Morocco on the Move in Noor-Argana

Morocco has begun planning for the 22nd United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP22), to be held in Marrackech next 7 to 18 November 2016 as reported by the THE NORTH AFRICA POST of Morocco on the Move.
The holding of COP22 in the North African country is an international recognition of Morocco’s efforts to boost renewable energies and environment-friendly economy.
Morocco has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32% by 2030 and has unveiled an ambitious plan  . . .  [ms-protect-content] to increase the share of renewable electricity capacity to 42% in 2020 and to 52% by 2030.

Meanwhile, Le  in an exclusive report on the country’s Solar Programme published an article that is proposed herewith.  

Noor-Argana will be upgraded to 200 MW

Written by Moncef Ben Hayoun

The National Agency of Electricity and Water (ONEE) is raising funds for the 3rd phase of its Noor-Argana,  photovoltaic solar programme.  The project will be developed in the regions of Boumalen, Errhamna and Essaouira with a capacity of 200 MW, instead of the previously planned 125 MW.

The Noor-Argana project, which is moving into its third phase of the solar photovoltaic programme of the ONEE will finally have an output capacity of 200 MW.  The programme of development of the solar photovoltaic (PV) based on an average unit size of 10 to 30 MW of the Agency now targets an installed capacity of 500 MW by 2020, against 400 initially planned.

According to a source close to the dossier, the ONEE Board is already on the funds raising of Noor-Argana.  The costs of the project amounts, according to initial estimates, to more than €250 million, excluding costs of engineering design and specifications.

“The tender for the pre-qualification of bidders for the development of Noor-Argana must take place between end 2016 and early 2017.  The implementation of this project is planned starting in 2018. Sites which will shelter the Noor-Argana plants are in Boumalen, Province of Tinghir, Errhamna and the region of Essaouira», details our source.  According to her, several international investors have expressed interest in the financing of Noor-Argana, including the European Investment Bank and the German bank KfW, which are also involved in the financing of Noor Atlas that constitutes the second phase of the photovoltaic solar programme initiated by the ONEE.  Let’s recall that Noor-Tafilalet that constitutes the first phase of this program that has secured the country in electricity supply and contributed to the improvement of the quality of service for the areas ultimately (powered 60 kV in antenna lines and Regions located in distant distances of substations).

Noor-Tafilalet focuses on 3 power plants–located in the regions of Erfoud, Zagora and Missour – with a unit capacity average of 25 MW for a total capacity minimum of 75 extensible MW at 100.  The call for pre-qualification for Noor-Tafilalet launched last July and the commissioning of the first plant of the project is expected no later than early 2017.  The Noor-Tafilalet costs more than €158 million, funded to the tune of €148,95 million by the World Bank.

After Noor-Tafilalet, the ONEE is considering doing Noor Atlas, second phase of its photovoltaic solar programme.  The call for pre-qualification of bidders for the development of this phase is planned for this year.  With a total capacity of 200 MW, this project includes the realization of 8 photovoltaic power plants with a unit capacity ranging from 10 to 30 MW, which will be installed at eight sites. Three power stations will be established in the South of the country in Tata, Tahla (Bouizakarne) and Tan Tan and the other five in the East: Outat El Haj, Ain Beni Mathar, Karletta, Bobo and Boulmane (Enjil).

The Atlas project is expected to be operational in its entirety in 2018, with the commissioning of the first station from end of 2017.  The ONEE has already acquired the lands of the eight sites and launched the main necessary engineering studies.  The latest focus on geotechnical investigations of the project sites are already underway.  The Atlas project, whose cost is estimated at €300 million, should benefit from financial support of the German bank KfW and the European Investment Bank, in addition to the contribution of the European Commission. [/ms-protect-content]




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