Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricite et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) has opened international consultancy bids for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply.

The consultant will advise ONEE on negotiating and finalising LNG supply contracts for the $4.6bn Jorf Lasfar gas-to-power plant.

The five bidders are:

  • The Energy Contract Company / LNG Value (UK)
  • Global Gas Partners Group (Germany) / FTI Consulting (France)
  • CEG Finance & Strategy (France)
  • Poten & Partners (UK)
  • Navigant Consulting Europe (UK)

The Jorf Lasfar project will be located 118 kilometres from Casablanca. It will be an independent power project, with ONEE as the offtaker. It consists of:

  • A marine jetty at Jorf Lasfar
  • An LNG import terminal, including storage
  • A high-pressure gas pipeline that will connect the LNG terminal to the existing Maghreb Europe high-pressure gas pipeline
  • A 2,400MW combined-cycle power plant that will use gas received from the LNG import terminal

The LNG import terminal will have a capacity of 7 billion cubic metres and is expected to cost about $800m, while the budget for the associated pipelines and jetty is expected to be $600m.

MEED reported in July 2016 that ONEE had awarded a technical consultancy contract to a joint venture of France’s Sofregaz and Denmark’s Ramboll. Financial advisers also submitted bids in early 2016.

ONEE received 93 expressions of interest (EOI) for the main packages on the gas-to-power scheme.