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MASEN announces five pre-qualified consortia for phase I of Noor Midelt CSP project in Morocco

Noor Midelt marks the beginning of a new concept of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects. For the first time, the designs will specify hybrid plants including both CSP and PV. Total capacity is expected to reach 400 MW, of which 150 to 190 MW would be provided by CSP with storage.

Noor Midelt will be developed through an Independent Power Producer (IPP) scheme consisting of the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the plants. In November 2016, 7 applicants submitted their proposals to be pre-qualified.

Five consortia have been officially pre-qualified and will be invited to participate in the request for proposals of Noor Midelt (phase I), which is expected to be launched shortly.

  • ACWA Power Consortium: International Company for Water and Power Projects, General Electric Company
  • EDF Energies Nouvelles Consortium: EDF Energies Nouvelles, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. PJSC – Masdar, Green of Africa, Sener Ingeneria y Sistemas
  • ENGIE Consortium: International Power S.A (Engie) , Nareva Holding S.A., SolarReserve LLC, Solaire Direct S.A.S.
  • Innogy SE Consortium: Innogy SE, Belectric GmbH , Ferrostaal Industrial Projects GmbH
  • JGC Consortium: JGC Corporation, Abener Energia S.A.

The Noor Midelt project is one of the initiatives under the Noor Solar Plan, which aims at producing a total capacity of 2,000 MW by 2020, 680 MW of which have already been successfully launched in Ouarzazate, Laayoune and Boujdour.

The project in Ouarzazate currently has three CSP plants at different stages of development: Noor I is a 160 MW Parabolic Trough with 3 hours of thermal storage; Noor II is a 200 MW Parabolic Trough plant with 7 hours of thermal storage and dry cooling; Noor III is a 150 MW tower plant with 8 hours of thermal storage and dry cooling.

Masen was founded in 2010 and it oversees implementation of the country’s renewable energy program aiming to achieve 52 percent of the national electricity mix from renewable sources, by 2030.


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