Launched by King Mohammed VI, the Noor Plan will continue with the deployment of the Noor Midelt II Project. In this regard, the Moroccan Renewable Energy Agency, Masen, announced earlier this week that six consortia are now prequalified for the construction of a photovoltaic power plant (Noor Midelt II).
The twelve companies pre-qualified within the framework of the selection process of the private partner are organized in consortium for the most part. At the end of the process, they will be responsible, at least for the happiest of them to have been selected, for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the second power plant of the Noor Midelt solar complex. They are targeting an installed capacity of 400 MW with two-hour storage for the development of the Noor Midelt II solar project. In effect, The park will be equipped with a storage system that can supply electricity at least two hours after sunset.
The six consortia are led by the Spanish Cobra Servicios, Communicaciones y Energia, the French EDF Renouvelables, the Italian Enel Green Power, the Spanish Iberdrola Renovables International, the Belgian International Power and the Saudi Acwa Power. The first is of Spanish origin. It is made up of Cobra Servicios, Communicaciones y Energia SL and Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios SA The second is Franco-Emirati whose leader is EDF Renouvelables.
EDF Renouvelables will be supported in the adventure by the Emirati group Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar). Masdar is a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund specializing in renewable energy, urban development and clean technologies. It has already invested in projects in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
As a reminder, thea subsidiary of the Électricité de France group (EDF) and its partner Masdar) as well as Green of Africa (Moroccan renewable energy developer) had been chosen in May 2019 by Masen to ensure the design, construction and operation-maintenance and development of the first phase of the Noor Midelt multi-technology solar complex I.
Among the pre-qualified is also the consortium composed of the Spanish Iberdrola Renovables International, the Chinese Dongfang Electric International Corporation and the Moroccan Gaia Project SARL. Added to this is the consortium made up of the Belgian International Power SA (lead partner) and the Moroccan group Nareva Holding SA. The same goes for the Saudi IPP company Acwa Power, which is racing alone.
Morocco intends to increase the share of renewables in its electricity production to 52% by 2030. In 2022, renewable energies accounted for 18% of total electricity production in the country, compared to 72% for coal, according to official figures. In March 2023, they accounted for 40% of the country’s installed capacity. Masen has already enabled the development of an installed clean energy capacity of 4 109 MW since its creation in 2010. Today, the kingdom has an installed capacity of 11 055 MW according to the National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE).