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Morocco Calls for Tenders for 7 Solar Parks of 260mw

As part of its Noor Atlas solar programme the Moroccan for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) said it is receiving tenders for the construction of seven solar photovoltaic plants with a combined capacity of 260mw. It said that procurement engineering and construction (EPC) providers have until 30 October 2022 to apply.

The seven solar photovoltaic plants divided into two lots. The two solar parks will each have a capacity of 36 MW. Law 38-16 provides for the transfer of the assets of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) to MASEN.

It is within this framework, and following the pre-qualification phase organised by Onee, MASEN’s historical partner, that the call for tenders have been launched.

Investment Bank (EIB), financiers up to €129million, said the Noor Atlas solar programme will help to reduce energy dependence on fossil fuel, create jobs and above all, enable Morocco to diversify its electricity mix.

Morocco has an installed capacity of 10,627 MW. Only 37% of this capacity comes from sources, i.e. 3 934 MW.

World Bank, GCF Approve $138m for Solar Electrification CAR

World Bank has given the Central African Republic (CAR) sum of $138 million for the implementation of an electrification project based on energies, in particular autonomous solar systems.

The International Development Association (IDA), a subsidiary of the World Bank Group, is providing $83million of the grant funding. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is contributing $30million. To these two grants, the World Bank is adding “private financing” of $25million.

In part, the grant is for the Access and Strengthening of the Electricity Sector Project (PARSE), which aims to increase the rate of access to electricity through investments in production and transmission infrastructure.

In Bangui, the government plans to extend the capacity of the Danzi solar photovoltaic power plant from 25 to 40 MWp.

About 20,000 in Bangui and neighbouring localities will become beneficiaries of the electricity transmission network. PARSE also includes the installation of off-grid solar systems for households, 300 schools, 300 health centres, 100 administrative buildings and the adaptation of 100 community drinking water supplies (AEP) to solar photovoltaic systems.

World Bank says 85% of the CAR does not yet have access to electricity, out of an estimated population of nearly 5 million. Only about 0.4% of the rural population has this electricity. A whole programme and substantial funding will be needed to get CAR out of this energy insecurity.

Elsewedy Provides $150m Credit for Energy Development in Africa

Egyptian multinational, Elsewedy is granting a $150million loan to boost energy development in Africa.    The loan will be provided by First Abu Dhabi Bank and the IFC.

In addition to clean energy, the Egyptian flagship invests in several areas, including wire and cable, electrical products, engineering and construction, infrastructure and digital solutions. The company also plans to leverage its recent credit to improve the energy efficiency of its existing production facilities.

Elsewedy also wants to build and acquire new plants worldwide, “as needed,” IFC says. “As Egypt prepares to host COP27 later this year, the partnership between IFC and Elsewedy is another step toward expanding affordable energy for consumers in Africa,” says Sérgio Pimenta, IFC’s vice president for Africa.

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