Tenders for the construction of Tafilalt and Atlas solar photovoltaic projects are expected to be launched by Morocco’s Office National de
l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (Onee) in the second half of 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The said projects are proposed to enhance to security of electricity supply in remote areas, particularly during daytime. The background of these two projects are in accordance with the development plan for medium sized solar power plants (20-30 MW) for a total installed capacity of 400 MW at a cost of around $ 800 million. It is considered as a tool for network management.
This plan consists of two phases. The Tafilalt project, in which four photovoltaic plants are connected to the high voltage network (60 kV), with a unit capacity of 10 to 25 MW. The areas in which the plants are to be located are Missouri, Erfoud and Zagora. The project is currently in the final stage of study including the power and technology to be used for each plant. Commissioning of this project is planned for 2016.
As for Atlas, which is the second phase of the project plan, will consist of eight plants in EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) mode with an output ranging from 10 to 30 MW and linked to the network of 60kV transport. These plants will be built in order, among other things, to reduce transmission losses of electricity and voltage drops in some areas. They will be located in the southern and southeastern region and will be operational in its entirety in 2017.
The Agency is preparing to hire a consultant or engineer to assist in the development of the Atlas project. The selected consultant will conduct a feasibility study determining the risks and prerequisites for the development of the plants. It will also be called upon to assist the Board in the process of bidding which will be launched next year.