Sener and Sepco III win contract to develop two thermosolar facilities in Morocco

28 May 2015 (Last Updated May 28th, 2015 18:30)

Spanish engineering firm Sener and China-based Sepco III have won a contract worth over €500m for construction of the Noor II and Noor III thermosolar plants in Morocco.

Spanish engineering firm Sener and China-based Sepco III have won a contract worth over €500m for construction of the Noor II and Noor III thermosolar plants in Morocco.

Under the terms of the deal, Sener and its partners will be responsible for engineering, construction, commissioning and start-up for the project, which is being developed near to the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate.

Plans for the Noor Project include development of four solar facilities, in which three will be based on thermosolar technology and the fourth to depend on photovoltaic energy production.

Noor, the first of the plants, is expected to be operational within the year. It is likely to deliver 160MW of power.

"Noor, the first of the plants, is expected to be operational within the year."

The thermosolar project features SENERtrough cylindrical parabolic troughs, which has been designed and patented by the Spanish firm.

Noor II and Noor III are expected to have installed capacity of 200MW and 150MW, respectively.

While Noor II will be equipped with second generation of Sener’s troughs, the SENERtrough-2 system, Noor III will employ central tower technology with salt receivers.

The three thermosolar facilities will feature molten salt storage system which will enable power production in absence of solar radiation.

Together, the plants claimed to be the largest thermosolar complex in the world, with a production capacity of over 510MW, which is expected to start commercial operations in 2017.

Sener Environment and Solar Power Director Miguel Domingo said: "Sener is taking part in the engineering and construction of large thermosolar plants in which it applies its own technological solutions that report large cost savings and significant improvements in efficiency."