Project Focus: Morocco invites bids for 500MW plant: first in country

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Morocco will be inviting bids for the construction of its 500MW solar power station due to be complete at the end of February 2010. The project is the first part of Morocco’s US$9 billion solar plan and will be the first solar power station in the country according to Reuters.

The solar plant will be in the southern town of Ouarzazate, where Morocco’s ruler, King Mohammed, announced the launch of the nationwide solar project last year.

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“We are advancing smoothly in our plan to implement this grand project. We will tender for the Ourzazate station at the end of February,” energy minister Amina Benkhadra told Reuters at the inauguration of a gas storage facility at the port of Jorf Lasfar, outside Casablanca.

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