Prequals line up for ONE hybrid

24 September 2004
Seven companies applied to prequalify by the early September deadline for procurement, construction and operation and maintenance work on the kingdom's first solar/thermal plant, in the northeast city of Ain Beni Mathar. The client, Office National de l'Electricite (ONE), is evaluating recommendations by the project consultant, Germany's Fichtner.

The combined cycle plant will have capacity of 200-250 MW, including 30 MW from the solar-powered element. Natural gas to feed the facility will be sourced from the Maghreb-Europe pipeline (MEED 4:6:04).

Financing for the plant will come partly from a $50 million loan from the Global Environment Fund, which is jointly managed by the World Bank, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme.

It is expected that a shortlist of three-four contractors will be drawn up, which must then be submitted to the World Bank for approval.

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