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.