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CSP-PV solar project Noor Midelt I: EDF Renewables consortium wins

2019.05.22     From: CSPFocus光略咨询



Masen announces the tender for theNoor Midelt I solar project. The Noor Midelt I solar plant is one of theworld's first hybrid power plants (CSP-PV).

Masen today announces the award of the international tender for the design,financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the Noor Midelt I projectto the consortium led by EDF Renewables. (France) and composed of Masdar(United Arab Emirates) and Green of Africa (Morocco). "At Masen, we arevery satisfied with the results of this call for tenders and confident in theabilities of the group selected to carry out this project. Noor Midelt I is atechnologically disruptive project. There will be, in the World, a before /after Midelt, as there was a before / after Ouarzazate, "said MustaphaBakkoury, CEO of Masen.

Remember that five bidders were in the race: it is Acwa Power, EDF EnergiesNews, Engie, Innogy SE and JGC.

Noor Midelt I will have an installed capacity of 800 MW with a storage capacityof 5 hours.

"Both photovoltaic and CSP technologies will combine to producesustainable electricity. This innovative hybridization will not only improvethe plant's efficiency but also optimize the price per kilowatt-hour. Thus, aneven more competitive rate of 0.68 dirhams per hour in rush hour was obtained,"Masen said in a statement.

State of progress

The start of the works of the plant is expected in the autumn of 2019. Itshould be pointed out that the works relating to the common infrastructures ofthe Noor Midelt complex are almost finalized. Indeed, a road of 40 kms isalready realized, and will allow not only access to the complex and the HassanII dam, but also to open up the villages surrounding the complex. Similarly, 50km of medium-voltage power lines have been completed and a structure capable ofsupporting more than 500 tons.

Other electrical, water and telecom evacuation infrastructures are underdevelopment. All of this work is done by Moroccan companies. More than 300 jobswere created during this work. The investment in Noor Midelt I is close to 7.57billion dirhams. It should benefit from the financing of a pool of financialinstitutions among which: KfW, the European Investment Bank, the FrenchDevelopment Agency, the European Commission, the World Bank, the AfricanDevelopment Bank and the Fonds des Clean Technologies.



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