Genesis Morocco: The Lucky Few, Pre Selection For The 500Mw Ouarzazate Solar Plant

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Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

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The Lucky Few, Pre Selection For The 500Mw Ouarzazate Solar Plant

Map of the 5 Selected Sites for Solar Energy Production. 

On september 2010 I have covered the EOI by 180 candidates for the Ouarzate Solar Plant. Following that a list was made available by MASEN with 19 candidates that have been retained.

1) Abeinsa Ingeniería y Construcción Industrial, Abengoa Solar, Mitsui et Abu  Dhabi National Energy
Company (Taqa)
2) Cromasolar International Energy Group SL
3) Delta Holding, Energy Consulting Group et SOCOIN
4) ENEL S.p.A et ACS Servicios Comunicaciones y Energía, S.L.
5) Entrepose Contracting, IWB, Solar Euromed - Novatec Biosol, Cegelec Maroc et GE O&G
6) Forclum – Groupe Eiffage, STEG International Services, BrightSource Energy, CNIM, Caisse des Dépôts
et Consignations, Alstom Power, Alstom Maroc, Nur Energie, SGTM et Brookstone Partners
7) Infra Invest
8) International Company for Water and Power (ACWA Power International), Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas
SA et TSK Electrónica y Electricidad SA
9) International Power, Nareva Holding, Marubeni Corporation et Siemens Project Ventures GmbH
10) JGC Corporation
11) Korea Midland Power Company, Ltd., Daewoo Engineering Company et Asea Brown Boveri SA
12) Litwin SA, Groupe S.E.E.M., M+W Group, Ynna Holding et Sytelco
13) Lockheed Martin, CBI, Colenergie, Zavala Moscoso et Electria
14) Mitsubishi Corporation et Auto Hall
15) Orascom Construction Industries, Solar Millenium AG et Evonik Steag GmbH
16) Shenzhen Xintian Solar Technology Co, Ltd.
17) SNC-Lavalin Inc.
18) SolarReserve et Veolia Environnement Maroc
19) Torresol Energy Investments et Sener Ingeniería y Sistema

Of the 19, 4 have made it to the pre-selection that has been finalized in Sept 2010 and one of them is expected to win this international tender. Its a $1.8 to $2 Billion deal that's on the table.

Here are the lucky 4 :

1) Abeinsa ICI, Abengoa Solar, Mitsui et Abu Dhabi NEC ;
2) ENEL et ACS SCE ;
3) International Company for Water and Power (ACWA), Aries IS et TSK EE
4) Orascom CI, Solar Millenium et Evonik Steag.

The winner should be announced in the beginning of 2012 as it is MASEN's objective that the plant be completed by 2015.

We are a year behind schedule as the deal was to be closed in 2011. However the complexity, both technical as well as the necessity for establishing previously a sound legal framework that involved many stakeholders, namely MASEN, ONE (National Electricity Office), the Ministry of Energy as well as the Ministry of Industry to name only these, caused this necessary delay.

It is better to take time do things right, I believe MASEN is on a learning curve for projects of this scale and that subsequent tenders will be processed more diligently. Worth mentioning is that environmental considerations pertaining to this mega project have been studied and will be taken in consideration.

Sourced : Official MASEN Press Release