The 1,320MW coal-fired plant replaced previous plans to build a plant at Cap Ghir. All of the companies which had prequalified for Cap Ghir automatically prequalified for Safi and have been issued with a request for proposals.

They are the US’ AES Corporation; China Guodian Corporation with China International Water & Electric Corporation; the US’ CMS Generation; France’s EDF International; Portugal’s EDP; Endesa of Spain with Germany’s Siemens Project Ventures; the UK’s International Power; Malaysia’s Malakoff with Saudi Arabia’s Xenel Industries; Japan’s Marubeni Corporation with Abu Dhabi Energy Company (Taqa); Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation; Mitsui & Company, also of Japan; Malaysia’s Powertek Berhad; Belgium’s Suez Energy International; Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and Spain’s Union Fenosa.

Office National de l’Electricite (ONE) has launched a separate prequalification process for companies which were not prequalified for Cap Ghir. The deadline for prequalification was 11 July and a decision on additional prequalifiers is imminent.

The successful bidder will enter into a 30-year power purchase agreement with ONE (MEED 13:6:08).