Out of the 19 bidding groups, 4 were selected, one of which will be chosen to build the Ouarzazate 500 MW concentrating solar power plant.
Enel Green Power is competing together with Spain-based ACS – SCE. There are now only 4 bidding groups, one of which is formed by Enel Green Power, competing in the tender for the large-scale solar Ouarzazate project, in Morocco. The latter was announced by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy MASEN, which specified that the selection was made from a bidder list of 19 candidates.
EGP participates to the tender in a group which also included Spain-based ACS-SCE. The other three selected groups are formed by:
Orascom CI, Solar Millenium and Evonik Steag;
ACWA, Aries IS and TSK EE;
Abeinsa ICI, Abengoa Solar, Mitsui and Abu Dhabi NEC.
The pre-selection was based on the submitted files, regarding design, funding, construction, management and maintenance of the plant in its first stage.
With a capacity of 500 MW, the Ouarzazate (central Morocco) is expected to be fully online by 2015. MASEN specified that the technology chosen in this first stage is thermal dynamics with parabolic collectors, like the ones used by Enel for the Archimede solar plant at Priolo (Syracuse). In the following phases, one of which will be launched in 2011 and another one in 2012, different types of facilities could also be developed, but at least one will have to be a solar photovoltaic plant.
The project is included in a broader programme for the development of renewable sources, which foresees an investment amounting to 6.8 billion euros for the installation of 2,000 MW of solar energy by 2019.