Morocco: ACWA selected for Ouarzazate

The consortium comprising the Saudi Arabian water and power company ACWA, Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas and TSK Electrónica y Electricidad has been named as preferred bidder for the billion dollar concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. This 160 MW project is the first step of the planned 500 MW Ouarzazate solar park that is set to use various solar technologies to generate electricity.

The tenders submitted were assessed on technical and financial points. The consortium with ACWA had met all the criteria set forth by MASEN and bid to produce electricity from the plant at 1.6187 Moroccan Dirham or US$0.1879 per kilowatt-hour. This was the best bid. Abeinsa ICI, Abengoa Solar and Mitsui bid 2.0575 dirhams/kWh ($0.2389/kWh), and Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. Enel, ACS SCE bid 2.0572 dirhams/kWh ($0.2388/kWh). ACWA will control 95%, while the other two partners hold 5%.

The consortium will design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the plant at an estimated $1 billion. The companies are planning on beginning work on the plant by the end of this year and foresee completion near the end of 2014.