On February 4, the inauguration of the thermosolar plant NOORo I took place in Ouarzazate, within the NOORo solar complex, which, once completed, will be the largest on the planet.
The event was presided over by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and brought together political representatives and executives from the constructor companies, among them the President of SENER’s engineering and construction group, Jorge Sendagorta, accompanied by the Project Manager of NOORo I at SENER, Verónica Rosello, and the representative of the Steering Committee of NOORo I, Santiago García, also from SENER; the Vice President of ACCIONA, Juan Ignacio Entrecanales, and the General Manager of the Industrial Department of ACCIONA Infrastructures, Ramón Jiménez; and the President of TSK, Sabino García, the General Manager of TSK, Francisco Martín, and the TSK Thermosolar Director, Andrés Cuesta.
SENER, ACCIONA and TSK make up the construction consortium with the turnkey contract, or EPC, for NOORo I, a high-efficiency modern power station. With 160 MWe of power and 3.5 hours of thermal storage it will supply 500 GWh of solar power per year, enough to meet the demands of 135,000 homes. NOORo I will avert annual emissions of 140,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
In addition to NOORo I, SENER is a participant in the other two thermosolar phases of the project, NOORo II and NOORo III, in the same turnkey construction consortium. The three thermosolar plants are to provide a total of 510 MWe of power. All of them will be equipped with thermal storage systems, enabling them to continue to produce electricity in the absence of solar radiation. As a matter of fact, the time with the greatest demand for power in Morocco is nightfall, so the integration of these facilities in the Moroccan electricity system will be one of optimal efficiency. Altogether, they will avert annual emissions of 470,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.