Bids open for $950m Moroccan solar project

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) has invited final commercial bids from developers to build a 160 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project.

MEED reports that final bids to design, build, operate, maintain and finance the project were submitted on 21st March. Three groups submitted bids:

  • Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia), Aries Ingenier√≠a y Sistemas (Spain) and TSK Electronica y Electricidad (Spain): MAD 1.597944 (18.87 $ cents) a kWh
  • Enel (Italy) and ACS Servicios Comunicaciones y Energia (Spain): MAD2.057201 a kWh
  • Abeinsa (Spain), Abengoa Solar (Spain), Mitsui (Japan) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (UAE): MAD 2.057503 a kWh

This is the first phase of the Ouarzazate solar complex and will be based on concentrated solar power (CSP) parabolic trough technologies. The project will include a 3 hour power storage unit and is to be operational by 2014.

The first project is to be followed by four subsequent phases at Ouarzazate, including one project that will use a CSP tower. In total, 500 MW of solar power capacity will be built at the site by 2015.

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