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This page provides information on Ouarzazate (Phase I), a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Status Date: March 23, 2017
Project Overview
Project Name: NOOR I
Country: Morocco
Location: Ouarzazate
Owner(s): ACWA Power Ouarzazate
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 146.0 MW Gross: 160.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2015

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: Morocco
City: Ouarzazate
Lat/Long Location: 30°59′ 40.0″ North, 6°51′ 48.0″ West
Solar Resource: 2,635 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource: Measured on site
Contact(s): Webmaster Solar
Break Ground: May 10, 2013
Start Production: December 1, 2015
Cost (approx): 1,042 € million
PPA/Tariff Date: November 19, 2012
PPA/Tariff Rate: 1.62 Dirhams per kWh
PPA/Tariff Period: 25 years
PPA/Tariff Information: US$ cents 18.9 per kWh
Project Type: Commercial


Developer(s): ACWA Power, Aries and TSK
Owner(s) (%): ACWA Power Ouarzazate
EPC Contractor: Acciona, Sener and TSK
Generation Offtaker(s): ONE and MASEN

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

SCA Manufacturer (Model): Sener (SenerTrough)
Mirror Manufacturer (Model): FE GmbH (formerly Flabeg GmbH, Germany) (Rp3, annealed)
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Dowtherm A
HTF Company: DOW
Solar-Field Inlet Temp: 293°C
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 393°C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 160.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 146.0 MW
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Cooling Method: Wet cooling
Fossil Backup Type: LFO Boiler System

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity: 3 hours
Thermal Storage Description: Molten Salt