ONEE starts tenders for 75 MW solar project in Morocco

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Moroccan electricity and water utility company (ONEE) began the offers filed in the tender it divulged for the 75 MW Noor Tafilet solar power project.

ONEE starts tenders for 75 MW solar project in Morocco

ONEE starts tenders for 75 MW solar project in Morocco

A total of 49 firms and consortia from 19 countries have taken part in the pre-qualification tender commenced in July.

By design, Noor Tafilalet will consist of three solar power plants of 25 MW each, located close to the towns of Zagora, Erfoud and Missour in the southeastern part of the nation. At a shortly phase, a fourth solar power plant may be constructed in the region, amplifying the total capacity of the programme to 100 MW.

The total rate for the construction of the solar power project is approximated by ONEE at USD 158 million. The utility firm has by now secured most of the finances from the World Bank. The second will expand a USD-125-million loan to ONEE, through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development  (IBRD) and another USD-23.95-million loan through the Clean Technology Fund.

The executing of Noor Tafilalet has been set for 2016.

ONEE has goals to construct solar power plants with a total capacity of 400 MW in three phases. Moreover Noor Tafilalet, the utility firm is preparing Noor Atlas — a 200-MW solar power complex consisting of eight PV plants. The third phase will have two to four PV plants with a merged capacity of 100 MW-125 MW.

Morocco’s national energy plan is aiming to increase the share of renewable energy to 42% of the total installed capacity in the country by 2020, with solar, wind and hydro each giving 14%.

Mohamed Dekkak

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