Ground broken on 72MW Morocco solar plant

WCN Editorial Team 4 Apr 2017 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has broken ground on the NOOR Ouarzazate IV plant, the fourth and final phase of the Ouarzazate solar complex.

ACWA Power, in association with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) and the Chint Group, will oversee the development, construction and long-term operation of the 72MW solar plant. The delivery of the facilities will be carried out by a consortium of Sterling & Wilson, Shapoorji Pallonji and Chint Solar.

Mohammad Abunayyan, ACWA Power chairman, said: “ACWA Power is proud to be entrusted with yet another component of this ambitious target of the Kingdom of Morocco’s visionary sustainable energy strategy.

“Just as in the case of the three Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant development projects at the NOOR Solar Complex at Ouarzazate, this program will not only focus on the delivery of green electricity at a low-cost, but it will also deliver on the strategy of employment creation and economic development from renewable energy capacity deployment.”

Construction work on the project is expected to commence in April 2017 and be concluded by the end of April 2018.

The NOOR Ouarzazate IV plant is part of the $220M NOOR PV I program. The program is the first phase of Photo Voltaic Power (PV) generation plants of the NOOR Solar Plan, which aims to develop a combined solar capacity of about 2GW by 2020.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.


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