Morocco is expected to open up the bidding for the second phase of the proposed 500MW solar park at the Ouarzazate Solar Complex by the end of 2013, according to various media reports.
According to various media reports, the second phase will involve awarding up to 360MW of capacity bringing the total capacity of the Ouarzazate solar power project to around 500MW.
The first phase was awarded to Saudi Arabian project developer ACWA Power International in September. It won the bidding process after it offered a tariff which was 28.8% lower than the one offered by the second bidder.
As part of the first phase, ACWA will develop a 160MW CSP facility at the complex. All necessary financing has been secured for the project and construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2013.
PV-Tech contacted ACWA to see if the company would be bidding for the second phase of the project. In response, a statement from ACWA revealed: “Morocco is one of our target markets and we will pursue any viable opportunity within ACWA Power's scope where we can add value.”
The solar project is in line with the Moroccan government’s target to generate 2GW of electricity from solar power by 2020.