissioned to supply medium-voltage (MV) and low-voltage (LV) instrumentation cables, direct current systems, lightning conductors and electrical assembly material.

Transportation of power transformers for the Pemex Cogeneration Plant.

  • Abengoa’s structures plant has been increased through an investment of over $20 M so as to be able to supply the vast amount of structure required for the Solana CSP plant in Arizona, estimated at over 50,000 t, and also for the similarly sized plant to be constructed in Mojave, California. Thanks to these upgrades, Abengoa now has the necessary production capacity to tackle the large-scale transmission line projects currently materializing in the United States, along with the solar facilities that Abengoa intends to construct in the country.

Workshop for galvanized structures


  • Supply and deliver current measurement transformers and lightning conductors for the Chilca – Montalvo – Caravelli project. It was also awarded a joint contract with Edelnor (Endesa’s subsidiary in Peru) for the supply and local transportation in Peru of LV and MV power cables. 


We would highlight the following key projects in Brazil:

  • Supply and delivery to on-site warehouses in the Amazon region of 10,000 t of bare conductor costing approximately $33 M as part of Abengoa’s Madeira project..

North Africa

  • Continuing to construct GSM mobile telephony localizations and lay fiber optic cable for the country’s second and third largest telephony operators (Meditel and Wana), thus further cementing its position as a benchmark company in the development of telecommunications infrastructures in Morocco.

GSM mobile telephony localization for Meditel


Pilot high-voltage line stringing by helicopter in Spain

220 kV transmission line between Montalvo and Tía María, Peru

500 kV transmission tower, ATE III Itacaiúnas (Pará)-Colinas (Tocantins)

Work in progress on the Chacaya-Maitenes transmission line

HV lines for the Moroccan motorway administrator

100 MW CSP plant in Abu Dhabi.

Drinking water and sewerage systems commissioned by Sedapal for the areas of Pariachi, La Gloria, San Juan, Horacio Zevallos and annexed territories.

Construction of a liquid industrial waste treatment facility at the Quilicura plant in Chile

Osmosis racks at the Qingdao desalination plant in China

Ducting of high-voltage cables in Puigreig street, Barcelona

Moving of VOR regulator rooms at Ibiza Airport

Catenary line installed by Abengoa

Automatic gate at the high-speed train station on the Beijing – Shanghai line

Operator carrying out maintenance work

Midal coils for the Madeira project (Brazil)