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Ouarzazate NOOR I,II and III: 550 MW
ISCC 20 MW inaugurated in 2013: Ain Beni Mathur
Morocco has set a target of 42% of its total electric production being supplied by renewable energies by 2020. This plan includes a Solar Program involving the construction of 2 GW of solar energy by 2020. The Moroccan Solar Plan is being piloted by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), an agency created in 2010.
32 878 400
100 221 US$ mill.
|Installed power capacity (2011)||
6 377 MW
|Electricity consumption (2011)||
28 752 GWh
|Generation from RE sources (2012)||
|Generation from CSP (2012)||
|Primary energy production (2009)||
|Primary energy net import (2009)||
|Total primary energy supply (2009)||
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Morocco is dependent on outside sources for 97% of its energy supply, mainly coal and oil. In order to conciliate between the imperatives of this dependence on foreign supplies, growing energy demand and the requirements of environmental preservation, the national energy strategy of Morocco has set a target of 42% of its total electric production being supplied by renewable energies by 2020.
The aim of the Moroccan Solar Plan is to reach 2 GW (14% of the expected installed power by 2020) of solar generation capacity by 2020, with an investment cost estimated at 9 billion US dollars. The Ouarzazate complex is the first project within the framework of the Moroccan Solar Plan. In September 2012, the consortium led by ACWA was named as preferred bidder for the first phase of the planned 500 MW solar park.The construction of the plant began in May 2013.
In January 2015, MASEN announced the result of the tender process to develop the second phase of the Ouarzazate solar power complex, which included two CSP trough plants with an aggregate capacity of 350 MW. The NOOR II project was to use parabolic trough technology with a capacity of 200 MW and 7 hours of storage and NOOR I to be 150 MW and have 3 hours of storage. The NOOR III project was to be a 150 MW solar tower plant with 7 to 8 hours of storage. Ultimately, the entire NOOR I, II and III project was enlarged to 550 MW.
At that time only one CSP project was operating in Morocco, dating back to a development started in 1999 when a grant of US$ 50 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was committed to Morocco for a 470 MW Integrated Solar Combined Cycle project with 20 MW equivalent solar capacity. Fichtner Solar prepared the Request for Proposals (RfP) with the choice of technology being left to the bidding investors. In July 2005, the Request for Proposals for the ISCC Project at Ain Beni Mathar was sent out to the prequalified bidders by the Moroccan Office Nationale D’Electricité (ONE). In July 2007 the EPC contract was awarded by ONE to ABENER of the Abengoa group. In May 2010 the project entered into commercial operation.