25 Sep '12, 4pm

Spanish consortium awarded Moroccan CSP contract #energy #renewable #solar #CSP

Spanish consortium awarded Moroccan CSP contract #energy #renewable #solar #CSP

MASEN, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy has announced Saudi Arabia’s ACWA in a consortium with Spain’s TSK and Aries have been appointed to build and operate the 160-MW Ouarzazate CSP plant in southern Morocco. The winning consortium beat 19 bidders selected in the first round of MASEN’s call for tenders and three in the second in the last quarter of 2010. The Ouarzazate project will be one of the largest CSP plants in the world, with 160 MW of capacity and four hours of thermal storage using molten salts, which will enable the plant to dispatch energy on demand to cover peak-consumption hours even after sundown, a feature that other renewable energies cannot offer. This is the first phase of a more ambitious plan to develop solar energy in Morocco in the Ouarzazate site and other regions in the country with financing support from the World Bank and the African Develop...

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