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As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS was awarded a contract in May 2011 to provide complex technical assistance for the construction of ASTE 1A, the first of the three concentrated solar power (CSP) plants, to be built at Alcázar de San Juan in Spain by Elecnor.

Elecnor, founded in 1958, is one of the main Spanish business groups engaged in the integrated management and promotion of projects and infrastructure development.

In order to ensure the highest quality and to meet the performance requirements of the concentrated solar power plant, Elecnor looked for a reliable inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

Due to its first-rate experience and expertise in projects of this kind, SGS Industrial Services in Spain was selected from among the many competitors to work on the project, scheduled from May 2011 to June 2012.

For the entire duration of the contract, SGS will conduct complex Quality Assurance and Quality Control services during the construction and commissioning phase of the facility, to guarantee the best quality with respect to defined standards and specifications. With Quality Assurance and Quality Control, SGS verifies the materials, parts and final products through checks, audits, inspections and witnessing. The inspection of materials and equipment is carried out in accordance with quality assurance procedures and a checklist relating to specific types of equipment, operational factors and the vendor’s quality control system.

SGS Quality Assurance gives the facility owner confidence that a structure, component, material or system meets specified quality standards and will perform satisfactorily during service, whereas SGS Quality Control focuses on the actual measurement, testing and supervision of a manufacturers’ own final product control, either by inspection of each unit or by sample testing.

A team of highly skilled SGS experts, including mechanical and electrical/instrumentation supervisors, will support Elecnor’s own Quality Control Department with extensive Construction Supervision services at the plant, to ensure the construction works proceed in accordance with project specifications and requirements, as well as perform all the necessary technical assistance services, before and during the commissioning of the facility.

With SGS’s help, the ASTE 1A concentrated solar power plant will be constructed and commissioned in full compliance with the national and international standards and norms to guarantee top quality of the project.

About SGS Industrial Services

Industrial Services is one of the major business lines of the SGS Group, a global service provider for technical verification, inspection, testing and conformity assessment. SGS Industrial Services ensures that the customer’s installations, material, equipment, facilities and projects meet all quality and performance requirements, whether they are regulatory, voluntary or customer based. Industrial Services has decades’ worth of experience and some remarkable references in serving key industries, such as Construction, Industrial Manufacturing and Trade, the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry, Power Generation and Transmission, Banks and Financial Institutions, as well as Renewable Energy.

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS has accreditations to all major standards and is recognized as a leading global benchmark in the field of inspection, verification, certification and testing. With experienced and qualified staff, SGS operates an extensive network of offices and laboratories in various fields, which offer a wide range of product certification services.

For further information, please contact:

SGS Industrial Services
José Ramon Del Burgo
Head of SGS in Ciudad Real

SGS Spain
Polígono Industrial SEPES
Nave 203. 13500 Puertollano (España)

t: +34 926440008
f: +34 926440395


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 67,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.