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Issue 426 - 05 November 2020

Morocco: Azelio in solar storage venture

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Sweden’s Azelio on 20 October announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Morocco-based Jet Energy to develop energy storage in Morocco and elsewhere in Francophone Africa. Jet Energy will use Azelio’s energy storage systems at its solar PV plants, with a total capacity of around 45MW to be developed in phases by 2025. The first project targets 50kW in 2021, followed by 5MW in 2022, 10MW in 2023, 15MW in 2024 and 15MW in 2025.

Morocco
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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) invites bids from consultants by 13 November to provide technical advisory services for the development of a hybrid solar PV/wind power plant. The project will power Morocco’s first green hydrogen factory with an electrolyser capacity of approximately 100MW.

Morocco
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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) is tendering for an international technical adviser to conduct a study into the kingdom’s first green hydrogen production project. This is one of a number of studies and analyses that the agency will use to evaluate the possible use of renewable energy in sectors beyond power generation, including storage.

Morocco
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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) is tendering for a technical adviser to help deliver the first of a series of power projects which it intends to build in Zambia in partnership with the national utility Zesco.

Zambia | Morocco
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Sound Energy signed heads of terms on 26 June with a Moroccan conglomerate with LPG, butane and propane distribution and marketing operations. Sound is in exclusive talks with the company for the purchase of LNG from its planned fast-track phase 1 development on the Tendrara production concession, and for partial financing of the development.

Morocco
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Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (Onhym) announced the signing on 12 June of a two-year reconnaissance contract with ConocoPhillips Morocco Ventures for the onshore Mesorif area in northern Morocco. Bringing in a US major, even at the earliest stage of the exploration process, is a coup for Onhym, whose director-general, Amira Benkhadra, signed the agreement in a virtual online ceremony. ConocoPhillips’ arrival further underlines the growing interest in north-eastern Morocco’s potential, with a number of London-listed companies involved in gas projects.

Morocco
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Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable invites expressions of interest by 17 June for the turnkey construction of 400 kV double-circuit lines between the Agadir II and Tantan II and Tantan II and Hagounia substations. The new lines, which are designed to reinforce the grid in southern Morocco, will be financed by the African Development Bank through the Development of the Electricity Transmission Network and Rural Electrification Programme.

Morocco
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Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable has invited technical and financial proposals from consultants by 6 July for studies to optimise the operation and evaluate the potential of the Afourer hydropower complex. The contract will entail studies to improve, optimise and integrate a series of modifications in the design and operation of the complex, in pumped storage and in conventional hydropower mode, to increase its production and efficiency.

Morocco
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Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) has invited expressions of interest from consultants by 22 April to conduct detailed studies and establish technical specifications for the 300MW El Menzel pumped-storage hydropower plant in the northern region of Fès-Meknès.The project aims to provide energy storage to help balance the grid and allow for the integration of intermittent renewable energy.

Morocco
Issue 410 - 27 February 2020

Morocco: Sound changes tack at Tendrara

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Sound Energy has changed its plans for the Tendrara gas discovery and now plans a fast-track early production project, after plans to sell down a stake in the licence stalled. Sound said it now planned to prioritise early cash flows from the concession from a micro LNG scheme for the TE-5 Horst field with first gas planned for 2021. The micro LNG scheme will be pursued alongside the full field development plan, centred around a 120km pipeline development.

Morocco
Issue 410 - 27 February 2020

Morocco: Predator secures rig

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Jersey-based Predator Oil & Gas Holdings has exercised a rig option with Canada’s Star Valley Drilling for work on its Guercif permit. Star Valley is currently drilling on behalf of SDX Energy in the Rharb Basin west of the Guercif permit using its Rig 101. Rig mobilisation can take place between 15 March and 30 April, unless otherwise agreed, Predator said. Predator operates Guercif with a 75% stake, while the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines holds the other 25%.

Morocco
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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) and Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment are seeking expressions of interest (EoIs) from developers to supply some 400MW of solar PV capacity in nine locations, in the first phase of the 800MW Noor PV II project. In a significant change from past practice, the tender is structured under the Law 13-09 framework covering private sector developments. It aims to encourage local investors to develop grid-scale PV projects across the kingdom, using local inputs where possible and creating jobs.

Morocco
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is seeking expressions of interest from consultants by 24 January for an environmental and social impact assessment of a proposed 300MW pumped storage power plant in El Menzel, northern Morocco. The EBRD announced on 23 December that it was considering providing financing to the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable for the project in Sefrou province, in the region of Fès-Meknès, alongside the European Investment Bank and Germany’s KfW.

Morocco
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Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) signed contracts with the Nareva Holding/Enel Green Power developer group on 19 November to build the long-awaited 300MW Boujdour wind farm. While Masen is making steady progress with renewables development, critics say progress is less sure on the legislative framework for private sector renewables, and on the government’s promised gas-to-power (GTP) development programme.

Morocco
Issue 403 - 07 November 2019

Morocco: Sound Energy signs gas sales MoU

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Sound Energy has announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) for gas sales from the Tendrara concession in eastern Morocco. AIM-listed Sound put its eastern Morocco operations up for sale earlier this year after the first two wells of its 2018-19 eastern Morocco exploration campaign failed to achieve commercial gas flow rates.The MoU covers the first 0.5bcm/yr (about 48.4mcf/d) of production, with arrangements for production above this level to be negotiated in the final gas sales agreement (GSA).

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