Morocco to launch new CSP tenders

Hybrid Power Plant Kuraymat, Egypt

The CSP-gas hybrid Kuraymat plant in Egypt.

Morocco will by the end of the year award the rights to the second concentrated solar power (CSP) plant destined for Ouarzazate, and will follow up next year with another major CSP tender at a separate site.

The second phase at Ouarzazate, south central Morocco, will be 300-340MW in size, bringing the full complex to about 500MW, according to press reports.

In 2014 the government will put to tender a 400-500MW plant near the city of Oujda, in northeastern Morocco, and some 800km from Ouarzazate. Together, the two projects will take Morocco roughly halfway to its 2GW target for 2020.

The Desertec Industrial Initiative is pursuing a separate 150MW CSP plant near Ouarzazate.

Late last year the Moroccan government signed a €1bn ($1.33bn) 25-year power purchase agreement with a consortium led Log in to read complete article.

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