ONEE ups PV tender capacity to 120 MW, invites final offers

Photovoltaic power plant in Morocco. Photo by Isofoton.es, CC BY 3.0

November 17 (SeeNews) - Moroccan electricity and water utility company ONEE on Tuesday named 11 pre-qualified bidders for a 120 MWp photovoltaic (PV) project and invited them to submit final offers.

The 11 bidders  - 5 companies and 6 consortia, include Greek Aktor SA, Chinese-South Korea partnership Chint/ KT Corporation, another Chinese consortium CNTIC/Yingly, a consortium of Portuguese Efacec and Moroccan Energy Transfo, a consortium including US First Solar, Italian Belectric and Moroccan Cegelec, a consortium of Spanish Inabensa, its Moroccan unit Inabensa Maroc and Endesa Ingeneria, Chinese Sepco III, a consortium of Swiss based Sunpower Systems Sarl and Moroccan Temasol, Italian Ternienergia Spa and a consortium of Spanish TSK and French Gensun.

The Noor Tafilalt or Noor Tafilalet as the tender is known, was announced in July 2015, initially with a capacity of 75 MWp.

ONEE has now decided to raise the overall capacity to 120 MWp comprising three PV power plant projects, each with a nameplate capacity of 40 MWp, to be build in Arfoud, Missour and Zagora.

The projects will be build under turnkey contracts with an additional contract for operation and maintenance over 5 years. Commissioning is schedulled for 2018.

Financing will be provided by the World Bank. The latter has previously said it will extend a USD-125-million loan to ONEE, through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development  (IBRD) and another USD-23.95-million loan through the Clean Technology Fund.

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