July 10, 2019 / 1:48 PM / 10 days ago

Morocco prepares to launch tender for 230 MW plant in Atlas mountains

RABAT (Reuters) - The Moroccan agency for sustainable energy (Masen) said it opened on Tuesday the first stage in a tender process to build, operate and maintain a 230 megawatt solar plant near the town of Midelt in the Atlas mountains.

Applications for the pre-qualification round of the Noor Midelt II project are open until September 16, the agency said in a statement on its website.

Last May, MASEN awarded Noor Midelt I, a 800 MW plant worth 7.57 billion dirham ($781.5 million), to a consortium of France’s EDF Renewables, UAE’s Masdar and Morocco’s Green Energy of Africa.

Morocco plans to exceed 52 percent of renewable energy in the national energy mix by 2030.

Both plants will use concentrated solar plant (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) technologies, MASEN said.

The two plants will have a combined capacity exceeding that of the already operational 580 MW Noor Ouarzazate CSP plant in southeastern Morocco, one of the largest in the world.

By the end of 2018, Morocco had installed 1,215 MW of wind energy, 1,770 MW in hydropower and 700 MW in solar, according to official figures.

Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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