Lloyd’s coverholder GCube, Munich RE, have been appointed by ACWA Power to deliver specialist insurance and risk advisory services for its 160 MW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) project Noor 1 in Ouarzazate, Morocco.
Lloyd’s coverholder GCube, which underwrites on behalf of Lloyd’s syndicates, along with German reinsurer Munich RE, have been appointed by the Saudi Arabian power company, ACWA Power, to deliver specialist insurance and risk advisory services for its flagship 160MW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) project Noor 1 in Ouarzazate, Morocco.
The renewable energy and power practice of broker Marsh worked with local partner AFMA Group to structure a risk transfer programme that covers the solar energy project from construction to full commercial operation.
ACWA Power’s Noor 1 concentrated solar thermal project is the largest CSP project outside of North America. Comprising a solar field, a power block and a thermal energy storage system, it is due to generate 160 MW of electricity with up to three hours of storage.
The single policy wording programme, for which GCube and Munich Re are joint leaders, will underwrite coverage for the marine transportation, construction all risks, advanced loss of profit and public liability risks over the 28 month installation phase and the first year of the project’s full commercial operation.
GCube’s senior underwriter Charlie Richardson described the project as groundbreaking: “This project is the first commercial scale standalone CSP project in North Africa and it and will form the first part of a broader solar power complex with total capacity of 500 MW,” Richardson said. “It is not an everyday project as you have to cope with a relatively new and still developing technology, often located in desert areas, creating additional challenges.”
Munich RE’s Stephan Laemmle told lloyds.com that Munich Re and GCube have agreed a joint 50% lead line on the placement. “We have also together developed a new placement structure that can be replicated for all future CSP assets lead by the two most experienced insurers in the world for renewable energy and engineering lines respectively,” he said.
“Working with Marsh, Munich Re and GCube on these projects has given us the confidence to continue our ambitious plans for CSP solar. By having our assets, equipment and revenue risks protected, we are able to ensure our projects are investible in future and will consistently supply the energy that is expected. We look forward to working with our insurance partners on other projects in future," said Kalyan Noorani, director of Insurance & Risk at ACWA Power.