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Middle East and North Africa Concentrating Solar Power
Knowledge and Innovation Program

MENA CSP KIP Activities Report (May 2017)

The KIP team has been busy seeking to fulfil its mission of accelerating CSP investments in MENA. During May, the team has carried out missions in Jordan, Malta, and Tunisia. Here is a short summary of these activities (in chronological order).


Jordan: Could CSP be part of the optimal energy mix?

The MENA CSP KIP team is currently working with MEMR and NEPCO to model a least-cost expansion plan of the Jordanian electricity system. The model will assess if Concentrated Solar Power with Thermal Storage (CSP TES) could be part of the optimal generation mix.



This study is part of Activity 2 of the Program: ‘In-Depth Technical Support’, which aims to give governments and utilities the information they need to make fact-based decisions on CSP planning and investments.

In Jordan, we are simulating a generation mix with CSP TES to determine whether CSP can achieve the objectives of the system operator in a cost-effective manner. More precisely, we have designed the modeling exercise to answer the following questions:

  • Will Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) be an optimal generation option between now and 2030?
  • Will CSP be an optimal way to balance variable renewables?
  • Will CSP contribute to energy security? How does CSP compare with imported gas?
  • Will CSP be part of a lowest cost energy mix?
  • Will CSP help Jordan implement its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)?
  • Would concessional donor climate financing enable the financial viability of CSP?


During the last mission to Jordan, in April 2017, the World Bank and MENA CSP KIP team presented the detailed modeling approach for the least-cost expansion plan to MEMR and NEPCO, in order to ascertain that such approach is in line with their expectations. As of now, the team is running the model for the least-cost expansion plan. Interim results are expected by mid-2017, and final results by fall 2017.

The team will present the results to the relevant counterparts in a two-day workshop in Amman.


Libya: Exploring opportunities for CSP technical assistance

On May 11, the KIP team conducted a workshop in Tunis for a Libyan delegation that included representatives from the Renewable Energy Authority of Libya (REAOL), General Electric Company of Libya (GECOL), and the National Oil Corporation. You can download this workshop’s presentation slides here.



The purpose of this workshop was to present the KIP, and included the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Program
  • Overview of the Technology and its System Value
  • Current and future price trends for CSP
  • Case study of Noor Complex 500MW of CSP in Morocco
  • Overview of the Chinese Solar Program and its CSP targets
  • Expectations of the next Dubai 200MW CSP tender
  • Discussion of what the program could deliver in Libya.

Furthermore, the KIP seeks to establish synergies with World Bank’s larger technical assistance program for the Libyan energy sector. Our team attended the meetings with the Bank and the consultants (GOPA and Intec) working on the Strategic Plan for Renewable Energy Development (SPRED) in Libya, to define opportunities where the KIP could contribute to ensure the full integration of CSP knowledge and experience into the Strategic Plan.

The next steps for our team are to work closely with the World Bank team and the SPRED consultants to deliver a coordinated output to the Libyan counterparts. It will focus particularly on the power system value of CSP, and the optimal timing for CSP project planning and execution.


Tunisia: Seeking to support the new Tunisian Solar Plan

The KIP team met with the Ministry of Energy, the Societe Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz (STEG), and the Agence Nationale pour la Maïtrise de l’Energie (ANME) in Tunis to discuss how the KIP can contribute to advancing Tunisia’s new solar plan (Plan Solaire Tunisien).



We discussed Activity 2 in detail and shared ideas on how in-depth technical assistance could be delivered in Tunisia. This assistance will be based on a techno-economic analysis of CSP potential, considering both the current and future energy mix. The analysis will propose a complementary power planning approach in which CSP plays a generation and energy storage role.

The technical assistance will also define and quantify other benefits of CSP in Tunisia, such as ancillary services and local industry development. More importantly, our team will define potential sources of concessional financing that are specifically available for CSP, and how those could contribute to the financial viability of CSP.


Malta: Harnessing solar resources for the benefit of Southern Mediterranean countries

On May 17, Jonathan Walters, Project Director of the Knowledge and Innovation Program, led the ‘EU Clean Energy for All Europeans Package Explained to Mediterranean Countries’ workshop for the Mediterranean Forum on Electricity and Climate Change in Malta.



The main theme of this workshop was how the integration of Mediterranean energy markets can advance the climate change mitigation goals set in the Paris Agreement. The discussions focused on the important implications for Southern Mediterranean countries, whose vast solar energy potential can be developed, not only to serve their home markets, but also to competitively supply European markets that have ambitious CO2 reduction objectives.

The workshop provided a concise presentation of the EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package, notably the proposed Renewable Energy Sources Directive and the proposal for a new electricity regulation, so that stakeholders in Southern Mediterranean countries can take part in shaping the final forms of the Directives and Regulations, in order to fully reflect the benefits of Mediterranean integration.

Mr. Walters presented on behalf of the Center of Mediterranean Integration and the Knowledge and Innovation Program on how scaling up CSP in MENA can serve the goals of the EU clean energy policies, and why market integration is essential for cost-effective climate change mitigation.


That’s all for this month. We will bring you further updates in the next edition of our newsletter.

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